Newcastle Deserve An Answer From Michael Owen


There is a report in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today – by Alan Oliver – that Arsene Wenger may be interested in Michael Owen. This is yet another report surrounding Michael Owen and whether he will stay at Newcastle United or take advantage of an out-clause in his contract – which we now understand is for ₤11M.

This situation has to be sorted out as soon as possible and the only person that can do that is Michael himself.

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Michael Owen

We know that most Newcastle fans would like to hear from Michael and it’s a simple question that deserves a simple answer.

The club has made itself clear when Freddy Shepherd, on 9th May (following reports in the media that Michael may leave Newcastle in the summer) responded as follows:

“Michael has two choices: he can come out and tell our fans that he is happy here,”
“These suggestions will not impress our fans after what has happened in the last couple of years.
“This report was a very thinly-disguised attempt to flog Owen from under our feet, sourced very close to the player or those who look after him.
The information must have come from there, not from our club.”

While Shepherd could have handled this a bit more delicately the cat was out of the bag – and for the last couple of weeks rumors have been swirling around about what Owen’s intentions are.

Michael’s supporters say it is all press talk – well if that’s the case let’s hear Michael say that – and stop the circus it is becoming. If there is nothing going to be said from Owen’s people then Newcastle fans have to assume Owen and his advisers are happy with the situation.

That’s a very poor way to conduct business and should be stopped.

Only Michael can do that and he needs to do it quickly to show some respect to the club that has stood by him over the last two seasons – and paid him over ₤10M for 14 games and 7 goals.

Over to you Michael – the sooner you make a statement the better for all concerned.



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57 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #1

    for sure this article is echoing what we are all saying. i must admit that while i dont care about owen telling the public for the sake of selling papers; he should be doing it for us, the fans, the ones that come week after week to show our support of him and the other lads – ths should be reciprocated. Like i said just the other day on a blog – my kids all wanted the new top (four of them) and they all wanted his name on the back – i had to say no, i then had to say no to martins name too. so now i have their tops with just a massive black patch on the back BECAUSE WE DONT KNOW IF EITHER WILL BE HERE. its almost driving me nuts in all honesty. i also think that if owen is saying nothing then Sam should also make a staement to let us know what the state of play is. its piss poor and its shedding owen in a bad light amongst his own fans. 2o thousand turned up to show support for you at your signing – show some respect back ,liverpool or no other club in the world would have turned out in such numbers at an official signing. i tell you what though lads, if after all the support he has had from day one right up to now do not convince him, then i hope he does go, i think fred is bang on the money – carry him back to liverpool.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Craig – he needs to say something – there may be nothing in it – but he can see the papers each day – I think he owes it to his employers – and the fans – to stop this nonsense – one way or the other.

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  • Shaz

    May 21, 2007 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    cheers craig,are you offering to do the carrying because as i’m sure most of you all know i am desperate to see him in the great red shirt again.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #4

    look shaz, this owen infactuation is not heathly for you. we are fed up cos he is our player (maybe- who really knows). but he has not been at liverpool for years and years ha ha – hey ,look, i did a post without swearing!
    Ed – do you have an email for fat freds secretary – i want to get in touch. this is mad!

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  • És

    May 21, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I will have a answer from Owen soon, because if he will leave the club, then we need a replacement. but I hope he will stay here because he owe us fans that!!
    Owen and Martins please stay, we need your folks to the road to Champions league 08/09 season.
    but i think it was stupid of shepherd to handle it that way he did.
    can someone please say how i could reach to Alan Oliver on email?
    I’m sorry about my English, I’m from Norway:).

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  • Shaz

    May 21, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Did no one see Paul Hayward on Sky at the weekend on Jimmy Hill’s programme?He said Newcastle kidnapped Owen as in forcing him to go there!Why expect loyalty from a man who Newcastle wronged. and i am saying Fine, he took millions of you for doing nothing but so did Patrick Klivert and countless others.That’s life and we will get him back despite Alan Oliver saying Rafa doesn’t want him.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    look shaz, how have we wronged owen. if anyone has wronged owen it is liverpool for showing him the door in his prime. then when he went back with us the behaviour of YOU liverpool fans was a disgrace to a player that had given so much to the cause for livepool. so please, if you are on about wronged – all liverpool fans look in the mirror – inc rafa – esp rafa. also shaz, i really am starting to worry about your infactuation with owen – i mayhave to turn these blogs over to the flying squad. ha ha

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  • Ian

    May 21, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Look, we need to be practical about this. Hounding Michael Owen into “giving us an answer” may result in us being reassured or being put out of our misery, but it won’t do any real good. If Owen has already made up his mind then pushing him to go public won’t change his mind. But if he is still undecided (which is highly likely given the poor form and team spirit of the team and the second new manager in his time here) then constantly badgering him and questioning his loyalty is only likely to make him think “right, f*ck you lot, I’m off”. While it is nice to live in a fantasy world where footballers are 100% loyal to their clubs, we have to live in the real world. And if Owen is unsure of where he wants to be I’d prefer it if we could persuade him to stay with Newcastle rather than put him off. These things are better off sorted out behind closed doors – not in the press or on youtube. In fact it was our own chairman who stated a few years ago that we “never” comment on transfer rumours for just such a reason – a pity he couldn’t keep to that statement.

    The question I think we really do deserve to have answered is what idiot allowed Owen to sign a contract which allowed him to leave at half the price we paid for him if we didn’t get Euopean football?

    Ian

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    i agree, owen should come out and put an end to all the specultion and tell us his intentions.to be honest id love owen and martins to stay as they are great goal scorers but if they are having the slightest doubt about playing for the team they should leave.im sick and tierd of having non commited under performing people at newcastle.sod your holiday sam, your toon boss now.sort it out.

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  • graeme

    May 21, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I believe micheal owen will be in a black and white shirt till next may, at no point has he ever said he is unhappy here or that he wants to leave.
    Paper talk is all it is, trying to sell papers ,making sh*t up to fill the void between now and the beginning of the season, firstly, he is garanteed a first team place ,secondly, he is garanteed £100,000 p/w ,and thirdly (and most importantly in my eyes ) he is garanteed to be the number 1 striker for england (if fit) and therefore is not relying on european football to prove his pedigree.
    he will stay and if big sam is as good as we think he is at getting the best out of players , he will score 25-30 goals for us next season!!
    We will be in europe next season ,and possibly have some silverware (depending upon the influx of quality defence).
    I may be a little optomistic but i truly believe micheal is an honourable man and wants to prove to the world how good he is, and wants to repay the N.U.F.C faithful for their support over the last 2 years……

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  • Shaz

    May 21, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t worry Craig ,i am of totally sound mind, i just want us to have what belongs to us back.How would you feel if Shearer had left you and gone to west brom or some smaller club like that, who you knew was beneath him.BTW i’m not very good at spelling or grammer myself but i’m sure infatuation is not spelt the way you have spelt it above!I know i can be a B***h!

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    shaz- first of all i wouldnt mind being kidnapped for 110k a week.and secondly newcastle would never of sold shearer and shearer would never leave.thats loyalty,its liverpools fault for letting him go and im sure michaels big enough to make up his own mind.
    ED – maybes we could get in touch with alan oliver im sure its not too hard.

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  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 21, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    🙂

    Liverpool > Newcastle at the same ratio that Newcastle > West Brom?

    Ouch, that has to hurt.

    Owen’s quiet, so what? Why are you guys still bothered with this? If he wants to stay, he should, but if he wants to go, let him go. Give him CL football or let him go.

    Newcastle can’t promise it, so big frackin’ bummer.

    Liverpool, if they take Owen, will IMO become genuine title contenders again. He’s that good.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #14

    hum……what belongs to you – look, that is not sound mind at all shaz. secondly, the only reason that we are not up rubbing shoulders with the top three four recently (and its only been a couple of years since we were higher than you in the league , is down to the managers that we have had. poor bobby lost the dressing room when infact all he should have done was transfer list dyer at the time – and bowyer too, souness, well, what can you say about him really, and glen was only ever going to be keeping the seat warm wasn’t he. If we have a good manager then i think that perhaps not next year, but maybe the 08/09 season could see us back up there again . hey, i cant spell very well, i know that – does that have any relevance (did i spell that right) on what is going on here.
    Ian: i think you are wrong mate- we need this resolved now and he SHOULD come out and say what his intentions are. what are we to do, sit back until two weeks before the season starts and then up he pops and joins another club. throwing all our pre season into chaos notto mention the slight problem of not having a replacement and not likely to get a good one at that late stage. No, it would take five minutes of his time to release a statement through the official nufc website stating his intentions.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Es and Carl – here’s a list of contacts at the Chronicle – think you can reach Alan Oliver via the sports editor Paul New – bot email and tel numbers are there.
    http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/chroniclelive/contacts/

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Ahmed – but why is he allowing this circus to go on ?
    It’s ridiculous.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Ahmed – but why is he allowing this circus to go on ?
    It’s ridiculous – if he thinks this is going to go on all summer – he’s wrong.
    If he wants to leave then tell us – now – nothing wrong with that.

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #18

    craig you right, notice how a certain mr berbatov came out and reassured the jews that he was staying when man u became interested.i think owen should get off his little welsh arse and stop messing the geordie public about.i find it insulting after the support he has had.

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    cheers ed i will contact mr oliver .

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Ahmed – if he wants CL football in next 2 years he should leave now – there is no way we can give him that – so he should make a statement to that effect now.
    We’ll then go out and find somebody else to replace him.

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  • Ian

    May 21, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Craig – “we” don’t need this resolved – Allardyce does. And do you really think Allardyce is doing nothing at the moment just waiting for Owen to decide and issue a press release? Of course not. Allardyce will be working behind the scenes with Owen trying to persuade him to stay, etc. Why don’t we leave them alone to sort it out properly?

    Here’s a simple example – if Owen says to Allardyce in private – “I think I’m going to leave” than Allardyce has a chance to persuade him to stay. If Owen goes to the press instead to say he’s leaving then that’s it – game over – he can’t go back on it.

    Probably the last thing Allardyce wants is his players directly communicating what they are going to do with the press before he has had a chance to talk to them. We’ve got to put our desperate need to know what’s happening behind us and leave the manager to do his job.

    Ian

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Ian – good comment – but I would have thought Sam has talked to Owen by now – and at least knows which way he is leaning – wouldn’t you?

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #23

    i agree ed, i now personaly dont give a slightest if he stays or goes im just finding it irritating.their are plenty of other good strikers about, weve even got shola who i think is going to be a great hit under allardyce,s management.end of the day owen is collecting money from the geaordie public.if he doesnt want it sod off now,oh and ian- saying we need to be practical. haha when ever is a goedie practical when it comes to nufc.dream on lol

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  • Arty

    May 21, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Just my opinion, for what its worth. Yes it was jsut stupid to put such a clause in Owen’s contract, however, everyone at St James’s would have thought that he would have played for the majority of the two years he was here. Owens contribution on the field would have been a huge contributing factor to NUFC qualifying for Europe. So IMHO he has not lived up to his end of the contract as he was bought to get use into Europe in the first place.
    I honestly do not think even the most dishonerable and down right mercinary creture on the planet could in all conciousness even think of moving to another club after he has been cosseted and cared for at Newcastle.
    I believe that the whole world will be looking to Michael Owen to see if he is going to make a laughing stock of our club or do the right thing, and stay.
    If he goes, I firmly believe he will regret the move for the rest of his life, as he will earn the reputation of a totally dishonerable man, who was only out for what he could get, and I do not mean money wise, as he has earned more in the two years he has been ” on the sick ” than most of the fans do in a life time.
    In short Michael , if you had played we WOULD be in Europe! This situation would not have happened, you have an obligation to YOUR club and your reputation.
    Its time to do the right thing and stop the rumour mill, tell the fans you are going to stay, be the honerable man we like to think you are!

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  • És

    May 21, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #25

    thanks Ed=).

    Shaz:Liverpool forced Owen out the liverpool door, same with Fowler. why should Owen come back to a club like liverpool, when Manu are interested in him. In England is Newcastle a bigger club than liverpool, why should Owen come back to liverpool, when his got forced out once!! I can promise u that if he stay here with Newcastle next season, then we could challenge for the 3 and 4 place;).

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Ian – it is us that need to know – the club is nothing without us. the fans are the ones being shafted here. i think that by owens sheer lack of response either way is an indication of what he is thinking. it needs to be done and dusted so we can nail another striker before pre season comes and before other potential targets get snaffled. using your scenario theory and lets say owen has said to sam ‘i think i am off sam’. why dont we put him on the list, make it known he wants off – i would not even bother trying to persuade him to stay, i would get fred to carry him to whichever club has coughed up the 9 or is it 11 million. on the way back i would ask fred to stop off at bolton and pick up anelka for 7 million, then swing by liverpool and pick up bellamy for 4 million. we can not wait. And it is ‘we’. i have been going to newcastle every week since i was 8 years old mate, many have been going longer – it is very much a ‘we’ club.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Es and carl , i like your way of thinking lads

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  • És

    May 21, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28

    We all know that Owen is on holiday, and Sam will probably not spoil it for him. Allardyce will not talk to the players before the holiday is over=), something I respect :).

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #29

    ahmed bilal: i am finding it hard to understand what the whole point of what you eve ncoming on our boards is mate. thats cos you clearly dont seem to grasp what we are talking about here: you seem to be ofthe opinion that we are mega bothered if owen stays or goes. while we want him to stay (as long as thats what he wants), we are talking about why has he not came out and said anything. As for the Shaz slur about west brom, just cos we have had a crap domestic three years since sir bob left, lets not blow this out of proportion. in the last lets say 8-10 years, how many teams in the prem have ha more euro nights than us other than manure, liverwank, arse and only MAYBE chelski – no-one thats what. even by this years bad campaign we went to the quarter finals of the eufa cup. so lets not start panicking here, at the end of the day, the good thing about now is that the slate is clean again. i bet next year we are top six – as usual.

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #30

    here here craig lol.yep i agree with your comments, and like ive said and many others we dont care if he stays or goes we want and will get an answer.all of these outsiders coming onto the website with their views just simply dont understand our mentality and loyalty to the club,even that much we are sitting now dicussing these situations when people involved are on holiday with their feet up.your right it is a WE club and it is ours.

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  • Phil

    May 21, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    I think we will have an answer next week as both Owen and Allardyce are on holiday. Am sure none of you would be happy to work whilst away on holiday.

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  • Ian

    May 21, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Come on Craig, the fans may be the heart of the club, but that doesn’t mean we need to know everything all the time. Should we have live podcasts of contract negotiations? Or teamtalks? Of course not. Some things need to be done behind closed doors. Sam may have begun talking to Owen, but it could take some time to sort out – we’re talking about millions of pounds and potential Champions league football vs a relegation battle (unless Sam can convince him otherwise). We can expect some loyalty from Owen, but this is a huge decision for him and he needs to be convinced he isn’t throwing his career and chances of silverware down the toilet by staying with us.

    And this idea that we should just transfer list everyone who isn’t automatically 100% loyal is just naïve. It’s only Man Utd and Chelsea who can afford to be that arrogant. It’s our manager, chairman and even supporters jobs to convince the best players that they should be playing for us. Sure, we don’t want mercenaries who don’t feel for the club, but it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to have the loyalty of a Shearer. And even then, Shearer didn’t join us without exploring his options, talking to Ferguson first, and in his words, “agonising” over the decision.

    Ian

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #33

    ian, firstly it was owen and his camp of sneaky hangers on that made this shit public in first place!!!!!!!!!! he opened the pandoras box himself and of course it is going to cuase a massive debate. i.e ronaldo leaving manure for madrid caused the same uproar. stevie G nearly signing for chelski caused near on riots in shell suit land. owen stared this shit – owen can stop it too. i have zero sympathy for him or his dilema. and talk about me being naive, you think that with owen here we are champ league and if he is gone we are relegation. thats crap mate (no offense honest). shearer said ‘agonising’ merely for the cameras and to smooth relations. there was never a doubt and he has just said as much in an interview in this last week. he said, keep your medals, i have lived the dream. nuff said about shearer.

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  • Ian

    May 21, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Craig – you’ve misunderstood (part of) my post. My point was about Owen’s choice of playing CL football with Man Utd or Arsenal or maybe being in a relegation dogfight with us – not about us reaching the CL.

    Maybe Owen’s advisors did initially stir up some of the rumours – but it was Shepherd’s public demands for swearing oaths of loyalty that propelled the story into the headlines. The way to handle stories like this is to fix them behind the scenes – not to make them into a public slanging match in the press – or worse, to insult your top player on a video that ends up on youtube. But not our club – we think it’s better to go all macho and say “sod em – if they’re not loyal they don’t deserve to wear the shirt”. It might make us feel like big hard men, but it does the club no good. Do you honestly think we could pick up a striker of anywhere near the quality of Owen for 9m? Personally I don’t care if Owen or his advisors started it – if we can get him to stay and play for us with passion by giving Sam some breathing space to talk to him then we will have saved ourselves millions.

    As for Shearer – he has stated publicly on many occasions that it was an agonising decision for him to leave Blackburn and reject Man Utd. Yes – he thinks now that it was absolutely the right decision – but it was a really difficult one to make at the time.

    Ian

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  • Jacob

    May 21, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Shaz: Liverpool are undoubtedly ‘ bigger ‘ than Newcastle, but to describe the gap as equivalent to Newcastle > West Brom is ridiculous. Why go to Liverpool? Based on recent premiership history, Man U/ Chelsea make Liverpool look distinctly small. Don’t get too carried away with the phrase ‘the big 4’… we all know the rest of the premiership isn’t that far behind Liverpool

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  • Jacob

    May 21, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh yes, and your welcome to EMO…seen his last few games and despite the steroids he’s lost a yard of pace and can still be shrugged of the ball too easily. If 11m is right I’d be dancing in the streets if we sell him. Newcastle have done without him for 2 years and if he needs to be persuaded then I’d be glad to see the back of him.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Ian, i think that if we need to go on our hands and knees begging owen to stay or even just like you say, buy some time for sam to smooth it over then i would rather say goodbye to owen. besides which – why is he our best player?? cos he scored seven goals in 2 years. we were doing better before he came to be honest. and yes, i do want every palyer that plays for us to be with the club that he would WANT to be with. that is not naive again, its practical. you say we can not afford to be like that, well, i think that it is by taking that stance that you get respect from the players. stam out, crespo out, van nistelrooy out, and of course there are many more. the point being though, if you let the player let it publicly be known that he might want away (as owen has done through his agents), then you have to act. and in that, i dont mean sucking up to him either. i mean getting shot. of course we can afford to do it -that is a ridicuolus statement. every player we have with the ecception of owen (as he has a clause) could be sold on again without too much of a heartache financilly. some we could make profit on, dyer, parker, zogs, given, taylor, martins, ameobi – all profit. others we would break even -emre, sibieski-butt- duff. some donkeys like carr and babs etc we loose on. however, if bobby robson would have listed dyer and bowyer at the time of his problems, they would be gone, bob would have kept his job and we would have a stable squad and still be in euro.
    one more thing – by owen obviously stipulating this clause in order for him to sign kinda makes you wonder if he has ever really been with ‘us’. i take your points onbaord Ian, its just that i think they are way off the mark and i know that i speak for the vast majourity of the toon.

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  • Shaz

    May 21, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve decided to do an Owen and bolt from where the geordies are.This is my last two pence i am going to put into this debate.I hope Owen will leave, and if he does, i just hope it is for Liverpool.And if he stays, god help him.It will be the biggest mistake he will never get the chance to rectify.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #39

    oh yeah, one other person that was shown the door for being all for himself etc would have course been the man himself – at liverpool. what a co-incidence that they went on to win the champ league as soon as they got rid and to proove it was not fluke, they are in the final again. does any of this sound familiar

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  • Ian

    May 21, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Speaking for the vast amjority of the toon doesn’t make you right – just populist. Man Utd can afford to kick out players they don’t feel are “with them” because they have world class players lining up to join them. We don’t. Even then, after getting rid of Beckham & Stam, Man Utd struggled for a few years – so was Ferguson right?

    I’m not talking about keeping bad eggs or players who aren’t up for it (I agree, if Sir Bob had sorted out Dyer and Boywer we’d probably still be a top 4 team now with him in charge) – but most players lie somewhere in between the mercenary and loyal local stereotypes. Most require some persuading and some cajoling – that’s why Souness couldn’t cut it as a manager – if you didn’t support him 100% you were out – no attempt to bring you on board – and that’s why we lost Bellamy for a pittance. Frow what we see in the press, Allardyce manages to motivate players well. Do you really think all of Bolton’s team started off 100% committed to Bolton? Of course not – many came for the money. But Sam moulded them into a team that gave 100% week-in-week-out. Not by kicking out everyone who didn’t start out at 100% – but by motiviating the 60%, 70% and 80%ers up to 100%. Look at Thierry Henry at Arsenal. there are rumours every other week that he’s off to Real or Barca – but do you get Arsene Wenger or David Dein issuing stupid statements challenging Henry to prove his loyalty? No – you get public statements saying they are confident he will stay – and behind the scenes they work things out.

    Maybe Owen isn’t commited at all (in which case why the hell did we sign him with a huge get-out clause in his contract). But you and I don’t know what’s going on in his head. Why not leave our manager for a few weeks to sort things out rather than demanding this public commitment crap from Owen. Maybe he won’t fix it. Maybe Owen is a git who just wants to leave us. But while there’s a chance that a world class player could stay with us with a bit of persuasion – then I’d like to see that happen. After all – didn’t we hire Allardyce for his great man-management skills – why not give him the chance to use them? If it hasn’t worked after a couple of weeks then fair-do’s – let him go. But let’s not give up at the first hurdle. And as to owen’s “7 goals in 2 years” record – that’s also 7 goals in 14 games – a far better ratio than any of the rest of our current playing staff.

    Ian

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