Sam Allardyce talked with Paul Gilder of the Journal last night on the release clauses in the contracts of Michael Owen and Oba Martins. You can hear the frustration coming out of Sam as he clearly expresses how bad these clauses are for the club and himself.
We’ll take a look at the sensible things Sam says. One thing is for certain â€“ there will never be any more of these clauses in players’ contracts â€“ as long as he is Newcastle’s manager.
Newcastle Boss Sam Allardyce
These release clauses are so stupid!
This is what Sam had to say to Gilder â€“ talking on the release clauses:
“It leaves us in a position where, although we have long contracts with both players, we haven’t really got long contracts,” “If those clauses are invoked, there will be nothing we can do about it.
I’m planning to start next season with Michael and Obafemi here, but I’m in a position where at some point between now and August I might lose those players and that would be a massive blow for me and this football club.â€
“When will someone come forward for the players with the clauses? At what point do they do it? How do I plan for it? I can’t control what happens in the outside world, I can only control what happens inside Newcastle United.
We are in a precarious position and all the speculation that’s flying around is difficult to cope with. Everyone knows about the clause situation and that leaves us in a poor situation as a football club. I’m disappointed but I have got to get on with it.”
We are impressed with Sam â€“ that even in his frustration he doesn’t blame the players at all â€“ he expresses that it leaves him in an almost untenable position â€“ but not one bad word against his two players. It is this excellent man management that gets the players behind Sam (and Newcastle). If he can persuade both players to stay at the club and even renegotiate their contracts that would be a massive step forward for Sam for next season. That may be possible but you can bet Sam is ready to talk to both players next week. We were surprised to hear Sam say yesterday he didn’t need to talk to Owen next week – but now with this supposed bid from Manchester United – it would seem appropriate to sit down with Michael and talk these things over.
These clauses also cast doubt on Shepherd’s ability to negotiate with these top players and their agents. It appears we were willing to accede too much to their wishes to get them to Newcastle. That must stop â€“ and it looks like it will with Sam Allardyce at the helm.