Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce returns to St James’ Park tonight for the first time, since he was let go by Newcastle on 9th January of 2008, which was a short 6 weeks before a certain Chris Hughton joined Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, as a coach on 22nd February.
Sam Allardyce – stressed out while at Newcastle
Sam Allardyce talked today:
“I have proved most of the time that when I get a football club it improves from where it was.” “That was going to be the case at Newcastle, but I was not given enough time, but there is no bitterness towards the club”
“I’m not sure that apart from Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson anyone else has managed at this level for as long as I have.” “I take a huge amount of pleasure in having been able to sustain my ability in the best league in the world.”
It’s good that Sam bears no grudges towards Newcastle, because life is just too short to hold any grudges – you had far better just get on with things.
We agree that being given about 8 months is just too short a time frame to be able ot make a difference, but it could be that it was the way Sam had Newcastle playing, which was the main reason why he was let go by the club.
And big Sam is full of praise for young Andy Carroll, and he would certainly like to see the Gateshead-born striker get an England cap, sooner rather than later.
“I had Andy as a young man at Newcastle when I was there and you could see the raw talent.” “They love a number nine there and it’s a big ask to live up to the expectations, but he’s brave, he’s fearless and he has exceptionally good ability, particularly aerially, as we saw against Arsenal.”
“There are few players that could score goals of that type today and that’s why he’s such an exciting player.” “He’s the sort of centre-forward that Fabio Capello likes, a big man up front.” “In the beginning it was Emile Heskey and we all know the one thing Emile couldn’t give the England side was goals.”
“He could make a lot of goals and could create opportunities but you had to rely on other players scoring.” “Then Peter Crouch has been tried and I think Andy Carroll is emerging now and on the back of a very good start to the Barclays’ Premier League – and six goals to boot – he deserves to be included in a friendly international.” “I think Fabio should let the lad have a little taste of what it’s like at that level.”
There’s a lot of speculation about whether Fabio Capello will select big Andy for the game at Wembley against France next Wednesday, and it’s not much different for the last time, when Andy was left out of the final squad.
And talk about Andy playing for Scotland, if he doesn’t get a cap soon for England, is simply nonsense.
Not many England-born players want to play for Scotland if an England cap is at all a possibility, so the chances of Andy playing for Scotland are about 0.01% – at best.