Chronicle has a report yesterday about Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort who was tight-lipped when he left the JJB Stadium after the dismal defeat by Wigan Athletic. Contrasting to him, a lot of Toon supporters were up in arms against manager Sam Allardyce.
To speak the truth we have a (what can only be described) wretched performance and result after coming hard from behind twice on a 2-2 home draw with Derby last Sunday. At JJB Stadium, 5,000 Toon Army chants after the Latics took the lead and forcing United to have a chasing game once again in the spare of three days.
The travelling Geordies also shouting a call for Alan Shearer to be brought into the St James’s hotseat. I thought for some reasons the call for Geordie legend Shearer is probably a good thing to try, but in the capacity of becoming Big Sam’s number two, not to replaced him as the new manager of Newcastle United.
On the same day, the man who can make all the decisions, United’s owner Mike Ashley was sitting right in the middle of the Toon Army once again, with his black-and-white strip. One of our contributor Mungo, who was also inside the crowds last Wednesday said that Ashley looks dejected.
Sam Allardyce has two-and-a-half years contract with Newcastle worth around £3m-a-year, together with more or less of the 20 current backroom staff who are working with him. Those are the fact that nobody ever think about the other possible conflict if we do the axing of Big Sam.
My honest opinion is to starting everything once again from zero was not the best choice for us at the moment. Mike Ashley will need to think wisely before making any decisions about Big Sam at least until the last game of 2007 tomorrow against Chelsea.
Meanwhile, after the game Chris Mort refused to make any comment regarding to the result but he told the Chronicle about the same old story who seems to raised once again at the club.
“You lose a game – and lose it badly – and you are under the cosh, especially if you are the manager.” Mort said as quoted from the Chronicle, “I cannot blame the fans for what they were singing. We weren’t good enough and you don’t need to be an expert to see that.”
Newcastle chairman understands perfectly how the Toon Army have spends their hard-earned money and the only thing they want to see in return was Newcastle fight for the game and do an awful lot better than they did at Wigan. It was noticeable again at the JJB there was no support (once again) for Big Sam.
And to give response to the Unsatisfied Toon Army, Allardyce says on the official site that he does not blame the Toon Army for their reaction during the disappointing Boxing Day defeat at Wigan. He said that if he was one of them he would be singing what they sang because we’re not good enough.
Allardyce admitted he and his teams are have to accept the new pressure and use it as a positive thing, not being as negative, not shrivel and die. He asks his players to wear their heart on the sleeves and go on fighting back because that is what gets you out of current difficult situations.
“Then you use the abilities you have, but we can’t rely on ability alone to win us matches. You need more than that to win games in this league.” Allardyce said.