Sven Supports Sam – He Needs It

Sven Eriksson, whose team is now in 4th place after Liverpool could only draw 1-1 with Wigan at home, handed Sam Allardyce some good support after the game last night, which saw his team win fairly comfortably in the end 2-0.


 Sven Eriksson – gives his support to Sam

Sven-Goran Eriksson urged the Newcastle board not to make a rash decision and said.

“I sympathize.” “It can happen in the job and it has happened to me a lot, but that’s football. Sometimes there are hard times. Such times can last for weeks or for months.”

“But Sam’s a good manager. He showed that at Bolton. You just have to give him time and he’ll sort it out. I’m sure about that.”

Sam seems to be still confident in his capabilities – insisting last night’s performance was his side’s failure to convert countless chances. Well, he’s right there, we looked pitiful in the first half trying to score and Martins, Duff and Milner all had decent enough chances. And then Michael Owen had a golden opportunity just after being introduced after the break. A goal at any time then would have helped change the game. But it wasn’t to be and we again leaked goals, with our only clean sheet being at Fulham, over the last 18 games – a terrible record.

It will be interesting to see if Chris Mort thinks he needs to make any comment, after last night’s disappointing result. But don’t expect big signings now in the January transfer window with the manager’s position in such jeopardy. We’re not sure now is the time for any massive investment in players, even if they are available.

Comments and opinions very welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Injurylawyers4fans

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like Sven’s gloating….

  • Hammy

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2


  • Graeme

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Didnt see the match, but disapointed with the result. At least we started to play the right players in the right places for a change and
    4-4-2 has to be a step in the right direction at long last.

    Cant see what we will achieve by sacking sam this weekend if we lose to Stoke though. Who is going to be daft enough to take a poison chalice at this stage in the season???

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    What can I say, Eriksson is a top manager! 6 months in charge at City and he has transformed them from relegation battlers to Champion’s league contenders!! No nonsense talk like players need time to adjust to the PL and he’s new to the job so he ll need time to build his team – Rome wasnt built in a day nonsense. Proof indeed, if one were ever needed, that you can build Rome in less than a day in football if you re a good manager!!!

    Anyway, I still retain some hope for the future, and it is that NEWCASTLE FANS will finally learn their lesson and stop clamouring or championing mediocre managers like Allardyce. Newcastle is a big club and we the fans should think along those lines – we should demand a world class manager, and stop silly talk like Shearer for manager. At best, Shearer at NUFC will only be another experiment.

    We should go for proven quality. I advocated Capello before he went to England, and now I champion Hitzfeld! Such a man would eat his own intestines rather see his team languish in midtable, something which Allardyce and co. accept too readily.

    I said I was optimistic for the future, but as long as we have fans like DRAGONER on co., if indeed he is a fan at all, in our midst, am afraid we ll continue to be mediocre like we currently are!

  • James

    Jan 3, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Sven is smart. He knew he needed pace to compete at the highest level so he bought lots of it.

    Sam bought nobody with pace. He still believes his rough and ready approach will work. Every commentor and expert in the country has said he should adapt to what the fans want and stop being ignorant to it.

    With the exceptions of Enrique and Beye, his signings were pointless.

    The board clearly want to wait till the summer to sack him, and I still believe they should. However when we lose to Stoke, it will be impossible for Sam to continue.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 3, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    The wrong man appointed by the wrong man.
    A class act like Sven has Elano and Petrov. We have a king chav in jail and a concussed Smith (not that you’d know the difference. A member of Mensa he is not) Give Sam much longer and there will not be one creative player left at SJP, just a line of Kevin Davieses!
    You give time to a man who can adapt and progress while showing visible signs of improvement. This clearly isn’t the case at the moment or at any point during the last 7 months. Souness was an endless excuse making factory but Sam’s arrogance, ego and ability to blame everyone but himself is on another level altogether. We know Shepherd was xenophobic and is why we got lumbered with an ‘English” manager who has never won anything in tangible terms or admirers for his alledged style of football. To let this dross continue over fears of the pay off cost is truly false economy. There are ways to not reward failure. Appoint a director of football and ask the backroom staff ( not Pearson, Round and Terry Mac) to stay on. They may be loyal to Sam, but Sam has been found out and will not get another high profile and so highly paid job anywhere else. If Shepherd had one ounce of footballing knowledge, he would never have appointed Allardyce, but that was following on from Souness and Roeder. I wish other clubs realised that Shepherd was dangerous for the health of our club. Lets start afresh with a new regime.
    Is Shearer the answer – I’m not sure. Shearer undermined SBR and others, but could be a good manager, or is that just the Southern media stirring it. Bilic or Klinsman, Houllier, Hitzfeld or Ranieri would be excellent in my opinion. But come on all the Allardyce blowhards, bite the bullet, enough is enough. You must see that. If not, I really, really worry for the future.

  • Len

    Jan 3, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    If I were managing another EPL team I would want BS to stay as well. Easy 3 points home and away.

  • Leo

    Jan 3, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    he only wants to keep sam in so next year its another easy 6 points.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Black Caeser u idiot, are you so desperate to be heard you paste the SAME message on different articles. lol. fool

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    shut up dragoner you muppet, ive seen you do that before.

  • George

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Of course all these premiership managers want Sam Allerdyce to stay.
    Lets face it, while he is here, all visiting clubs have a great chance of walking away with all points.
    When we were a force to be reckoned with no body said anything good about our managers then did they.

  • Callum

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Eriksson is a world class manager and has seemingly built rome in a day turning man city into a top 6 team atleast and he got performances from his players straight away – he didnt moan about luck, team not gelling etc.. because every single one of his players knows his job on the field and they do it, unlike our players who play in a new formation and position every week.

    Sven also makes good substitutions, which, ironically he was slated for in his England job 😛

  • Dragoner

    Jan 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #13

    tom toon you little rat, didn’t i tell you to come down to Brunel and say stuff if you have something to say. This is the last internet reply i will give you “nerd” lol

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    you sad sad person, your like a bloody chav ‘say it to my face’, ahaha, i can imagine you right now, nice bowl cut, thick framed glasses.

  • scott 9

    Jan 3, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #15

    calm down lads this is a website to discuss the toon not have a go at each other


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