Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
Speaking to the Telegraph, Sir Bobby Robson has urged the board to get it right and the fans to rally behind whoever comes in next. Despite his ongoing battle with the big C, he`s still found time to be spotted next to Freddie Shepherd at the matches and hopefully the great man has been pouring some words of advice into the incompetent one`s ear
'It is a massive club and I just hope they can get the right man. Whoever it is can succeed. They need all the support of the board and the fans and, with the support of everyone, it is a wonderful job. It is not my position to guess who will be made manager. Let's hope the next manager will be a step onwards for the club. Let's hope whoever it is will bring to Newcastle what we all want - and that's silverware.'
Meanwhile, another Bob (Moncur, I concur), has tipped Sam Allardyce as the man we need according to the Chronicle. Our Fairs Cup winning skipper was quoted as saying:
"After Saturday's match I said on the Century FM phone-in that something had to happen at Newcastle United. To tell the truth, I didn't know what, but everybody now knows just what has happened. And the fans who have called in seem to be split 50-50 for and against Sam Allardyce. Well you can mark me down as one of the 50% who are for him. And let me say straightaway that I respect Allardyce.
Yes he has some baggage. But tell me a manager in the Premiership who hasn't got baggage. In fact, which one of us hasn't got some baggage? Sam Allardyce is my type of manager. He is a big lad and strong enough to chin any player who steps out of line. One of the concerns of the United supporters who have spoken to me is that they are convinced that Bolton Wanderers have not played good football under Allardyce. Well if Bolton's football has not been very good then there is a very good reason for it. For make no mistake about it, Sam Allardyce has done a great job at Bolton with limited resources, and this latter fact might reflect on how his side have played.
For me, Sam never had the players to play fancy football. But hopefully Sam will get some money at St James' Park and Newcastle will get some players with flair. But as far as I am concerned, good football is not a priority for Newcastle United in their current situation. What we need is to have a winning team and to get up that league table. When we won the Fairs Cup in 1969 did we play silky football? Like hell we did.
Some fans have mentioned the fact to me that they don't want Sam Allardyce because he used to play for Sunderland, but I cannot believe they can even say that. What's that got to do with it? It's like saying Steve Bruce should be the next manager of United because he is a Geordie."
Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
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