One thing you have to give Sam Allardyce for, is his knack of never taking responsibility, simply airbrushing any inconvenient facts out of the story.

His latest interview (see below) about his time at Newcastle, Allardyce must surely have been laughing his big fat head off.

Even he can’t believe what he is saying.

One of the things he built was a relegation team, whilst the other was a small/large fortune that was his ill gotten gains after helping to send the club further down the path to ruin, the money famously paying for his luxury villa in Spain.

A third thing, that he destroyed rather than built, was that his disastrous transfer business ensured Mike Ashley would never again allow another manager to choose his own players at the club, a policy which has undermined the club ever since – particularly when Kevin Keegan was there.

Hopefully this Rafa Benitez era seeing a change, if Mike Ashley keeps his word…

These are the 10 players who Sam Allardyce brought in when at Newcastle:

Mark Viduka

Joey Barton

Alan Smith

Ben Tozer

Cacapa

Jose Enrique

Geremi

David Rozehnal

Abdoulaye Faye

Habib Beye

The club more or less got their money back on a couple of them, such as Enrique and Rozehnal, but the money that was burnt through overall on both transfer fees and wages was horrendous.

More importantly though, when Newcastle were relegated the following season, this set of players gave the club next to nothing, with only Beye and Enrique contributing anything of even small note.

If you read the quotes below, no wonder Sam Allardyce has got no problem with Mike Ashley, making a total mess and then walking away with millions of pounds.

Sam Allardyce speaking to Talksport:

“Newcastle United is a massive club and I feel aggrieved that I wasn’t given the opportunity to the job that I wanted to do, that I set out to do.

“But that wasn’t anything to do, with anything other than a dramatic change of ownership, with Mike Ashley taking over. The fastest sale of a football club in history.

“One minute Freddie Shepherd employed me to try and take the club forward…

“We had chatted two or three times previously about the job and it hadn’t quite worked out until then, finally I was happy to go and work at such a big club.

“The aim was to take the club back into European places…but over the space of two weeks the club was taken over by Mike Ashley.

“I was given the opportunity (by Mike Ashley) to take the club forward, but in the end it didn’t work out because they didn’t see me as the man that could do that.

“Mike had his own ideas and they came to the decision that they were going to change managers.

“You have to respect that because I was already there and they were taking on someone who they hadn’t chosen, they decided to change and go with someone they wanted.”

“I have to say, the decision was made very quickly and Mike and his team didn’t cause any problems.

“That is always a great relief for any manager if you are going to let them go, whether you think you deserve it or not.

“They tied up everything, the legal side of it, the day before I left, so things can then move on very quickly. I was disappointed, frustrated, but at least then I could move on and clear my mind.

“I didn’t deal with Mike Ashley much, our dealings were very few and far between, because at that point Chris Mort was made chairman.

“At that time, they were still very much finding out about football, how it works. It was still in its infancy for them and I think back then they found out the hard way, about how hard football can be.

“In all fairness, the year they got relegated (the second time under Ashley in 2015/16) they made the biggest expenditure that they had ever made for a number of years and that still didn’t work.

“Recruitment in football is everything. At any club your recruitment has to be right because ultimately it is the team on the pitch that has to get the results.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    My Mum who unlike me doesn`t use obscenities once remarked when Fat Sam was on the telly,
    That man’s as common as schitt
    You don’t argue with your Mum, do you

    • Trevor Maliro

      hahaha

      • Blackburn1066

        like it and your mum

  • David Wright

    Agree with him 100%
    Was never given a chance,he brought in a team that was to keep us up,and would have moulded them into a competitive outfit if he had been given half a chance,simple as that.

  • Paul Patterson

    Constant relegation battles are the order of the day with Fat Sham. Add in absolutely turgid football and you have him.
    Bolton- Promotion and relegation battles. 8th place and a cup final defeat.
    Newcastle- Relegation battle, fans hated the style.
    Blackburn- Mid table mediocrity.
    West Ham- Promoted from championship/mid table mediocrity, fans hated the style.
    S********d- Relegation scraps.
    England- Opened his big mouth on camera and got sacked.
    Crystal Palace- Relegation scrap.
    Add in the arrogance that he seems to believe that he deserves all the top jobs based on nothing more than his assertion that his approach to nutrition and stats is somehow revolutionary and he comes across as one dislikeable bloke.

  • Jezza

    Fat Sham A-Lard-Arce is obviuosly aggrieved that he didn’t hold onto the Newcastle job long enough to get himself some nice brown envelopes.

  • Dennis Tate

    What a pile of verbal shiet from Fat Back hander Sham. Bumping his jaws in 4th gear. All talk and no go great hood winker.
    By he’s made some money with sackings from football clubs.
    Should never of been allowed back into football after the England scenario.
    Disgrace to the insect world.

  • MadMag83

    Not his biggest fan but I don’t think the club would have been relegated had he still been in charge.

    The author states that only Enrique and Beye made any contribution of note during our season in the Championship, yet I seem to recall Beye jumping ship to Villa? If you’re going to accuse him of bending the truth then at least get your facts right.

    • goggsy

      The consensus was we were going down that season,at the time and with hindsight I believe we would have,but that’s just opinion. The article says few made contribution the following season when we were eventually relegated,including beye who was still at Newcastle and Enrique,no mention of the championship season.

      • MadMag83

        Beye wasn’t very good in my opinion, but fair enough. It was a few years ago to be fair, I just remember him pledging to help us get back up and then promptly leaving for the Villa. A bit like Andros Townsend in that respect.

  • Jezza

    “These are the 10 players who Sam Allardyce brought in when at Newcastle:

    Mark Viduka

    Joey Barton

    Alan Smith

    Ben Tozer

    Cacapa

    Jose Enrique

    Geremi

    David Rozehnal

    Abdoulaye Faye

    Habib Beye”

    Yes that list is a stark reminder that there certainly were a number of BUNGled incoming transfers when A-Lard-Arce was Newcastle manager.

  • TheFatController

    I’ll always remember the Sky interview between Rafa and Hollingsworth early last season.

    He made the point to Rafa something along the lines of ‘ the fans love you because you have the integrity to get to know the club, people, area. Reminds me of why they loved Kevin Keegan the same way’

    And then there’s Sam Allardyce.

    • Jezza

      Yes, Keegan and Rafa understand what being a football supporter is all about, A-Lard-Arce is only in football management for the big pay offs and of course the 400 grand bungs.

  • Mrkgw

    Nothing to dislike or disagree with Sams words on this. Quite refreshing to hear him speak openly about his time with the club. Given the manner in which he was treated/dismissed, who can blame him for being disappointed, even bitter. Lets face it, the Kinnear appointments were calamitous and Keegan was treat shamefully. Pardew was too much of a yes man and McClaren well, less said the better on that one. In Benitez, we hope that MA has finally turned a corner though the promised investment in the squad is yet to materialise. Can’t therefore blame supporters for a lack of trust in the current owner for the moment at least.

    • Jezza

      He was a complete disaster as Newcastle manager and he left with a £3.6 million pay off. How can you say he has got a right to be disappointed and bitter?

      • Rich Lawson

        And how much more in brown paper bags in the early hours at service station car parks ?

  • Desree

    I remember getting up at 2am and we were 3-0 down in 15 minutes against Portsmouth at home. He was dreadful.

    • Jezza

      We were 4-0 down after 19 minutes against Portsmouth. That was the season Derby County went down with a record low of 11 points, 4 of which came against NUFC under Allardyce. We were the only team to lose to Derby that season and also the only team who failed to beat them. That’s how bad we were under the “disgraced ex England manager”.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Yes I remember that,the worst team in premier league history took 4 points off us.Their one and only win,in the premier league that season,was that one against us.

  • Kneebotherm8

    I remember him playing Bolton long ball tactics against Liverpool at SJP,with Michael Owen at centre forward and 2 wingers in Duff and N’Zogbia. Both wingers totally under used and we were duly hammered 5-1 by a Gerrard inspired Liverpool,with the crowds chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” ringing in his ears. That was in December 2007 and he was duly sacked by Ashley in the January,to be be replaced by KK.

    • goggsy

      Yes,it is amazing that he’s managed to hoodwink some of our own supporters by trying to change the course of historty. If it was a simple as he says,Ashley would of came in and said on your way Sam straight away, instead he gave him money and what he produced with it gradually after a decent start became unbearable for fan and owner a like. That’s what actually happend.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He had his chance when replacing Glenn Roeder,but instead of improving the team we deteriorated badly. I thought Roeder was unlucky to lose his job at the time.

    • Jezza

      I think you’ve confused two different games. The “You don’t know what you’re doing” Allardyce game was a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in November 2007. The 5-1 Gerrard hat-trick game was the following season under Joe Kinnear if I recall correctly.

      • Kneebotherm8

        You’re right Jezza,and I think Kinnear got the same chants,both clueless managers were put to the sword on both occasions by Gerrard(did he only get two goals in the 5-1 victory?)

        • Jezza

          It may have been two goals now you mention it but Gerrard was certainly given the freedom of St James’s Park that day. It was later that night that he beat up some guy in a Merseyside night club before being aquitted of assault by a jury made up of Liverpool supporters.

          • Kneebotherm8

            You’ve got a helluva memory ,I remember Gerrard being acquitted of assault,but didn’t realise the incident occurred after that game.

  • Steve Pearce

    I remember falling asleep at a Hippo Heed game as that long ball shyte was sooooo boring….

  • Blackburn1066

    Fat money grabbing sh-te bag, he’s a conman