Bobby Robson Stunned – Just Like Everyone Else

Former Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson says he was stunned to hear of Sam Allardyce’s departure from Newcastle.


Sam Allardyce – shortest tenure of any Magpies manager for a long time

We think most fans were also stunned and Sam of course, would have been the one most stunned.

The only way we think that Sam should have been sacked like this was that if a top class world renowned manager was lined up for the job at Newcastle. While Newcastle legend Alan Shearer must remain a firm favorite it’s not 100% clear to us he will be installed as the next manager.

Bobby Robson told BBC Radio Five Live this afternoon:

“Like most people I was very surprised and stunned by the news.”
“I was in his company on Tuesday night, I went to see Newcastle reserves play Sunderland reserves and Sam was there.”

“So hearing the news was without doubt a surprise, and I am stunned. That’s the eighth Premiership manager we’ve lost this season already. The pressure is too much now in the Premiership.”

“The dismissals of manager are coming fast and frequent and it’s rather sad for the game in many respects.”

Since Kevin Keegan was at the club we’ve had 7 managers including Kevin and in this order:

Kevin Keegan
Kenny Dalglish
Ruud Gullit
Bobby Robson
Graeme Souness
Glenn Roeder
Sam Allardyce

Of those, Big Sam had the shortest tenure at the club at just less than 8 months, while all the others were given at least a full season. It’s a good argument whether some of them deserved a full season, but that’s another matter.

We think it’s unfair on Big Sam and he wasn’t given sufficient chance to turn things around. But it’s also a tough job and Sam was being paid big bucks and he knew he was in the results business. And certainly the results over the last couple of months have been relegation form.

But the players also must take responsibility for Sam’s dismissal. Most of them get paid bigger bucks than Sam, and a lot of them have just not performed.

But, that’s now water under the bridge and we’ll support whoever the next manager is – just like we supported Sam – in the hopes that Newcastle United will once again be a top club challenging in Europe.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Thread after thread about the same story ed , sometimes you dont get a chance to have a decent debate cos there is another thread up within seconds about the same thing splitting the commments , not that you actually get to make a comment without
    ive lost count the amount of posts ive typed up these past weeks that havent got thru , ending with me and most other posters typing a couple of lines instead of a decent post .
    love the site love the banter but this needs sorted ed or you’r gonna have some of us looking for pastures new .

  • James

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Alan Green on five 5 said Fat Sam deserved it for not buying into the ethos of Newcastle and refusing to play attacking football – I couldn’t agree more

  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Hi Hadrian. Don’t blame Ed. It’s the fast moving world of Newcastle United. There’s a story about us the web every thirty seconds or so. If you want reasoned debate have a look at this sit . It’s an interesting article which deserves comments.

  • briss

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Im in shock myself this is a shocker for sure and at such a horrible time! We play possibly 4 games in the next 2 weeks and 2 of the against Arsenal and one against Man u. Sam definitely didn’t get a good enough chance to make things right and he would have. This makes you mad as a supporter because now spirits will be even lower between the players and confidence will be non existent. i thought it was maybe staarting to look up but now it seems it can only get worse!

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #5

    sky sports ‘understand that the new manager is british’!

    don’t know where that comes from- oh yeah. Inventing stuff to keep people watching!

    Redknapp remains bookies fav 2/1.

  • valle

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Some fans sure are delusional, a whole website is running for all those fans… NewcastleunitedMad are talking about how Shearer appointment would lit up the toon… That is ofc based on his great managerial achivements, all u can do is laugh about it… The only appointment that would make this a good move is if we have Mourinho lined up, but i really doubt that. And even if it is him, we still wouldnt play great attacking football, since mourinho prefer the more calculated approach.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Adrian Swall.
    Not much to comment on that farticle really.

  • johnny

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Delighted hes gone, I believe things will get better from this point forward. The man just was’nt good enough.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #9

    don’t think Jose can manager a PL club this season.
    I’ve asked it before- but the then the thread changes!- Is Van Gaal still alive somewhere?

    Shearer is the second worst idea ever- the worst being Peter Reid who remains on the dole!

  • valle

    Jan 9, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Redknapp had YEARS to archieve moderate success, yet he hasnt won anything. Jol signed the most weird players u could dream of and got sacked!!!. Hughes also had YEARS… Shearer have NO exp… How can this story end well… DISGRACE, and since Sam only got 10mil net in a club of our size and less than 8 months im beginning to doubt our new owner to say the least…

  • john

    Jan 9, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #11

    mort and ashley clueless. why not sack him last week

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 9, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Ever so pleasantly stunned though eh Ed!!!

  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 9, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Warwick Hunt. I think the article deserves more than just a grunt. Shearer’s spectre has hovered over this club for the last three or four years and will continue to do so unless he is given the job. If he fails he fails. At least it will make the next five years easier the last five.

  • James

    Jan 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    John – they are not clueless. They have had to wait until the person they want said yes. The minute they got a firm yes they sacked Sam. Perfect business sense.

    I want Mourinho (who is the right man for the job and misses the premiership)

    I have a hunch Ashley has given the job to Keegan.

  • Wynn the Leap

    Jan 9, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Adrian Swall. Another way of looking at this is that Shearer deserves better!

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 9, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Adrian Swall.
    Aparently Harry Redknapps odds have dropped from 50-1 too 2-1 in the last hour. Maybe the bookies know more than media??????

  • Leo

    Jan 9, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #17

    i can only think if we havent got someone lined up that the sacking was caused by a disagreement between mort and alardyce, maybe todo with funds.

  • Leo

    Jan 9, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #18

    redknapp would be a good manager, and is at pompey, i just dont know whether he will cut the mustard at the toon… maybe if shearer is he assistant

  • steve c

    Jan 9, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Wish people would stop talking about Shearer as an assistant to some big name. Who would come to the Toon knowing that their no2 was waiting to take their job.

  • Stamford Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Bobby out in that foul weather watching the reserves, there’s a real supporter. How many of the moaners and boo boys were there. BS was, and, working at all levels to get the club on a decent footing, building for the future. Perhaps Bobby was right Ashley should have been in the directors box and not among the moaners and boo boys then he could have taken a more reasoned approach to running the club. If he is to be constantly swayed by supporters who can find nothing good about the club, managers and players then god help us.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #21

    and it starts again, oh well, we are a disgrace, and everyone is now laughing at us. I have counted 24 calls froms friends taunting me in the last few hours, more than i ever had when we lost under Sam. We are a joke. All the foreign managers people are naming are not gonna come, get real. We are gonna get Redknapp, Hughes, or coppell, and then we will be in the exact same position next yr. It trully is a sad day for both football and the toon. 🙁

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 10, 2008 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Stop worrying about what other clubs think. They didn’t have to endure the most miserable, joyless, mind numbing and depressing football ever seen at SJP. Sam said he would adapt to a different style with better players. He lied – simple as. I couldn’t take another match, let alone 3 years of watching that god awful dross.
    Barton in jail, Smith in midfield, Enrique nowhere and that’s where we were headed – nowhere.


    Jan 10, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #23

    I am shocked as well. From my point of view, Sam is doing Ok at Newcastle. At least Newcastle need not worry about relegation this season.
    The past few seasons, Newcastle is always in the dog fight for survival. So i think, Sam did Ok but he could have done better with his squad.
    Newcastle is a big club in England with passionate fans. That one i cant disagree but at times the expectations are just too much too handle.
    Anyhow hope this time around Newcastle will get a better boss! Cheers!

  • Stamford Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Nick you seem to have forgotten what we had to put up with under Souness and Roeder. Sam produced better than that. Forgotten the Arsenal game already? Or is it that you are only seeing what you want to see? Enrique played in the last game or did you not see it? Get into the real world I suspect you will behave the same way again when our new manager loses a couple of games, and it will happen.


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