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Sam Allardyce reacts to Michael Owen Newcastle United comments about him – What a dilemma

2 years ago

Tuesday morning has seen derogatory comments made about Sam Allardyce.

What could there possibly be not to like?

Well the one doing the insulting is Michael Owen.

Pushing his new book (see below), Owen slags off Sam Allardyce about a number of things, particularly his ideas on training players when at Newcastle United.

To nobody’s great surprise, Sam Allardyce has been happy to answer back via Talksport:

“It is not surprising to me to hear Michael (Owen) say those words because in my time at Newcastle, he never really looked comfortable.

“Was always whenever possible flying back to Liverpool, you know, so it was never a comfortable move for him.

“I don’t know why he took it (the move to Newcastle) in all honesty.

“If he was that against it, why did he come to Newcastle United?

“Why did he not wait for a more suitable club?

“His time with me certainly was more about, not him wanting to play or get back to Liverpool when he can.

“It was the fact that it was very difficult to keep him fit and get him on the field.”

Why indeed did Michael Owen come to Newcastle United when he says himself that he never wanted to?

Greed. Plain and simple – £120,000 a week for four years, all that Michael Owen was bothered about.

Fancy having to side with Sam Allardyce  in any argument…

That one season when Sam Allardyce was together with Michael Owen, the striker scored twice in the league for Newcastle and started seven Premier League games, then in the second half of that 2007/08 season, Owen started 17 PL games for Kevin Keegan and scored nine goals.

Michael Owen book extracts in the Chronicle:

“Sam Allardyce was brought in as manager in June 2007 and I have to say that – while I didn’t have anything against him as a person – when I said that Graeme Souness was my kind manager, let’s just say that Sam Allardyce wasn’t.

“As soon as he came in and I watched a training session, I just knew.

“Training under Allardyce was pretty mundane too to be honest – lots of eleven against eleven and so-called ‘patterns of play’ exercises.

“In doing this, basically he would always be a big advocate of sticking the ball over the full back, chasing it down and winning a throw-in.

“Losing the ball in the middle of the park would have been his worst nightmare.

“Consequently, you could forget about any nice, passing movements.

“These were something he’d just about tolerate. They certainly weren’t his cup of tea.

“Cynical, route-one football was.

“What irritated me personally most about his tactics was his adherence to the concept of P.O.M.O or, in full form, Position Of Maximum Opportunity.

“When I first heard about it, I thought, what the hell even is P.O.M.O?

“I wouldn’t be long in finding out.

“We’d be playing eleven against eleven and then, whenever the ball went wide he’d just stop the play.

“The bloody clipboard would come out. We’d just stand still.

“He’d then reel off various stats and percentages before telling the strikers exactly where in the penalty box represented the best percentage opportunity to score.

“It was all too numbers based for my liking.

“Goalscoring had never been about that for me. I preferred a more instinctive approach.

“And I didn’t like being told: ‘Stand there…’

“From that perspective I didn’t really have a huge amount of respect for him as a manager.

“I never got the impression that the fans took to him either.

“I never got a sense that he rated me much either, not that I was bothered.

“I don’t think he ever came and spoke to me individually at any time.”


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