Sam Allardyce talked again today about two players at Newcastle who seem to be in his plans for the future â€“ Michael Owen and Kieron Dyer â€“ our two current England Internationals.
It’s still uncertain whether both or neither will be at the club once the season kicks off in August.
This is what Allardyce had to say today regarding Michael Owen and Kieron Dyer:
“I was pleased with the response from both players. It was nice to meet in a nice relaxed environment just before the Champions League final. I sat with both players and told them of my plans to take the club forward.
“They weren’t really going to express an opinion at that stage, they just listened to me. But, hopefully, it has given them some encouragement so they are looking forward to coming back to pre-season training in July.
“I’ve only talked to Kieron about the fact he is such a versatile player. It’s a major asset but constantly being moved around doesn’t always help maintain his best form.
“We talked about how he started as a right-back at Ipswich and Steve (McClaren) has been looking at using him as a right-back for England recently. But until we get to know each other a little better we don’t know.
“The only thing is I can’t put everything in place straight away, there is a massive list of areas and facilities we need to change. I was selling my ideas for the future to them and I hope they want to buy into that.”
Owen is yet to announce to Newcastle fans where he will be next season and there has been reported interest in him from both Manchester United and Arsenal.
Weâ€™ve always been surprised at Michaelâ€™s attitude on this â€“ he has a four year contract and we think he should honor it. What if Newcastle had announced – say last January – they were canceling his contract because he had been injured too much. Thatâ€™s akin to what Michael (or his agents on his behalf) are threatening. The sooner this is sorted out the better for all concerned. If he wants to join another club he should announce it and go – and let Newcastle and Big Sam move on.
Kieron Dyer has also stayed quiet on his future following recent press reports linking him with West Ham, Tottenham and Chelsea. But Sam Allardyce would seem to want both players with him next season – and again admitted there is a chance that Dyer could be converted into a right-back – we reported on this story yesterday.
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