Allardyce – Huge Gamble on Hughton and Calderwood

Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has come out today, and says he thinks Newcastle United are unwisely jeopardizing their position in the Premier League, by not bringing in an experienced manager during Joe Kinnear’s absence.


Sam Allardyce – Newcastle need proper manager right now 

 Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce said today:

“I think my brief comment (on Newcastle) is that they need a manager and that’s it really.”

“In this situation, you need your manager. If Joe hasn’t fully recovered – which I sincerely hope he does – then at this stage of the season and in this position, your manager is crucial.”

“That’s nothing against Chris Hughton or Colin Calderwood, but all the players there know that they’re not the manager. You need a manager because the manager goes a long way towards deciding whether you stay up or get relegated.”

“That’s by his plan of action, by his selection process, by his substitutes, by his motivating and by what you draw on to try to get your players through that particular scenario.”

“It’s not just that. You need a leader. The players need to know who is in charge and that’s very, very important.”

After our feeble performance last week there was lots of news in the Sunday papers, saying that Mike Ashley would bring in Terry Venables for the rest of the season, but those stories were not true.

After failing to win at Hull, Newcastle have now gone 4 games with Chris and Colin in charge, and have only 2 points, and our next two games are against Arsenal and Chelsea. In the 5 games Chris took over, after Kevin Keegan left the club last September, we lost every game.

Chris’ record in 9 games in charge is not good, and yes we can even add in the WBA 3-2 win to that, and it’s still not too good – with just 5 points from 10 games in charge.

So dealing with the plain facts, Chris has not done well at the helm at  Newcastle, and the danger is two more defeats and we are in big big trouble.

We also face the possibility that Joe will not be able to come back at say Tottenham, because that depends on his rather fragile condition, and coming right back into the Newcastle oven, is hardly what his doctors will want.

It’s a gamble that Mike Ashley has taken, and unless we can get a couple of wins before Joe finally returns, it’s a gamble that will have failed miserably.

We hardly like saying that – but it could be the inconvenient truth.

Another reason we need the win today against Arsenal.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    hughton and calderwood makes big sam look good

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Sadly, the fat lad’s right. We should have appointed a manager as a stand-in when Joe went into hospital. I think this will be the mistake that takes us down…

  • batty

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    as we all know fat ash is a gambler but i think he,s gonna lose this bet

  • UTD111

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Its not Hughton’s fault. The rot set in when cashley told Sir Kevin he had to take orders from a little scumbag like Wise. And when (quite rightly) Sir Kevin refused, Cashley chose to back Wise……..
    Brave decision Mikey-boy – and its blowing up in your face with each game….
    And the rumours are theyve dropped Lil Mikey for todays game – how positive

    The Mob running this club haven’t got a clue!!!!

  • Stuart79

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5


    Can’t believe you think that!

    We were never in any relegation trouble under Sam. Football wasn’t great but what you rather have?

    Sacking him after only 6 months was one of Ashley biggest mistakes, history is proving that point.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Bet Sam is loving this : )

    JK shouldn’t have been hired to begin with…he is a short term solution (i use that word loosely) to a long term problem…now the problem has got out of hand and it’s going to get worse as the season drags on.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7


    “Its not Hughton’s fault”. It is unfair on him that he has been put through this by the club, but he could of done a lot better if he had a bit of common sense

  • spiderpig

    Mar 21, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    we all know this really dont we.i firmly beleive not replacing jfk when he had his heart problem will be the end of a tragic tale and the biggest mistake of ashleys tenure.if we some how miraclously survive.we will face this again next season.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 21, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9


    Totally agree, everyone could see it apart from our glorious leaders!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Stuart79 you forgot to add Stardust to your sentence : )

  • Greg B

    Mar 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Allardyce spot on, Ashley is playing a dangerous game by firstly having inexperienced lads in charge of the team at this crucial stage (whereby we are a fair bet to get relegated) and secondly keeping Kinnear on tender hooks, basically the job has done Joe’s health no good whatsoever, yes I know he could have needed the op wether he took the job or not but the fact is he is not a well man and the huge task of managing Newcastle United has not done his health any good at all.
    Bring in a new manager NOW, not at the end of the season when the current lads have taken us down, probably uttering the spiel ‘it was our inexperience, we did our best’ – get someone in who, wether we go down or now, can come out and say ‘its down to me, Im in charge and I will take the flack’……
    In our situation there are few managers who would want the job but Im betting (and after reading an interview a while back) Ketsbaia would jump at the chance, a fully commited, young talented manager who’s track record is rather impressive to say the least.

  • boater

    Mar 21, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Spiderpig… I agree – Ashley’s failure to appoint someone could prove to be the fatal blow in a masterpiece 10 step guide to getting us relegated.

    The haunted powerless look on houghton’s face spells impending disaster. I don’t blame him – he wants to show he’s up to it… but he should have been put of his misery by now.

    Gamble is right… the best bit is we have a joke make-shift team with a near 95% defeat rate.. to keep the seat warm for someone who won 4 in 21 and has been driven to the brink of a heart attack twice as a manager….

    This season reminds me of leeds when they went down….

  • komfort

    Mar 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13



    Mar 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Chris Houghton sacked by Spurs
    Colin Calderwood sacked by Nottm Forest
    JFK sacked by Luton Town and Nottingham Forest
    All three have Spurs ties!!!

    These 3 men are here to save our Huge beloved club!!!!!

    RIP Newcastle United

  • heavyhittas

    Mar 21, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m not an Allardyce fan but give me him over Kinnear and Houghton / Calderwood any day !!

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Sam looks like he’s having a right laugh in your photo, Ed. Couldn’t blame him.
    As for Ashley being a gambler – that’s his right, but any seasoned punter will tell you, never bet more than you can afford to lose – which relegation could be.

    Pompey have won. More good news!???

  • Macas

    Mar 21, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Allardyce would have got us relegated the way we were playing under him. Although rumnour has it he was hoping to sign a certain Mr. Arshavin in the January transfer window he was sacked in…

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #18



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