Big Sam Concerned Over Owen on Plastic Pitch

Big Sam today talked about the England Russia game tomorrow on a plastic carpet like pitch in Moscow.

Obviously the English players are not used to playing on surfaces like this.

Russia are used to the surface and it may be a slight advantage to them in tomorrow’s game which we still expect England to win.


Big Sam and Michael Owen – in good communication throughout International break

Sam said today:

“Every manager will be concerned about every player who is going to play for England on that surface – if they have got any previous injury history because it can work muscles and find out different areas of the body or weaknesses that grass doesn’t do.”

“That’s the only concern I have regarding that surface.”

Allardyce has been in close contact with Owen and the England camp throughout the last few weeks, with Newcastle coach Steve Round one of Steve McClaren’s international staff. Don’t believe these stories that Michael and Big Sam don’t get on – it’s just nonsense.

Sam continued:

“”I have been in touch with Steve and Steve, and Michael.” “He got through the game okay on Saturday; they won the game comfortably, and I hope they do the same tomorrow afternoon.”

Sam was then asked for his views on the plastic surface and Allardyce, who has some history of playing on plastic surfaces at Preston went on:

“”I can see it as a disadvantage as a one-off, I do not see it as a disadvantage in using it to develop young players and to develop their skills.”

“Competitive football is, for me, still a no-no. I am an experienced man on plastic surfaces, because I played on Preston’s for three years.”

“They have obviously improved a tremendous amount since those days – it is like walking on a carpet, that one out there.” “It should not cause too many concerns for injuries, like the stuff we used to play on, because a lot of science has gone into it.

“But in terms of competitive football, I still don’t think it is ever going to take over from grass.”

We just hope Michael comes through the game fir and well and our other players on duty tommorrow also come through OK. Big Sam does have a little extra time to get them all back together aftre tomorrow. Our game is on Monday night at 8pm against Tottenham Hotspur – a game we must win.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Howie

    Oct 16, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #1

    ed i think you were meant to say its nonsense about them not gettin on

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 16, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #2

    i dont know what they are worried i play on a new artifictial pitch every wednesday night and technology has come a long way, its not the astroturf they used to have. You couldnt really tell the difference, you can slide tackle on it and everything Owen will be fine!

  • yemozone

    Oct 16, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3


  • Mats

    Oct 16, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Reports that Man City is going to invoke the Owen clausul in January window…

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 16, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Howie – whoops excatly the opposite of what I meant – thanks – changed it.

  • leo

    Oct 16, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #6

    i play on artificial pitches 3 times a week and i am injury prone to say the least and i only get knocks and bruises from other players, although i do turn my ankle over alot.

    owen cant go to mancity unless they are top 4 club and we dont qualify for europe, otherwise they have to pay top dollar like everyone else

  • ChrisL

    Oct 16, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – I’m not sure where you got your headline from? Did you copy it from the Sun or something?
    Sam was very very careful to not say anything at all about Owen, concluding with “That’s the only concern I have regarding that surface” in an attempt to make sure what he said can not be glorified.

    Please Ed, that fire does not need stoking.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 17, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, found this on beeb website but can’t find out on Daily Star (I know) site…

    Newcastle reveal there are no more get-out clauses in Michael Owen’s contract. The club say they will decide when Owen leaves. (Daily Star)

  • ToonKing

    Oct 17, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Yep, the disappearance of the clause is all over the news now and it just popped up on the official site too. So we can rest assured, Owen is going nowhere.


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