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Sam – My Glass is Half Full

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce insisted last night that the point gained against Sunderland yesterday was a very good point.

Seems like the Newcastle boss is already fed up with all the negativity that surrounds the Newcastle club right now.

But Sam will have to get used to the fact that at Newcastle things are either great or terrible, and unfortunately there’s nothing in between.

Sam Allardyce – my glass is half full

Sam is a positive guy and you can always look at things being very bad – you just look for all the bad stuff that’s happened. When you’re positive you of course look at the good things that have happened. It just depends which way you look at things. But the positive thinkers in this world are more successful, there’s little doubt about that.

Sam talked about his doubters last night as he said:

“My glass is half-full, yours is half-empty,” “We’re still nine points ahead of where we were last year, yet you’re still so negative.”

It’s true that after 12 league games last year we had only 9 points, with just 2 wins and 3 draws. Our goal difference was -7 having scored 7 goals and conceded 14. The interesting stat is that this year we’ve conceded more goals, 18 in total, as contrasted to 14 last season. But we’ve scored 19 times this season but had only 7 goals at this time last year.

So our defense was actually better last year than it is this season, so far. And that just about sums up our season so far. We’ve conceded some stupid goals that have cost us too many points. The sooner Sam can fix that the sooner more Newcastle fans will agree with Sam, that the glass is indeed half full – and not completely empty.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • toonbully

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Sam should wipe taht smile off his face at training , and take his bloody DJ mike oot , concentrate on the football . More discipline at the bacxk and in midfield . Start playing the players in their correct positions namely Taylor in the middle of the back 4 . Zogs should be on the flanks . Oba is our top scorer , why is he warming the bench ?
    We are already looking like Bolton , the fact that a long kick up the field by Harper to Owen was one of our best moves scares me . No midfield clout yet again Emre looked disinterested yet again , and Barton was too dirty he is certainly no Parker in midfield .
    Sam , what do you do on the practice fields to teach them set pieces , midfield magic, and one touch , triangles and squares ?
    38 years and counting…..

  • wsq

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Please don’t use statistics to mislead people. if you want to go against a real statistician I’m on! The football your showing is not misleading! such bull shit coming from a manager!

  • Pete

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Sigh – it isn’t that bad

    although we haven’t played anyone decent yet

  • UTD111

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think comparisons with the first 12 games of last season tell us very much – we played different teams in the first 12 games last season so the comparison is meaningless ie we’re not comparing like with like.
    Personally, I’m very disappointed at the moaners who have again come out of the woodwork – some people who call themselves United fans seem to be professional whingers, are never happy and to be fair would be better off supporting Manure or Arsenal where they wouldnt have to throw their toys out of the pram.
    Sam came to us widely acknowledged as one of the best managers in the Premier League. Every time he opens his mouth, he talks a lot of sense and has probably forgotten more about football than most of the moaners will ever know. He’s been in charge for 12 games and is in the process of installing some method and discipline (which were sadly lacking last year) whilst at the same time doing it with 7 new players. He’s still finding out about all of his players – hence his statements about not yet knowing what his best side is. ALL OF THESE THINGS TAKE TIME – but he will get it right. Give him the time and stop moaning.
    Cheers Mick

  • Hammy

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    You reap what you sow……..after two disastourous managerial appointments,
    Big Sam was drafted in to sort out the mess……most fans will agree with the players he got rid of and most fans were delighted with the players he brought in at the time. This isn’t the Sun’s fantasy football league…this is real football with real people……Sam went with the line up with most Premiership experience today and after recent results I would have taken 1-1 after being 1-0 down. Sure I don’t agree with his tactics or some of the performances but I also realise that picking 11 superstars will not necessarily give you an unbeatable team.
    Although Mourinhio managed to do it, albeit Chelski ran at a trading loss of about £200 million over 3 seasons……great business…..eh…

    Sam has a tough job…….even tougher thanks to some “supporters”
    Let’s get behind the team…..and well done to the toon away fans who did a great job of drowning out the mackems.

    Oh and those that bother to boo the toon. F&*&k off and go support manure or someone like that, we don’t need you.

  • ross

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    If he’s sick of negative comments he should stop playing negative football. He’s got to realise he’s not just at any football club. He’s at Newcastle United. We have the players to beat anyone but its about time they started to believe it.

  • Hadrian

    Nov 11, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7

    the points tell a different story to the fixture list .
    and we had bloody glen roeder last season , he honestly think thats an achievment? getting more points in that glen .
    wonder if his glass weill be half empty after the next 3 games .

  • Shane

    Nov 11, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    We gotta start believing in the players

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    utd111, how dare you criticise us professional whingers, I will keep whingeing until we have trophys in the cabinet and if you and Sam don’t like it, well tough.

    PS Areyou really Chris Mort.

  • Leo

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #10

    wsq for once i agree with you, look at the teams we were playing… we hadnt played great teams up until man city and pompey, and we lost them. the games we won were against lousy teams…

    hopefully i am not getting gripped by all this negativity surrounding us, but facts speak for themselves.

    we need a point agaisnt liverpool

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    It wouldn’t as a big surprise to me if we beat Liverpool. There a bit of optimism.

  • UTD111

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    No I’m not Chris Mort, but I wish I had the same bank balance!

  • Rob kirton

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #13

    UTD111: Sorry but I have to disagree about your views on Allardyce. He has never been a top premiership manager. He has won diddly squat. Overall Souness has a far more successful track record as a manager. Scary thought really….

    I would like to believe he is someone with potential, to me his tactics at the moment are suggesting otherwise. He should be left to get on with the job and reviewed at the seasons end, unless of course he manages to drag us to to the bottom three. Shouldn’t happen as there are easily three worse teams in the prem, 2 of them just down the A19 :0)

  • Graham

    Nov 11, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Hammy – couldn’t have put it better. Allardyce is 6 months into a job – and a project that will take longer than 12 games to complete. All the whingers and those who boo at games – we dont need you as supporters as you are causing more harm to the club than good.

    Let not go down the same road as shepherd and sack every manager before they’ve had time to warm their seat. Lets just get behind allardyce and the players for the rest of the season and take it from there.

    Oba should be first choice striker mind…

  • Alex

    Nov 11, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Graham-I dont think we need to worry about Mike Ashley going down the same road as Shepherd he seems to have to much common sense than to do that.shepherd kept sacking managers to save his own neck after all he appointed them then realised he had made yet another mistake.Sir Bobby being the exeption and lets all remember it took him a couple of seasons to bring the good times back and that is why Sam should get the same amount of time as sir Bobby got.

  • Hadrian

    Nov 11, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #16

    i agree alex to a point , but all these managers we get in ask for time and instead of building upon what we have they rip the team apart and start again … not getting anywhere in the process .
    sam is a victim of our previous managers , they all had time and money .
    lets get a few things clear , we’ve had a good fixture list this season ,we have been beaten by teams we expect to beat , we needed these points to get us thru the hard times, this is why sam is getting slack .
    everyone see’s right thru this ‘9 points better off’ malarky . the fixture’s were all winable . id like to see how many points better off we are after we have played everyone at least once .

  • George

    Nov 11, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #17

    After our last three performances, i would say our glass is nearly empty for the season now. With only the FA cup and a mid table to look forward to, bang goes another season.
    Even when we beat spurs we looked good because spurs were that bad. Again why the positonal changes. We need two wide men to get the ball into the box for our strikers. We do not need a winger in defence. Alan Smith is not a midfielder, he is a stiker. Joey Barton needs time in the reserves while this court case is over him as he is not producing on the pithch. Although the FA may take him out of the game for a game or two after saturdays tackle.
    It is not the players who need sorting out it is SA, he does not know who to play and were to play them. I wonder how Mike Ashley will be thinking after being so close to any critism fired at players and manager alike when at Sunderland.

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Tell you what lads it’s amazing how quickly things can turn around, Tottenham won again today yet 2 weeks ago they were relegation fodder, now they are looking like a top six team. Same with West Ham so lets not bury our hopes yet.

  • evildick

    Nov 11, 2007 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we will sneak a point at anfield.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #20

    i think so too evildick, if not even 3. We were always able to perform against the better teams, and after all the recent disappointments it i can sense a storm coming. ( a good, sunny breeze that is ; ) ) .

  • Len

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #21

    This 9 points ahead of last year isnt fooling anyone. Just a lot of BS. He has got one thing right. He needs results to buy time to put his plans in place. Not great results just something we can believe in. O’Neil went 12 games without a win but showed a lot of spirit in hard fought draws. You could see what they were trying to do from day 1. I have no idea what we are trying to do. Looking at the fixture list it is very possible we could be back in 14 place end January.

  • Len

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #22

    While I am here a word on defending. For me there is too much defending = back four. The whole team needs to defend. I have watched ours closely and most of our team dont and I am thinking that is a big piece of the problem. Duke and Owen dont do a stroke. Emre puts in one or two tackles but never leaves the centre circle and is only 5′ anyway. Milner isnt exactly heavy on tracking back either. Barton just isnt fit. Which means every time Mackem mid field charge forward our back four were completely outnumbered, time and again. Put together with hoof ball tactics and what this means is effectively we have 5 defenders, five (small) forwards looking for the big boot upfield and no midfield as such. I remember this approach from my sons team when he was 4. His coaches had that sorted in around 12 months.

  • Sandy McNair

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #23

    My Glass is 3/4 empty. BSA is giving short measures to the punters

  • Sandy McNair

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Could not agree with Len more. It was the one thing that Souness was spot on about. If we are to win anything the whole teams work rate needs to increase. Forwards are not good at sticking the foot in, but they should track back and help minimise the space (before it gets to our final 3rd).

    It all works together not defending deep and defending from the front. Simple. Is in’t it?

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Oh my, so much negativity after picking up a point against a decent Sunderland side.

    Come on guys, get behind the team and manager as we all know he still has a major rebuilding operation and January should be a busy time provided Ashley provides some cash.

    Remember, BSA spent £10M last summer; about one-third of what Sunderland spent and a lot less than many of our competitors….

    Let’s give BSA more time and some money to build the team we strive for.

    I’m still optimistic and glass……, half full!

  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Evil Dick and Toonking – sorry lads but we are playing Liverpool at St James Park.

  • evildick

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    well 3 points in the bag then aye?


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