Sam – Owen Too Expensive for Sven

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has issued a fairly simple message to Manchester City, after Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted his interest in signing Michael Owen. Sam said he thought that City probably couldn’t afford him.

Owen no longer has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Newcastle for a cut price, and his contract still has almost a couple of seasons to run.


Michael Owen – trying to win Newcastle fans over on Tyneside

Newcastle manager Allardyce believes that Michael will want to stay at Newcastle. Certainly, if the other players are anything to go by, they seem to just love playing for the big man. We have no reason to believe things are any different for Michael.

The England striker has said he will try to win over the Geordie fans, some of whom feel he has put more emphasis on his England career than his club career with Newcastle. Michael moved to Tyneside two years ago for £17M from Real Madrid, who he was only with for a single season.

But as long as Michael stays fit we think everything will work out just fine. It’s easy to get in the good books with Newcastle fans if you’re a striker. A home hat-trick would be a good start, and everyone knows that Owen still has that goal scoring ability he’s had his entire career.

Allardyce said last night:

“There is no clause in Michael’s contract, full stop. There’s no way he can leave unless we want him to.” “Saying that, if Michael was as determined as some players are when they decide they want to go, that would be a different story. “

“But at the moment, we’re hoping he stays fit and plays continuously for Newcastle from now until the end of the season.” “ If he does that, we can have a good look at the situation then.”

When Sam was asked specifically about Manchester City’s interest Sam said:

“They probably can’t afford him.”

Sam then talked about the task at hand, which is today’s important game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Newcastle have just 4 of their 17 points from away fixtures this season and have already suffered defeats at Manchester City and Derby County.
Sam talked about what would be needed against Reading:

“We’ll have to put our home performances into an away performance at Reading to get a result,” “We’re not at our best yet, but the fact we’re all new together is the reason why.”

“The encouraging side is that, certainly at home, we’ve been a dominant force.” “We’ve had to change the side around in many combinations because of injuries, suspensions and poor form, but still come out on top, at home particularly.”

“My biggest concern is the away form and making sure they take on board everything we’re telling them about how to put that right.” “We need to become more resilient and more determined to stop the opposition playing for long periods.”

“I was hoping that wasn’t going to be as big a problem as it has been, especially after encouraging starts at Middlesbrough and Bolton.” “But we’ve dipped in away games and failed badly. We have to stop that at Reading.”

Well there’s a great chance today to make things even more rosey in the Newcastle United garden. A win and a clean sheet would be the perfect result. We think we can do just that today.

Comments always very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • iain

    Oct 27, 2007 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    considering sven himself has already said owen was too expensive i wonder why sam has said this.

    i still believe that if we got offered upwards of 10m+ for owen he would be gone quicker than oba can sprint the 100m as long as it was to a club with cl football or the possibility of it.

    i think sams saying this to tempt sven into proving he can afford him and making a bid.

    i think sam would even take whatever he can for owen as long as it was enough to buy anelka. there a similar age but anelka is fitter and would probably cost less in wages even if he asked for 90kpw that a decent saving on what owens paid. hes rattling in the goals for bolton this season and imo he wouldnt be any more bother than owen been for us.

  • Hammy

    Oct 27, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    As a business you buy a player, get some good service and then sell him on hopefully for a profit and then spend the money on the next up and coming big star, Wenger has been doing it very successfully at Arsenal for years,
    Henry, Viera, Petit etc, all moved on for good money late in their careers.
    Maybe Sam is trying a similar approach?
    Certainly the Toon didn’t rack up up 100 million debts by making money on players.
    Anyway back to business this afternoon and 3 points for the toon!!!!

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 27, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    There’d be one less happy Geordie in the world if we sold Owen and brought in Le Sulk to replace him.

    There’s an old saying in football…”When the going get’s tough, Anelka get’s going.” and it’s usually in the direction of the nearest exit. We waved bye-bye to all that shite when we sold Robert, Bellamy, Dyer et al, and we don’t need anymore thank you very much.

    What I would like to know is why Sam feels we have to play a totally different team/formation in every away game? I can understand it more going to Old Trafford, Anfield etc. but Derby and Reading hardly strike fear into the hearts of opponents. Surely we should be going out there and playing our “A” game – not sitting back defending and letting them come on to us.

    In light of that, I’d play this team:

    Owen, Martins

    N’Zogbia, Emre, Faye, Milner

    Enrique, Rozenhal, Cacapa, Beye


    Replace Owen/Oba and Emre with Smith and Barton respectively in the 2nd half.

  • Callum

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Theres another old saying in football.. “Never change a winning side” so for me I’d pick the same team that won the last 2 games 🙂

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Can’t argue with that Callum 😉

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Apart from the fact that it was a different team in each of those 2 games – a mere triviality though 🙂

  • Bill f

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    There is no way that Sam will leave Geremi out of the starting lineup. I like that team though TC.

    I am half expecting to see Ameobi on the bench (bad) but Sam has hinting at this. I would rather see one of the young lads given a chance.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t know Bill f – I don’t think dropping his captain is beyond BSA – he has said he would pick the team on form enough times in the past. As much as I think Geremi is a good player, he’s not enjoying the best run of form and it can’t have escaped the big man’s attention.

  • Bill f

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope your right but I think he looks to Geremi as his leader and so long as he is not really cr*p will want him on the pitch. There are an awful lot of players in the past who the fans (not just at the Toon) wondered why they were playing, the so called unsung heroes or players players. Didn’t seem to do a lot but there was a difference to team performance when they were missing. I think Sam sees him in this light. (phew quite a screed for me)

  • Leo

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    just got off the phone to uncle sam, the team will be


    beye faye cacapa enrique

    milner butt emre nzogbia

    martins smith

    bench harper rozehnal barton geremi owen

  • nightfall

    Oct 27, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    i think sam’ll sell owen… ‘cos sam’s game is about physics….

  • indian toon

    Oct 27, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    play 443.. and we’ll win.

  • iain

    Oct 27, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    “There’s an old saying in football…”When the going get’s tough, Anelka get’s going.” and it’s usually in the direction of the nearest exit. We waved bye-bye to all that shite when we sold Robert, Bellamy, Dyer et al, and we don’t need anymore thank you very much”

    being the pl second joint top scorer aint to bad for a guy who bottles it when the going gets tough esp with bolton looking like relegation certs.

    the problem with owen is when the going gets tough he gets injured just when you need him most. the chances of anelka playing on to 32 at the highest level are much greater than owen who im not even sure will last past 30. i think sam sees that and thats why he would let owen go for a decent price on our terms.


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