Sam Allardyce has said that Newcastle United are where they deserve to be, no matter what the fans think.

Allardyce comes up against Alan Pardew on Saturday and he has said that the recently departed United boss was a success at St. James’ Park.

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Amusingly, Fat Sam says that the problem for (hopeless) managers at Newcastle such as himself and Alan Pardew, is that the fans don’t stay away when times are bad:

 “Newcastle are a team that fit around mid-table in the Premier League.

“There is a greater expectation at that club that it’s not enough or good enough.”

Pardew was a success:

“Realistically though, where they lie financially and where their budgets lie, that is about where they should be.

“Alan (Pardew) always kept them around that position, and had one very good season when he got them into Europe, so I think his reign at Newcastle was successful.”

Problem is the fans don’t stay away:

“There are times at Newcastle when things don’t go well the fans express their disappointment.

“The thing about the Newcastle fan is that they don’t stay away, they always turn up and if you’re not doing well they will let you know.”

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