Viduka Happy and Sam Almost Happy with Owen

Both Sam Allardcye and Mark Viduka talked yesterday about how relieved they are that Michal Owen has committed to Newcastle – at least for next season.

As we pointed out yesterday Sam is still a wee bit nervous about things until the transfer window slams shut.

They both offered comment on Michael – and we’ll take a look at what each of them had to say.


Michael Owen
In new away strip and with match face on

Sam Allardcye – although happy about Michael’s very positive statement in the Times – will not be completely relaxed about Michael’s position at Newcastle until the transfer window closes:

Sam said yesterday:

“One would hope Michael will enjoy pre-season with us, and start scoring goals and enjoying his football, and obviously help the team to become successful,”

“It isn’t all about one man. There are many quality players we want to blend in together to become a real force, a real team and enjoy our football.

“There is speculation about every player moving to your club or moving away from your club.

“I think you only need one phone call from an agent and all of a sudden you’re either buying him or selling him. You have to live with it.

“With one short window it makes it very volatile indeed. Once that window shuts we can all breathe a sigh of relief if we’ve got what we wanted. If you haven’t you worry.”

Sam’s so right about it not being just about Michael – the team is what’s important and he and his staff are building a squad that contains many good players – and Sam has to blend these together into a formidable team for next season. Team work and team spirit will be a vital commodity for us next season – and hopefully all players will perform to their capabilities.

Mark Viduka – whose Australian team were rather sensationally beaten 3-1 by Iraq in the Asia cup yesterday – was another who welcomed the news that Owen has committed himself to St James’ Park. Of course Mark has already indicated he is really excited about linking up with England’s number 1 striker – if selected.

“It’s really great news that Michael has said that he will be staying because he has got to be one of the best forwards in the business,”

“He’s got a great scoring record, especially at international level.

“He’s had some rotten luck with injuries but, by the sounds of it, he will be back to his best when the new season starts and I’m sure he will be wanting to make up for lost time.

“I played against him a few times when I was at Leeds, so I know what a top-class player he is and from a personal point of view, it will be great to play and train alongside him.”

“He (Owen) is obviously a very different player to me, but I would like to think that, if selected, we would be able to complement each other very nicely and create a successful partnership.”

Nice to hear Mark put the if selected in there as it gives respect to our other two strikers – Martins and Ameobi, who will be going all out for a place in the side.

Talking about Martins, Allardyce was due to hold clear-the-air talks with Oba yesterday. The former Inter Milan player as we all know, has an escape clause (£13M) in his contract. We expect Sam to have convinced the Nigerian international his future is on Tyneside – but we have no official news of that yet.

Certainly from the pictures we saw of him in training yesterday Oba seemed to be enjoying it – we’ve never seen him laugh so much. We guess Sam makes training enjoyable for the lads.


Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Craig F

    Jul 14, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Oba will stay and fight for his place, and i think he wont be too far off Owen – he’s stronger and faster and has a more powerful shot from distance. The only question marks are his touch, movement, and to a point effort but they are all things which will come with experience and good training!

  • És

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I have seen the pictures now, and all the Newcastle players are happy =).
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    nice nice nice

  • Craig Allen

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure the program he’ll be placed on will work on honing his skills. What with technology playing such an important role in the new coach’s methods. Having said that, he did do the job after he was signed at that crucial time and always gave his 100.

  • Shaun Dean

    Jul 14, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4


    N’Zogbia/Duff…..Emre/Dyer…..Barton/Atiba Hutchinson…..Milner/Solano

    Shorey…..Rozehnal/Brede Hangeland…..Taylor…..Geremi


    Shay Given for goalkeeper and hopefully for many years to come i would not have him as captain however as i do not beleive Goalkeepers are good as captains as they are not involved in games as much as outfeild players however in my opinion Given is the best keeper in the Premier Leauge.

    At left-back i would employ Nicky Shorey as i think he would be a realistic buy for Newcastle United and is a good solid player who now has England recognition and i understand that he has yet to accept a new contract offered by Reading however i rate Leighton Baines just as highly if not more only diffrence being that Shorey has height on his side and to the best of my knoledge Newcastle have the offical smallest team in the Premiership.

    I would have a Centre back pairing of Rozehnal ( who was in the French Ligue 1 Team of the year last year) and future England Internatinal and Newcastle United great Steven Taylor who i beleive should be Captain as he is Loyal, brave and has leadership qualities and do not beleive that his age or experience level should be a factor. For cover i would buy Brede Hangeland a
    Norweigeon International playing for FC Copenhagen who at 6ft 4in definatly has the physical presence plus i have heard and seen only good things from this man.

    Versitile Geremi should be a very good buy and do a solid job at right-back or wherever he plays at but i still hope Big Sam Allardcye goes all out to sign another right-back as i am still dissappointed at our failure to sign Habib Beye.

    Hopefully Allardcye can get the best out of Duff,Dyer, and Emre who on there day are very good players. N’Zogbia has undoubted ability and with a run in the first team he would only get better. Milner should also continue to improve and we have excellent back-up in Nobby Solano while Joey Barton could prove to be one of the buys of the the season and has the potential to get many goals from midfeild. Atiba Hutchinson a Canadian International would provide cover and be a brilliant squad player he is a goal scoring midfeilder who also plays for FC Copenhagen who shold not cost more then a few million.

    I would keep Martins as i think he is a fantastic player who will only get better. I would rotate Owen, Viduka and Martins, all three strikers have the ability to score goals or more.

    In my opinion Carr is a liability, Babayaro is rubbish, Ramage is simply not good enough, Luque is a waste of space he has had no heart or determination everytime i have seen him play for Newcastle, Nicky Butt although was very good last season i think we should look more to the future lastly i dont think i need to say anything about Ameobi. However we need a squad and if we got rid of these then we would need a even bigger squad overhall then what we are currently under.

    I want Allardcye to start spalshing some cash but NOT under any circumstances on Franck Queudrue! but maybe on someone like Alan Smith, Eidur Gudjohnsen,Leighton Baines etc.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 14, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Shaun Dean – the team you have there looks good – we should be getting 4 new players and hopefully a real specialist LB – and Shorey seems to be favored by most fans on this site. Be interesting to see if he goes after the 2 from FC Copenhagen you have listed – Atiba Hutchinson and Brede Hangleand. We expect Edmilson in January and today it looks like Fanni may well be coming in for right back from Nice. Geremi can also play LB – but we definitely need a real LB like Shorey/Baines/Bridge. We should have strong squad come end of transfer window. Good analysis above.


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