Taking the Michael
Nice to see Big Sam keeping it all real with the Michael Owen situation wasn't it?
I mean apart from pinning the England striker up against the wall and tell him he's going no where, there is, as Big Sam says there is "nothing" he can do.
Mind you itÃ¢ÂÂs also nice to see the new boss not begging to get him to stay.
Yes, in an ideal world you would want him to stay but you wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt want to look desperate!
Basically itÃ¢ÂÂs all going to boil down to whether one of the bigger fish in the Premiership fancy taking him on board.
Owen obviously doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want to come out and nail his colours to the mast, just in case it gets thrown back in his face.
I remember when Owen was a Liverpool player and I used to dread playing them anywhere, because you just knew heÃ¢ÂÂd score.
And it could be an action replay again, just with a bit more bitterness!
If he does go anywhere in the Premiership, more than likely to be a red shirt of some kind, just how are we supposed to look back on his time at St JamesÃ¢ÂÂ Park?
Newcastle have stood by him through two major injuries, and all weÃ¢ÂÂve had back since, and IÃ¢ÂÂm talking about the day he broke his foot at Spurs, is a few leg loosening games just to get him back to play for England.
I mean that hat-trick against West Ham just seems like a dream now!
And since the injury comeback against Reading thereÃ¢ÂÂs been little mention of how much he is really, really, really looking forward to playing for the Toon again and sticking the ball in the net for the Geordies.
Sadly there have been plenty of chances to do it and not many of them taken.
If he does go then every Toon fan will quite clearly feel used because their money will ultimately have been used to get him back on the road for England and then another Premiership side.
But you kind of get used to smacks in the face like this in the world of following Newcastle!