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Big Sam feels some Geordie wrath


Sam Allardyce has been sacked after 24 games in charge of Newcastle.

A change in ownership at the club had not impacted on Allardyce’s reign too much with continued support being offered from Mike Ashley.

However, hours after speaking to reporters about potential transfer targets, Allardyce wa contacted by Sky Sports to ask was there any truth to the rumours he had been dismissed.

Sam said he’d have to go and check and sure enough. Bang. Sacked.

The pay-off might lessen the blow for Sam but his reputation will have been damaged by the last few months. Despite spending reasonably significant funds on players. Newcastle’s familiar woes in defence particularly, continued.

Some dodgy signings and a few untimely injuries have not helped matters but Newcastle fans were ultimately unhappy at Big Sam’s style of football – notoriously physical. All heart and no….talent?

An opening-day win against former club Bolton meant things were looking up at the start of his reign but defeats to Derby (the bottom club’s sole win this season) and hammerings by Liverpool and Portsmouth meant the media sensed blood. And blood is what they got. Loads of it…..(did we mention the name Big Sam – an alternative is Fat Sam but we feel that is harsh. Kind of.)

Alan Shearer has inevitably been linked with the job. The BBC says he wants to stay there as a pundit. However the fact that they said it and not the man himself suggests he may have been tied up and gagged in the office so that the Beeb don’t have to offer Peter Schmeichel more airtime in Shearer’s absence.

Harry Redknapp has claimed he is not interested. Which leaves Mark Hughes. Perfect.

A manager with a blossoming career, developed a good style at Blackburn, British, possibly feels he has gone far enough at Ewood Park. A prime candidate to be appointed by Newcastle as a man of the people for the fans and destined to not bring them the success they deserve.

Newcastle have decent money. A superb fan base. A great stadium. Surely they can bring in one of the top names in European football. Or at least someone who can guarantee them some good football…..

Newcastle fans: Is Mark Hughes the man to bring success to St James’ Park? If not, who would you like to see in charge? Leave a comment here….

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  1. January 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I took my Saturday league side to 2 successive promotions and a cup final. I’m the man for the job!

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