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Pearson Fears Sam’s Work Now Wasted

9:49 am, Monday, January 14th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Nigel Pearson has today said something that we have feared since the sacking of Sam Allardyce – all the work that was going on behind the scenes for long term success will now be wasted.

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Nigel Pearson - fears Sam’s work will be wasted

Nigel told the Newcastle Journal today:

“I don’t think whoever comes into the job next will be under any illusions that it is going to be anything other than a very difficult job. It’s disappointing for me because I’ve seen a lot of the hard work that’s gone on behind the scenes. That work has been put in for the long-term future, but people don’t necessarily see that side of things.”

“Ultimately, the foundations have to be right, and whoever comes in will have their own ideas about how to go forward. It’ll be a fairly lengthy process and I think there has to be a bit of stability sometime soon. It goes without saying we’re all really disappointed for Sam. There’s certainly been a lot of hard work put in.”

“There’s been a lot of managers in a short period of time. At some point, I know it will be in the club’s interest for there to be some sort of stability. Unfortunately, though, short-term factors continue to take priority. Whoever takes over will be hoping they get the time that we weren’t given.”

Sounds like Pearson doesn’t think he’ll be around St. James’ Park too long once the new manager come in. That’s a big pity because he’s an excellent coach, and some other team will quickly pick him up.

But that’s what happens when you keep switching managers. The manager then keeps switching the players, and there’s absolutely no long term structure built for the club – and that’s why we’re where we are.

However much fans didn’t like Big Sam he was doing some excellent stuff behind the scenes, but unfortunately the results on the field were just not good enough. That always has to take precedence of course.

Nigel went on:

“They are people who want the best for their club. There has been a lot of hysteria about this football club, but I think most of the fans really do want some stability. Potentially, this is a very, very big club, but there’s a long way to go before this club gets back up there.”

Some of the things we worry about is what happens now to the scouting structure Sam set up – most of those scouts were Sam’s people. And we’re not altogether sure what impact this will have on our youth policy. We do think the idea of bringing in youngsters early on came from Mike and Chris, as an attempt to replicate what Arsenal have done brilliantly over the last 10 years or so, under Arsene Wenger.

So we expect that to continue, and we even see more youngsters arriving before the end of January. But that’s another concern the longer this goes on. We have just 17 days left in the transfer window should the new manager want to bring in some new players.

Once the new manager is appointed we can better assess the damage done to Sam’s behind the scenes work, but we are all in limbo right now – including Nigel and the players. And of course the most important people associated with the Newcastle club, the fans

Comments welcome.



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Southern_Magpie // Jan 14, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    In my view Pearson needs to go too, as much as I hate to say it. Whoever the new manager is will need their own man by their side and in my view it should be Shearer.
    All the physiotherapists, dietitians, etc that Sam brought in are all good and well but at the end of the day it doesn’t help you pass a ball better, which we seemed incapable of under Sam. He was to science-focussed and ignored the true toon way of playing good attractive football. He was making us into a larger Bolton and although I though he deserved to have the season to prove himself, I am glad we can now appoint someone else.

  • 2 Hadrian // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    id like to think all sam’s work will be forgotten , what behind the scene’s work is this then ? the scouts he’ll take with him ? the 2 academy players?

  • 3 indian toon // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    latest news suggest KEVIN KEEGAN DOES NOT RULE HIMSELF OUT!!!!!

    the thought og king kev back on tyneside is too exciting for me.
    cmon the toon!!!

  • 4 James // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    He’s right – Sam’s work has been a waste – Cacapa, Barton, Smith, Viduka.

  • 5 jimmer // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    keegan would be useless. he’s a has been. a panicky little man and he doesnt want it. Move on, get some new ideas. Successful football should be a priority and that does start with dietitions etc.

  • 6 ChrisL // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t rate Pearson at all. Newcastle have been awful since he’s been coaching Newcastle. Teams are always a blend of the manager & his assistant. Well the blend has been awful with Pearson. Was it Bond we had before him? Who ever it was, he seemed alright.

  • 7 Hammy // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Yeah, the Toon’s darts and pool coaches will be looking for new jobs soon.

  • 8 andyc290 // Jan 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Yeah Im with Chris on this one, Pearson doesnt ever look that bothered when he is in the dugout, loads of times you see him payin very little attention or joking around in the dugout when weve been losing. And his interview with Setanta after the Man U game was crap, he has no passion for NUFC its just another job for him. Good riddance if he goes.

  • 9 Greg B // Jan 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    What use is it knowing that Charles N’Zogbia ran 12 miles during that games, completed 7 passes, had 3 shots on goal, 2 off target, had an average heart rate of 100bpm, made 6 tackles resulting in 3 fouls and drank 330ml of Lucozade sport if we get beat 6-0?
    I think there is a fine balance between getting it right behind the scenes and getting it right on the pitch – maybe Allardyce did get it right behind the scenes but our performances suffered on the pitch, no denying that fact.

  • 10 ronaldeano // Jan 14, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    crap tactics, players out of position, ice baths and under armour??????? we are now 6 points behind ‘THEM’ and going nowhere fast. Im glad sams gone but we need a new manager in fast, preferably Mourinho or Houlier to sort this horible mess out. Pearson obvously hasent got the respect of the players or the common sense to attack teams judging by that forgetable performance against man u, thats why we need to get moving ASAP. Mourinho 4 the toon! keep the faith

  • 11 chris thornton // Jan 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Hi Ed,

    I’m not sure about Pearson mind. You state
    “Sounds like Pearson doesn’t think he’ll be around St. James’ Park too long once the new manager come in. That’s a big pity because he’s an excellent coach, and some other team will quickly pick him up.”
    i agree with your 1st sentimnent, i believe he will go imminently after the arrival of a new manager, just intrigued on what grounds you believe he is an excellent coach? its fair to say that his presence at the club has seemed to have had little or no positive effect…..? Not sure whether you knew something the majority of us dont?

    cheers
    Chris

  • 12 lewdavies // Jan 15, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    when pearson was bought in, his primary role was to improve our defence, and on that alone he should be sacked as an abject failure. I have got to the point where I dont care who comes in now, I just want it done soon. I hope terry mac goes aswell as I think he has been a jinx on the club for years.
    The players need to get back to the basics of, passing and moving, and tackling and shooting.




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