Sam Sending Strange Signals About Owen

Sam Allardyce is rightly saying that Newcastle United and the Newcastle medical team will be the ones to decide when Michael Owen is fit and whether he’ll be fit enough to play for England.

But last weekend Sam was also saying that Michael would be back in training in a few days and may play this Sunday which raised hopes unrealistically about Michael’s fitness.

Seems to us Sam may be confusing things.


Sam Allardyce – rightly says Newcastle are the deciders on Owen

Owen underwent surgery last week in Germany to repair a 3 cm muscle tear in his groin and a weakness in his stomach to prevent a full fledged hernia and the procedures went dramatically well.
Sam wrote in his regular Zoo Magazine column:

“The FA and Steve McClaren are not involved – it’s a Newcastle decision.” “A decision like that is taken by me, the club doctor, the head of sports medicine, the senior physiotherapist, the person who reads the scan and the specialist.”

“There’s no one more qualified than the staff at Newcastle to know what Michael’s condition is and if and when we ought to be doing anything about it.”

“My job is to get him fit to play for Newcastle. If he’s fit for us, it means he will be fit for England.” “Despite the speculation, Michael couldn’t have continued playing. He has a three centimeter tear in the abductor muscle in his groin and he just couldn’t have kept going. The tear would have just got bigger had he done.”

That’s absolutely right and since McClaren said yesterday that he would be the one to decide not the player that’s really not the case. Those who pay Michaels’s wages are the deciders without doubt.
If only we had done this last summer before the world cup.
It’s obvious that McClaren will be extremely keen to have Owen fit because he basically saved England with 3 great goals in the two qualifying games against Israel and Russia during the last England break. Particularly against Russia, Michael looked a world class striker.
But Sam is sending strange signals to England manager Steve McClaren because only last weekend Sam raised the expectations of everybody when he stated:

“He is with the best in the world and that is why it’s only a few days’ recovery.” “With what we’ve heard from Germany it might be a shorter recovery than we thought,”

“Taking that and the abductor into consideration, who knows? He may even be fit for Everton next week.” “There’s a possibility, the surgeon said.”

“There was such little damage, hardly any at all, it wasn’t really a hernia, it was just a threatening of one and she has tidied that up now.” “We think the recovery will be days rather than weeks.”

We thought this was a mistake at the time because all it did was unrealistically raise expectations about Michael’s ability to play in England’s qualifying games. There was no need to be so positive especially when Michael does not have a good track record of quick recoveries and Michael himself didn’t sound too keen last weekend after the two procedures.

We all know McClaren would love for him to be fit, but the real problem with all of this for Newcastle fans is that Michael has played a measly 15 games for Newcastle since August 2005 and probably around 8 games for England. What’s wrong with this picture?

If Michael had played 80 times over the last 2 seasons for the Magpies then Newcastle fans and the club would not be so edgy and cautious.

That’s really what’s at the bottom of this. Michael wants to play for England and that’s fine but with his injuries over the last two seasons and his non-appearance for Newcastle the management and fans are getting a little edgy – in case he gets injured yet again. That would just be too much.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Oct 3, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, Is it a 3mm tear or a 3cm tear, there is quite a significant difference. In either case it would be daft to try and rush him back into a full game. I really worry about his fitness problems as (just like buses) he seems to keep getting several rolling up at the same time. A fully fit MO is an assett otherwise if Sam can’t keep him on the park then perhaps we should be looking for another striker in the sales.

  • Scott

    Oct 3, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Ged rid of him. He’s a waste of space who hates newcastle united, and newcastle itself. I for one will never cheer his name or clap him until he commits himself to us, either by putting us infront of England, or by signing a new contract without the clause to get him away from here for pittance.

    Good riddance I say

  • ChrisL

    Oct 3, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I think all this Owen injury/England v Newcastle stuff has been written & commented on to death.

  • Sinead

    Oct 3, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Owen was a great player there’s no doubt about that, but Martins and such are more reliable and like, Owen lives off scraps that are made from other players, and sometimes he scores them, other times he doesn’t.

    The FA and Steve McClaren are not involved – it’s a Newcastle decision.” ..ya. Sure.

    I remember the big blow up with Stan and Roeder over wether they’d allow Given play against San Marino, this being just after he recovered from the 1st injury he got at West Ham, the horror one. It was Given’s choice though, he was fit, the club wanted him to play for the club first. But it was up to Given in the end, in the end Roeder gave in anyway like but still if he wanted to play Newcastle couldn’t stop him.
    It’s kind of obvious that Sam doesn’t want him to play for England but if he’s fit then they can’t stop him. Well usually, in our case anyway it was up to Given, maybe that was just Roeder though.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 4, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Bill F – it’s a 3cm tear – changed it – 2 today 😀

  • SingKing

    Oct 4, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #6

    We dont need to play Mikey Owen and we should not play Mikey Owen until he is fully fit (another 4-6 weeks) and he is playing better than Oba. I seem to remember FA medics have the final say on his fitness not NUFC. By my math if he turns out against Estonia / Russia he will have played 10 or 12 for England and I think 15 for Toon. There is something massively wrong here. And he will come back either injured or ready for another knack as soon as he turns out for us. Somebody needs to stand up for our interests. Clearly stating there was no way he would play before Xmas would have been a good start. Followed by a miracle recovery for Spuds game if necessary. Any good conspiracy theories out there? ?

  • Steve K

    Oct 4, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed – I think you are over-analysing a subject you don’t have enough information on to speculate. With injuries such as these we don’t have enough knowledge to comment on how an injury is progressing – so speculating if Sam is premature in saying Owen will be back in the weekend is kinda pie-in-the-sky stuff.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 4, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Mr Owen should be properly rested and give the England games a miss.
    I will put money on it that if he is brought back too soon he will breakdown again.
    He is far to expensive a commodity to treat like a show pony,give the guy a month off and let Martins,Viduka and Smith play together and start to gel properly.
    I would be keen to see Viduka and Smith together for a few games although it would be hard to leave out Martins who given a good run would score for fun.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 4, 2007 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Owen won’t be fit for the Everton game and as we have Martins, Viduka and Smith; let him go with England and provided he’s properly fit, plays a limited amount of time and looked after properly, it’s good for Newcastle AND England.

    Do agree Newcastle should have the final say on if he plays but in the real world it doesn’t happen, so let’s concentrate on the Everton game as we need 3 points…….

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 4, 2007 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    My only concern with these statements by Sam, is that it seems there’s a bit of a grey area which he doesn’t even allude to. Emre was allowed to represent Turkey even through he wasn’t fully fit. How is it that they seem to have one standard for Owen and another for the Emre when it comes to club vs country – if what he says is indeed what he means.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 4, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    D’y’think Ferguson, Benitez, etc. give a shit what England/ or whoevers medics think?..
    Do they phuck!..I just wish we would act like them. They just say OUR player’s injured, then they’re back playing in the premiership like 2 days later!..Get a grip Toon & stop talking to the me, me, me-dia. & us lot should stop listening/reading & believing their bullshit!..
    …Most of the this or that player is injured bollox, is just that-Bollox!..
    It’s more to do with rotation or stopping it appearing (to the media) that a player has been dropped or rotated, don’t ya’think?..


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