So it appears that Sam Allardyce’s departure from Bolton to Newcastle in the summer was no good to anyone. The Trotters have been struggling against the threat of relegation all season, getting shot of ‘Little Sam’ after a handful of matches and installing Gary Megson as new manager. Meanwhile, it’s been an unhappy time for ‘Big Sam’ at St James’ Park, where he’s been under constant pressure since some miserable performances in November.
The Guardian report that former Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson was shocked to hear the news, despite the speculation over Allardyce’s future at the club. He might be forgiven, seeing as the pair were chatting at a Newcastle reserve match on Tuesday night!
“Like most people I was very surprised and stunned by the news,” he said. “I was in his company on Tuesday night. I went to see Newcastle reserves play Sunderland reserves and Sam was there.
“So hearing the news was without doubt a surprise, and I am stunned. That’s the eighth Premiership manager we’ve lost this season already. The pressure is too much now in the Premiership. The dismissals of managers are coming fast and frequent, and it’s rather sad for the game in many respects.”
Was everyone else as surprised as Sir Bobby or had the writing been on the wall for some time? It appears that a bunch of poor results was just half the problem, with the fans unhappy at the style of play their team were adopting.