The Newcastle board, and Chairman Chris Mort in particular, will now be under tremendous pressure, following their surprise dismissal of manager Sam Allardyce yesterday afternoon.
Chairman Chris Mort – under pressure to bring in top manager
We think the board has made a huge mistake but itâ€™s water under the bridge now and nothing can be done about it, itâ€™s happened, it’s over.
But Mort and Ashley had better bring in a world class replacement for Big Sam because a large contingent of Newcastle fans were willing to give him time as he tried to work his magic at Newcastle.
We had hoped the new board at Newcastle would have given Sam some time, unlike Freddy Shepherd who hired and fired a number of managers during his reign as Chairman. He hired and fired five managers (Freddy fired Dalglish. Gullit, Robson, Souness, Roeder and hired Big Sam). Now Sam has been fired. Not a very good record and we can hardly have been successful over that time – which we haven’t been apart form when Bobby was in the job for 6 years.
The names of some of the managers being mentioned as possible contenders and we should be talking about the likes of Jose Mourinho, Sven Eriksson and Gus Hiddink as potential managers.
Otherwise surely we wouldnâ€™t have fired Big Sam yesterday.
We also are hoping that the announcement of the new manager will come shortly and that will show this was all planned out and it wasn’t a seat of the pants reaction that Chris has talked about so often. If indeed we are now looking for a manager in the January transfer window, that would be completely unacceptable.
We may already have missed out on one of our targets, Lassana Diarra from Arsenal, so the sooner the club announces a new top class manager the better for all concerned. We’re still hoping it’s today, because the longer we go without a new manager the more stories (like this one) will be written, questioning what’s really happening at the club.
We also want to take the time and wish the very best of luck to Sam Allardyce. We’re sure once he gets over this shock to his system (and to his ego) he’ll do just fine with some other club. He will not be short of offers, and at least he’ll not have any money problems after his time at Newcastle.