Allardcye Magnanimous Over Newcastle Dismissal

Former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has refused to be bitter over his Newcastle dismissal.


Sam Allardyce – happy to join Newcastle United last May

And today Sam talked about the sacking, which was obviously a huge shock to him. He was sacked after Newcastle’s mediocre start to the season and his tactics has caused some Newcastle fans to fiercely criticize the manager.

When asked if he was bitter at all about his dismissal yesterday Sam said:

“No, I don’t think so. Once people make a decision, there is nothing you can do about it.” “There is no point being bitter and twisted about it because that will only affect you, it does not affect the people you have left.”

“For me, it’s disappointing and you have to move on with your life.” “For me, it is the future now. I will take a break with my wife and go away, have a little bit of a re-charge of the batteries, come back and then move on with my football career.”

“Me and my wife will get away in the sunshine, have a little bit of a break and then come back and re-focus and obviously stay in football.”

“When that will come? Who knows? We will just have to wait and see.”

Allardyce apparently has had numerous good wishes calls and texts from friends offering their support since last night’s announcement. Whatever you thought of Sam as a manager – he is a good man, and we wish him the very best in life. We also thank him for what he did for the club in the short time he was manager.

We don’t think he’s going to be short of offers, when he returns from his well earned vacation.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    hes a good man and a good manager. i wish him all the best and unlike others in the past he wont start bitching about what happened at nufc. he wont be out of work for long

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    He was the wrong man for the job. If he came out and admitted that the Geordie fans would respect him a great deal more.

  • Zx

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t possibly be bitter with a fat paycheck fatter than h…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Zx – I bet it hit Big Sam’s ego though – but you’re right – he will be well off financially. he did his best for the club.

  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    who next, mike ashley? lol..

  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed – take note. The following is a commentary from….all of the topics covered in one piece (rather than 100 different articles) and it’s also very unbiased but to the point.

    I though it made great (sobering) reading..

    “One should never be surprised by anything that happens on Barrack Road, save for the appearance of an open top bus carrying a trophy festooned in black & white ribbons.

    However we are struggling to recall when we last parted company with a manager whose name was sung in what proved to be his final game in charge. Keegan, probably.

    It’s important though to place on record the profound depression and disillusionment that had set in amongst many of our hard-core supporters – and we’re not talking about message board jockeys or serial 606 texters here.

    Fans known to us for many years were dropping by the wayside, or even contemplating packing in and/or picking their games.

    When that sort of indifference starts to become the norm, alarm bells start ringing – empty seats don’t cheer or boo.

    Many of those people were still there on Sunday though, still supporting their team – and cheering for Allardyce.

    That’s what we do. We’re not political to the same extent as the fans of some other teams – we can’t even organise a supporters club.

    The Boxing Day defeat at Wigan saw the infamous “we’re shit and we’re sick of it” chant, but for every fan joining in with that, others bit their lips or abandoned hope and refused to return while we remain a football-free zone.

    Forget all of this twaddle about pressure and expectation: no slack-jawed ex-player or self-important rag writer can tell those people travelling the length of the country to be patient in the face of what they are seeing.

    Winning at Fulham, drawing against Derby, losing at Wigan – all unwatchable, regardless of the final score.

    Allardyce hasn’t gone purely because of results, but because of the lifeless performances – in common parlance he seemed to have lost the dressing room, if he ever had it – Butt’s “United we stand” comments notwithstanding.

    The issue that vexes us is why dump him now – why not after Wigan?

    Is there a semblance of a plan? A change in circumstance with our preferred candidate in the last few hours?

    Can it really be as simple as Ashley being booked to go away on his jollies and returning to see that excuse for a performance from behind the goal on Sunday?

    Or is this an off-the-cuff decision, a whim of the type that has seen Ashley attract criticism from the stock market community for his unpredictability in business dealings?

    Those experts wittering on about the great managers being given time elsewhere that they wouldn’t get on Tyneside conveniently ignore the sheer unadulterated bloody rubbish that has been served up by his players – not to mention the holes in his squad last Sunday.

    While Milner was genuinely ill and Carr lacking match fitness, suspicions remain that others made themselves unavailable, including some of the African Nations-bound contingent. Shola of course will be gutted by Sam going.

    Opinion will remain divided on whether Allardyce would have “got it right” eventually – or we’d have sunk still further away from the business end of the table.

    But this isn’t Ebbsfleet United, someone ultimately has to the run the damn thing and take major decisions, unless we appoint Simon Cowell and turn the whole thing into a premium rate phoneline extravaganza…..

    For Mort and Ashley this is the point that they draw a line under their first seven months, having overseen much positive change off the field.

    However they have watched their initial policy of leaving the previously-appointed man in post undo some of that good work by providing sub-standard product to sell.

    Another link with the previous administration is severed then – and it’s the last major one.

    Whoever takes the job now has a fantastic opportunity to rewrite history – whilst trying to succeed where a galaxy of familiar footballing names have ultimately failed.

    It’s a sad fact that the identity of our new manager will at least partly dictate how much rope he’s given by the press – both national and local.

    On a positive note though, he’ll probably speak to the BBC, an ongoing issue which overshadowed the whole of the Allardyce administration – certainly the regular appearances of Nigel Pearson did Sam no favours.

    Another element that has to be faced is the Barton situation – that could of course be taken from the new man’s burden by being resolved before he’s appointed.

    Is this mob rule?

    If so, who in their right mind would take this club on – knowing as they do that their future rests on the whim of a volatile crowd.

    As Allardyce himself said though, it’s a results business and the performances of the Newcastle players have ultimately put Ashley and Mort in a place where they even considered a change of manager.

    Underachieving on an epic scale – that could be our motto.”

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Steeley… On the other hand, the guys at never bother to reply to anything… At least Ed site has a personal touch where u can get in touch with him… This site is fine as long as the errors get fixed.

  • Leo

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #8 went stagnant. their articles were always long winded and werent always easy to read

    i pledge allegiance to

    i think i am begginging to sound american….

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Time to change the banner at the top of the page perhaps? 🙂

  • John

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Jesus steeley if you dont like it FOOK off. You dont have to come on the site

  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    All this bullsht about “sad day” this and “we should have give him more time” that. It’s just utter tosh. It was abosultely right to sack Sam.

    I was one of those who supported his appointment. Sam was going to be the man to stem the lousy injury record, he was the man who was going to bring grit and determination to the dressing room – no more powder-puff performances, this was going to be a team of fighters; and he was going to be the man who brought science to tactics and getting the best out of players. He failed miserably on all counts.

    He compounded his failure with an arrogant pig-headedness in his wearying pronouncements to the press – “give me more time”, “I know best”, “you have to stifle the opposition and then sucker-punch them”, etc etc.

    He’s well rid and we should put it all down to a failed experiment. Nevertheless, all is not lost. He did acquire some decent players, players that will now be presumably played in approprioate positions and might get a game or three in a row by the new manager.

    Finally, I think Ashley should blow a hole in the Shearer balloon by publicly offering him the job. Shearer could have lowered the temerature of this whole situation by coming out and saying he didn’t want the job several weeks ago. Instead he chose to play his cards, enigma-like, close to his chest. He might be a legend but his priorities are clear – he puts himself first everytime (nothing wrong with that but he should have distanced himself from the speculation – I’m repeating myself, sorry).

    The squad needs an injection of confidence and I’m sure the right man can get this group into Europe – this season.

  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    i stand by
    it was the unofficial source of info for many atime until sites like teamtalk, espnsoccernet, nufcblog, newcastle-online , newcastleutd-mad came on.

  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    I didnt mean to compare them in that sense – it’s just getting really frustrating Ed, that we have to jump from page to page to page to page just to keep up with a good debate. Conversations get lost when people stop looking at one article to view the new one.

    And yes, the CPU Limit Exceeded is BLOODY annoying!

  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Leo – I agree…I moved from to here because they were becoming stagnant and there wasnt a discussion page which is what I wanted…hence coming here. However, when conversations run dry because we lose track of them is a bit disappointing. However, it’s nice to know that your alleagiance is with “”….nice one! lol 🙂

  • Bill F

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #15

    You are dead right Dave, also Hansen wrote an article in the Telegraph pushing him for the job only a week ago. I reckon there was something in the wind then.


    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Big Sam is gentlemen enough for his sacking. I wondered how much he $$$ he got to his bank accounts! 🙂

  • George

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Sam Allerdyce has now gone, how about we stand up and show our support for Mike Ashley and Chris Mort.
    Remember MA was the brave man who sat amongst our supporters when we all know how bad the play was.
    MA was the man getting an ear bashing for having the guts to put his money into our club and rescue us from Fat Freddy and his backing group the Shephards & Halls.
    MA has endured old Bobby Robson trying to tell him to stop sitting with the fans. How dare he tell the owner what to do. When does Bobby Robson get off from telling all around him what to do. People keep telling us what he did for this club. Well!.. What actually did he do, he ignored us during the 70s, 80s & 90s and only came here when no one else would give him a job. When you look at his record at SJP, what did he do!.
    Mike you did well, you got rid of negativity.
    Mike you did well you listened to the fans and got rid.
    Mike you did well, you done it before too much damage was done.
    Mike you did well, you got rid of the man buying kids instead of buying for now when we are desperate.
    Mike you did well.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #18

    i stand by This is a nice place for sharing views, and to read about what othertoon fans think… Also an outlet for emotion/anger/frustration/etc. But, for me, is the thing!

    Sorry ed, but thats the way it is

  • Chris Stephenson

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Why not take Megson???

    Admit it…big club= number of fans. Congrats on another great disaster. Accept it…you are S*** and you know you are

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Steely second time I’ve seen that on this blog and the 1st time was 1 too many, Ed does a fine job and his forum does not place spyware on ur pc like the toon site!

    Anyway, Big Sam good luck with ur future, I’m sure you will do well where ever you end up.

  • Stami

    Jan 10, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    i like the site just the way it is! the conversations dont go on for too looooooong, there is always a new, good and optemistic read almost every hour! this is still my 1ST stop every day!

    keep up the GREAT work Ed.

    a Fan

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #22

    George… What on earth are you talking about, MA might be the best thing that has ever happened to us, and he may be the worst. We dont really know nearly enough about him to say yet. But there u go stating with ur little poem what MA has done, well lets see

    Mike you did well, you got rid of negativity. (I feel the negativity as much as ever, take a look at the boards before u state a thing like that, so no imo he DIDNT do well)
    Mike you did well you listened to the fans and got rid. (Listened to “fans” like you, we where many who wanted Sam to stay, so no imo he DIDNT do well)
    Mike you did well, you done it before too much damage was done. (The timing is as idiotic as those of Fat Freds, so no imo he DIDNT do well)
    Mike you did well, you got rid of the man buying kids instead of buying for now when we are desperate. (A policy Mort stood for, Sams wish where proven EPL players, just look at quotes from Mort, So no imo he DIDNT do well)
    Mike you did well (In George’s opinion)

    Listen, Your and my points both regarding MA are worth nothing till he has proved his intentions. And as yet it was HIS decision to keep Sam in the Summer, and HIS decision to sack him 8 months later, whether that will be a good move will be judged be the next guy he hires, how much money he will get (More than 10 mil?) and how well he does, but dont try to make a god of him till he has proved himself… Im charmed by him sitting among the fans as well and so on, but it all might be a media stunt for all we know, he certainly is as much to blame as Sam for things so far…

  • Bryan

    Jan 10, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Best peice of business MA has done in his career, paying SA off.
    He is just like most of us, first and formost a fan of good football. I can put up with my team losing games if I have enjoyed the way we have played. But under SA it was just shocking. I have no doudt in my mind that he would have taking us down. Mybe not this season but certainly next season and I think MA thought the same.
    All our fingers are crossed now that he makes the right choice of new manager.
    As for Sam, good riddence.

  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 10, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #24

    What’s all this shite debate over and this site? Both do a fine job. Ed’s site is really neat in the way the opinionate bugger is always throwing stuff out there fast and furiously and in the way we can post comments and keep the debate fresh.’s been around for ages and is authoritative but it has become a little too ‘professional/cosidered’ or maybe stale in parts. All power to both sites!

  • Sinead

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #25

    *Bangs head off wall*..just when ye got rid of him, who becomes the latest run in for the Irish job..HIM. Sam bloody Allardyce , that’s it, where’d I leave my hurley. Now who do I want to beat first, him or the idiots running the meetings.
    God help me if somehow he manages to get the job.

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #26

    He already has it if he wants it, Eire aint going to get anyone better than him, and he can take u guys to the Cups

  • Sinead

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Venables, Houllier, Dalglish. Please, we’ve a better chance of getting Mourinhio then ye do. And we’ve a hell lot more potential and youth talent, nearly an entire country of players in the Eircom League, there’s so much potential there a lot more then England do, but we’re not going to get a big name like Capello cause we’re not a “big”, over hyped or not, football country like England.


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