Owen Will Stay But Others Must Go at Newcastle

There was good news this morning from the BBC when Alan Shearer, a big friend of Michael Owen, indicated
he expected Michael to stay at the club for next season.

With all the rumors going around, and with Alan knowing Michael well, we have to think this is valid
and Michael will not be leaving for pastures anew.

That is good news for all Newcastle Fans.


Michael Owen whispers: “Hey – I’m NOT leaving”

Alan told the BBC this morning:

“Michael is probably slightly frustrated because he has a contract with Newcastle and he feels if every time he has to come out and say something about speculation, he would be in the newspapers every day trying to deny things.”

“It’s a different story if Manchester United are linked with Tottenham’s Dimitar Berbatov and Liverpool are linked with players – and you don’t see those players coming out and saying, “yes, that’s true’ or, ‘that’s not true’.”
“I don’t think anyone felt as much guilt as he did when he went down injured that day.”

Last Friday both Nigel Pearson – Newcastle coach, and Shola Ameobi, who had been training with Michael all week, both said they thought Michael was committed to the club.

It always seemed very unlikely to us that Michael would leave at this time.


The Great Alan Shearer

He is a good lad and to play only 14 games for Newcastle in two seasons – and then as soon as he has recovered from a 10 month injury, leave – would not be prudent, proper or ethical and would have cast a shadow over Michael’s character.

We don’t think he is like that at all – and as fans we look forward to Michael leading the Newcastle revival under Big Sam Allardyce – as this season has tested the patience and support of many Newcastle fans.

We need to have success – and we had far better start now – with the help of Michael Owen.

While it’s great news that Michael is staying with us we still need a clear-out of mostly our defenders.

Here are seven players we expect to be moved on in the summer – six are defenders – plus Albert Luque will be on loan to PSV.:

  • Albert Luque
  • Titus Bramble
  • Craig Moore
  • Celestine Babayaro>
  • Stephen Carr
  • Olivier Bernard
  • Oguchi Onyewu

This will leave ample room to bring in new defenders – two center back and two full backs have to be the priority.

Comments always appreciated.

15 comments so far

  • W

    May 14, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh yeah! I love Alan Shearer. He makes me cry. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s press conference at 1 pm.

  • Shaun

    May 14, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    As a Newcastle United fan and being 20 years old i’m still waiting to see the team i have always supported as a young lad lift some silverware and if any time is to do it then it’s the seasons to come (obviously), with michael owen and big sam these are two men that we know can get the job done…

    or will michael tarnish his character by cuttin Newcastle’s faith short and leave for more money? or will he keep face and stick it through the rough with the smooth????

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like it’s all tied up with Sam – that’s good.
    We don’t believe the rumors on Jewell – and Sam’s not going to Man City.
    First thing Sam needs to do is sort out Martins and N’Zogbia 😀

  • Shaz

    May 14, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    If Owen stays, then it will be a bigger mistake then signing for Newcastle in the first place.

  • Shaz

    May 14, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    If Owen stays then it will be a bigger joke then signing for Newcastle in the first place.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Shaz – you didn’t have to say it twice 😀
    Well – new news – I just read that our Local Reporter Alan Oliver still thinks Owen will leave – here’s the piece in which he says it.
    BTW – Martins is AWOL and N’Zogbia is unhappy……Sam where are you!!!


  • George Davison

    May 14, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Of all the talk about Michael Owen is he or isnt he, little has been noticed about the critisism that Kieron Dyer is getting, and in my opinion only right.
    In tonights issue of the Evening Chronicle (14/05/07) Alan Oliver has pointed out what many have noticed for weeks that KD has not given 100% in has last few games for the toon. The circumstances are similar to Owen, the club spend thousands on medical bills getting them fit, while they sit back and take extortionate wages and now Dyer plays without enthusiasm and looks lifeless on the pitch. Wonder if it is a hangover?. Let him go. Bet Sir Alec will not offer to buy him now.
    Charles N`Zogbia thinks texting in the dressing room during team talk is more important than listening to those who pay his wages. Well charles had you performed better in previous matches, you may have ben worthy of a team place, but if you dont perform, dont spit out your dummy.

    If i have one concern over the team that played at Watford, why was there a need to make so many changes. If that is the sort of team messers Clarke, Pearson and McDermott pick, thank the lord we are about to get a new manager.

    My congratulations for the season go to, Shay Given, Steve Harper, Steve Taylor, Nolberto Solano, Nickky Butt, Antoine Sibierski and Oba Femi Martins. These were the only players to show heart and gave their all from first to last.

  • W

    May 14, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Would it be so important to listen if all he’s going to do is sit on the bench till come the 80th minute. Texting is blown out of proportion, if he wasn’t playing football he’d prolly be in uni or school, still texting when the teacher’s talking.

    The root of the problem has been handled and n’zogbia shouldn’t take full blame for his actions. Wasn’t he just the model young pro a year ago.

  • Shaz

    May 14, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed-It made me submit it twice for some reason.Thanks, i have just read the Alan Oliver article.Small sentence about Owen but it fills me with hope because as you said Alan Oliver is the man in the know up there.I know i am probabley irritating all you Geordiesbut I really do want to see him back at Liverpool.Although we have had success in Europe.I think now we have a better midfield with Xabi Alonso etc,Michael could make a real difference up front in the league.It made me feel sick watching Man utd pick up P L trophy.

  • W

    May 14, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #10

    That makes Alan Shearer the man without the know.

  • Shaz

    May 14, 2007 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #11

    If Michael Owen leaves, i would think that a decade long friendship with Alan Shearer will be over.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Shaz – could be right there – but think Allardyce will sort it out quickly – before end of the week.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    George – it’s for us to know what to think of Dyer.
    Thought when he came back at beginning of season – all was OK.
    Allardyce should have Nicky Butt tell him of the people he has talked about.
    Then Big Sam should ditch them – quickly.
    In Sam’s era we only need those who want to play for Newcastle.
    But – we have trust in Sam that he’ll know who to ditch.
    If Dyer leaves he will NOT be thought of well at Newcastle – we nursed him along for two years – and paid his 80K/week wages – and he still will not play with passion.

  • Matt

    May 15, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Clearly the squad are going to be in for some ruffling of feathers with Big Sam’s arrival. Who will Sam get rid of in his need to “whittle out the players who do cause the problems” as Harper told the BBC? Are Dyer and N’Zogbia the only ones ?

    I fear there is quite a drinking culture at the toon, and I’m sure it accounts for a great many of the lacklustre performances we have had to endure this season. I look forward to seeing who falls under Big Sam’s big fist.

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