Sam Allardyce has been comparing Newcastle fans and Sunderland fans.
Sunderland fans are a lot more supportive because they don’t get on the players’ backs with over the top criticism, which according to him is what Newcastle fans do.
It is funny how West Ham supporters very quickly came to the same conclusion on Sam Allardyce as Newcastle fans had.
When Allardyce was at St.James Park, I don’t recall the Newcastle players getting much stick, it was pretty much all aimed at that fat oaf.
It was he who had made terrible decisions and wasted massive amounts of money on Viduka, Geremi, Barton, Smith, Cacapa and Rozehnal, as well as the football been shocking and the team going on a terrible run of results (won 2 of last 14 games before Keegan arrived).
The disastrous buys by Sam Allardyce then undoubtedly triggering the fact, that Mike Ashley then made the equally stupid decision to then never allow any future manager to pick which players should be bought.
Allardyce’s comments follow similar ones made by Graeme Souness, though he had said Sunderland fans also made it difficult for players.
Ironic that it was a combination of Allardyce and Souness’ really bad transfer decisions that would pave the way for Newcastle’s eventual relegation on 2008/09, under Souness Newcastle paid a fortune for the likes of Owen, Boumsong and Luque – which United never really recovered from.
For the likes of Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce though, it is never their fault for anything, they can always conveniently find somebody to blame – such as the fans obviously!
Both of those chancers walking away from St James Park with massive pay-offs after ruining the club, it makes you feel just ever so slightly sick.
“Since I have arrived, they (Sunderland fans) have been excellent in terms of they have seen the progress without getting the results they expected or wanted, so I have been very pleased.
“I can’t thank the fans enough for the reception they’ve given me and that they’ve stayed with the players and helped them.
“They have been in this position that many times now, that they know if they are showing too much criticism it creates a bit of fear into the players, whereas I have experienced like Graeme Souness down the road and that is a factor.
“Newcastle fans can make the players fear playing on their own ground.
“I experienced that in my short time there and many other managers have done that – but from our point of view at Sunderland they have been very, very supportive up to now.”