Sam Allardyce has insisted that Newcastle United is past history and he has no special reason for wanting to help relegate them.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference you would assume that he is not going to say anything else.
It’s funny that the story becomes about how badly Sam Allardyce was treated at Newcastle, not the fact that he served up terrible football, results that were getting worse by the week and made ridiculous signings such as Viduka, Geremi, Smith, Barton and Cacapa that was probably the starting point of Mike Ashley deciding he wasn’t going to run his football club in any kind of normal way.
Not forgetting of course that Sam Allardyce put in place the platform for relegation the following season.
Ironically in the questions and answers below, Sam Allardyce makes reference to jetting off on holiday to Spain after Sunday’s match.
That will be the Spain when Sam Allardyce has his luxury villa that he paid for with his ill deserved massive payout from Newcastle United after onky six months at the club. The West Ham boss naming it ‘Case St.James’ in honour of where the money had came from to pay for it.
Sam Allardyce at his pre-Newcastle match press conference featured on the West Ham official website:
How have preparations been for this match?
The lads have had a few days off, not five. The best way after a long season is to spend some time at home with the families as they can’t get any fitter. They could do with a physical and mental rest. A few days training with a reminder of the basics, which we always do.
It’s not about Newcastle for me; some people have suggested I am all up for winning to try to send them down, I want to win it for West Ham because that’s where I work. I want to finish with a win away from home and finish with 50 points.
From a player point of view, James Collins is out but James Tomkins is fit to join the squad again. Off we go to Newcastle tomorrow and we will try to get a result and a win.
Surely though it is only human nature for you to want to win this game more than others?
It’s too far down the road for any of that stuff. It’s been a long time since we parted company. For me, looking back is not what I am really about. Since Newcastle, I have had a fantastic time at Blackburn Rovers and a fantastic time here since then, which is nearly seven years. Time flies doesn’t it?
What do you think Hull fans may think when they hear your players have had some time off?
We are all disappointed, none more so than the players and myself that we have not achieved more than we have. We could have had such a great season. We could have probably matched, with a bit more luck, nearly the best season West Ham have had in the Premier League.
Increasing speculation on your future?
It will all be sorted on Monday, one way or another. I am not personally having a meeting but my agent will be available to speak to the owners. At this moment in time, because the season has finished so late, I want to take the only opportunity I have, which is half term, to go away with my grandchildren. I will shoot off to Spain. Whatever will be will be.
It’s crucial for Hull that you win against Newcastle, isn’t it?
It’s not only Hull fans but it’s also for my big mate Steve Bruce, if he wants anyone to win it’s me but he has to win himself – that’s the most important thing for Steve.
“I am sure there will be twists and turns throughout the game one way or the other.
Are you surprised that Newcastle are in this position?
I’m not sure they’ve played that poorly. The ultimate situation is, is that you can play as well as you like, but if you don’t win you get put under severe pressure. Wins can boost confidence but a couple of defeats can destroy it.
As a manager, that is the tough side of the game, trying to restore the confidence. That has been a hugely difficult task for John. He’s a great guy, he is Newcastle through and through, he loves the club from top to bottom. But the players haven’t done what they should have done for him and themselves. That happens, surprises happen at this level, that’s why it’s the best league in the world. Apart from the top boys, we can all be vulnerable to relegation at some stage.