Sir Bobby Robson may have a point. Eyebrows were raised at the time when the former Newcastle and England manager was given his P45 at the start of the 2004/5 season. People point to the current climate of clubs sacking managers after just a handful of games in charge but, to many, this was a kneejerk reaction of the highest order. Sir Bobby says:
“I took the club over when it was bottom of the league and in the last three years I was there it was third, fourth and fifth. We were in the top five for the last three years. I lost my job rather abruptly, I couldn’t believe it. I was stunned, I couldn’t believe it.
“I didn’t lose two consecutive matches and I lost my job, it was crazy. Without being egotistical, the club has suffered ever since. They are a long way from where they were and where they should be.”
Quite whether Sam Allardyce will be around long enough to emulate Robson’s achievements remains to be seen. The current Magpies boss has already ridden out a proverbial storm after a series of poor results fuelled speculation that his days at St James’ Park were numbered. However, it’s a different owner and chairman in place these days and they might have a little more patience than a certain Mr Shepherd.