Gallowgate End Posted May 16, 2007 Share Posted May 16, 2007 Big Sam won't beg Michael Owen to Stay SAM ALLARDYCE last night admitted he will not be begging Michael Owen to become a part of his Newcastle revolution. Big Sam signed a three-year, £10million deal to become Toon boss — but has yet to talk to Owen about his commitment to the cause. Allardyce met most of the Newcastle squad yesterday morning, including bad boys Obafemi Martins and Charles N’Zogbia. But he failed to link up with England hitman Owen who was on a short break in Ireland. Allardyce, 52, said: “One of the first things I’ll be doing is sitting down with Michael and having a little chat with him. “I will be asking him does he want to stay with us or go? “Obviously I would like him to stay because he has that rare commodity of being able to score goals. What I think Michael needs is more time to get on track for us and, hopefully, he will decide to take that time. “But it’s not all about Michael Owen. He is a big player and I will be speaking with him, as I will be with everyone else. “The problem seems to have cleared up and if he is back playing that can only benefit Newcastle.” Owen, 27, has made only 14 appearances in two seasons. He has a £9m release clause in his contract which has been activated following Toon’s failure to qualify for Europe. Manchester United have been alerted. N’Zogbia refused to sit on the bench at Watford on Sunday and left the ground before the start. And Martins claimed he was injured on Saturday despite showing no signs of any problem during the week. Allardyce, who replaces Glenn Roeder as manager, added: “Until I get the chance to speak to Michael I don’t know what he is thinking. “You wouldn’t want to lose your leading goalscorers, though. “I am sure if they start working with me they will start enjoying what they do.” Chairman Freddy Shepherd said: “Michael’s under contract until something else happens and I hope he stays. The ball’s in his court.” Allardyce has been handed a war-chest of around £20m. He added: “There’s no reason Newcastle shouldn’t be able to challenge some of those top four.” Its only day one and already Sam Allardyce looks defeated in losing our clubs Star player in Michael Owen. Comments such as "i will be asking him does he want to stay or go?" are simply not good enough this is Big Sam chance at a Big Club with Big players he has to prove he can keep the likes of Michael Owen and build a team around him much like previous managers could with previous Top players in Alan Shearer by building teams around him. When Sir Bobby Robson was appointed he knew if we were to hit High league places of 3rd, 4th, 5th that building a team around its best player in Alan Shearer was vital and its the same with Sam Allardyce and Michael Owen. Sam Allardyce main priority when talking in his press conference yesterday SHOULD of been his desire to build a team around Michael Owen and his desire to KEEP him not spending all his passion in defending his long ball history at Bolton. The fears of Sam Allardyce lack of big club experience could well already be showing. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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