Being a Football Manager in the English Premier League must be one of the hardest jobs in world football.
Sam Allardcye – he must get Newcastle fans on his side
Not only is the job in the public view almost every game, but managers are continually in the press about losing their jobs, and it only takes a couple of defeats for this to happen, to almost any manager.
Sam Allardyce is no exception at the perennial under-achievers Newcastle United, and he has recently come in for increasing flak since taking over at St James’ Park in the summer. A run of poor form that has seen us on two consecutive defeats, and only 2 wins and 3 draws in our last 11 games, is enough for a lot of the Geordie fans to have given up on Big Sam.
However, Sam was given a vote of confidence by Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort, who just laughed off all the rumors that owner Mike Ashley was considering sacking the 53-year-old, and thinks all the bad news surrounding Sam and the club is getting a tad tedious.
Sam Allardyce said today:
“I do not have any worries or concerns as far as they (Mort and Ashley) are concerned.â€
“The pressure that has been put on them as well as me, they understand it is outside influences trying to exert pressure on them.”
“It is all part of the game.”
To be more specific Sam was then asked directly if he felt Newcastle Legend Alan Shearer is casting a shadow over him, Sam said:
“It has always been there and it always will be. There is nothing more to say on the subject.”
A success scenario weâ€™d like to see is for Alan to come in and be Assistant Manager for a couple of years before Sam gives up the reins. But Sam has to prove before this season is out, that heâ€™s the man that can turn the Tyneside club around. And with the results so far, Sam will agree he hasnâ€™t done that yet.
But he needs to get the fans fully behind him the rest of the season. The only way he can do that is to win games, and have the team play good football. Sounds so simple, doesnâ€™t it.
What do you think about the situation? Comments very welcome.