Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Big Sam in Blast over His Dismissal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Big Sam in Blast over His Dismissal

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FORMER Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce insists United were wrong to sack him after just seven months in charge.

Allardyce left St James's Park in January, with the club hierarchy opting to turn to Kevin Keegan.

But while the former Bolton boss says he has no bitterness towards anyone at the club, he says he did not get enough time to put his plans into place.

"If it was 18 months down the line, I would accept my responsibility," he said.

"But when I left, they'd had fewer points in five of their previous 10 years.

"Bobby Robson finished 11th and 11th in his first two years before he got them in the Champions League.

"So I don't know how much results were a factor."

Allardyce also refutes claims that United fans didn't like his brand of football and insists the Toon Army just wanted a winning team.

"Too many people speak about how the Newcastle fans are, but they are not how they are portrayed," he added.

"They want to win something - they want to win something so badly they will accept you winning something for the sake of it. …

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