Sky Sports reports that big-mouth has struck again this weekend, with Sam Allardyce claiming that Newcastle United were too small a club for him to manage and that he wants to be in charge of a club with greater expectations. Quite whether he’s on a mission to wind up the Magpies board and fans is unclear, although he’s sure to incur the wrath of the latter with his latest barbed comments.
“When you get sacked, reflection is a difficult scenario. The one thing you have to evaluate first and foremost is how much of it was your fault,” he told The People.
“I think you can accept it a lot more if you can come to terms with the fact that a good percentage of it was your fault – but that doesn’t apply to me at Newcastle.”
“The usual rubbish that goes when someone like me is sacked from a club like Newcastle is that the job was too big for me. That’s just not true.
“If I’m honest the reverse is probably true. Newcastle probably wasn’t big enough for me – it didn’t live up to my ambitions in the short time that I was there. And because it didn’t do that the club missed a chance to realise its own ambitions.
“The more I analyse it, the more I come to the conclusion that it was never about me or results.
“It was about things they wanted to put in place.”
While results under the former Bolton manager were certainly unspectacular, they have taken an almighty turn for the worse since the appointment of Kevin Keegan. Perhaps they’d be better off with Allardyce right now, who at least has experience of winning a battle against relegation while at the Reebok Stadium.