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.â€
“I was in his company on Tuesday night, I went to see Newcastle reserves play Sunderland reserves and Sam was there.â€
“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.â€
“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:
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 â€“ just like we supported Sam â€“ in the hopes that Newcastle United will once again be a top club challenging in Europe.