Sam Allardcye Must Fix Newcastle’s Injury Problems


Michael Owen’s slight thigh strain has re-ignited the concerns Sam Allardyce has of the injury problems Newcastle seem to have always had – and which got dramatically worse over the last two seasons.

Last year Newcastle’s injury record was the worst ever in Premiership history – while at the same time Sam Allardyce and Bolton had the best injury record in the Premier League.

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Michael Owen – injured again

Sam has to stop the injuries that keep happening at Newcastle – and while Owen’s injury is minor and no cause for concern – it is nevertheless the first injury sustained at Newcastle (that we know of) under Sam as manager. Injuries have certainly been responsible for both Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder losing their jobs in the past.  We’re sure it’s not just by chance that Newcastle have a poor injury record and now we have Big Sam in the job – we are hopeful he can fix the injury record.

Michael Owen – when he first joined Newcastle two years ago – and before his first bad injury at the end of December 2005 – kept missing games at the last minute due to little niggles. That is not good for such an important player and we hope Sam can get Michael fully fit so he can play a major number of games for the club this season. That alone should help us win quite a few games.

Fix the injury problems and that will be a giant step forward towards Newcastle performing better in the league. Couple this with Sam’s unquestioned ability to get the best out of our players and we should be well on our way. But we will keep a note of the injuries and really hope for a big improvement this season.

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14 comments so far

  • col

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    i hope it’s not gonna be the same old story….but i believe sam has a great backroom and medical staff….hopefully we’ll get this sorted soon…other suggestion is that owen has a horse racing somewhere today and he’s off to the races.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    If it’s a little injury then it’s no big deal and we don’t need to make a drama of it. As long as the squad is available during the EPL games then I won’t bother that 1 or 2 miss out a friendly game due to a little injury.

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  • Sean

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    if owen is even slightly injured then i don’t think we should play him in any games which is what graeme souness did, he was playing him when he wasn’t at 100%

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  • Obafan

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I know that this post is not reletad to the above article, but I just saw that Duscher goes to play for Racing Santander in Spain. I wanted to mention it
    ;-)..

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 21, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Obafan – yes we saw that – i guess Sam didn’t want him – would love to know why – but maybe it was becasue he just wasn’t fit.

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  • Nevski

    Jul 21, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Frankly this is a bit of a pointless article – no matter how thorough Sam is in his preparation he isn’t going to completely eradicate our injuries. Working on the players’ nutritional and training programmes should help, and it certainly should reduce the number of muscle strains like the one Owen seems to be suffering with at the moment. However, it will have little effect on contact injuries – no matter how well conditioned Michael Owen was he would probably still have broken his foot when he collided with Paul Robinson last year.

    And, let’s face it Souness’s departure wasn’t because of injuries, it was because he’s inept.

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 21, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed has the backroom staff ie sports science director etc been appointed was it Mike Forde? at Bolton

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 21, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Arthur – Mark Taylor was expected to be appointed Head of Sports Science and Mike Forde – Performance Director. I think they have agreed to come to Newcastle but we don’t think they’ve arrived yet.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 21, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    The other thing with Sam’s staff that we really like is when the transfer window comes around in the summer they already know exactly who they want and generally make the first signings. That’s because they’ve done their work during the season. We think next season will be like that at Newcastle – it’s going to be really interesting to see who he goes after….and probably depend on how well we’ve done.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 21, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Nevski – we’ve noticed that since the players started training under Sam we have had no injuries. We thought it was pertinent that when we get the first injury – it just happened to have been Owen – we thought it a good time to bring up the fact we hope and expect Sam and his staff to get a better handle on the injuries at Newcastle – which have been abysmal the last 2 seasons. For instance we like the way Sam’s holding back Albert Luque until he’s a lot fitter – that’s really interesting to us and impressive what Sam says about it.
    Anyway – that was the thinking behind bringing the article out now. 😀

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  • Obafan

    Jul 21, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I just readthat Mr. Ashley gave BSA green light to go for 4 new signings. So I think within a week our defence will be stronger!!

    Go for Sol Campbell; he is the player we need to build a good and solid defence. He is also a tall and strong defender with EPL experience; a type which suits completely with the targets of BSA.

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  • michael

    Jul 21, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #12

    If Sam Allardyce can make Michael Ricketts look like a professional footballer then he can get a season out of Michael Owen at 27. How many millions did Steve McClown pay for that guy again?

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  • Nevski

    Jul 22, 2007 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Apologies Ed, that probably came across a little harsher than I intended. I really like the sound of the new training methods that Sam is putting in place at the club too.

    I just hope that the fans don’t get carried away and believe that he can stop all injuries at the club, because that can only end in disappointment. We’ll still have our share of injuries and we’ll probably still have the odd injury crisis, although hopefully never as bad as the last couple of seasons.

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  • Chox

    Aug 7, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    I dont think we should worrie this season about Michael Owen, my guess is hes going to have a injury free season this year, once the thigh has healed, and even if he doesnt we got obi, Smithy and Viduka to cover all though i dont think the Owen and Obi partnership will work i KNOW Owen and Smith will be one of if not the best strike force in the league as well as the second best of Obi and Viduka its gonna be a good season for the toon, just watch.

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