Sam Allardyce held his first face-to-face discussions with two of his England stars – Michael Owen and Kieron Dyer yesterday â€“ at Englandâ€™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.
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.
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.