Sam – I’ll Get Owen Fit to Play Regularly at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce talked at a little length today on the situation of Michael Owen.

Sam has managed many big name internationals and it seems Michael is no different, as far as the big man is concerned.

As usual Sam wants to get to the bottom of Owen’s injury problems, get them fixed as best as he (and his staff) can do, and then get Michael playing regularly at Newcastle.


Sam Allardyce – job is to get Michael fit and available for regular selection at Newcastle

That’s a scenario that Michael no doubt also wants and we all know Michael has suffered cruel luck with injuries during his time at St. James’ Park, through no fault of his own, other than perhaps he wants to play too much.

However, as we have pointed out, even with games only now and again at the club, his goals-to-games ratio remains highly impressive at Newcastle with 10 goals in 21 appearances. Everybody would be much happier if that statistic was now 50 goals in 100 appearances.

And making sure Owen is available for selection on a very regular basis is certainly the priority for Big Sam and for the club.

Sam told today:

“I’d like to see him fit for the next 20 games on the trot or more and then enter into a new contract,” “The most important thing is that he’s available for selection every week and we can control it.

“Whether that means we lose him at the end of the day or not is non-negotiable because if it happens it happens but we want to see him fit, playing and scoring on a regular basis.’

“It’s clear before I got here in the summer that the clause of £9m was made public, but it never happened and now it’s about keeping Michael fit for what’s going to be a really tough December for us.”

“If Michael is fit and scoring goals every week, all managers would want him in their side.”

“He’s had 11 years at the top level in a long and illustrious career. In between that are spasmodic phases of injuries he seemed to pick up from an early age.”

“The hamstring one persisted and now other problems have arisen. That’s wear and tear of a top-grade footballer now who plays too much because of the demands on him.”

“If you demand that much money then people demand that many games, so it’s a vicious circle.” “Michael’s been an England international since 17 and he’s barely had a rest in any summer over the last 11 years.

“However, we don’t think, if we manage the situation right, he’ll pick up as many injuries if we can get a prevention schedule into him.”

We expect Michael to start alongside Wayne Rooney in Moscow tonight for the crucial England Russia European qualifying game. We don’t expect him to play the full 90 minutes but we are still hoping for an England win. An Owen goal would be good too, but the main thing for Newcastle fans is that Michael comes out of the game still fit and healthy. We have a vital game on Monday night against Tottenham and need all our players available, if we are to get the win we need.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Big Sam likes an interview or ten…….can’t we move onto another topic Ed?
    BTW where is today’s princess? iF you are stuck for idea’s may I suggest
    Trekkies favourite 7 of 9, the ginger bird out of Desperate wives (those cheek bones) and……..nope either one of those will do, skimpy or pvc clothes will do!!! Go Ed…….

  • ToonKing

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Yepp, moving on…………………..Little Sam just got dumped by Bolton……….( 🙂 )

  • yemozone

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed keep supplying ,i’m enjoying ur topics.BSA is going to be a legend in newcastle.Can see him k***ing any player’s a**.

  • Graham

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m not sure what motives Allardyce has by constantly going on about Owen.

    Why cant he just give it a rest and concentrate on the training pitch with the players not on international duty? He has no control over Owen when he’s with England so surely he should concentrate on the players he has some control with at this time.

  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s probably cos the media keep posing the questions he’s probably as sick of it as we are.

  • leo

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah it’ll be because he is sick of the questions posed at him, if he dodges them he gets slated for not liking owen, if he answers them, they are seen in a different slant and he is slated.

    big sam’s black and white army, not little sams black n white army, please haha

  • Hammy

    Oct 18, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    He wants to get some decent deoderant…check out them pits!!


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