Clutching their P45’s that is perhaps? What do you think? Allardyce wasn’t the managerial choice of new owner Mike Ashley, he spent quite a bit of money in the transfer window and after a decent start they’ve now gone 5 games picking up just one point in the process. It’s not exactly the biggest slump of all time but the toon are starting to get badly beaten; the fans are, in the words of that great observer of human nature Joey Barton, turning ‘vicious’ in their criticism of the manager and the standard of play, and yesterday it came out that a delegation of senior players led by captain Geremi are making representations to the manager about his tactics and methods. It all sounds very recent Bolton-like.
So the Chairman didn’t pick him, the fans are turning hostile and he’s lost the changing room. Sounds grim enough and would a Chairman need any more excuses to jettison the manager? No? Well news reaches Sam’s ears that ‘The Great Underminer’ himself, Alan Shearer, flattered by recent reports linking him with the vacant England manager job, has let it be known that his head is being turned by the prospect of becoming a manager. In Newcastle code this means if he was given £50m in the January transfer window he’d fancy his chances of leading the club down the black and white brick road back to the Geordie glory days again.
Next up for Big Sam and his team, it’s only Arsenal playing a style of football that can only be described as Gallic Keeganesque. How ironic that it should be Arsenal and Arsene to determine his fate. At Bolton Big Sam would have relished this game – frightening the little lads of Arsenal with the football equivalent of axes, hammers and sharpened knuckledusters. Now he’s sending out Geremi and co. It might not be very pretty during the match and I’ve a feeling that there may be more blood on the walls of the Charman’s office before the day is out too.
If you’re a Newcy fan tell me what you think about Sam’s chances and the possibility of Shearer returning as the gaffer. Could he do it where countless others before him have failed, do you think?