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After all the years of broken football romance, all the failures to mature into a knowing, fighting organisation able to live in the hard world inhabited by serial winners like Manchester United and Arsenal, what do Newcastle do?
On his way to becoming not Big Sam but, for the moment at least, another small and dismal statistic, the latest fallen manager of Newcastle United made a whole series of fundamental mistakes.
On a day of extraordinary contradiction, even by Tyneside's standards, Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager of Newcastle United yesterday afternoon and into the river of speculation that runs through this football-daft city immediately waded the names of Jose Mourinho, Alan Shearer and Harry Redknapp.