Sam Allardyce was very professional when he was fired by Newcastle in January, 2008 after only about eight months at the club, but he has never criticized the club or Mike Ashley since then, and of course big Sam and his coaches were very well compensated by Newcastle – and that no doubt helped.
Chris Mort was the Chairman at the time and no doubt handled the situation professionally – we were always impressed with Chris in the short time he was Chairman and he left in May of 2008 to rejoin his law practice – he was replaced by Derek Llambias.
Sam Allardyce after signing on at Newcastle
This is what the 61 year-old experienced manager has said today:
“Managing Newcastle was an experience I wanted to last a long time,” “It didn’t, but I have no quarrels with anybody – certainly not Mike.”
“He made a decision and got on with it. He sorted me out, I left, and I wished him all the best for the future.
“Whatever anybody says, he’s still the owner of the football club and he’s trying to win as many matches as Steve (McClaren) is trying to win, I believe.”
Sam usually does well against Newcastle and certainly he will have tightened up the Sunderland defense in the short time he has been there.
The match will likely depend on how our in-form forward line can play on Sunday and whether we can open up the Sunderland defense.
Newcastle could even get a few more goals if we are as direct as we were against Norwich,
But our defense will also have to play a lot better than last time out if we are to win this game.