Newcastle United currently sit 11th in the Premier League. While they’re unlikely to be playing in Europe next season, they certainly won’t be relegated, having as many wins as defeats so far this campaign. However, you’d think the Magpies were rooted to the bottom of the division given the sheer volume of media coverage devoted to Sam Allardyce’s future at St James’ Park.
Is he teetering on the brink? According to the BBC, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thinks that would solve nothing and actually believes Allardyce is one of the best Newcastle managers of recent seasons.
“I would be astounded if they got rid of Sam. Of all the managers they’ve had, he’s capable of doing better than most,” he said.
“It seems to me as soon as Newcastle lose a game, the manager’s career is threatened,” he said.
“The worst thing that happened to Newcastle was when they beat us 5-0. How many years ago was that?
“But since then, they seem to think they should win every game 5-0. I am not sure the Newcastle job is one you would want to take.
“I will certainly never understand why they got rid of Bobby Robson given his experience and enthusiasm, plus the fact he is a Geordie.”
It appears that the St James’ Park hotseat is fast becoming a poisoned chalice, with the weight of expectation meaning a new manager is given little to no time to turn things round.