Michael Owen has finally spoken up about his future at Newcastle United in his Times column today – and it’s good news for Newcastle United, Sam Allardyce, the fans, the owners and everyone connected to the club.
Michael talks in glowing terms about the new methods Sam has introduced in training and the changes happening at the club from top to bottom.
Let’s take a look at what Michael says – it certainly sounds like a glowing advertisement for Newcastle – to any player considering coming to Tyneside. Nice way to start the day. 😀
Michael Owen – told you I was staying
Michael also talks about having a new manager, new training staff, and of course a new owner â€“ all of which happened almost simultaneously in May.
He rightly points out that any one of these would have caused a buzz at any club but to have all happen at once makes the excitement at Newcastle amongst both fans and players very high. How right he is.
This is what Michael says about manager Sam Allardyce â€“ whom he talks about at great length:
I met the manager when I was with the England camp at the end of last season, so weâ€™ve been in a good dialog all summer. He has brought in his backroom staff from Bolton Wanderers and shown that he intends to do things thoroughly. Weâ€™ve not seen him at work on a match-day, but you can see how meticulous he is.
Newcastle have not had a good time with injuries over the years and while some people have bemoaned bad luck or even a curse, the manager has set about rectifying it the right way â€“ with hard work and medical science. If you need a chiropractor, he will make sure one is on hand. If a foot is giving you problems, heâ€™ll make sure you are put on to a top-notch podiatrist.
I am sure the manager sees this job as a fantastic opportunity for him to be challenging for trophies. It is not so long ago that this club were up there in the top four and, while no one is making any predictions, at the very least we should be up there going for Europe. Everyone knows that the fans and the stadium give Newcastle the foundations to become one of the biggest clubs in the country.
From what I have seen, Sam Allardyce is a great combination of British and foreign strengths, a man rooted in the English game who understands its passions but is also open to new ideas. I canâ€™t say that he has been participating in the early morning bike rides, the swimming or the Pilates too much, but then he would argue that delegation and knowing when to step back are important parts of management.
Hopefully all that toil has put us in good shape when the season kicks off because there have been too many years of under-achievement on Tyneside.
This club have so much potential. I want to help to realize it.
Well Michael certainly seems impressed with Sam and it’s very good that Sam was in good contact with Michael over the summer. We think Sam has won his first battle in keeping Michael Owen at Newcastle. The next thing he needs to do is get Michael firing on all cylinders – get us up there challenging in the top six – and then have Michael extend his contract – so he’s available to us when we challenge for the Premiership title in 2-4 years. We also like Michael’s little dig that Sam was not participating in the early morning bike rides. 😀
This is also a great omen that Oba Martins will also commit his future to the club….which we expect to hear something about in the next day or two.
And generally Michael talks to the Times about Newcastle United â€“ and the transformation happening – and it’s a bright future we can all look forward to:
I believe that these can be good times to be at Newcastle, which is why I am more than happy to be here. There has been plenty of speculation about my future, but I can assure the Newcastle fans that I didnâ€™t start any of it.
There was a lot of talk from other quarters and my attitude to rumor has always been to ignore it. I donâ€™t really feel that I should be responding all the time to stories in the newspapers and I certainly didnâ€™t want to be forced into making comments.
I prefer to let my actions speak for themselves and I just wish there had been more opportunities to show the Newcastle fans what I am capable of. I am sure that is to come this season.
With Mark, Obafemi Martins and Shola Ameobi, I am sure that the manager is excited about his attacking options and he has been working hard to strengthen the rest of the team.
We think it’s an excellent article by Michael and puts his club Newcastle in a very positive light. Can’t help but contrast what’s happening at West Ham with what’s happening at Newcastle. Newcastle are going about their business in a seemingly professional manner and yet West Ham are out there offering ridiculous fees for players and ridiculous wages to players. Much like Chelsea were doing when Abramovich took over. Personally we like Sam’s approach in bringing in good solid players at reasonable fees – at least for this summer.
We’re very pleased that Michael is staying at Newcastle. We just wish he could have made a positive statement like this in May that would have prevented a lot of the press speculation that went on during the summer.
But hey – that’s now water under the bridge – and better late than never . 😀
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