Why Allardyce will Convince Owen to Stay at Newcastle


One of the first things facing new boss Sam Allardyce is to persuade our most important and most costly player Michael Owen to stay at Newcastle.

If Sam can do that – and do it quickly – it will be an excellent first success in the new era under Sam at Newcastle.

We believe Michael will elect to stay at St. James’ because of a couple of things – but mainly that Sam will persuade him that Newcastle can and will be challenging for Europe and trophies – and of course he can be one of our major contributers.

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Owen – Does Thumbs Up Mean he’s Staying?

Unfortunately Michael was away in Ireland yesterday – on personal business – so Allardyce was not able to meet with him face to face – but there are always phones available and Sam will get to speak to Michael in the next day or so.

It has never been too clear in the last week – with all the press reports – just how much Michael himself is considering leaving Newcastle – and we would hope that Michael is fair – and tell Sam he never considered leaving Newcastle after playing only 14 games, scoring 7 goals – and for that being paid ₤10M in wages.

The news from close friend Alan Shearer that Michael feels guilty about playing so little in the last two seasons supports this view.

The bottom line is that we just don’t believe Michael will do what looks to the majority of supporters as a slap in the face to them – and to the club.
It will not only give Michael a bad name – certainly in the north east – but will also put big questions around his character – that he thinks of himself to the exclusion of the club – and most other things.

This is what new manager Allardyce had to say about Owen yesterday:

“Michael is away in Ireland. He has sent his apologies so I met the other players.

“I will speak to him on the phone in the near future and take it from there. The speculation will be resolved as soon as possible.

“Until I get the chance to speak to Michael I don’t know what he is from back page thinking. When I speak to him I will find out and we will react and move on.

“It is not all about Michael Owen. He is a big player and I’ll be speaking to him, but I will also be speaking to everyone else.”

All Newcastle fans hope that Michael will stay – and we will have a big success to start Sam’s reign at Newcastle – but the sooner Sam gets a decision from Michael – the better – whatever his decision actually is.

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14 comments so far

  • Shaz

    May 16, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Big Sam has a huge ego, i don’t think he will be able to handle the press asking him questions all the time about Owen.If Michael stays the speculation will never go away especially when things will inevitabley start goin gwrong.There is nothing great about that club other than the fact they have Michael Owen on their books and passionate fans.

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  • Bakelite

    May 16, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Micheal Owen has to at least give it one more season. We haven’t seen the best of him and more importantly he hasn’t seen the best of the toon yet. This clause will still be there in a year and at the very least Sam’s approach to fitness and training will help him come through an even stronger player.

    His reputation would nose dive if he took the first chance to jump ship. He would always be remembered for that.

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  • joe

    May 16, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Why will it inevitably go wrong? Please shed some light onto this as I happen to have alot of optimism at his appointment. he will have the courage to have a complete clear out of the underachieving, overpaid, egotistical tossers who are at the club at the moment. He has a reputation – and history proves it – that he can find players and get the very, very best out of them. Gary Speed for one was a spent force at NUFC, years later and he’s a better player now than in his final days at SJP. Sam must be doing something right.

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  • steve

    May 16, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    as Sam says, we only want Michael to stay if he wants to be involved. if he sees himself at Manchester United then so be it. we have a great chance to be successful under Sam but that means the whole squad pulling together. I, for one, would rather see a committed squad than hold onto some want-away footballers.

    I believe the new culture Sam brings to the club will be more important than any signing we have ever made. best of luck to Sam in sorting out the problems, with his confidence and scientific approach I am very hopeful for the future.

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  • Barry Bethel

    May 16, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    I think the fact that Owen had “another commiment” more important than facing Allardyce on Day 1 speaks absolute volumes. Owen has a lot of “commitments” he places ahead of Newcastle United FC – England, Horse Racing, Golf, Liverpool etc. Big Sam will demand respect and by his actions yesterday, I think Owen has just opened the exit door. Sam has already identified the major problem at Newcastle – Shepherd aside – and that is the players who are only here for the big money. Owen is the embodiment of that very problem.

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  • Shaz

    May 16, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle will always have financial clout,but if you haven’t won a trophy for as long as Newcastle haven’t then the chances of doing so become slimmer and slimmer.It is hardly rocket science.Some people may think Sam will be able to get the merceneries out of door but if Newcastle stop paying big wages, you will never be able to get players the calibre of Damien Duff,Scott Parker and Emre ever again.Yes, those players have under achieved at your club, but your defence is a joke, that is not their fault.And from the outside that is what the national perception of Newcastle United is ,that they pay well.Non geordies don’t give a damn about your passionate fans.I am not saying it is right that these players come for the money, but mercerneries don’t exactly have a conscience , so if they don’t play well on a saturday afternoon,don’t expect them to lose any sleep over it.And the cycle continues hence the reason it will inevitably go wrong.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Shaz – think we are all glad to see Moore, Bramble and Gooch go – assume we will have a completely different back four for next season – which is good.
    Hey – we have been very poor these last few years – no argument there –
    but it doesn’t stop us from trying to get better and getting better players in – and hopefully winning a trophy at some point.
    That’s not only for Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and ManU – but it’s getting that way with the higher clubs getting more money – the rich will get richer – which is bad for the game.
    But Newcastle have every right to reach for the top – and we will – whether we will succeed – we’ll have to wait and see.
    But you speak as if all is lost at Newcastle – because of the last several years – no way.

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  • Shaz

    May 16, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Once Michael Owen leaves Newcastle, i won’t have a reason to come on this blog but even in 7 years or so, i am 99% sure that Newcastle will remain the most under achieving team in the premiership considering the financial resources at their disposal.Why is it that Newcastle fans are so excited by Sam Allardyce?Bolton didn’t win Prem,FA or Uefa cup under him.Why the optimism?He even got rejected for the England job and they gave it to a loser like McLauren.And he can change the defence all he wants but it has provided many jokes over the years.I don’t think the players will disappoint in that respect.After all football has many traditions and newcastle having a poor defence is one of them.Sorry to be so blunt but there it is.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Shaz – hey – we like your comments on this blog – don’t leave us – but don’t get too serious about things either.
    As always we’ll have to see what happens next season – different opinions are what makes the world go round – we’ll hope you’ll keep letting us know what you think ! 😀 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Shaz – Newcastle’s defense has been hopeless – ever since Keegan managed the club (we did fairly well under Bobby Robson) – so no argument from us there.

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  • Shaz

    May 16, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed -as you have probabley gathered the only reason i come on this blog is because i want Michael back at Anfield where he belongs.I was gutted when he left and i have sat through way too many Real Madrid games and to a lesser extent Newcastle games.(Atleast Real Madrid were good to watch.)I think that is what they call a conflict of interest.If i do come across as serious it is because i hate seeing him in a Newcastle shirt.He had a great career but it has been in decline as a result of being at Newcastle.His passion for the game is gone,I am certain it would return if he came back to Anfield.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Shaz – OK – understand – hopefully we’ll know Michael’s decision in next day or so.

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  • Shaz

    May 16, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Well you said it!I will bang on about Michael Owen if i want to,after all this particular debate is about him.Nobody makes you read my comments and god knows i think yours are stupid.So from now on i’ll stop reading your comments and if mine infuriate you,it is simple.DON’T READ THEM!!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Shaz – check you email 😀

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