Sam Still Has Support From Chris and Mike

Sam talked this afternoon about the troubles he is in with the fortunes of the Newcastle United club.


Sam Allardyce – support from the top to keep busy turning things around
But it appears that both Chris Mort, our Chairman, and Billionaire owner Mike Ashley have given him some quiet support behind the scenes to Sam to get on with the business at hand. Get the fortunes of the team turned around, and don’t be too concerned about being sacked.

It’s obvious both Mike and Chris are between a rock and a hard place, because they want to move this club forward as quickly as they can, and our form in the last 12 games has been poor, to say the least.

But we’ve also changed managers so much in the past, with little success, that we don’t think that’s a good option for the new management right now. We’d love it for Sam to be able to turn the club around and have a decent run before the season is out. It may be that some transfers into the club in January can help that – and can also lift the spirits of our rather deflated supporters right now.

Sam said this afternoon:

“We are halfway through a season and, for me, too many people are trying to make judgments on what should happen to me, and I think that is grossly unfair.” “I find that particularly hurtful. I have to accept it because that is how life is today.”“But I am just glad that Chris and Mike have ignored those calls completely and just said, ‘Get on with it. We know what you said at the beginning, let’s keep trying to move the club forward.”

“But I am not daft enough not to know that I need to get football matches played and won in the FA Cup and then on into the Premier League.”

Sam knows he’s under pressure because he’s in the results business. But the only thing he should be concentrating on right now, is getting good solid displays from his players. We can then hope for a little luck in the games, and then we may start getting much better results and turning the corner.

The performance last Saturday at Chelsea was good and the display on Wednesday was OK, and good in the first half. But it was rather depressing to suffer another defeat again, and we had mild depression all day yesterday, to be quite honest. And it’s also obvious that we’ve have no luck at all in the last few games. None whatsoever.

Allardyce continued:

“When I walked through the door, I said it would be three to five years before I could evolve a club of this size with a lot of support along the way.” “That included the fans being patient sometimes. If you see a poor performance, then you expect criticism. Yes, that’s fair.”

“But beyond that, the speculation side of that is not the sort of thing you would want if you want a club to be successful, certainly when it is pointed at you as a manager when stories are basically made up about your particular job or what’s going to happen to you.”

“That is throwing extra pressure on us all and that’s really the unfair side of it.” “From the internal point of view, we are trying to move the club forward as quickly as we possibly can.”

Newcastle fans have been very patient so far, and we thought they were just great in very trying and depressing circumstances on Wednesday night. Comebacks can happen in strange places and at odd times. But what we want to see in the next few games, are solid and heartening performances from the lads.

Even if we are not winning, that will go a long way to keeping our faith in the lads. Als,o if we can start to get some decent results, that will also go a long way to lifting the gloom that has descended on Tyneside over the Christmas period. This has hardly been a joyful time for Newcastle supporters. We trust better times are on the way …….. please.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #1

    the club hasnt moved forward in terms of performances on the pitch and making us pay to watch the shite that you spew out isnt fair.

  • wrighty

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Woo woo woo….

    Hang on a minute there.

    First of all, in my opinion BSA has correctly said that when the team does not preform to their expected levels then its the fans choice to voice their concerns – which has been done on several ocassions. That is fine !

    What I believe the main problem about BSA’s statement above is the pressure that is being heaped on him from external forces (i.e. NOT the players/board/supporters or fans – BUT the PRESS and other people outside the ‘club’!)

    We are the same fans that acknowledged BSA at the start of the season when he said he needs time to turn this club around (5 years and fair enough it was being run by a cowboy/crook!) and time is what we should give him.

    He wasn’t my first choice as manager, like probably many of you, but the decision has been made so we need to stand by our man and continue to support him!
    I don’t think the majority of NUFC fans would like a ‘sacking’ in the middle of the season and reward the press for their hounding out of another NUFC manager and make us the laughing stock of the nation again – what we need to do is stick two fingers up to the rest of the world and say ‘you know what, things aren’t clicking at the moment and may not in the near future, but we respect Ashley/Mort/BSA are trying to sort it for us ASAP so we’re going to pull together and show you lot what real Geordie’s do when the going gets tough….and thats stick together’!!!!

  • Edd Case

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t be so bad if the BRAND of football we were trying to play every match was really pleasing to the eye.

    The worst part about this era under Sam is that the football is utterly dreadful.

    So, while he may still have the support, it wont be there for much longer while we spew out the shite that we are currently.

  • Leo

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #4

    i dont know what to think anymore.

  • wrighty

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Tom_Toon & Edd Case –

    Can you not recall the preformances under both Souness and even worse Roeder????????

    Becuase I can gaurentee you this, last time we played Manchester City at home (last home game of the season) we had maybe 1 shot on target so when your saying its the worst football we’ve seen for a while you should think about it a bit more ! (and lost 1 nil on OUR LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON!)

    I think we recorded about 17 shots on goal – of which 10 were on target on Wednesday night under this rubbish type of football!!!

    Behave lads – this is the sort of banter which fuels the press to say ‘the fans are sick of BSA’!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #6

    it wasnt consistently crap, like it is now.

  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Just watching Robert training with Derby on Sky Sports News…..I’d play him just for his dead ball deliveries, still looks in decent shape.

  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Does Sam ever do any work, he just seems to constantly chatter to the press about how well he’s doing

  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #9

    You’re right steve, we should buy him some microphones to fasten to his headboard so he can give a commentary when he’s doing his missus…..

  • Bryan

    Jan 4, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #10

    5 years, who gets 5 years nowadays to turn things round? Bobby Robson was only at the club for 5 years and during that time he led us to the second phase of the Champions League playing an attacking attractive blend of football that we all loved. The difference between SA and BR is that BR got us playing from day one and built on that start. We all backed him because we could see the style of play he was trying to implement at the club. SA on the other hand has taken our style of play down to a new level not seen since the dark days of the early eighties mainly with his signings. If we could see a hint of improvement in the way we play, beleive me he will be backed by the Toon Army. But at the moment all we see is dross being dished out to us, and people wonder why we complain! 5 years seems a very long time watching this rubbish. The Club has a big problem on their hands. Give SA the time he is asking for, and at the same time risk the club falling further into the depths or sack the guy and risk the cycle starting all over again.
    In my opinion wait until the summer, if there is a world class manager available with a proven track recond, bend over backwards to get him and send SA back where he belongs, in the Championship.

  • lee

    Jan 4, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #11

    keep him in and show ur support its the best way

  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Seem to remember him saying that Carling Cup or a UEFA cup slot was a realistic target this season……. we’ve got no effing chance

  • UTD111

    Jan 4, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Spot on Wrighty – you saved me all the typin as you said everything I would have said lol

  • Sas

    Jan 4, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #14

    He wouldn’t get so much hassle if he played players in their correct position. It’s almost impossible to blame the players (who seem to be trying) for poor performances when they are being played in positions that they are not familiar with (though on 50 grand a week I’d learn pretty quick). The longer we get bad results with players in the wrong position, the more abuse he’s going to get. And rightly so in my opinion. I thought he was a reasonably intelligent man when he was appointed, but seems intent on proving me wrong.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 4, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #15

    same as UTD111.

    wow you guys really save me time 😉 .

  • bod

    Jan 4, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Wrighty well done 100 percent behind you in waht u said

  • Ruud boy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said Wrighty. What BSA needs right now is 110% support from the fans, which will encourage the player and lift us out of this S**thole state of affairs. Although there are some things Sam can do as well.

    BSA’s instructions:
    1. Play players in there right position i.e. Zog LM Enrique LB.
    2. Go more attacking (perhaps a AM in front of the CM; just behind the forwards)

    Plan B, play some reserve players; because they have the passion that the team currently needs.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 4, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #18

    wrighty – you reply to us and state one football match.

    im talking about the whole season thus far under Sam.

    Depsite massive efforts against the Arse, Spuds and Everton, in general in every single match, we’ve served up some pitifull football – and while you may be right in saying it’s no worse than that of the Souness / Roeder era etc, it’s certainly no flippin better.

    Add to that the fact that Sam brought in 11 new players in the summer – surely we should feel the right to expect something different?
    Unless, of course, you are happy with the pig shit being currently on offer in the NUFC trough.

  • Murvar

    Jan 4, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Yes – I remember writing “Calm down, calm down” after we had won 2 friendlies and people were saying that we were on for Europe. Now it’s calm down and don’t get carried away with thinking it’s going to be 5 bad years – cos things can change very quickly with a couple of wins. I get fed up when people say a player is crap – they aren’t crap players – they are players who are currently playing badly – and they can and will play well again, but they are less likely to do so if they feel their own crowd is against them. I think the crowd shocked itself with its behaviour in the Liverpool and Derby games and have realised we can’t afford to get on their backs so much. I know they earn preposterous amounts of money but money never was able to buy things like confidence and spirit; if those qualities are lost, it’s human support that will bring them back – not the prospect of a win bonus; that just makes you run harder – but maybe away from the ball! Those who get on to Butt – answer me one question: have you ever see him hide when things aren’t going well? Never – he believes in his ability to get things right and he knows that if he shirks responsibility, lesser players will too. The same applies to Smith – never hides. I can’t say the same for some of them, alas. And the guy who referred earlier to Lauren Robert was talking about the biggest hider of all – even Bobby Robson said he was the most difficult player he had managed, and he had some real eejits to contend with.

  • James

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Replace “years” with “months’ You will be sacked in the summer Sam.

  • Jon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Even if Sam should get some good results I want him to go…..His football is boring!!

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #22

    i loved watching laurent robert. he didnt defend so what, he scored our goals when we really needed them. thats one thing we dont have right now, someone we can depend on for getting a goal when we need one. shearer robert solano just to name 3 during bobby’s days…

    we get that and we may improve drastically

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #23

    obviously emre doenst have the support rumours have it on sky sports channel that he will be leaving cant find out online where it was too, as was in a busy pub and cudnt hear it


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