Michael Owen Positive With Sam Allardyce and His Plans


Michael Owen has been talking to the official Newcastle United web site – and talked about how Big Sam impressed both Kieron Dyer and himself when they met last week at the England hotel before the England B game with Albania.

Michael’s comments appear very positive to us – but we may be reading too much into them.

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Thumbs Up from Owen

This is what Michael told Craig Hope:

“Now that I am back from injury, I wish the season did not stop next week,” wrote Owen in his column for The Times. I feel strong and I’ve had a good chat with Sam Allardyce about his plans for Newcastle.

“He came to the England team hotel last week to have a chat with me and Kieron Dyer. He is obviously going to shake the place up.

“He sounded very thorough, talking about everything from dietary advice to injury prevention as well as improving results.

“We are planning to meet again when he returns from holiday.”

Now does that sound like a man who is about to leave the club?

We don’t think so – and we’re sure that Michael’s reference to shake things up is positive – because the way we were last season – we wouldn’t be winning anything soon. We take this quote from Michael to be sensible – but still cannot understand why he remains mum on his future at Newcastle.

It certainly is not sitting well with the fans.

With Sam back at work on Monday – we would expect Sam and Michael to have a face to face meeting somewhere – probably late next week.

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Smiling Sam Holds Up Our New Strip

This would be after the Estonia game – which Michael is almost certain to play in. Hopefully some announcement can then be made – and this matter will be dead. If Sam can announce that Michael is staying it will give him and the fans a huge boost. Sam will not let the matter drag on too much longer.

Our opinion is Michael is going nowhere. 😀

Let’s have your ideas and opinions on Michael’s interview.



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8 comments so far

  • Aaron D

    May 31, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I sure hope he stays as he will score goals for fun, scored 7 in first 10 games for NUFC. Just need a good provider for him, on both flanks and through the middle. James Milner can do it, N’Zogbia? Duffs injuryed.

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  • LewDavies

    May 31, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    MO is playing a canny game of wait and see. Personally I think he is going nowhere this season and will say so after Estonia game. . . . . . . . . . . . .And anyway Shearer said so.!!!!

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  • GraemeR

    May 31, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Hate to be negative – but he still failed to say outright that he wants to stay.

    Classic example of a player just letting events taking their course and then making sure any decision is best for them – not the team or supporters.

    Whilst most normal people would do the same – the life of a professional footballer is not normal – 100K a week whether you play badly, well or not at all. This pampered existence, coupled with the adoration of thousands surely deserves a little bit of loyalty – but in this tabloid world where WAGS get their own TV show there is little chance. The days of the working mans game is long gone – welcome to celebrity.

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  • GraemeR

    May 31, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry to be so negative in my last post – here is some better news from the LSE
    ” LONDON (Thomson Financial) – Newcastle United PLC said its board today met with Sports retailing entrepreneur Mike Ashley, who is bidding to take over the football club, adding the parties had a “useful and constructive discussion.”
    The Newcastle board said it will now consider its response to the 100 pence
    per share offer from St James Holdings Ltd, Ashley’s bid vehicle. Earlier this month, St James bought a 41.6 pct stake in Newcastle United from Sir John Hall and his family interests, triggering a mandatory takeover offer.”

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    GraemeR – I just put a new article up that includes that – plus some other quotes:
    http://nufcblog.com/newcastle-board-hold-useful-and-constructive-meeting-with-mike-ashley/

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  • Kein

    Jun 1, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Even if Owen stays I think he would go/have gone to top 4 team if they made an offer for him..Owen doesn’t have very much loyalty towards Newcastle. He waits what Newcastle has to offer and then announces “Of course I’m staying-I would never go because I have a contract…”- type of interview. He should end the wait-and-see-game!

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  • Jeff

    Jun 1, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Is anyone like me getting sick of the whole michael owen thing? Every day he’s linked with a different team…..By now he should have at least said something….If he wants to stay he should say so,and if he is unsure well we dont want players like that…..I like Owen I think he is class when fit,he is looking hungry and very strong and sharp I hope he does stay…but Im getting bored with it now.Its the press as usual but Owen isnt helping matters he couldve put a stop to it straight away..

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  • toonsickness

    Jun 20, 2007 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Why should the guy say anything. Michael Owen is the constant proffesional footballer, ok he maybe seeing what offers are coming in but why should he come out and say so. M.O said not 11months ago that he would sign an extension to his current deal it was just up to fat freddy to come and say it. Call me a conspiracy theorist but freddy has screwed up Sir Johns vision so badly i would not be supprised if he sold the club just so they could take control away from FS.

    Once full control of the club has passed to Mike Ashley i can see michael owen standing on the steps of St. James and publicly stating what all NUFC fans know in the bottom of thier hearts, that he is a man that will repay the supporters of the club for the time, money and love we have shown him.

    Give the guy a break, he’s top quality and should be shown respect

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