Sam Allardyce looks like he will be back in the Premier League this weekend when Sunderland will likely appoint him the new manager to take over the club after Dutch manager Dick Advocaat left after last weekend’s 2-2 home draw with Sam’s former club West Ham.
Sam Allardyce while at Newcastle
That means that Sam’s second game is against Newcastle and three of the previous managers have been able to beat Newcastle in their second game in charge – Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat.
This looks to us like a conspiracy to beat Newcastle for the sixth time in a row.
If Newcastle manage to lose the game at the Stadium of Light it will be another humiliation and Newcastle’s sixth defeat in succession against Sunderland and it will be very hard to take for the Newcastle fans.
That’s especially true because in the last three years Sunderland have struggled with relegation in every one of those seasons.
Big Sam was manager of Newcastle from May 2008 through early January of the next year when he was replaced by Kevin Keegan.
The reason we have lost the previous five games is our players haven’t had the desire or guts for the game and we have been outfought by the Sunderland players and they are going to be upbeat with a new manager coming in.
And big Sam would appear to be a good choice for the Black Cats – and if anybody can save Sunderland this season it’s probably Sam.
The 60 year-old is an experienced Premier League manager and he has said he will sign free agent Kevin Nolan and probably install him as the captain if he gets the job.
This to us looks just little bit ominous for Newcastle and we could be in for another shock at the Stadium of Light especially if our players don’t turn up for the match – and that’s happened too many times in the recent past.
Of course looking on the positive side of things Sunderland are not a good side and a win against them would do wonders for Newcastle – but these derby games are a test of will and character and our players haven’t shown much of that this season.
Not yet anyway.
In the past few seasons Sunderland players have played the two games against Newcastle like their season depended on it and managed to win the last five.
Maybe that’s the way our Newcastle players should approach this game.
What do you think?
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