Newcastle owner ‘should have sacked Allardyce earlier’

The News of the World today run an interview with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, promising the club’s fans that he will make the Magpies a force in English football once again.

Even more revealingly, he admits that Sam Allardyce should have been replaced at an earlier stage, considering the former Bolton manager was actually brought in by his predecessors at the club.

“I must admit that when I bought this club my gut instinct was to bring in my own team to run it straight away, including a new manager.

“That’s no reflection on Sam, that’s just the way I have always done things.

“But for once in my life I ignored my intuition and, looking back, that was a mistake.

“My instinct had never let me down in the past, in fact it’s been one of my biggest strengths, one of the major reasons behind my success.

“Yet I went against that better judgement after buying Newcastle.”

Ashley has great ambitions for Newcastle United.

He said: “I want a team that will go all out to try to give Chelsea a walloping, that’ll try to stuff Tottenham and that will be brave and bold enough to attack Man Utd.”

While the stuffing Tottenham part shouldn’t be too difficult (!), the north-east club have a long way to go before they can even think about competing with the top clubs in the Premier League.

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