Newcastle fans hoping change of manager will bring end to 'ugly' football

Last updated at 19:45 09 January 2008

Newcastle fanzine editor Mark Jensen believes the club's supporters had a

"pre-conceived idea" of the brand of football Allardyce would bring to St

James' Park.

The former Bolton manager parted company with the club tonight after replacing Glenn Roeder.

He has endured a difficult reign and leaves the club 11th in the Barclays

Premier League - 10 points away from a UEFA Cup spot and nine points from the

relegation zone.

The 53-year-old has long been viewed as a purveyor of 'ugly' football, and

Jensen, editor of The Mag, admits Newcastle fans are desperate for a return to

the entertaining approach last seen under Kevin Keegan.

"At the end of the day it's all about results and entertainment and we had

very little entertainment," he told PA Sport.

"Any manager goes by their results. Maybe people felt there wasn't progress on

the pitch - whether that would have changed over time we will never know.

"Newcastle fans had a pre-conceived idea of the football that he would play -

I don't think he did much to dispel that.

"I think he maybe tried to play a style of football that didn't suit players

he had available - whether he'd had time to bring in his own players, would he

have been able to do it at a higher level than he did at Bolton?

"But despite that, if he had got the results he would still be manager of

Newcastle United."

Allardyce was the sixth permanent manager since the departure of Keegan in

1997, but despite his short tenure Jensen is not convinced that he would have

brought success even if he had been given time.

"I'm gutted that another manager goes and another manager who hasn't been able

to bring success to Newcastle - he's just another in a long line," he added.

"People say you've got to give time to make a success of a club. Sir Alex

Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have been successful because they have been given


"But if you pick the wrong one and give them time then it's time down the


"I think it was a bizarre set of circumstances that only days after he joined

there was a change of ownership at the club.

"I think any manager would have found that hard to get their head around."

Former Newcastle forward Mick Quinn believes the fans got what they wanted and

insists the only man for the job now is Geordie legend Alan Shearer.

"From the fans' point of view they are probably a little bit disillusioned

with the way things were. When Sam came to the club they expected a lot more,"

he told Sky Sports News.

"There was a whole mood of frustration and nothing much has moved on from

previous seasons.

"Mike Ashley is no mug and he's being sitting amongst them and listening to


"He (Allardyce) is strong enough to take it and he'll be disappointed because

he's a passionate guy. The fans have won again and they'll want one of their own


"Alan Shearer would be as good as anyone. He turned down a move to Manchester

United - forget the goals he scored - they are eternally grateful for that and

they want him as their number one."