Weâ€™ve resisted giving any publicity to the quotes made last week by our former manager Sam Allardyce, when he said that his ambition was stronger than Newcastleâ€™s.
Sam Allardyce – says his ambition was greater than the Newcastle United club
To us this is a wind-up by Sam for both the football club and the fans, and we think that weâ€™re playing into his hands if we all get upset about what he says.
However, we have had a few emails from readers wanting us to comment on the comments so they can make their comments on it.
So hereâ€™s a brief article and our opinion on it.
This is what Big Sam over the weekend about his time at Newcastle United:
â€œI think you can accept it a lot more if you can come to terms with the fact that a good percentage of it was your fault – but that doesnâ€™t apply to me at Newcastle.”
â€œThe usual rubbish that goes when someone like me is sacked from a club like Newcastle is that that job was too big for me.” “Thatâ€™s just not true.”
â€œIf Iâ€™m honest the reverse is probably true. Newcastle probably wasnâ€™t big enough for me – it didnâ€™t live up to my ambitions in the short time that I was there. And because it didnâ€™t do that the club missed a chance to realize its own ambitions.”
â€œThe more I analyze it, the more I come to the conclusion that it was never about me or results. It was about things they wanted to put in place.â€
I’m not sure that Sam is correct in that last sentence, because it was clearly the results that got him sacked – they were just not good enough.
When people get sacked we always think itâ€™s best for them to say nothing so they can maintain their dignity. People are hurt when they get sacked, thatâ€™s always true, but if people can maintain their dignity, they will be more employable in the future, and the real bottom line is it shows a bit of class.
When Sam first got sacked it was a shock to us, and we thought he handled it well. But if he makes more seemingly ridiculous statements like those above, he will not look to have too much class. But there again Sam is after a new job in the summer, so its within his own interests to make comments that get him some publicity.
But to be fair to Sam, from his viewpoint we think what probably really happened, is he wanted to bring in more expensive players in the summer and in January but was turned down in several of those requests by Chris Mort and Mike Ashley.
Thatâ€™s probably what happened so there is a little truth is what he says â€“ from that viewpoint.
Well – that’s it – comments on this are welcome – just keep them respectable for the bairns.