There may be more truth in the rumor that Owen may leave
If Newcastle Chairman Freddie Shepherd is challenging Owen to state what his intentions are for next season – it can only mean that Shepherd himself is uncertain of what those are.We donâ€™t believe Michael Owen – after playing only 12 games for
But with rumors flying around that Manchester United want to sign him in the summer – there has been no statement from Owen yet that he will still be a
Hereâ€™s what Chairman Shepherd said on Wednesday:
“I’m telling Michael he has two choices,. “He either comes out and tells our fans, who have taken him to their hearts, that he is happy here or I tell him that not one of the big four clubs, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool, are interested in him. Because that’s the case. The loyalty this club has shown him over the last two years when he had injury problems in his first season and has missed virtually all of this season deserves something in return.”
We applaud Shepherd for requesting that statement and we agree with what Freddy Shepherd says – and it will be a kick in the teeth for not only the club, but the fans and people of
However, if he does decide to leave in the summer – we can’t stress enough that it will be a bitter disappointment to the club and the fans â€“ and itâ€™s probably best for both parties to part company.
If Owen does leave it shows there is little credibility – and certainly no loyalty – existing in the game of football today – and that is really sad.
“In terms of how long I stay at
, I’m here as long as everybody wants me. I had four years on my contract when I signed last year, so I would say at least that length of time and then you’d have to ask the chairman for the rest.” Newcastle
We are sure that Sam Allardyce, the former Bolton manager, and odds on favorite to be appointed Newcastle manager next Monday would also be interested in what Owenâ€™s intentions are.
As we indicated yesterday â€“ if Michael Owen does leave â€“ he should ensure he never comes back to the City of Newcastle.
That may well sound harsh – but if he does leave – he has shown no loyalty or devotion whatsoever to Newcastle.
But again – we have to stress – we donâ€™t believe this is what Michael is going to do – and we look forward to a public announcement from him to clear this matter up.