If the England Football Association found it hard to get the right one to coaching the England team and consider it as the impossible job, what about managing Newcastle United?
Sam Allardyce spent more than seven years at Bolton Wanderers before establishing himself as one of the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking managers he used to be. But now he is at the club with the most passionate and have so little patience like Newcastle United.
I was used to have more patience when dealing what’s going on at the Tyneside club, I’m not the kind of supporter who want instant success and was against sacking any managers when he is only got short time to deliver something for the club. But the current situation is making me speechless.
Allardyce said one of the reason is he wanted a “challenge” when he left his Reebok Stadium comfort zone in the summer and what he’s expecting now has certainly arrived on his desk.
Before the last weekend fixture against Liverpool, Alan Smith labelled it a “benchmark” game to judge how far they have come so far this season. The 52,307 St. James’ crowd have seen exactly “how far” Allardyce’s side has come this season, and the answer is not very far at all – if not backwards.
When Allardyce was asked after the game if he could remember going through a game at Bolton where they never had a shot on target at home. His answer is “Many times”, adding more his Bolton team often got a draw in such kind of circumstances, but why that not happened last weekend?
Yes, we are heading out to the Liverpool fixture without Michael Owen, Faye and Taylor. From what I have seen so far this season, we can count Owen and Taylor out for any consideration of a missed, only Faye that was really missing from the squad on Saturday.
The other big question is why Allardyce always make the change for Newcastle team each week. It’s ok if he has injury problems, but why James Milner is on the bench remains a mistery. Is he also get injured?
Meanwhile, our ‘beloved’ Owen has nothing to say about the weekend result but he is questioning the England team performance against Croatia, which is in my honest opinion shows no respect at all for what happen to Newcastle United.
Big Sam will have the more difficult three fixtures after the weekend, with three games in a space of a week time starting from December 1st against Blackburn, and folowing by the home fixture against the managerless Birmingham City and Arsenal.
I only can predicted the Birmingham match as the only possible three points out of nine, and what happen next to Allardyce as Newcastle manager is very interesting to watch.