Michael Owen comments on Twitter to Newcastle and West Ham's Bilic and McLaren appointments

Michael Owen has given the thumbs up to Newcastle United and West Ham United.

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has given his approval to the club's imminent appointment of Steve McClaren.

John Carver was sacked from his position as manager yesterday, with The Guardian reporting the ex-Derby County boss is expected to be confirmed as new Newcastle boss this Wednesday.

Owen worked under McLaren for England, enjoying a late renaissance to his international career during the ill-fated Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

He also believes West Ham have made a smart move in appointing Slaven Bilic as manager, who was boss of Croatia as they cost the Three Lions entry to the tournament.

West Ham were running low on time to appoint a new manager with their Europa League qualifying campaign set to begin in under a month. 

They had sacked Sam Allardyce minutes after the final game of the season, who managed Owen at Newcastle United.

West Ham finished in 12th place last season, losing on the final day to Newcastle, with that victory for the Toon ensuring they retained their Premier League status after a terrible slide under Carver.

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