Owen “Positive” After Allardyce Talks – What Does That Mean?

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 ?

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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.

14 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    May 22, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #1

    christ, i am the first oen to kick it off again Ed! well, it seems to look like the little feller is staying after all. i just today read an article which was basically an interview with Owen last October. He said that he signed for 4 years and he wold be here for at least that and hopefully longer but that would be up to the chairman. One thing i did not know was that he had moved up to the area (remember shaz slagging us off for him flying by helicopter to and from his home cos he hated newcstle). Well, Owen has said his kids are in school here and him and his missus love life in the area too. I tell you what, if you have young kids settled in school and loving it plus your missus loves the area, then it really is a done deal. if i had known this two weeks ago then i would not have spent the last two weeks getting all wound up. OWen has seen a glimse of sams future and he has bought in to it. the massive investment coming our way, the stadium expansion to minimum 60 thousand. He may or may not win medals or cups in his time with us but he would if stayed, get a berth next to Al as a toon legend – like Alsays, keep your medals, i have lived the dream. Al and Owen are big pals, that makes you think that they are both similar characters – if Owen said last year in October that he was staying why would he change his mind now that the future is better now than it was then?? he still needs to come out with some sort of statement though just to give the saga some sort of finality.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    May 22, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I bloody hope Owen will stay, after all his injury cost us the season. We’ll just have to wait and see if Owen is a gold-digging brat or he actually wants to be a part of the Big Sam’s Revolution.

  • Ian

    May 22, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, fingers crossed that Sam can work some magic with Owen – and use the same persuasive powers on a decent centre-half.

    I must be honest and say that I fear that if Liverpool came in for him with a decent offer he would be off. But the good news is they seem to be more interested in E’to.


  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Craig – i’m pretty sure he bought an expensive house in Ponteland – where Shearer is. In fact I believe the club gave him the house – as part of the deal.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #5

    JP – i love it. Big Sam’s Revolution – for short BSR.

  • craig chisholm

    May 22, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6

    thats it Ed – BSR! i like it.
    hey ian, i honestly do not think owen would go back to liverpool. he dos not like rafa – so it can never work. they have a mutual dislike for eachother. besides, are liverpool THAT much bigger than us and what does liverpool really mean these days. they are nothing more than an american brand now, mostly players from abroad (not that i mind this but they have too many), foreign manager, moving stadium – alas no more the Kop. it will be named after some american sponsor like ‘the Walmart stadium, or some shit like that. what is liverpool now, it has no heart and they are about to loose their identity when the move. Owen i think would choose us over them, i mean he left them in the first place and nothing has changed there management wise since that time. He still needs to make that statement though – come on Owen, spit it out!

  • Big AL

    May 22, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I think owen will stay for a few reasons, 1 hes settled in nicley, 2 he comes across as a nice honest bloke 3 he feels guilty about been injured for almost 2 years which lets face it so he should 4 he is a consumat professional and i dont belive he would want an entire city hating his guts. and finaly 5 he know if he stays he will be a legend just like shearer.
    Finally i dont think Wenger will be willing to pay £100k a week in wages for owen and neither will the other big 4.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Big AL – couldn’t agree more – good points.

  • carl

    May 22, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9

    hmm the bsr , i like it .sounds like toons new firm lol.oh and yaeh your right ed– owen has a house in darras hall- ponteland.anyway i hope owen stays and becomes cruciial in the bsr

  • Ian

    May 22, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #10

    I think you may be right about Owen’s dislike for Rafa – I was thinking more of his love for his first team. You never know with new owners – if Liverpool don;t win the CL Benitez could be out soon.


  • Ed Harrison

    May 23, 2007 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Think Owen will stay for the BSR. 😀

  • lee

    May 23, 2007 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Michael Owen is looking for a Champs League medal as too all the top players, before they retire. If this is the case, realistically he may not be able to get it by staying at Newcastle. He also doesn’t want to go back playiong in Europe, so that rules out Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In the Premiership only 4 clubs have a realistic chance of winning the CL and we are not one of them (at present condition). Owen would want to look at Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea. Of these 4, Liverpool is his choice but they may not want him unless they can get rid one of their short strikers already there (e.g. Bellamy). That leaves Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea… Arsenal wants him. Does Owen want Arsenal. If he does, he may move on this summer.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 23, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee – yes – but hope it will be resolved soon – don’t want all the hype on Owen possibly leaving – until late August.

  • Jeff

    May 23, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Hi all new member here,just reading all the comments on Owen.I agree with most of what is being said but do you not think everything is down to the press yet again trying to say Newcastle United are the wrong club for a player like Owen….When they have nowt to write the full the space with crap about The Toon….Like one comment says Owen him self stated he was happy here until he was told otherwise…Like Shearer commented on it…Owen feels frustrated that he has to make a comment everytime something is printed in the paper….He is a pro and a top bloke I cant see him leaving this summer….In fact the image you get about Owen wouldnt suprise me if he signed a further 2 yr contract to make up for the time injured…..Mind if he did leave after 13 games and millions in wages and after 20000 turned up when he signed then his image will be tarnished forever.


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