Sam Sheds Light On Martins Affair – Owen Is Staying

Sam Allardyce talked to Sky Sports News this morning concerning the Oba Martins affair and basically said that when Oba gets back next week he’ll have a good talk to him to see what his thoughts are on staying at the club. It’s obvious also from his comments that Sam is not pleased with these release clauses in Martins’ and Owen’s contracts – and we can hardly blame him.

On Michael Owen he offered some good news saying that he didn’t think there was any need to speak to Michael – since that was covered months ago. We take that to mean Sam expects Owen at Newcastle for next season – and we think that’s great news.


Sam Allardyce

Sam did shed some common sense on the Oba Martins affair – which was in all the papers this morning – and originated in the Independent. The news being that Wenger is prepared to bid for Martins via the release clause in Martin’s contract. This is what Sam had to say to Sky Sports News this morning:

“All I can say from the club’s point of view and mine is that it is only speculation because we have had no official contact from anybody at Arsenal at the moment. “Everybody knows about the clause situation he has – that leaves us in a very poor position as a football club.

“We are left in a very precarious position regarding that. All the speculation that is flying around is difficult to cope with, but it is something we will have to try to find out over the next few days.”

“When Oba comes back, we will sit down and say, ‘What exactly is the situation?’ and if he has any problems, try to resolve them and hopefully persuade him Newcastle is the place for him next season.”


Obafemi Martins

Well that sounds fine and we would hope that Oba’s statement of last week – that he is happy at Newcastle – is still the case when he returns to the club next week. We also believe Martins could benefit from having a manager like Sam – as other youngsters have done in the past when he was at Bolton. It cannot be easy for a 22 year-old from Africa to arrive in England and immediately settle – and we feel that Sam’s famous back-room staff can ensure whatever problems Martins may have – are taken care of.


Michael Owen

Sam is said to have no such plans to sit down with Michael Owen next week and seemed to offer a positive statement on Michael – as he seems confident of keeping the England striker. This is what Sam had to say regarding Michael Owen:

“I don’t think there is any need to speak to Michael – that was all covered weeks and weeks ago, as far as I was concerned.
“There has been no speculation regarding Michael since then. Now it has moved on to Oba and when that sort of clause is inserted in a contract, those are the sort of players that bring up more speculation than everybody else.”

We assume that the last time Sam and Michael spoke Michael must have assured Sam he was staying at the club. That’s a supposition on our part – but the last time we heard from Sam was that he couldn’t do anything to stop Michael leaving if he wanted to. We have to take this as positive news – after all Michael will score a lot of goals for us next season. We are pleased his 14 appearances to date for the club will now rise – and rise significantly over the next few years – along with this goal tally!

Comments Welcome.

23 comments so far

  • gordon

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Christ how many mobiles has sam got on the table.

  • Pete

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2


  • Tony_D

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    One really good thing about SA is he always seems to say things exactly how they are. Nice to have a straight talking manger.

  • Joe

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    So far, off the pitch. Sam had been really impressive.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #5

    gordon – yes that’s what we were thinking ! 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes – we are really impressed with Sam – so straight forward and down to earth – a breath of fresh air at the club.

  • paul p

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    that must be for all his transfer targets to call him on his phones……lets hope so!!!!

  • Ross G

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    one for each of his wives, lol.

    Anyway get a story up on Edmilson he would be a quality signing forget Hyypia. Get him in with Rozehnal, Beye, and a top LB and we will be very useful. The fact he can also play DM means he is another asset I personally would prefer him there, getting another CB instead we really need two players in each position. GK: Given/Harper, RB: Beye/Geremi, CB: Rozehnal/Davies, CB: Taylor/Coloccini, LB: Taiwo/Ramage, RM: Milner/Dyer, CM: Barton/Emre, CM: Edmilson/Butt, LM: Duff, N’Zogbia,
    ST: Viduka/Ameobi, ST: Martins/Owen.
    Not bad eh!!

  • steve

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    ross g: you’ve been playing too much championship manager.

    boys on the site: when you shrink those images use a tool that doesn’t pixelate them. they’ve turned out all block. and integrate the images with the text so we don’t have to scroll through the pictures to get to the text. kind of kills the purpose.

  • Sean

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #10

    an INCREDIBLY optomistic article. I fully expect Owen to go if he gets half a chance, and Martins to run to Ashburton Grove once Wenger coughs up 13 mil. If either of them stay (as well they might) then it will not be for the sake of loyalty..

  • nightfall

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    well…we do have 5 1st team strikers…viduka, owen, martins, ameobi, luque…plus carroll… so 1 can leave… it’s time for luque to show us his magic…

  • paul p

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12



    nelson, geremi, beye, edmilison, taylor, rozenhal, davies, baines,


    barton, butt, diarra, dyer, emre, duff, nzobia, milner, solano


    owen, viduka, martins, ameobi

    think we need a better striker than shola like.

  • David Miller

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Why do we keep adding these get out clauses… we need players that will sign for us expecting good things, not players signing up for a session then using there get out clause to get out…

    Lets hope Big Sam doesn’t add these ridiculous get out clauses when signing!

    Sick to death of hearing about them, makes the contract utterly pointless

  • nightfall

    Jun 28, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    GK: given, harper
    DL: shorey, ramage, (drenthe)
    DC: taylor, rozehnal, davies, colloccini
    DR: geremi, beye
    ML: duff, n’zogbia, (luque), (drenthe)
    MR: milner, solano, (dyer)
    DMC: butt, diarra or appiah(c)
    AMC: emre, barton, (dyer)
    ST: owen, martins, viduka, shola, carroll, (luque)

    that would be nice… 🙂

  • Lull

    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #15

    This thing about release clause are totally absurd! Even if they want to apply release clause on any contract, they should make it higher from the value we paid for the player.What is the purpose of this? Stupid FS! Is he so desperate to sign big names to get some popularity?! Doesn’t he know that our club has been a ‘selling’ club for far too long and it ruined our hopes to bring back any trophy to Tyneside too many times?! F*&^%^k Off Freddy!

  • Jimtoon

    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Does anyone know if anything’s happening with Boateng? All just paper talk or is it going anywhere?

  • magpie07

    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #17

    i cannot help but think, when i read constant articles such as this one, about us being right scared of losing our strikers. Fair enough, Owen and Martins two big names in any team.

    But come on we need to all have a chat with ourselves, we sound right desperate and it feels like were begging for them to stay owen more than martins might i add.

    On face value:

    if they want to leave let them leave, stop getting excited every time they havent said this or might of suggested that. if they dont want to play shop them out. buy two new strikers “but owen and martins are world class” i here you say!

    well get two new strikers who want to play for us, and cheaper on wages and transfer fund at that, pointing to the major rise in value in Bent and Lita. Small time strikers looking to become huge, or even defoe who will surely leave spurs now bent looks like he is turning up at white hart lane!!!

    sorry about my anti-owen / martins blurt just getting right sick of it, and its ruining my excitement of what is actually going on for us>>>>>>>something good for a change!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Jimtoon – heard nothing new about Boateng since late May – when it was said he was one of Sam’s targets.

  • Frank Gallagher

    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Just because Sam says he’s said it all re Owen’s move or non move he means there’s nothing left to say. Trust me if someone came in for Owen he’d be gone like a shot – if not now then in January. I’d prefer to keep Martins but I think we’ll lose both of them.

  • Shearyadi

    Jun 28, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    well, I have less of respect for Oba, since he turns down his job for Newcastle on the last game against Watford. Then the news about he’s being a target of a gun shots on his car seems confusing as later the Nigerian Police said that Oba wasn’t on that car, so what’s beyond that? Is he really want to play for us or us?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Sean – if they go they go – but i wish owen would say something about his intentions – the fact he hasn’t suggests he would like to go but nobody is in for him.

  • ende

    Jun 28, 2007 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Think those are recorders, not mobiles.

  • Andy T

    Jun 29, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Lull – At least on the Martins one we get back more than we paid. On the Owen one, half way through his contract we get more than half what we paid for him. The Owen one only looks so bad because he’s only played 14 games in two seasons. If he’d played all 100 odd possible games, with the same scoring ratio and banged in 50 goals we’d be saying “Ah well 8 Million for Owen for 2 seasons – that was worth it” (Actually we would probably have qualified for Europe and it wouldn’t even be an issue but shit happens).


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