We think we may may have sorted out what really happened to Sam on Wednesday afternoon, after which it was announced that Sam had left Newcastle United by mutual agreement.
Chris Mort – his proposition to Sam was met with outright rejection
It seems from what Mike Ashleyâ€™s friend Paul Kemsley has said, what was leaked from an insider of the Newcastle United Board, what Bobby Moncur surmised yesterday on Sky Sports News, and finally what we know about the players Sam was wanting to bring to Newcastle – that the following scenario is very likely what was played out late Wednesday afternoon, and ended up surprising both Chris Mort, the Board and Big Sam. Sam and Newcastle agreed to terminate their association.
These are some of the major points that we think played out before and during a meeting between Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce, after Sam’s meeting with the media on Wednesday afternoon:
- The board was getting a little tired of the defensive tactics of Sam, and like the fans, they wanted to see more attacking and enterprising football from the team and an attempt to win every game.
- Sam was not Ashleyâ€™s choice as manager but Mike let Sam have time to see what he could do.
- Mike didnâ€™t think the majority of players brought in during the summer were the appropriate players to turn Newcastle around and be an entertaining and attacking side. In fact some seemed to have been failures. The acquisition of Barton and his subsequent arrest over Christmas certainly didn’t help Sam.
- When Mike heard that Big Sam wanted to bring Kevin Nolan in from Bolton and that Sam was willing to accept a good offer for Emre, Mike had some second thoughts about whether he wanted to bankroll more of Samâ€™s players in January, since he didn’t see a change for the better, to a more attacking style of play or more exciting players.
- Chris and the Board wanted to be fair to Sam, and at least tell him the concerns they had, and at least ask him whether he was willing to change his tactics. We think Chris and the Board agreed that Sam be approached and be told that they would like to see a more attacking and enterprising team on the field.
- When Chris talked to Sam he thought this was an invasion of his responsibilities at the club, which are the players and the playing side of things, and flatly rejected Chris’s points. Sam has always wanted no interference on the playing side of the club, and has mentioned that several times while at Newcastle.
- Sam and Chris then agreed they would part their ways because of this fundamental disagreement. We donâ€™t know if this is true â€“ but from the various bits of information we know about, this could certainly be a valid and reasonable way to explain how Sam and Newcastle United surprisingly parted company.
That’s what we think may have happened or something close to that. It would also explain why both sides were not expecting what happened, and it also explains why a new manager was not all lined up to replace Big Sam, after he left the club. And that’s why Mike and Chris are scrambling to appoint a new manager that will field an attacking and enterprising team at Newcastle.
Sam wasn’t expecting to be asked to change his tactics and Chris wasn’t expecting Sam’s strong defense of his management style and complete control of the playing side of the club.
That’s what we think happened.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.