Sam Allardyce couldn’t have asked for a better start at Everton.

Sitting in the stands as Everton stuffed West Ham 4-0, then his first game in ‘proper’ charge being another gift of a home game against Huddersfield, another victory following.

His first away league match, arguably the toughest of the season, seeing his Everton side totally outplayed and scoring a very dubious penalty, their only real chance all game.

Sam Allardyce absolutely loving it, winding everybody up, especially Jurgen Klopp.

This is arguably even bigger for him personally though, Fat Sam visiting a Newcastle side that is struggling badly due to a serious lack of investment, Allardyce also up against this old adversary Rafa Benitez.

Sam Allardyce earlier this year said that Rafa Benitez could have asked for no more than when Mike Ashley promised him ‘every penny’ to strengthen the team this summer, ‘every penny’ turning out to be a net spend of £11.5m. Despite spending nothing in January and Rafa actually producing a £40m transfer profit in the summer 2016 market.

At his pre-Newcastle press conference on Tuesday morning, Sam Allardyce saying: ‘Mike Ashley has said he (Rafa Benitez) can have every penny to spend. As a manager you have to use that spending power the best as you can.’

Sam Allardyce pre-Newcastle press conference:

“Liverpool had scored 12 goals in two games, my position was to frustrate their quality. That’s exactly what they did. I make no apologies for that. We had to go with the best way to get something out of it and that was to stop Liverpool scoring.

“Against other teams they’ve scored five or seven. Our determination was outstanding.

“I install the basics in the team and then they express themselves. They have to make the right or wrong decisions.

“If you make fewer mistakes than the opposition then you give yourselves the opportunity to win the game. Quality then pays off. The quality of our defence paid off and then one moment we took full advantage of.”

Injuries/Fit again:

“Jagielka and Keane are back, but no Baines and none of the other long-term injuries are back.”

On Mike Ashley:

“For the first time in my entire life as a manager I heard an owner say it was a mistake he let me go.

“I don’t hold grudges. Life is too short. The only people it affects is you. Why focus on it and get yourself distracted. My past is one fantastic journey from 15 to 63.”

Rafa Benitez rivalry:

“Past history wasn’t great but previous history is okay. Chelsea and Newcastle fine. I am amicable with everybody. Recently I haven’t had any animosity. It was a good battle at the time.

“The way we played he (Rafa) didn’t like it. If you want to say it’s mind games, it’s mind games. But at that particular time Liverpool weren’t supposed to lose to Bolton, but people didn’t know how brilliant Bolton were.”

Playing Newcastle:

“The test is to nullify Newcastle’s attack because it keeps the crowd quiet. Then you get the opportunity to go and attack their defence.

“They conceded three goals against Leicester and we will be looking at that.”

“I don’t expect it to be any easier than the Liverpool game.

“If you sit off for a second then teams will punish you. We have to be 100% and we have to play a difficult tactic. Our plan will be slightly different.”

“I think it’s difficult compared to what he (Rafa Benitez) is used to. It’s a different set of tools.

“I think that I have listened to what they have said and frustration is always a manager’s concern when it comes to quality of player.

Mike Ashley has said he can have every penny to spend. As a manager you have to use that spending power the best as you can.”

  • Rich Lawson

    Much like Ashley, an unpleasant and obnoxious individual who doesn’t care what the public think of him and goes on to suck more money out the game despite an odious history. His reputed wages for this gig are beyond belief ?

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  • Wor Lass

    He loves to wind people up – he relies on it, even. Don`t let him do it. Reading his comments, I don`t think there`s anything to object to, to be honest. It`ll be a tough game and we really need a result.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      That`s an understatement to say the least, only Rafa & his God will know what team he puts out tomorrow. i`m hoping Lascelles and Dummy are back

      • Wor Lass

        At least he`ll play them.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Yes he will and Dummett may not be the best full back going but he`s the best we`ve got by a country mile

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            He isn’t though.. he’s a liability on the turn and his distribution is embarrassing.. Gamez is twice the footballer Dummet Is there has to be a payment clause in his contract that’s keeping him out of the team

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Gamez was top class but i think his days are gone, he can`t do 90 mins in the Prem

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            He was outstanding in his only start this season

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bent as a Dogs hind leg, old skool manager who loves a brown paper bag, how he hasn`t been done by the FA is one of life`s mysteries

    • Peaky Magpie

      Cos there’s probably many in the FA who are as bad.Its like putting Ronnie Biggs in charge of a bank.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    I despise everything this bloke stands for

  • Paul Patterson

    “For the first time in my entire life as a manager I heard an owner say it was a mistake he let me go.” – Mike Ashley the liar as proven in court.

  • Damon Horner

    Must be the only person gullible enough to believe what Ashley says, yet again his ego is purring at the bit about letting him go being a mistake so probably has a soft spot now. He can’t know the specifics so I’ll take what he says lightly.

  • Kneebotherm8

    His hippo heed gets bigger by the day.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Doesn’t fit on my phone or tablet mate,can only just squeeze the corrupt fat f***a on my desk top.

  • TubbyMunky

    Of course he’s gonna stick up for Fat Mike – both spivs.

  • TheFatController

    I know reporters masquerading as bent football people looking to catch him out about bending his employer the FA’s financial rules will go to lunch with him, but does anyone else?

    Some poor people live and work with him…or for him, in his head.

  • El Greco

    Joe Dixon, Just to put you straight and lead you down the right path, because I know by what you write that you’re blind, it wasn’t a dubious penalty, it was a stonewall nailed on penalty, where one player was pushed by another. Thank you to whoever reads this to Blind Joe.

  • gallowgate26

    “While I’ve got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.
    This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”
    – Sam Allardyce May 2017.

    • El Greco

      I said exactly the same thing when I decided to call it a day, but I went back to what I love. Being a giggolo is hard to give up.

    • mentalman

      he probably found his family weren’t as keen as he was

      • Kneebotherm8

        Probably been booted oot the hoose.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’s a bigger liar than Ashley,peas in a pod eh? No wonder the two of them are billing and cooing to each other.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Mans a liar .. always was

  • El Greco

    I remember Sam’s time at Bolton and the fantastic side he had there. They had top players and played good football. On his record with Bolton alone I’m willing to give him a chance at Everton. We have an owner who is willing to pay money out, unlike others, who want to rake it in, so maybe Sam can make some astute buys and improve us. Not counting tomorrow, good luck for the season.

    • Mike

      he is scum. Why did he get the sack from England job? explain

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s a crook,that’s why.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      He finished every season with a minus goals tally … negative defensive dross

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    You have to use that spending power wisely by bending the rules. Hippo head is a symbol of everything that is corrupt and qrong with modern football.