Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has asked for moreto ‘wave his magic wand’ at St James’ Park.
Allardyce, who has had 11 Premier league games in charge at Newcastle since taking over in the summer, has under pressure following an indifferent start to his tenure.
Yesterday, he lashed out following reports that the club were considering replacing him with Blackburn manager Mark Hughes.
When asked yesterday if he felt under pressure, Allardyce replied: “You mean the crap press I get.
“You mean the speculative stuff that is written to try and make your life difficult. It’s probably more volatile and more unacceptable than I expected here.You don’t speculate about someone taking over someone else’s job when you lose two games.”
Newcastle face local rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and although defeat there will bring further speculation about his position, Allardyce says he should be given more time.
“I haven’t been sacked since 1995 at Blackpool and I don’t want to be fired again,” he said.
“The game against Sunderland is massive. We want to win and I want my team to show who is the best in the North East.
“I have waved the magic wand before, but I’m not so sure I can wave the magic wand as quickly as they would like here. It is probably more volatile and more unacceptable than I expected.
“My long-term is only going to be long-term if I get results. As good as Mike Ashley the owner and Chris Mort the chairman are, if I don’t get results there is going to be pressure put on them, never mind me, so results are the name of the game.
“It will take three to five years to get this club where I want it to be. I will get that time if I win football matches. That is the bottom line. Keep winning and you keep getting there.
“Over the last three to four years this club has not done much anyway. This club has not had success for 50 years, apart from brief periods under (former Newcastle managers) Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
“It is not as if I am starting from getting the club into a position where it was before, or used to be when I first started. It is about progress. Instant is not sustainable.”