A win for Newcastle United against Manchester City this evening will see them just seven points behind Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team in the Premier League. However, it’s been two tales of sharply contrasting fortunes for their respective managers so far this season, with City’s former England coach gaining plaudits for how his Manchester City side are performing, while Magpies boss Allardyce has been heavily criticised for many of his team’s performances this campaign.
According to The Guardian, the Newcastle gaffer has had a dig at his opposite number ahead of tonight’s match, dismissing reports that City have been playing entertaining, free-flowing football this season.
“When you go and watch a game like City v Liverpool and see City set up at home, saying ‘we are not going to get beaten’, well . . .” the Newcastle manager said. “Sven is getting [favourable] headlines but he is putting up a 4-1. I watched the whole game and he didn’t let his side go out to attack. Apart from three players no one got anywhere near the Liverpool 18-yard box.”
It’s clear that City set up to land a point against Liverpool in their last game, while this is also a tactic they generally employ away from home. However, their performances overall (as well as their current league standing) represents a huge improvement on last season, while Newcastle currently appear to be treading water and making little progress under Allardyce.