A nice spin: Its called mutual consent nowadays. Both get a gun. One works, the other shoots blanks.
Its sad when someone of the caliber of Sam Allardyce is given so little time to set things right. The Newcastle fans and Mike Ashley delivered their verdict. Think about this. Its an injustice any which way you see it. A team which last won a noteworthy title almost four decades ago wants a complete reversal in their fortunes in just half a season. Did Allardyce get all his players? No. Newcastle also has had its share of crippling injuries with Duff, Owen, Viduka, Barton, Emre, Taylor, Carr, Faye out at various points of time. It was a season in which many factors played a part in Newcastle's indifferent form. And to think that Allardyce could still have been in Bolton sticking it to clubs like Newcastle.
Yes, that is what Big Sam wanted. To leave a club where he remade a team of castoffs into a perennial thorn in the sides of the big four, led the Trotters to the UEFA cup for the first time, to go to a bigger club with more money to spend, only to be shot between the eyes in less than six months. Compared to this Isiah Thomas lives in a socialist dreamworld where he gets paid handsomely for leading the New York Knicks to the cellar the last two seasons even as fans constantly call for his head.
Newcastle will not win a fig because they have such little faith in their managers. They have averaged a manager a year for the last decade. Bobby Robson was an exception but even he could not get them a title. The fair thing would have been to give Allardyce two seasons to work with. Get him his big ticket players and then see what he could do with them. Of all the firings this season, Allardyce's was the least deserved.
Nigel Pearson and Mike Ashley could just look on as Man Utd pounded Newcastle into jelly. It makes one wonder if Allardyce had been there the damage might have been restricted to a couple of goals, the Magpies could still have gone home with their heads held high. But we will never know because he was never given a chance to even complete a full season. Such is the pity.