Big Sam Allardyce, who we thought would be almost the perfect manager for Newcastle, when he signed last May, has today backed his former club with some good words.
Sam Allardyce – lasted just 8 months as Newcastle Manager
The former Bolton Wanderers coach lasted eight months in charge at St. James’ Park (May 15th 2007 – January 9th, 2008) before being replaced eventually by Kevin Keegan.
Sam has admitted he was at one time a little bitter about his ordeal in the North-East (and that’s what it was), he also thinks the Tyneside club would do well to settle on a manager for the long term.
Sam talked today to the Times,
“Newcastle are destined to be a great club down the line.â€
“But the longer it goes without success the harder it is to achieve it and they can’t do it by changing managers all the time.â€
“I’ve no real bitterness over my departure anymore. I’ve moved on.”
Sam then suggested that a some stability and permanance would have done the team no harm in their quest for survival this season.
“We were finding a way of playing, having changed everything behind the scenes,”
“The players were still learning to blend. It was a question of patience.”
“It is like building the Empire State Building in a month. It can’t be done.”
We honestly think in retrospect that Big Sam was given a raw deal at the club. When you appoint a manager he should be given a minimum of one season to work through things. We’d certainly not be where we are now if Sam had stayed.
That’s because the team has a different way of playing – for the third time in 9 months. We went from Glennn Roeder’s style, to Sam’s style, and now to Kevin Keegan’s style. In truth of course, most Newcastle fans like Keegan’s style, but it may be very costly, if we cannot avoid relegation this season.
The last thing Newcastle United any time soon is another manager.
Give Kevin a chance whatever happens this season.
To Mike Ashley and Chris Mort we would would say what our mother, now deceased, used to tell us – you’ve made your bed, now lie in it!
You cannot keep swapping and changing things and expect stability – and what you sow you will reap – whether you like it or not.
So hey, we fully agree with Big Sam on that one. But really good words from Sam about our club, and we appreciate that.
And we’ve learned through living life for quite a while 😀 that it just doesn’t work to hold grudges.
Why ? Because it hurts you more than anybody else – isn’t that the truth.