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Allardyce insists no crisis talk at Newcastle

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce won't hear talk of a crisis at St James' Park.

Newcastle visit Chelsea today following a nightmare two days which has seen Big Sam's position in the St James' Park hotseat come under question once again.

The Toon army will take their places at Stamford Bridge still unsure whether Allardyce is the man to bring trophies to Tyneside.

Recent displays against Derby and Wigan have only hammered home their belief he is not that man.

And the mood in the Toon camp will hardly have been helped with midfielder Joey Barton spending New Year in custody on charges of assault and affray.

But Allardyce insists Rome was not built in a day and, given time, he can make the Toon a team to be proud of.

He said: "In the last two games we were only a midges away from putting two results together to be going above Blackburn and level with Portsmouth, who are deemed to be the best two teams outside the big four in the Premiership.

"But all of a sudden because of this football club and its past history, it's all doom and gloom.

"It's never anything other than crisis, but there is no crisis here. There's only the disappointment of a result and performance that wasn't good enough.

"But it's not a crisis. People outside make it a crisis or try and influence it, but what we have to do as a team and as a group of people is to stay strong and be focused on what we know is right and not let those influences affect us."

Allardyce has always maintained it will take up to three years to turn things around at Newcastle, especially considering all the behind-the-scenes turmoil which has ravaged St James' since he took charge.

He added: "I've never known anybody set up a successful business in three or four months. It simply can't happen. In many ways, some people - far too many of them - have gone out in the past and tried to buy their way to the top, but that's not sustainable.

"It might get you there in the short term, but it can't bring you long-term success at a football club because it has to come from a more structured and long-term plan.

"The best two teams this season are Arsenal and Manchester United and they've got the two longest-serving managers.

"Nearly the next longest-serving manager in the Premiership is Rafa Benitez and then David Moyes and then you look at that long, slow progress at Everton.

"As a football club I'd put us more in line with them than I do with Arsenal or Man United, Chelsea or Liverpool, because the rest of us are a long way now from those top four.

"Everybody, not just us, because of structures and building and infrastructure. What those four clubs have developed is huge - massive in terms of international worldwide scouting, at every level all the way down to the ages of 10 or 11."

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