Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he was not surprised by Michael Owen’s revelation that he ‘couldn’t wait to retire’ during the tail-end of his career.
The former Newcastle United manager says it was obvious the striker did not want to be at the club during his spell in charge at St James’ Park.
Owen stunned Magpies fans by admitting in a recent interview that he was so fearful of suffering another serious injury that he did not enjoy the latter years of his career.
His frank admission drew criticism from Toon legends Alan Shearer – his former team-mate – and Micky Quinn – who said the England star did not prove value for money during his Newcastle career.
Owen remains Newcastle’s record signing, following after his £16.5million move from Real Madrid in 2005.
The former Liverpool star played under Allardyce during the manager’s short reign at St James’ Park, and Big Sam had admitted it was clear to see that the striker had no desire to be at the club.
Asked if Owen’s comments surprised him, Allardyce said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “No.
“I had the impression he didn’t want to be at Newcastle.
“Michael Owen was an unbelievably fantastic player and I can get what he’s talking about, because he realised his own body couldn’t do what he did best, which was his pace and running the channels.
“Unfortunately the injures took such a toll on him in the end and he was injured an awful lot at Newcastle when I saw there, which was maybe why he ended up not liking it as much as he possible should have done.
“But I think he should have just kept that to himself.”