Allardyce – Managing Newcastle Like Managing Real Madrid


A very good interview today with Big Sam Allardyce in Zootoday.com, and he has some interesting perspectives on the Tyneside club he managed for about seven months.

Sam Allardyce – while at Newcastle

Here’s the interview Sam gave.

Newcastle United are a massive club. Why can’t they get it right?

It’s owned by people outside of Newcastle and I feel that, from a business point of view, they’ve failed to structure it properly or set up a team that works together. People move in different directions. That is never going to bring success.

Was Kevin Keegan right to go?

All I know is that, as a manager, every relationship at a club is critical. If those aren’t functioning properly, the breakdown causes frustration. Frustration then turns to a perceived inability to do your job. Managers have to carry the can – we accept that when we’re hired – but if we’re being undermined, that’s a problem because we’re the ones who will get the flack and, eventually, the sack.

Do you envy the next Toon boss?

Newcastle is honestly the most difficult club in the country to make successful. The local media are very intense, needing a story every day, with only one big club to focus on. In that sense, it’s very much like managing Real Madrid or Barcelona – but at least their press has also got Atletico and Espanyol. You also have the fans, who are so passionate and want to see the team doing well. Any manager has to cope with that.

Is the Toon Army too demanding?

No, not at all. They pay good money and they expect their club to have a football team competing at a high level. Most fans have expectations in excess of reality. They see the cash floating about the game and feel their team should be doing amazing things. These days though, even £50m won’t get you into the top four. But the manager still feels pressure from the fans and that seeps down to the players. They’ve then got to perform in front of thousands of expectant fans with drained confidence and, consequently, the results suffer.

What next for Newcastle United?

Mike Ashley has made the decision to sell-up and that will benefit the club. A new owner must be found quickly and then they can move on. Much will depend on that owner’s mentality and what he knows about football. The new man mustn’t just build a new team – he has to build a football club, with a unified team behind the first XI. And that hasn’t happened in the past. I just feel sorry for the fans, because things haven’t been right for a very long time at Newcastle United Football Club.

We think there’s some good answers there from Sam, and having been in the hot seat on Tyneside, he knows how intense the manager job is at Newcastle.

We’re also pleased that he doesn’t seem to bear any animosity towards the club, but of course he was very handsomely paid as Newcastle manager.

Comments welcome.



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230 comments so far

  • Walter

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I always liked Allardyce the person. The article by him shows why.
    Shame he was a crap boss though!

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Of course Sam owes Ashley nowt! I dont expect him too praise the board.

    But i thought his answers were balanced and fair.

    I hated the football under Big Sam near the end, but wonder how much that was due to a small squad with its typical injuries?

    I honestly thought Ashley was too quick to let him go, but delighted when Kev took over, a bright new horizen……. ha ha.

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #3

    i never doubted his ability to succeed with us i feel given more time we would have been challenging the top 4 though i am not sure how much longer i could have tolerated that football but it is good to see he isnt bitter and after finding out how ma realy is perhaps he(big sam) isnt so bad afterall

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Sams comments were fair and reasonable. I am getting quite nostalgic over him.

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    lol spitfire i have to say i am too

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  • JonnyToon

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I remember the kid of football we played under Sam at home to Derby trying to defend the whole match so im not missing him illsay that much. But yes some good insights into why managing our side seems to be harder than other teams, no wonder we get so many managers.

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #7

    chelsea and united are run by people who are not from the area and they do ok. this cockney mafia is being used as an excuse for the clubs failures.

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  • lee

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #8

    i think the only thing wrong with BSA was his style of football…. not suited to us geordies.

    lump it long and see what happens..

    he talks a good game..

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Nando:

    The cockney umberella ‘some’ of the fans are using is an easy one as the club has been run badly by people from London.

    Its not an excuse mate its fact. Look at our start of the season we were playing quite well. Then it feel apart in numerous areas all off field!

    Our off field team is mostly made up of London based employees or owner, so the cockney slogan was obvious if a bit over the top!

    Many fans, blame the board / owner / manager / players. The true blame should be shared around but that would still leave a large proportion with the board.

    Never mind as a 100% North East lad, i would like to forget the cockney mafia crap and move on.

    Life now is with an Irish Cockney, well for now at least!

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #10

    lee- kinnear will be playing long ball too as it is all he knows. 6 games and nil points.

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #11

    entertainers- do you not feel the cockney mafia rubbish has made your fans look stupid. it has been well over the top. the turn out on wednesday was nothing short of a disgrace.

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  • 51times

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #12

    I hold no ill feelings toward Allardyce, I just think the football under him was dire. It was horrible to watch and we weren’t getting results anyway.

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  • 51times

    Sep 26, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13

    nando, nice to see you again! Yom Kippur isn’t far off now is it?

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Nando

    I disagree with the whole Cockney mafia crap completely and it did the club, the fans and the area no good at all.

    As for the turn out, it was always going to happen.
    It wasnt a disgrace mate, we still had 20,000 at a midweek cup match, that was on TV, in the middle of a credit crunch and during one of Newcastle Uniteds worst periods in recent history, i’m surprised we got that many!

    Hopefully we can put alot of the negativity behind us and move on.

    Just out of interest mate are you a Newcastle fan?

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Christ Nando has come out to play and he’s infecting a number of blogs again.

    He’s like shit on a blanket: no matter which way you turn its up your nose.

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #16

    The Entertainers
    Nando is so obviously a spurs fan. But he must be barred from their blog cos he is so stupid.

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #17

    the entertainers- black and white through and through.

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  • Tore Torell

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Why go on with the Cockney mafia-crap?! Who cares where the owner comes from as long as he makes the right decisions?

    Kinnear needs the fans’ backing, and we should get behind the team and sing our hearts out.

    A shame so many players are out, beating Blackburn with a weakened side will be really hard. I can see a draw tomorrow…

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #19

    spitfire- i run a spurs website so getting banned is unlikely.
    wheres normski? replied to his email and turned up where he wanted and he didnt show!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Nando – You are a little kid squatting in some north london squaller wearing you little kippa, eating a bagel.

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Nando
    Obiously I don’t know you and can only go by what you write on here. You seem pretty odious to me though. To hear you run a spurs website does not surprise me at all – so is the “black and white through and through comment” referring to them?

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  • Rob Lee

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #22

    anyone on here buy the new True Faith’ today? Had me first article in there now, well chuffed! As for Allardyce, I think given time he could of succeeded, but not sure if I could hack the whole long ball thing for much longer like!

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  • toon head

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #23

    i hate him

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Allerdyce would have had us relegated last season. Shed no tears for him

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  • micepie

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #25

    What is this Newcastle Banter site, anyway?! I’m glad to say I’ve never even clicked on the link but I’ve only ever seen pessimistic, miserly and shoddy headlines to their articles, stories or blogs.
    What s*****e!

    Anyway, keep the faith strong – as they say – for tomorrow. Whether JK is an unpopular choice or not, it’s at least some kind of stability so give him a chance. Plus I think that just knowing that we have someone in charge will motivate the players to perform better tomorrow (even if he isn’t coaching just yet).

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  • hitman

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #26

    …………………OFFICIAL………………

    chris hughton voted worst caretaker since ian huntley…lol

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  • Bill F

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #27

    I was talking to a Spurs fan, who incidently is as depressed over his team as we are with ours. He reckoned that Joe Kinnear has been involved in some way with Billericay Football club. So we are a bit of a step up for him but he has been actually involved with a real club prior to coming to us.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #28

    ..

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  • Waddle's mullet

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #29

    I know it’s only 6-8 games but has joe got his UEFA Pro license?
    Ha Ha

    Get behind the lads
    Your club needs you!!!

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  • Bill F

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #30

    By the way I posed the question some blogs ago as to when Nando was going to come on and gloat and like a turd that won’t flush there he is.

    To be honest he don’t bother me, I find some of his stuff quite amusing.

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #31

    tom toon- have you been scouting any quality players on youtube lately in preperation for the jan transfer window. your knowledge and recommendations could save the club a fortune

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    bill f- well i left it a few days as i was still cringing from your teams performance.

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  • 51times

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Because Spurs were world class weren’t they.

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #34

    51times- i didnt say they were but they didnt need to be. pub level football worked.

    night

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  • Bill F

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #35

    As were we Nando, as were we.

    By the way were you and Normski really going to have a showdown, I might almost be prepared to pay to watch that. Perhaps the pair of you could arrange it for half time when we next play your lot at St james.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Nando is only 12, he isn’t allowed outside in the squat yet, he is still being breast fed.

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  • by the cringe

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #37

    showdown? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #38

    bill f- i emailed him and he gave me a time and place and didnt turn up. i even rang the number he gave me after waiting 20 mins. if he denies it i will paste and copy the emails we exchanged

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  • Obafan

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Some on here now insist they wanted Allerdyce longer to see if he was able to create something. Come on remeber (not a year ago) how we all wanted him to go ASAP (me too). I will never regret the fact that MA sacked Allerdyce, maybe the only good thing he has done as chairman.

    Fair comments tho’ by Allerdyce.

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  • nando

    Sep 26, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #40

    tom toon- breast fed at 12? whatever gets your rocks off tom. when you have sex education at school you will learn that this is unlikely

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