Shepherd Tells Owen “Make Up Your Mind”


The pressure is mounting on Michael Owen to get off the fence and tell the Newcastle hierarchy what his intentions are concerning his career at Newcastle.
We believe news on this will be forthcoming today or tomorrow – as Sam Allardyce gets going in his toughest job yet – managing Newcastle United.

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A Smiling Freddy Shepherd

Certainly the exposure that Owen has a clause in his contract – that he can leave if a club bids $9M for him – is at best embarrassing for the club.
When Newcastle bid ₤17M in August, 2005 – we knew Liverpool had sold Owen to Real Madrid the year before for about ₤9M and that was the figure Liverpool were bidding.

How that figure then appears in Michael’s contract – which means that Liverpool can indeed get their man for what they sold him for – is almost
unbelievable.

It looks like that part of the contract was written by Benetiz himself.

This is what Freddy Shepherd had to say about the Owen situation yesterday:

“I haven’t heard from Michael Owen.”
“He wouldn’t have signed in the first place if he didn’t think this was the place.
If 20,000 people coming to see him that day didn’t make his mind up, nothing would.

“He’s under contract here until something else happens and I hope he stays. He’s a great player and, as far as I’m concerned,
I’ve got no problem with him. He’s done nothing wrong to me.

“I’m quite happy relationship-wise, but like any player, he has to make his mind up about what he wants to do. It’s up to him. The ball’s in his court.”

Shepherd is right – Michael has every legal right to walk out on the club – given what his contract states.

But he also has an obligation to the club (who have handled him superbly during his two injury ravaged seasons) to get off the fence – and quickly.



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17 comments so far

  • Mick G

    May 16, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    If Owen has a moral obligation or not doesn’t matter.If his heart isn’t in it then it’s pointless to him and the club choosing to stay,but if he his committed then yipee, he’s the best goal scorer in the premiership,and any club would wan’t a committed Michael Owen.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Mick – We agree with most of your sentiments.
    However, we think if Michael does go – his character will come under assassination – and rightly so.

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 16, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we must await the outcome of Sam’s discussions with EMO before making any comments either way .But I emphasisze that there has to be real commitment to the cause next year and the thought crosses my mind of Darren Bent, Kevin Davies as possible recruits along with Oba Martins(if he also remains commited ) and Andy Carrol plus Shola Aeobi if fit isnt a bad strike force . Fitness is crucial .Is EMO really injury prone or will Sam’s Science solve the problems .
    Kevin Nolan for a r ather disillusioned Scott Parker isnt a bad scenario either . Steve Sidwell ???We certainly need an attacking cutting midfield whatever is said . Defence?___ well that goes without saying Some really good experineced defenders along with Steven Taylor and The other defender youngsters and it starts to shape up doesnt it ??

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Arthur – good comments – still don’t know who Sidwell has signed for – assume it’s Chelsea – but why not announce it?- unless Big Sam has moved in 😀
    Wouldn’t mind getting Sol Campbell up here – he would be good for the young ones like Taylor, Ramage, Huntington etc.

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 16, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Dont really know why Sidwell would go to Chelski .He will only be a bit player there, whereas he would probably get more football with us ( unless of course Money talks)- in which case not for us .
    Sol Cambell would be good Ben Haim seems good too . How about Leighton Baines (Wigan ) ? I suppose Nicky Shorey (Reading )would be out of the question . Was impressed by his work rate , energy composure on the ball and distribution etc .

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    We like Campbell, Baines, Sidwell and Ben Haim!
    Hopefully Sam will make first signings sooner rather than later.
    Also like Liam Rosenior of Fulham and Luke Young of Charlton (who may be available because of relegation).
    There was a report today that Sam was after Nicky Hunt of Bolton – great young player.
    But there’s going to be all kinds of reports of Newcastle interest in players over the summer – most of which are made up.

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 16, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #7

    At Last though there is going to be a significant change to the squad for the good . Exciting times or am I deluding myself again ??!!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Arthur – we may be deluding ourselves (again) – but it’s nevertheless going to be exciting !

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 17, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #9

    You can never saythat NUFC is boring . This time however we might just start to succeed . Any news on EMO ?

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Looks like no news yet on Owen – but some good things Allardyce has said – like he wants to keep academy going etc.

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  • Shaz

    May 17, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Who is the academy run by?And is the new striker who played at Watford a good player who the club have real hopes for or one Nigel Pearson was forced to play because of situation with Martins etc?

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Joe Joyce is the manager of our academy.
    Shola Ameobi played with Owen last Sunday.
    He’s 25 and 6′ 2″ and made over 200 appearances for Newcastle – scored 46 goals – brought thru the academy.
    Differing opinions on Shola – fans either love him or hate him.
    We also have Andy Carroll at 18 and 6’3″ coming through – looked good last season when brought on as sub.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Shaz – check your email – Ed.

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 17, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    The academy is crucial to find and develop home grown talent . At least that is something which is coming on well and the likes of Jose Mourhino and Alex Ferguson are I believe impressed with what is happening in our Academy . Sam must be impressed also he would be nuts not to – as he talks about a good structure at the club etc .
    Shola is an enigma but does he quite have it at the top ?I think not but Andy Carroll seems to have it even at the tender age of 18 .
    I like Nigel Pearson and Lee Clark so hope they stay and can find a good role . Joe Joyce presumably will carry on . I think Freddy Shepherd needs some congatulations in this area.
    I certainly cant fault him for his passion for the club.

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 17, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    sorry about some of the typos !!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Arthur – we are very very keen on the academy and ran a piece a few weeks back – here is link.
    http://nufcblog.com/why-newcastle%e2%80%99s-new-youth-policy-is-vital-to-future-success/
    Also at the beginning of each month we’ll do a piece on one of our youngsters – first was Andy Carroll – here is link ..
    http://nufcblog.com/andrew-carroll-newcastle-star-in-the-making/
    Next youngster up at beginning of June is Kazenga Lua Lua – our 16 year old !

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Arthur – what typos?
    Isn’t technology wonderful !

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