Even though Michael Owen has committed his future to Newcastle â€“ and we hope that Oba Martins will do the same today â€“ Sam Allardyce admits in the Evening Chronicle this afternoon that he’ll be on edge until that transfer window closes at midnight on August 31st.
That’s the stupidity of having release clauses in player’s contracts – and hopefully under the new regime we will never have any of those clauses again.
Sam told Lee Ryder that the chances of both Martins and Owen quitting Newcastle always remains a possibility as long as the window remains open. That’s due to the get-out clauses written into their contracts. While that’s theoretically possible we’d hardly believe Owen would go back on his word. So we’re not too sure what Sam’s concerned about – unless it’s Martins that’s causing him the heart-burn.
Sam then told Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle that he’d be glad when the window eventually closes:
â€œIt is a short window and a very volatile period. â€œOnce the window shuts, we can all breath a sigh of relief.â€
â€œI can reiterate the fact I hope Michael enjoys pre-season with us, scores goals, enjoys his football and helps us become successful.â€
â€œWe want more quality players, and we want to be a real force next season.â€
Sam was reported to be somewhere other than Little Benton today. His staff are overseeing the squadâ€™s first session back in Newcastle since Austria. Looks like Sam will miss Aldo Duscher’s first day of his three day trial at Newcastle.
Sam was said to be undertaking other business, so we wonder which player he’s after today? Of course we are also assuming that he will have a one-on-one talk with Oba Martins today about Oba’s future at Newcastle.
We are now thinking that it may be a done deal that we’ll sign Aldo Duscher â€“ as long as he wants to join us â€“ after looking at the set-up at the club – and the Newcastle area over the weekend. If that happens it would be another great coup by Sam and 5 good players brought to the club – Viduka, Barton, Rozehnal, Geremi and Duscher – for a net outlay of only Â£1.5M.Â That’s good business in anyone’s language – but when is he going to spend Mike’s money? Â Â