SAM Allardyce feels facing Alan Pardew’s rejuvenated Newcastle United tomorrow could be just as tough as taking on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
The West Ham United boss is wary of taking on in-form Newcastle at Upton Park given Pardew’s side have won six on the spin in all competitions.
Allardyce said: “Alan has got better results than we have had recently and he has turned the corner.
“He has fitted in a lot of new players.
“They gelled together, they have massive confidence back, which is always lacking in a team when they don’t get results.
“Apart from Chelsea, we have the most difficult game to play on Saturday because it’s six wins on a trot they have gained.
“Our cutting edge in the last two games has gone missing and that is one of the reasons we have stopped winning.
“We have to find that again.”
Both Allardyce and Pardew had found their positions in the spotlight at the start of the campaign, but have overseen a remarkable upturn in fortunes to gatecrash the top six.
Had the owners of both clubs not kept faith, then Allardyce and Pardew could easily have fallen victim to the all-too-regular manager merry-go-round before less than half of the league matches had been played.
Allardyce said there are a lot of managers who will welcome the end of ‘Black November’
“It has been pretty good across the board this season in the Premier League,” said the West Ham boss.
“I don’t think any manager has lost their job yet.
“Under the circumstances, we, as managers, all look at November as ‘Black November’. That is normally when it starts. One (sacking) can escalate into two or three.
“Particularly myself and Alan have had a little bit of patience from the owners.
“They have understood the position.”