Allardyce Wows Owen and Dyer at England Hotel


Sam Allardyce held his first face-to-face discussions with two of his England stars – Michael Owen and Kieron Dyer yesterday – at England’s team hotel on Wednesday night.

Sam was able to explain his plans to completely restructure the Newcastle team, medical staff and back-room structure of Newcastle – and reports suggest both players were very impressed with both what Sam had to say – and the man himself.

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Smiling Sam Allardyce

Big Sam apparently did not ask at the meeting for any commitments from either player – but rather had the chance to go over his plans in a lot more detail than he had been able to over the phone to them last week. This sounds to us like good man management – so the players can think it over – at their leisure – what Sam has told them.

We reported yesterday that Owen would not discuss his Newcastle plans at the England press conference – but apparently that was the decision of the FA – though whether Michael would have answered anything if the FA had allowed questions – is not clear.

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Michael Owen and Kieron Dyer

The Mike Ashley proposed takeover of the club will cloud things with uncertainty until Freddy Shepherd gives in to the inevitable and sells his 29% holding in the club.

That’s going to be the biggest unknown – for as long as it is allowed to go on – but Big Sam will go about his transfer business and attempt to put together a squad for next season that will give us immediate results and get us up that league – challenging in the top six. It also looks like he wants a bigger squad for next season.

It all sounds good to us.



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3 comments so far

  • carl

    May 25, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    yea thing are looking bright and i believe also that its great man management from allardyce.hes putting his plans to the players and if they dont like the sound of it – sod off.ive read an article this morning from sir john hall and it mekes good reading for the intentions of mike ashley http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/6690717.stm

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  • Tony

    May 25, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    The more I read about Mike Ashley, the more I give my thanks he’s chosen us. A buyout, without a heavy lending is a gift-horse surely not even the fat gangster can ignore. This deal seems even more tempting when you here rumours about the Glazers wanting to offload the now debt-ridden Mancs.

    As for Big Sam, to echo your comments Carl, if players don’t like your plans get rid of them. If that includes the likes of Dyer and Owen then so be it. Of course I want these players to stay, but they have to be committed. Half-arsed is a problem that many of our players have had since the end of the halcyon Keegan-days.

    Whatever people think of the Bolton-Allardyce, he cannot be denied the fact that his success there has earned him the right to have a shot at managing a club such as Newcastle. The term ‘big club’ can’t just be measured in terms of trophies, it’s about fanbase and financial clout these days and with Mike Ashley’s guidance we can ally formidable financial muscle to our already renown black’n’white army…toon…toon!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Got to say I like Big Sam a lot.

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