Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort has responded to Big Samâ€™s senseless outburst, when Sam said billionaires in football couldnâ€™t stand the pressure.
Sam Allardyce – whoops what stupid thing have I said now
It was really a stupid statement from Big Sam about a week or so ago, and we thought it was more to keep his name in the spotlight than anything else. He’s getting a bit bored at home, and would be a lot happier if he was back in management.
But if Sam is going to criticize Mike Ashley, which the comment was obviously aimed at, although Sam for some reason denied even that, heâ€™s going to get sensible comments back to make him look even more silly.
True enough Chris Mort, the Newcastle Chairman was asked about Samâ€™s comments and this is what he told the People on Sunday:
“Huge billionaires, multi-millionaires can’t stand pressure? That doesn’t make any sense.” “I think these sorts of comments say more about Sam than anyone else. I would rather look forward than dwell on the direction in which Sam took this club.”
“We invested more than Â£30M on acquiring new players last summer and increased the players’ wage bill by more than Â£10 million.” “We wouldn’t have done either of those things if we weren’t going to back the manager.”
“A combination of the style and the results, particularly in November and December, forced us to think about where we were heading. Even if we had come through that phase under Sam, I’d have been uncomfortable as to whether where he wanted to take us was where we wanted to go.”
Well Mike Ashley and Chris made their move in early January and sacked Sam. That was so the new manager would have the rest of the season to sort things out at the club, and then we’d be ready for a challenge up the league next season.
All good plans of mice and men. 😀
Well it hasn’t turned out like that although the players, if Saturday is anything to go by, are starting to get the hang of how Keegan wants them to play. It was the teams best performance under Keegan and augers well for the rest of the season.
Long may those performances continue this season.