There were reports early today that Michael Owen had indeed spoken to Sam Allardyce last Thursday.
We had thought this would have been the case – even if it was only for a few minutes – for Sam to better understand what Michael was thinking. The reports say that the tone of the talks was positive.
Wonder what this means – and whether we’re any closer to knowing if he is staying or going ?
Michael Owen and Sam Allardyce
Let’s first of all review the scant news that came out this morning.
Michael Owen has presumably spoken by phone with Newcastle’s manager, Sam Allardyce, and the conversation is said to have been positive. The reports say that Owen is convinced theoretically by Sam Allardyce’s plans at Newcastle – whatever that means.
It’s good that Michael has at last spoken to Sam and that Sam has at least had the chance to talk to Michael about what he is planning at Newcastle – and I’m sure it sounded good (because it is good).
We do think Allardyce is going to make a difference at Newcastle and right or wrong – we think it will happen sooner than people think (although we must be patient …I suppose).
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if his pitch is very positive – it should be – not least of all – because of his successes at Bolton and he knows what he is doing.
Sam also comes across as a great guy, very straight, passionate but realistic about what he wants to do.
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It would not surprise us at all if Owen was impressed with what Sam had to say.
On the piece we ran yesterday Newcastle Deserve An Answer From Michael Owen – that we thought Owen owed some statement to the Newcastle supporters about his intentions – most of the feedback supported that action – but if Owen didn’t want to stay at Newcastle – he should be moved on.
It’s not clear this piece of news gets us any closer to Michael’s answer.
Finally – so that we are clear – we don’t think Michael Owen will leave in the summer – we just don’t know understand why this situation is allowed to fester in the press – when it would be so easy for someone to tell the fans what Owen wants to do.