When Sam Allardyce was introduced as the new Newcastle Manager last Monday – he said that talking to Michael Owen – to sort out his future at Newcastle (or otherwise) -was a priority.
Michael was in Ireland on personal business but we think Big Sam will have at least talked to Michael via phone by now.
The fact that we have heard nothing on this from either Sam or Michael – may not be good news for Newcastle fans.
We had hoped there would be an announcement this week on what Michael Owen’s intentions are – but it’s looking like this drama may now stretch into next week.
Freddy Shepherd also indicated last week that he would hold vital talks with Owen and his agents this week – to sort this out – but we don’t think those talks have taken place.
Of course Shepherd is angry that Owen’s agents are touting Michael to other clubs for a cut price â‚¤9M – which is an out clause in his contract.
We think this clause is activated only when Newcastle don’t qualify for European competition – which we didn’t – due to the disastrous last ten games of the season – when we gained a measly 7 points..
We don’t think Freddy Shepherd or Big Sam will allow this to go on much longer – the longer it goes the worse it looks for Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce’s Press Conference last Monday
Allardyce also needs to know quickly whether Owen (and Martins) want to have Newcastle futures. If they don’t then Sam will need to look to bring in a couple of strikers (Viduka, Anelka …) – but he needs to know quickly.
In the cold light of day – if Michael wants to leave Newcastle through this clause – then so be it.
The last thing Big Sam wants is players who don’t want to play for Newcastle – in fact he will insist that every player in the squad come August is at Newcastle – only because they want to be - we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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