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Sam facing Magpies fight
04 Dec 2007 - 08:40:58
Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted he is fighting to save his job following a disappointing series of results.
The Magpies slipped to their fourth defeat in five games after going down 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
The run has seen Newcastle pick up just one point from the last 15 on offer and Allardyce has come under fire from disgruntled supporters in recent weeks.
However, despite admitting he is under pressure to improve results, the former Bolton boss is determined to fight on at St James' Park.
"There's no point beating around the bush. Yes, I'm under the cosh and yes, I've got to get results sooner rather than later," he said.
"We're having a bad time in terms of results, but it can be turned around as quickly as it's gone bad."
Meanwhile, Allardyce has brushed off reports linking Magpies legend Alan Shearer with his job.
"If Alan decides to take my job, I hope it'll be when I've decided to leave," he added.
"That will mean I've made the club successful and he'll be taking over a club that I've improved significantly, like what happened with Sammy Lee and Bolton.
"If it's the other way then you have to live with it.
"I don't particularly see that as a burden because if you lose your job then somebody else is going to take it, whether it's Alan Shearer or whoever.
"I know Alan reasonably well and when that situation comes up he's always said that he's not ready.
"If that's the case, and somebody wants to employ him down the line after me or whatever, then that's life."