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Butt urges Newcastle to back Allardyce

Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt has urged the club not to sack under-pressure manager Sam Allardyce.

There have been rumblings of discontent around St James' Park after a disappointing start to the season and Allardyce's position has been questioned, despite the former Bolton boss only taking up the Newcastle reins in the summer.

However, Butt - who has played under four different Newcastle managers since signing from Manchester United in 2004 - is calling for his current club to replicate the successful set-up at Old Trafford.

"The culture of sacking managers doesn't work," said Butt.

"When you look around at top teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United the managers have been there for a lot of years and have created stability.

"Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have been there a long time and they get it right. That's because the manager can learn the ins and outs of the club.

"Hopefully, we will see that stability happen here. I see similarities between Sir Alex and Sam Allardyce.

"It's sad when you read Sam Allardyce is one or two games from the sack because he has come in and changed a lot of things and it will take time to get the benefit."

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