Sam Allardyce has talked to the Newcastle Journal today after a 3rd successive defeat last night, and has admitted that since he is in the results business, and he isnâ€™t getting many with Newcastle, he has to be under tremendous pressure at the Tyneside club.
Sam Allardyce – results have been terrible, and he’s under pressure
Sam said this morning:
â€œThe support (from the boardroom) is great, but the pressure still mounts,â€ â€œThe pressure mounts despite that support. It mounts on us all. But it mounts on me in particular, because weâ€™ve lost a game at St Jamesâ€™ Park.â€
â€œThe pressure grows because a team like us shouldnâ€™t be losing at home â€“ a team like us shouldnâ€™t be losing three games on the trot. Iâ€™m not daft enough not to realize that Iâ€™m in the results business and I need to win some games.â€
â€œThatâ€™s clear but Stoke isnâ€™t a defining game for me, I donâ€™t see it like that. Itâ€™s deflating, but weâ€™ve got to stick at it and weâ€™ve got to stick together.â€
Sam hopes his efforts in the transfer market can help him increase the fortunes of his team, but it is now uncertain whether Chris Mort will fully back him, given the terrible results Newcastle have had in their last 12 games. We have only 9 points from those games, with just 2 wins and 3 draws and 7 defeats. And it’s not like we’ve been up against only the top teams in the league during that time.
Newcastle have some tough games coming up to against Manchester United and Arsenal away in January, so things will not get any easier for Big Sam. And of course weâ€™ll soon be losing Faye, Beye, Martins and Geremi to the African nations Cup.Â Beye and Faye have been top performers for Newcastle in their last two games, but Martins and Geremi seem to have lost their way at the club.
Sam continued about the tough Stoke tie on Saturday:
â€œ â€œItâ€™s a tough month for us,â€ â€œStoke will fancy it, theyâ€™ll think weâ€™re there for the taking, but the FA Cup can relieve the pressure of the Premier League. It can be a confidence booster. It can turn a league season around.â€
That Allardyce will be glad that his sideâ€™s festive program is over is obvious. â€œI didnâ€™t expect this to happen given what happened earlier in the season.â€ â€œI felt we were just getting our teeth into what could be a good Christmas.
â€œIâ€™ve got talented players here. I donâ€™t want them to lose their confidence, but that can happen. Weâ€™ll stick with it and come through it, weâ€™ll stick together and believe that we can get out of trouble. That has to start at Stoke.â€
There’s nothing more to do than to go to Stoke and hope we can turn this thing around. There’s not much else to say. But a defeat there is the last thing we need and pressure isn’t only mounting on Sam and his players. but also on Chairman Chris Mort. If things don’t improve there’ll be enormous pressure on Chris to do something, anything.
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