Sam Allardyce had always stressed that reviving the club’s fortunes couldnâ€™t be done with quick fixes, and certainly what he had been trying to do behind the scenes with the youngsters, the scouting network and the training facilities, was all good stuff, whether you supported him or not.
Chris and Sam – was all this planned out?
It also looks like Sam and Chris were on the verge of bringing Arsenalâ€™s Lassana Diarra to the club, so what exactly happened yesterday afternoon to bring his tenure at the club to an end?
If this had all been planned by Mort and Ashley we would expect a new management announcement today. But itâ€™s looking like we havenâ€™t even got a new manager lined up. Sam was in the job all of 239 days and 24 games, making the 53-year-old from Dudley, the boss with the shortest tenure in Newcastle Unitedâ€™s history. Not a good record for Mort and Ashley to have, given their emphasis on new long term building for success at the club.
The timing of the sacking is not good, to say the very least. Sam was talking yesterday afternoon about the game at Manchester United on Saturday, and the various things the club were trying to do in the transfer window. And then later that afternoon he was out of the job.
Harry Redknapp is the bookmakers’ favorite, but thereâ€™s no way he will come up to the North East of England, absolutely no way.
It could be Blackburnâ€™s Mark Hughes, who was appointed at Blackburn to replace Graeme Souness back in September, 2004. Weâ€™ve had 3 managers since then and about to appoint a 4th. How long will our next manager be given? Mark looks a good manager but again he’s unproven at this level.
Allardyce, meanwhile, was today at his home in Durham, and he wouldnâ€™t have expected this to come like it has. We think the chop came far too early and at a terrible time for all concerned. Maybe Sam should have been given say 5 games and been told that.
Maybe he was given the games and the results werenâ€™t good enough. But we certainly donâ€™t know what the full story is here. The length of time it takes for Newcastle to appoint a new manager will tell us if it was really all planned out or not.
But we’re aren’t feeling all the good today. This isn’t good publicity for the club.