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Sam: I face the axe

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SAM ALLARDYCE admits he faces the boot at Newcastle unless he can turn things around quickly.

Boss Allardyce has taken just one point from four games — and the Toon's next two matches could seal his fate.

They travel to Blackburn tomorrow then host Arsenal next Wednesday.

Big Sam said: “My position is safe if I get results but not if I lose matches. It has never been different anywhere else — not here, not at Bolton, not anywhere.

“I would not have lasted eight years at Bolton if I did not get results.

“I believe there will be no knee-jerk reaction from my bosses. They are very stable and supportive and I hope that remains the case.â€

But Allardyce knows the backing from chairman Chris Mort was hardly overwhelming after their disaster show against Liverpool on Saturday. But Big Sam insists he has not felt the need to contact owner Mike Ashley or Mort over his future.

He added: “Why should I do that just because somebody writes it?

“I should not be be ringing or chasing the chairman or the owner to seek assurances over my position just because of that.â€

Allardyce has repeatedly told impatient fans it will take years to get the club into shape and insists there is still plenty of work to be done.

He said: “When you take over a football club, generally it is not in a good condition. That's why you get the job — and you have to try to build it up from there.

“You get less and less time to do that now. From the point of view of all managers, it brings a huge and extra pressure on us. But we have to live with that because there is little we can do about it. Only our bosses can be more stable and supportive.â€

But Allardyce did receive a boost yesterday after former England and Newcastle boss Bobby Robson rode to the rescue.

Allardyce turned to Robson for advice as he attempts to dig himself out of trouble.

Robson, 74, was invited to the Toon's training ground where he talked to players and coaches.

Allardyce insisted: “Sir Bobby Robson is never anything other than encouraging.

“Bobby is not so well at the moment but it was good to have the opportunity to speak with him.

“He has been around the training ground for a few chats.

“A lot of people have worked here for a long time, so they know him and were really pleased to see him.†During his first season in charge of Bolton, Allardyce received some advice after he was beaten by Robson's Newcastle.

Allardyce added: “He said it was important to have a positive attitude and not to let it affect the confidence of the team.

“That's more or less what he was saying today.

“He told me itâ™s not an easy club to manage — but a great club if you get it right.â€
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But it is different for Big Sam.

At Bolton no one minded if he lost a few games because Bolton were performing well above the expectations of the club and the fans on a consistent basis.

At Newcastle they are expected to be competing for a place in Europe and at the moment Newcastle are in the bottom half of the table.

Losing to Blackburn and Arsenal will see them drop even further and Blackburn are a rival for a UEFA Cup place.

His job is in serious jeopardy.
Hmmm, interesting...the Sunday Times claim that defeat at against Arsenal on Wednesday will cost Big Sam his jobe but the Guardian says Big Sam has until Christmas.

Both tip Alan Shearer to replace him.
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