Sam Allardyce Shifted the Blame for Newcastle’s Poor Season

February 05 07:25 2008 Print This Article

Sam Allardyce finally speaking for the first time to the press yesterday after his parted company with United last month. Sam Allardyce said that he has done what any best manager can do for Newcastle. He also said to have not enough backing from Mike Ashley to buy new players last summer.

“I am smarting, I think that for me (given) the timing, and the few games I had, it was a massive shock when they said they were going to make a change.” Allardyce said as quoted from Sky Sports, “At the start of the season we had a short window with the new owners to work with. We had not as much money as I expected.”

Big Sam said that his original plan to came to Newcastle is to spend big money, the old way that the former chairman Freddie Shepperd had always done with this club.

Allardyce said he has told the new owner to get stick at some point but they haven’t been able to handle the pressure from the Toon Army and some media journalists.

“I’m the casualty of that. Looking back over that short period I don’t think any of it was particularly my fault.” He added more, “At the time I considered myself to have a chance but since I’ve left things have been said that I was never their man.”

On his 8 months in charge, most of the Toon supporters admit they were never convinced by Allardyce’s appointment, and the media report also said the same thing because of the style of football he favoured. Allardyce was not agree about that opinion and said that the job isn’t too big for him.

“That’s an absolute load of rubbish. A job of that size is about the size of the fans, not the club internally. I don’t think the fans didn’t like me. I think they did like me, but it was the agitators that were the problem, the Press and one or two of the ex-players.”

In my honest opinion, Big Sam was right in some points, and maybe we didn’t have given him enough time to set the right foundation for the club to go forward. I also think that he was also right about the limited funds he gets from the new owner, but I’m not agree of what he said about the agitators between the Toon supporters.

Maybe his biggest mistake was he never listen to what others said about his style of football. Sir Bobby Robson has told him about what the Geordies love to see every Saturday is the attacking style not Big Sam’s Boltonised version of Newcastle United.

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  1. Nenad in Belgrade
    February 06, 18:03 #1 Nenad in Belgrade

    Who gives a toss anyway. It seems to me that it’s been years since Sam was in charge! He did’t get money for new players, but he did get a few mil to go and tan his arse somewhere where there is no football and whre nobody knows his name. Not bad IMO…

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