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Newcastle's Allardyce: Big Four messed up ignoring Owen

The Magpies had a nervous close season waiting to see if any of England's Champions League clubs would exploit a £9m get-out clause in Owen's contract. All signed strikers but none bid for Owen.

Four goals in five games for club and country have made their timidity look foolish, although the 52-year-old understood.

"They didn't want to risk it on the past (injury) record clearly," he told The Journal. "Based on what has happened over the last few games, £9m is a bargain. It was a bit of a risk a few weeks back."

When asked if he thought his rivals had erred, Allardyce responded: "Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If I had it I would be in Marbella with a massive villa and a golf course retired as a multi-millionaire."



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