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Sam Allardyce defends Steve Bruce and attacks Rafa Benitez – So predictable

3 weeks ago
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Sam Allardyce speaking on Monday morning, you could have written the script.

Talking about the five goal surrender at the King Power Stadium, Fat Sam has taken the opportunity to attack Rafa Benitez and defend Steve Bruce.

Sam Allardyce saying ‘To blame Bruce just yet is a long way off as he has only just arrived’, stating it is going to be tough until Christmas for the NUFC Head Coach.

Christmas coincidentally was when Mike Ashley had to accept what a disaster Sam Allardyce was, sacking him at the start of 2008.

Whether this Newcastle team/squad can be turned around is one question but certainly what state they will be in by Christmas if Steve Bruce remains in charge, isn’t something you want to think about too much.

Like all the other charlatans, Sam Allardyce falls back on familiar territory to defend Steve Bruce (and attack Rafa Benitez): ‘But, in saying that, we have got to look at the situation and say he has got more points than Rafa had this time last year. I still don’t know why Steve is getting stick. Rafa didn’t get stick but Steve is. I just don’t understand it.’

The truth is, Rafa Benitez DID get stick last season when only picking up only two points from the first nine games BUT it was from the media. The Newcastle fans weren’t happy but they understood the position Rafa had been put in (forced to make a £20m+ profit in summer 2018 transfer window and key signings such as Rondon arriving late and not fit) and trusted him to turn it around due to his ability and CV.

This insistence on always comparing to the results early last season is now an egg timer rapidly counting down for the likes of Sam Allardyce, they have two games left to keep it going because in PL matches 10 to 13 last season Rafa Benitez picked up 10 points and won manager of the month for November.

In 2017/18 of course, Rafa Benitez picked up 10 points from the first seven games and indeed 14 points from the opening nine, not that Sam Allardyce will mention it.

It is the performances that are the big worry, it has been really poor most of the time under Steve Bruce so far but last season it was very fine margins as Rafa was unlucky in many early games, in none of the opening nine games did Newcastle lose by more than a single goal, indeed it was December 2018 before that happened. Whereas, as well as carrying zero goal threat, Newcastle under Steve Bruce are looking wide open a lot of the time, only terrible finishing by Brighton and Watford saving them from two more home defeats.

Sam Allardyce speaking to Talksport:

“To blame Bruce just yet is a long way off as he has only just arrived.

“They did go down to ten men [against Leicester] with a tackle that would have been perfectly legal in our day.

“He played the ball but his momentum carries him straight through into the opposition player and everyone calls that one reckless.

“I would like to know how you do that tackle.

“He couldn’t stand on his feet because he was too far away.

“I understand he catches the lad as he goes through the ball and we don’t want to see players injured but it is very difficult to make that decision.

“In the end, it is how they capitulated.

“Down to ten men it is very difficult but they should have put up a better defensive performance. The ten should have sat in there and played the rest of the game out.

Steve will be sleeping very restlessly at the moment.

“It is going to be a tough one up to maybe Christmas.

“But, in saying that, we have got to look at the situation and say he has got more points than Rafa had this time last year.

“I still don’t know why Steve is getting stick.

Rafa didn’t get stick but Steve is.

“I just don’t understand it.”

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