Newcastle United: Sam Allardyce Lays Blame for Poor Season

Eddy ShearyadiCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2008

Sam Allardyce finally spoke for the first time to the press yesterday after he parted company with United last month.

Allardyce said that he has done what any best manager can do for Newcastle. He also said he did not have enough backing from Mike Ashley to buy new players last summer.

"I am smarting, I think that for me, (given) the timing, and the few games I had, it was a massive shock when they said they were going to make a change." Allardyce was quoted from Sky Sports as saying. "At the start of the season we had a short window for the new owners to work with. We had not as much money as I expected."

Big Sam said that his original plan to come to Newcastle was to spend big money, the old way that the former chairman Freddie Shepperd had always done with this club.

Allardyce said he has told the new owner to get stick at some point but they haven’t been able to handle the pressure from the Toon Army and some media journalists.

"I’m the casualty of that. Looking back over that short period I don’t think any of it was particularly my fault."

He added, "At the time I considered myself to have a chance but since I've left things have been said that I was never their man."

On his eight months in charge, most of the Toon supporters admit they were never convinced by Allardyce’s appointment, and the media report agreed, because of the style of football he favored. Allardyce did not agree with that opinion and said that the job isn't too big for him.

"That’s an absolute load of rubbish. A job of that size is about the size of the fans, not the club internally. I don’t think the fans didn’t like me. I think they did like me, but it was the agitators that were the problem; the press and one or two of the ex-players."

In my honest opinion, Big Sam was right in some points, and maybe we didn't give him enough time to set the right foundation for the club to go forward.

I also think that he was right about the limited funds he got from the new owner, but I don't agree with what he said about the agitators between the Toon supporters.

Maybe his biggest mistake was that he never listened to what others said about his style of football. Sir Bobby Robson has told him what the Geordies love to see every Saturday: the attacking style, not Big Sam's Bolton-ized version of Newcastle United.