As we said earlier this morning Khizanishvili has plenty of time for the Blackburn Rovers boss, Sam Allardyce, as a person.
Big Sam – while at Newcastle – gulp!
And it turns out that Sam also told the Georgian that Newcastle was a great club and apparently only had good things to say about Newcastle, even though his removal as manager a year last January was a little brutal.
The good words Sam has about the club will be well received by Newcastle fans, that’s for sure.
Allardyce was sacked after just eight months in charge on Tyneside, which is hardly time enough to do much at all at a football club, but Big Sam didn’t seem too bitter after his removal, and he was given a handsome £ 4M pay-off.
Despite his failure on Tyneside, Khizanishvili has claimed his Rovers manager had nothing but good things to say about the club, despite the stain it left on Sam’s managerial career, and he was unable to get another job for 12 months.
Zurab talked about Big Sam:
“We talked about Newcastle and he said there is no question it is an unbelievable club, a massive club,”
“But yes, he made it clear I was not really part of his plans. We talked about it and he was a really straight guy so I respect him for that.”
“Maybe he liked me (as a person) but not so much my football, so it was a footballing decision. Outside the football, we are friends.”
“Newcastle tried to get me here for six months. That is what my agent told me, but right now it is just for three months. That is fine for now.”
“I am here until December 19, that is three months. I must go back to Blackburn until January (when transfer window reopens). That is definite.”
“From January, I can talk about my future then, maybe another loan until the end of the season. But for ten, 11 days I have to go back there.”
That seems so unusual to have a 3 months deal when Zurab will now miss the home game against Middlesbrough on the 20th December, the away game at Sheffield Wednesday on the 26th, and the home game against Derby County on the 28th.
These are 3 important games for the Tyneside club.
Let’s hope we don’t have our usual injury crisis at the club by then.