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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 12:08 GMT
Waddle demands Allardyce backing
Sam Allardyce and Chris Waddle
How on earth can anyone make a judgement on him based on 14 or 15 games?

Waddle on Allardyce
Former Newcastle favourite Chris Waddle has hit out at fans' treatment of Sam Allardyce, saying the manager must be given time to improve the club's form.

Allardyce is under severe pressure just 16 games into his reign at St James' Park, with fans highly critical of his team selections and tactics this term.

But Waddle told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We all know what Newcastle fans want, and that's entertaining football and flair.

"But chopping and changing all the time doesn't earn success, it's ridiculous."

The Magpies currently lie 11th in the Premier League table and crashed out of the Carling Cup at the third round stage.

But it is the style of football that has brought most criticism from Newcastle fans, and Waddle understands their frustrations.


"Some teams are built solely around winning, but others - like Newcastle, Tottenham or Manchester United - are built around good, entertaining football," he said.

"Allardyce built a successful side at Bolton but it was effective rather that flamboyant, and he perhaps wasn't every Newcastle fans' first choice as manager because of that.

"The fact that he was not (new Newcastle owner) Mike Ashley's selection also makes things tricky."

However, the former winger insists it is far too early to judge Allardyce.

It is far too early to be talking about sacking him

Waddle on Allardyce

"How on earth can anyone make a judgement on Allardyce based on 14 or 15 games?

"He has had selection problems because he has had to deal with a lot of injuries, and he has to be given a chance to find a settled side. I don't know that he's been able to put out his first choice XI once this season.

"Maybe, if things are the same a year from now and Newcastle are still struggling this time next season, something will have to give. But it is far too early to be talking about sacking him now."

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