Sam Allardyce has admitted in a report today in the Northern Echo that coming to Newcastle was made a lot easier when he looked at the players already at the club.
One player of course who stood out was Michael Owen – even though Michael had been injured most of the time during his tenure at Newcastle.
Turns out Sam couldn’t resist the temptation to come and manage the likes of Michael Owen and others at Newcastle.
Michael – I’m Coming!
This is what Sam told the Northern Echo today:
“Michael was one of the reasons I came here,”
“When you decide to come to a football club you look at the players they have and ask yourself what chance you have of being successful.
â€œYou look at the likes of Michael, Shola (Ameobi), Obafemi Martins, the Kieron Dyers and people like that.â€
“It makes you want to come and add to them.â€
â€œ I am here to be more successful than I was at Bolton, and the quality that is already here obviously delights me.”
Given his admiration for Owen the next question is whether Sam will make Michael his captain. Michael has been talking about that â€“ and when asked about being captain he told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œYes, I would love to skipper Newcastle United.
Michael apparently wants to prove to Newcastle fans that he is committed to their cause â€“ so being captain would certainly be a step in the right direction. Sam is not really spoiled for choice as far as the captain is concerned – with other possibilities being Shay Given, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Steven Taylor. However, it would be a risky choice appointing Joey Barton – even though he captained Manchester City.
With Sam’s obvious admiration for Owen – making Michael captain might just happen.
What do you think?