Allardyce was dismayed at suggestions that there had been a rift in his relationship with the club's biggest name. It was something he was keen to address.
"Media-wise, Michael's the biggest player I've ever dealt with," he said. "When you have a player like Michael, with his reputation and outstanding talent, it's more about what will get in the papers than what has actually been said. With anybody else there can be some truth in it. But most of the time (with Owen), it's exaggerated."