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Jan 16, 2008

Gullit: Managers should be given more time

Former Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit has told ESPN that he believes managers should be given more time to build a dynasty at a club, after the sacking of Sam Allardyce at St James's Park.

Allardyce parted company with the Tyneside club last Wednesday after only eight months in charge, with new owner Mike Ashley choosing to bring back Kevin Keegan on Wednesday night.

In a season where nearly half of the Premier League clubs have changed their manager already, Gullit concedes that the pressure on the top bosses has become greater and told ESPNsoccernet Press Pass in an interview:

'The interest in the game and the pressure on the chairmen is very big. I think they spend a lot of money on these clubs and they want immediate results.'

'It is not only about buying the good players,' he added. 'It is also about trying to build something up. Sometimes people get the time to do it like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. But, in the beginning, Alex Ferguson did not have the time at Man Utd, he was almost sacked and then they were patient and said 'look, give him a chance' and look where they are now.'

'I think chairmen sometimes need to be more patient despite the fact that it is difficult, I understand there is a lot of money and a lot of pressure but sometimes you have to do that.'

With Sam Allardyce the latest casualty of an owner's desire for change, the Dutchman has some sympathy for modern day managers: 'When I was there I knew how to do it but it was difficult,' he said. 'It is not only about money, that is not the case because they have the money now. It is a much more complex thing than only money.

'I think it is worse now. You see that the big money is coming in - Russians, Americans, everybody is trying to buy themselves into the Premier League. Some are there for good reasons but I don't know if everybody has the same motivation.'

• See the full interview with Ruud Gullit on SC Atlantic this week, where he answers questions on the Dutch national team and his new job with MLS side the LA Galaxy.

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