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.â€ “I find that particularly hurtful. I have to accept it because that is how life is today.â€“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.â€
“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 heâ€™s under pressure because heâ€™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 itâ€™s also obvious that we’ve have no luck at all in the last few games. None whatsoever.
“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.â€ “That included the fans being patient sometimes. If you see a poor performance, then you expect criticism. Yes, that’s fair.â€
“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.â€
“That is throwing extra pressure on us all and that’s really the unfair side of it.â€ “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.