Sam has talked about the pressure that comes to a manager, when he doesnâ€™t have the results, and Sam fully expects that. But he thinks his job is safe for now and knows he needs to start winning games for that pressure to be relieved.
Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce – seem to work well together – even in a crisis
Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWe all know we have to get some wins on the board to stop the criticism that is coming our, and particularly my way,â€ â€œBut no one has told me or anyone else that I am losing my job here. We have lost a few games of football, we have to accept that, but we can put it behind us.â€
â€œ I always said it takes three to five years to build up a club properly and being judged after seven months is unfair. I know I have to win matches. I will be judged on that. If not more and more pressure will come on my position. Win and I can stop the pressure flying around.â€
â€œOne never knows but I canâ€™t see any indication from Mike or Chris towards what has been speculated about. They have been absolutely fantastic with me from the time I started to right up to now. We have all experienced the highs and lows in the seven months that we have been together.â€
Sam seems to have accepted that the Newcastle job will always pile pressure onto him. And we remember a few seasons back when Sam was with Bolton, and they struggled against relegation. At the time he said he was never going to go through that again. Strangely enough he didnâ€™t, and from then on Bolton were always at the top end of the table.
â€œ â€œIt was worse when I was at Bolton and we spent two seasons battling against relegation. We spent three months in the bottom three second year in. That was difficult making players believe they can get out of the bottom three. We didnâ€™t get out of the bottom three until Boxing Day.â€
â€œThen we never went back in, but it was pressure being there and it makes everyone so negative. At the moment we are in a bad run and we have to turn it round with three or four wins.â€
â€œHere we are still 11th in the Premiership and in a position to go forward and string a few wins together. You try to stay focused and work towards the goal and keep the players as fit as possible and keep their confidence high. It brings out anger and determination in me.â€
â€œI have not bumped in to a fan that has slagged me off yet. They have been okay. When you are not winning you expect criticism from the fans.â€ â€œWe have to turn our good form into wins and points and we need a result to get through to the next round of the FA Cup. If we lose against Stoke I expect it will continue, I expect nothing less. We have to win the game and get to the next round.â€
So itâ€™s almost a certainty that Sam will keep his job, so weâ€™d like for Sam to turn this thing round. Our hopes are not too high for Sunday night against Stoke City. Maybe thatâ€™s because weâ€™ve lowered our expectations since the Manchester City game, but we think a draw would be good and a win would be great.
A loss will be more of the same of course, over the last 3-4 games â€“ terrible. Maybe we’ll be surprised on the up side on Sunday night – we can only hope for the best.
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