Sam Allardyce has spoken to the Times again, and hints that Newcastle players may have had something to do with his lack of success while at the club for just 8 months.
Sam Allardyce – players couldn’t or didn’t want to listen
That lack of success led to Sam eventually being dismissed from the Manager position on 9th January. If you put two and two together, it seems like Sam may be blaming the players for our lack of success, while he was at the club.
Allardyce talked to the Times about the style of football he tried to get the team to play:
“Perhaps I couldn’t sell that to the players because they’d never been shown it before,” “All that was said was, ‘Go out and play.’ But today’s game is not like that.â€
“The level of preparation is so detailed that you can’t just say, ‘Off you go, off the cuff.’ ” “I was challenging them to adapt and maybe that was a problem. I think I gave the players too much too soon.â€
“Too direct? If those players had the ability to look at their ProZone stats instead of me shouting at them, they would have learned more about their game than they’ve ever done.”
“They would have learned something about themselves.â€ “I don’t know whether any of that played a part in losing my job.”
“If other people listen to the Chinese whispers or the tittle-tattle, no manager would ever get the chance to build or be successful.â€
“Maybe I should have gone, ‘Sod year two, sod year three, I’ll just worry about tomorrow.’ ” “But I’m not like that. I try to build something that has sustainability, not a flash in the pan.â€
â€œ I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses, but how can you judge?
From what we have heard Sam was making big changes at the club, and from comments from Chris Mort and others, most of the changes were good and stuff that needed to be done to build a foundation for success at Newcastle United.
We knew when Sam came on board that he planned much more thoroughly than other Premier league managers.
However, we’re surprised to hear the players didn’t listen too well, because that’s not the impression we were given when Sam was at the club. All the players were positive about Big Sam. Just like they seem very positive about Kevin Keegan right now.
So, without any inside information like the Daily Mails gets from the club 😀 it’s really difficult to know what went on, and what is going on right now with Kevin Keegan and his players.
We’ve criticized our players this week for their complete lack of commitment, once the first goal went in at Liverpool. We’ll keep doing that as long as they show a lack of fight and guts in this relegation battle.
And we certainly need to ensure we unload some of this lot in the summer, and bring in some new players with leadership and fighting qualities – and lots of skill of course.
Certainly if we keep losing games like we’ve been doing, in waht’s looking like a death spiral, it’s hard not to put the responsibility on the players. That’s especially true when a lot of them clearly lack the stomach for a fight.
If we lose tomorrow, and it’s another pathetically weak hearted performance, we may all be in deeper trouble than we had realized.
It’s hard to put the responsibility on Kevin Keegan, although who amongst us would have thought Kevin would have been at the club for two months, and still looking for his first win?
The players look to us like the likely culprits in all of this, if we were to be brutally honest. Sam may not be too far from the truth, even though we realize fully that it’s very self serving to Big Sam.
We’ll be in a better position to know where we stand in about 20 hours time, when the Birmingham Newcastle game will be over. Newcastle really need all 3 points tonight, a draw would just about clear the bar, but a defeat would be another disastrous result.
Can we do it tomorrow? Can the players play with fight and heart when it really matters and the chips are down? We have have to be honest and say we have our doubts, which is what is scaring the living daylights out of us.
We can only hope we are dead wrong about this, but that’s our gut feeling.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.