In true Sam Allardyce style, the Newcastle manager is hitting back at his critics, as reported in the Daily Telegraph. The former Bolton coach is unhappy with the treatment he has received at the hands of the media, especially considering his many predecessors failed to deliver any silverware to the success-starved fans.
“Nobody’s really turned it round before me, have they? It’s 53 years since they won anything [major domestic honours]. Kevin Keegan had a right good try and built a great, great team but didn’t win anything.
I haven’t done anything wrong yet but if things went wrong, and I felt they were my fault, if that time came round, I would say it and I would go. I don’t foresee that time coming round, although I do know that I’ve got to start winning football matches. You have defining moments. I don’t believe this is mine.”
Indeed, it’s foolish to suggest that defeat against Stoke in the FA Cup will mean that the writing is on the wall for Allardyce. Didn’t they lose 5-1 at home to Birmingham in the same competition last season? Perhaps if Newcastle are continuing to tread water next season, that should be the time to judge the manager, not now.