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.