For tonight’s game at Everton, the Toffees manager Sam Allardyce has talked about his past times with Rafa Benitez when Rafa was at Liverpool, and big Sam was managing Bolton Wanderers.
It should be a good and close game tonight, but we are hoping we can make it five wins in a row and go above the Toffees in the league table.
Sunderland have missed Sam since he left for the England job just less than two years ago, and if Sam had stayed at the Black Cats, they would still be in the Premier League next season and not in League One.
Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce at St. James’ Park – March 20, 2016
This is what Allardyce has said about Newcastle and Rafa:
“From a difficult period they have managed to recover and get in the Premier League and they have turned it around.”
“They have put together a run of games and we’ll see a better Newcastle than we saw up there (when Everton won 1-0).”
“Rafa has progressed very well. He has always expressed his disappointment with not enough funds – we can all say we don’t have enough funds.”
“What he has managed with the funds he has, particularly in the January months, has been excellent.”
“I was winding up anyone I could (back when Sam was Bolton manager) and it worked well at times. That doesn’t happen now.”
“I wouldn’t go back to that. I’m too long in the tooth and mature for it.”
“It’s been that long I have nothing but respect for the football club. It felt unjust but I have moved on.”
When we get older, we do get a little wiser (sometimes).
Everton have been struggling a bit of late, so it’s a good time for us to play them – although we very rarely take anything away from Goodison Park.