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Newcastle United Sack Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has been sacked as Newcastle United manager today “by mutual consent,” which is so much the fashion.

Pressure on Allardyce and the Newcastle board has been increasing and the move is likely to fuel speculation that Alan Shearer will become the next Newcastle manager.

However, I feel that Newcastle is making the wrong decision here. I wouldn’t be surprised if Big Sam wanted to leave anyway especially seeing how much pressure he is under and with a squad that still has massive holes in it (albeit, part of that blame can be fixed squarely on Allardyce’s shoulders).

The timing of the decision is odd. Allardyce and his Newcastle team showed heart and desire in the difficult away fixture against Stoke City in the FA Cup. So much so, that Allardyce received a standing ovation from some of the away supporters. Allardyce, that night, was the model of a old fashioned English manager, soaked to his skin from the rain and playing a style of football that wasn’t appealing but it got the job done (barely, that is).

After joining Newcastle from Bolton this past summer, Big Sam was in charge of Newcastle United for 24 matches, winning eight, losing 10 and drawing six.

The predicament that Newcastle United find themselves in now is that they have the January transfer window to bring in a flurry of new players to fix the holes in the back and midfield as well as one additional quality striker (especially if Obafemi Martins leaves). Plus United has to find a manager in short order also.

Alan Shearer, I believe, is the wrong person for the job. He’s as dull as a fish, lacks any managerial experience and has bored audiences for ages on the BBC with his lack of tactical analysis.

Life isn’t going to get any easier for Toon fans. Their next match is against Manchester United.

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20 Responses to Newcastle United Sack Sam Allardyce

  1. Kartik says:

    Great move by the Toon. Sacking a proven manager who won albeit with bung allegations hanging over his head at a much smaller club and bringing someone with no managerial experience. Perhaps the Jordies will be envious of Boro now since Southgate has much more experience under his belt than Shearer!

  2. TT says:

    Alan Shearer? You could tekk oot all of his teeth, put in 52 seats and you’d still not have a coach.

  3. Ryan says:

    They are forced to give the job to Shearer, if he chooses to accept it. That is what the supporters at the pubs are telling Mr.Ashley. He will fail like all the others have, but I will tell you that if he is 8(w)6(t)10(l) after his first 24 games the fans won’t want to sack him!!!

    Allardyce is a good manager who just needs time to build his team. His record at Bolton speaks for itself. He will land a new job rather quickly in my option. I could see him at Boro in the near future.

    Can we also discuss that this is the 7th manager sacke this year and the 8th to change teams. I know there is alot of money at stake but how are you ever going to be good if you continue to sack managers.

  4. BillE Shears says:

    It’s unfortunate, but not too surprising, particularly with the ownership change.

    Given the alternatives (Alan Shearer), I can’t really understand the timing of this decision. However, longterm, I don’t think Allardyce has “proven” much. He obviously has the ability to work with scant resources and keep a small club at mid-table, but that skill-set does not automatically translate to taking control of a big club and turning it into a trophy contender.

  5. Jeff Hash says:

    Looks like it won’t be Shearer…

    Sources close to Alan Shearer have confirmed to the BBC this evening that he is extremely unlikely to be the next manager of Newcastle.
    Shearer says he is currently very happy with his job on Match of the Day.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/7180147.stm

  6. The Scout says:

    From that BBC article: “Other names linked with the job include Martin Jol, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klinsmann, Marcello Lippi and former England boss Steve McClaren.”

    My money would be on either Jol or McClaren. The others mentioned would likely see it as a “step down” career-wise. McClaren needs to rebuild his reputation so it might be a good move for him.

  7. TT says:

    Scout, it may be a good move for him but spare a thought for those long-suffering Geordies!

    Look for a big name manager to arrive soon I reckon.

  8. Jeff Hash says:

    Another development: the betting houses have already slashed odds down to a favorite. Ladbrokes now has him at 4/6, Paddy Power at 4/7.

    Your money favorite: Harry Redknapp.

    Discuss.

  9. Kent says:

    Stupid club and stupid fans. They act like fans of the New York Yankees, but with the historical success of the Cleveland Indians. Their mid-table AND they haven’t played all that well. What do their fans think…that in six months they’re going to compete with Arsenal?

    Now, I don’t think that Big Sam’s done a great job or anything, but how long did he have? More importantly, what manager would want to go there when he/she could go to two dozen other sides with more realistic expectations, etc.

    I’ll just say that if he could win and win consistently at Bolton, he could win at Newcastle

  10. not a newcastle utd supporter! says:

    Think perhaps its time for some of the toon army to take a look in the mirror-You can bring in any manager worth his salt, and you can sack him once again, just as quick-but it aint going to change a single thing on the pitch. The problem with newcastle sides has little or nothing to do with the manager, the problem is that you have a collection of misfits-whom do not share your love or respect or honour of your club. Most of them are have beens- players whom have already peaked in their playing careers at other more high profile clubs, others are players that have yet to set the stage alight, players that promised much-but somehow failed to realise the best of themselves. These players have very obviously not committed to you or your club’s cause-They will readily sign on the dotted line, accept the terms of their contract, and then promptly align themselves with the nearest available bench. Newcastle Utd has become a home to this particular type of player- a player without endeavour or intent, a player devoid of heart or soul, a player who prefers to pass his time on the bench and amongst the injured list. Shame on these players. For each and everyone of them, there are thousands of young school boys who would give their two front teeth, for just one chance to play among the first team. I suggest, the toon army take back the power and glory of the club-by ridding its self of this particular parasite- the fans should stop affording these time wasters, these unscrupulous players a fan base. Shay Given, is the exception, and remains a fine example of a true professional. Day in Day out, he gives it is all. It is time to address the real issue at hand. It is not especially the managers that have been at fault-It is the players on the pitch who either do it or dont do it for you in the 90 mins. Newcastle has had a high player absentee rate for the majority of games over recent seasons -this is not any kind of accident, it is by design. It’s time to recognise just who is fooling who, before the arrival and immenient departure of yet another new manager-

  11. Shearer will not be the next Newcastle manager.

    The ‘not enough time’ brigade need to give it a rest – look what Eriksson’s done at Man City. He just took over for this season and they’re sitting in the top six.

  12. home truths! says:

    Hate to be the one to say it, but Newcastle Utd are the complete embodiement of everything that “is rotten” at the heart of the english game. This club’s actions on and off the pitch is reprehensible-and I will argue, that they are most guilty of bringing the english game into disrepute. Newcastle proudly stand tall at the top of the table of teams whom show complete and utter disregard to the ethics of the beautiful game. Their lack of honesty and integrity on the playing field is merely a reflection of what goes on behind the closed doors of their board of directors. The fans digraceful behaviour of chanting abuse at the clubs manager is just another symptom of the utter malaise that is Newcastle Utd, from top to bottom, and from the bottom to the top. This is a club that has allowed “player” and “chairmen” power to run the club as if it is their own personal playground. The club has become a joke and a euphisim for the rags to riches tale that is the premier league. All the moral fibre has been lost and replaced with euro fibre. The over inflated sense of entitlement, the notion that victory, glory can just be bought at any cost has remained prevalent, even in more modest leaner times at the club.-The club is happy to splash the cash- at over inflated players, who perceive themselves as “the made men”-who delude themselves into thinking they actually warrant the price tag, and worse than that, they arrive at the club, over inflated “diva” ego intact, and begin to demand and expect preferential treatment. In short, these players are of the opinion, that they are doing you a great favour by deigning to play for your club. They have absolutely no concept of what an honour it is to play for a club. These players see themselves as bigger in status and standing than any club, save Real Madrid. These are young immature vastly overpaid multi-millionaires, whom are celebrity obsessed. The game of football has laid the world at their feet, and yet most show little or no endeavour to their craft, instead, seek out celebrity, which is at total odds with their career path. Narcissistic Chairmen could never be better represented than by Freddie Shepherd, himself. Enough said. I conclude, this by stating that I can only hope that the deluded toon army get their wish-I only wish Alan Shearer would have the bottle or the balls to step up to the mark-but as apparently he still has not set about applying for his coaching liscense or badge-I shall have to hold my breadth!

  13. Kent says:

    To that end and as I mentioned, who’d want that job? A futbol club doesn’t “just win” because of its name. But, even beyond that, Newcastle has been “okay” this season…enough of “okay” to give Sam a chance. I’d take him over Curbs any day of the week.

  14. eplnfl says:

    I have to join the group of fans that believe what happened in Newcastle is a sign of whats wrong with English football and what may lead to it’s drop in worldwide fan interest. You can not simply insert manager “A” and expect to have a CL spot reserved for you.

    If any other team wants to break into the big 4, or is it now 3 1/2, then you can either be sold to a super-rich owner who will buy every player he wants or spend the years it takes to build a youth system , acquire players on the market, and play smart football. Anything else just won’t do. So, if the managerial merry-go-round continues, this fans passion for English football will diminish.

  15. Darin says:

    Santiago Munez for manager!

  16. Dragonki2012 says:

    That’s why they won win anything and won’t be near Europe.

  17. CB says:

    Shearer’s no great loss, unless they actually hire him. After all, wouldn’t you want a manager who’s won something?

  18. Jeff Hash says:

    Sky Sports News (breaking just now):

    Newcastle to make official approach for Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp on Friday morning. Redknapp said to be contemplating making the jump.

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