From the TimesOnline, A delegation of three senior players approached Allardyce after Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat by Liverpool ten days ago, when concerns were expressed about recent developments. Shay Given, the goalkeeper, was one (Allardyce denied that Michael Owen was another) and there has been further disquiet at plans for the team to spend a significant part of the festive period away from their families.
Finally, the truth is about to reveal, who is the ‘bad guy' in our current Newcastle United team. I said ‘Bad' doesn't referring to a negative thought, but more to rejection to leave the comfort zone.
It is normally happens when you have a change in your personal life, in this case to have a new manager on your team will cause a significant changes that sometimes uncomfortable for some.
Highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish. A comfort zone is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries that are not real.¹
We all gather a set of constricting habits around us—ones that trap us in a zone of supposed comfort, well below what our potential would allow us to attain. Pretty soon, such habits slip below the level of our consciousness, but they still determine what we think that we can and cannot do—and what we cannot even bring ourselves to try. As long as you let these habits rule you, you’ll be stuck in a rut.²
More from the Times article, Allardyce dismissed any suggestion of a confrontation or dispute, describing the discussions as routine rather than dramatic.
“Players are not happy about a lot of the stuff that I do because they are players and I’m the manager,” he said.
“I know what’s right for them and I know it more than they do. Today’s politically correct society believes it’s a disruption, but it’s an everyday occurrence as a manager.”
The basic discussion is (probably) about the plans from United's coaching staff to head south rather than back to north after the Premier League fixture away to Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day.
United will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 29th which is their last fixtures of 2007. The plan is causing a discontent from several Newcastle's senior players. Allardyce’s task is to convince his squad, that the plan is for the good of Newcastle United as a team and to reach that a sacrifice from all the players will be beneficial.
“When you start putting the right way forward, some of your players don’t like it, but it’s for the benefit of the team, not for one or two individuals,” Allardyce said. “Some of it sneaks in the papers and whoever did it might think it’s making a point, but it will only make me more resilient and stronger. You have to not be distracted by that and keep doing what’s right.”
Well, if this comfort zone that matter to Newcastle United recent slumps in Premier League, Big Sam task is to convince them that all of this has to be done for their own good and the team in general.