It’s an interesting match-up for the managers at tomorrow’s Newcastle vs West Ham game, because each manager is meeting one of the former teams he managed and was eventually fired from.
Sam Allardyce – done well at West Ham
This is Sam’ third season in charge at the Hammers and he’s done well, having got West Ham promoted a year ago via a playoff against Blackpool, and then last season steered the club to 10th place, 5 places above where we finished up. 🙁
Newcastle fans at the moment are less than happy with Newcastle’s summer transfer window, and new Director of Football Joe Kinnear has only been able to bring in Loic Remy on loan from QPR, and Newcastle have missed out on a number of their striker targets.
Sam was manager at Newcastle United from May, 2007 through January of the next year, when he was rather ruthlessly fired by owner Mike Ashley, after some unimpressive results.
Here’s what Sam had to say in the Daily Mail about Joe Kinnear’s appointment and about the Newcastle fans:
“I was very surprised when they appointed Joe. He obviously built up a good relationship with the owner the first time he was there. I know Joe has a huge amount of experience but he could have made life easier for himself if he had not made the public statements he made.”
“Football clubs are run by the owners. It’s their responsibility and they’re quite within their right to do what they see fit, i.e. sack me. I wasn’t his choice.” ‘I had a Director of Football at my first job at Blackpool, Billy Bingham.”
“But I think it depends on the relationship you have or you build. It also depends on the relationship between you, the owner and the Director of Football.
‘If that is working in your favor then that can help the football club, help the results and help you.”
“If not — if the Director of Football is not promoting the players that you want to buy but the players he wants — it’s a massive problem.”
“Newcastle fans turn up every week and if the team are doing bad they still turn up, whereas at most clubs they stop going. But when you are not doing so well they show their disapproval very quickly and that’s the pressure, particularly for the players.”
“I always remember, when I went there, Gary Speed said, “Just be careful and make sure any player you buy can handle the pressure at Newcastle”, and he was right.”
Sam’s record at Newcastle was not a particularly good one, and it was a short tenire of eight months, and in 24 games he won 8 drew 6 and lost 10, for a win percentage of 33.3% and a losing percentage of 41.7%.
Since Sam was fired from Newcastle, he has won games at St. Jame’s Park when manager of Blackburn Rovers, and last season his West Ham side won 1-0.
It’s a vitally important game for the lads tomorrow, and a win is what we need, but a loss will bring even more doom and gloom to Tyneside.
A win would be terrific, and that’s what we are hoping for.
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