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.
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 â‚¤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:
â€œMichael is away in Ireland. He has sent his apologies so I met the other players.
â€œI 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.
â€œUntil I get the chance to speak to Michael I donâ€™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.
â€œIt is not all about Michael Owen. He is a big player and Iâ€™ll be speaking to him, but I will also be speaking to everyone else.â€
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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