One of my favorite Newcastle players of all time – Bobby Moncur – is interviewed periodically by the Evening Chronicle.
One of the topics Bobby talked about yesterday was the Michael Owen situation (or should we call it saga) – and as usual Moncur talked a whole lot of sense.
Bobby Moncur – with one of his 16 Scottish Caps
This is what Bobby had to say to Lee Ryder about Michael Owen and a few other topics yesterday:
“I will be disappointed if Michael Owen leaves the club.
“I know he is back playing for England, and it is something I am not happy about as a Newcastle supporter.
“He will be happy because he is a player and wants to play football.
“The decision has been made and you just have to wish him all of the best.
“He is a good player who will score goals.
“I will be disappointed in Michael, as a man, if he chose to leave us. I think he owes the fans and the club.”
“This takeover will help.
“Michael wants to play in a winning team and be up there alongside the Manchester Uniteds and Liverpools of the world.
“That is quite right for a quality player.”
Will the imminent takeover of Newcastle United PLC by English billionaire Mike Ashley finally propel Newcastle into winning a trophy â€“ which would eliminate the tag of Moncur being the last Toon player to lift a trophy?
“In a couple of years’ time, it might be going so well for Michael Owen and Newcastle that he says `I am more than happy here’.
“If you are competing with the Man Uniteds or Arsenals, that is what he wants and what we all want.
“Hopefully that’s where we will be as a club soon, in the top five again.”
Moncur then turned to discussing the rest of the Newcastle squad – with some other players’ futures up in the air, such as Charles N’Zogbia and Oba Martins, Moncur went on:
“It won’t take Sam long to work through with his players.
“And it will be a case of either, your with me or you’re not.
“He is an old-style manager and he will be asking for full commitment.
If they can’t offer that, they will be out of the club.
Sam doesn’t mess about.”
Certainly we agree very much with that last line of Bobby’s – Big Sam does not mess about – and will demand 100% commitment and loyalty from his players – otherwise they will not be playing for him at Newcastle. We believe the Ashley/Allardyce partnership can be a big success for the club.
Roll on next season.
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