The post-Sam Allardyce era at Newcastle United couldn’t have begun in a more disastrous fashion. Manchester United throttled them 6-0 at Old Trafford in the English Premier League on Saturday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his first hat trick for the Red Devils.
While the win takes Man United to the top of the Premiership standings, this is yet another blow to Newcastle and Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t bother to eclipse his disdain at the Newcastle board. In an interview to Sky Sports, the Scotsman correctly underlines the Board’s ineptitude and ridiculous penchant for gifting the sack to its managers instead of presenting them with time.
Sir Alex says:
Their (Newcastle United’s) list of sacked bosses reads like a who’s who of football, with some of the greatest players taking on the challenge, though not for very long. Sadly, it seems that at St James’ Park, if things don’t go right straight away, the manager quickly finds himself operating against a background of criticism and questioning that inevitably leaves him operating on a match-by-match basis with ceaseless speculation about his future. It is hardly the platform for being able to introduce a long-term strategy and build the right foundations. If they regarded their managers as something more than ships that pass in the night they might achieve the stability and consistency that is the basis of success at any club.
Whatever Sir Alex remarks about the Newcastle hierarchy cannot be denied. The club is going through a institutional crisis at the moment and while anyone would find it hard not to partly blame the sacked manager Sam Allardyce for the current mess that Newcastle are in at the moment, it would be naïve to suggest that it was all Big Sam’s fault.