Nicky Butt, our captain in Wednesday disappointing defeat against Manchester City was interviewed by the Newcastle Journal this morning and gives a very good interview to Paul Gilder.
Nicky Butt – pleads for time for Big Sam
Nicky was brought to the club by Sit Bobby Robson in the summer of 2004 and during his 3 years here, has already seen 4 different managers at the club. Not very good for either stability or results.
Nicky told the Journal this morning:
â€œEveryone knows that managers are judged on results,â€ â€œBut things will never improve unless he is given time. This club of all clubs shows you that. Iâ€™ve been here for three-and-a-half years and Iâ€™ve had four managers. Sooner or later, someone has to say,”
â€˜This is the manager weâ€™re going to stand by, in good times and bad times,â€™ and hopefully get the rewards at the end of it all.â€
â€œLook at all the big teams like Manchester United and Arsenal and the other teams that are doing well, like Everton, theyâ€™re the clubs that have stood by their managers for a long time. If we do that, Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll do all right.â€
We don’t think the reason that Ferguson and Wenger have been at their clubs for a long time is why they are successful. We think they’ve been successful and that’s why they’ve been at the clubs a long time. However, Newcastle have had absolutely no success by just switching managers when we come across a very bad run, which we are in right now. We were pleasantly surprised the crowd neither turned on the players or even Sam on Wednesday night, even though it was again a very hard game to watch for the Newcastle faithful, and extremely frustrating.
It must also be a difficult time for young Chairman Chris Mort, who has described the speculation about Allardyceâ€™s future as â€˜tediousâ€™ in recent days. Newcastle have not done well over the last 12 games, thatâ€™s correct having picked up just 9 points during that time with a couple of wins and 3 draws and everybody knows itâ€™s not good enough. Sam knows that, Chris Mort knows that, the players know that only too well and of course the fans know that too.
Butt is hoping the new regime at Newcastle will show greater patience and understanding towards Big Sam as he continued:
â€œWeâ€™re all playing for him (Allardyce) â€“ weâ€™re all behind him,â€ â€œWe realize our results and our performances are going to reflect on him.”
“But weâ€™re all fond of him, we all want him to be here and Iâ€™m sure, hopefully, that heâ€™ll get that time.â€
Newcastle will travel to Stoke City for a Sunday 3rd round tie against Stoke City and that will not be an easy game for the Magpies. And quite honestly our expectations are not very high that we can come away from there with a result, given our previous performances. So for once, maybe we can turn this thing around and actually win the tie.
But if there is another loss we think that will not even cause Mort to give Sam the sack, but weâ€™ll all have to wait on that one. Nicky continued:
â€œItâ€™s a possible banana skin, but all the Premier League clubs going into the third round are going to have games like that,â€ he said. â€œThis is what weâ€™re in football for, to be playing in these big games and, hopefully, to do well.”
“These are tough times, but weâ€™ve got to stand up and be counted in the dressing room. The players are the ones who get results and itâ€™s up to us to turn the corner sooner rather than later. Weâ€™re all together in the dressing room, and weâ€™ve got to keep going.â€
â€œThings are going to be difficult with the four lads (Obafemi Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye) going to the African Nations Cup (this month). That will make the squad smaller and smaller and so weâ€™ve got to stick together.”
â€œWeâ€™ve had some bad results and weâ€™re going to get stick from the fans and in the newspapers, rightly so because weâ€™re paid to get results and weâ€™re not getting them. But if we donâ€™t stand up and be counted, weâ€™ll just keep going down, down and down and things will just get worse and worse. Iâ€™m sure if you ask any of the lads, theyâ€™d all say weâ€™re in it together and thatâ€™s the truth.â€
Good words from Nicky Butt in very difficult circumstances, and the fact the players are behind Sam is a good sign and maybe that is saving the big man. Maybe the players can now pull us out of this situation. Certainly if we can do that and somehow string a set of good results together everybody will much better for it. But going through this extended period of poor results is a very difficult thing for dedicated Newcastle fans, including us. 🙁