Why Newcastle sacked Sam Allardyce, in the West Ham boss’ words

10:59 10 November 2012

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the dugout. Picture: PA Wire

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the dugout. Picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes that the takeover of Newcastle by Mike Ashley led to his departure from St James’ Park and it was nothing to do with results on the pitch.

He has been back to the north east since he left the club in January 2008, masterminding a 2-1 win for Blackburn over the Magpies.

But the manner of his dismissal from Newcastle still plays on his mind ahead of tomorrow’s trip with the Hammers..

He said: “I think a short tenure at any football club, and not results-based when you lose your job, is something you are very upset about at the time, you are always upset when you lose a job.

“The reason that was cited to me was that they wanted to move in their own direction because I wasn’t the man who was selected by them, I was already there so at the end of the day you have to accept that and move on.

“That settlement, I have to say, was extremely well conducted by both parties - within five or six days it was all finished and I couldn’t ask for any more than that.

“It is a very distressing time for you and your family because no matter how many people start saying ‘he will be all right, he has got that much money’ that is not the issue. The issue is your professionalism has been questioned, your ability to do a particular job has been questioned.

“It is damaging to a career you have spent years and years and years putting together and accumulating and proving that you are a quality manager and even though the reasons are not that valid it is still pretty damaging.”

Allardyce has no doubt earned a comfortable amount of money from his years in the sport but he does not do such a stressful job purely for financial reward as the pain he suffered when he left Newcastle suggests.

“It (money) is not the issue; I don’t manage for money, I manage for glory,” he said.

“Money follows because there is big money at this level but you manage for glory, you don’t manage for money.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The Babadook is out in cinemas across the UK today so to celebrate, here are some scary pictures of another scary Dook.

Read more

Mirand is ending – but will she be tripping off into the sunset with Gary?

Read more

Mobile phone footage could hold crucial evidence about what happened.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio features in London24's Hammers history quiz. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Test your knowledge of West Ham’s history with this fun quiz from London24.

Read more

West Ham Transfer News

Jermain Defoe (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Toronto striker Jermain Defoe has refused to rule out the chance of him making a Premier League return in January.

Read more
Winston Reid, West Ham United

West Ham co-owner David Gold is expecting key man Winston Reid to sign a new contract at Upton Park shortly.

Read more
Marcelo Brozovic in action for Dinamo Zagreb (Photo by Damir Sencar/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Check out our Sunday round-up of the latest London transfer news and gossip from around the web.

Read more
Ron Vlaar. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Catch up with the latest London transfer news and gossip from around the web.

Read more