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.
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 â‚¤17M in August, 2005 – we knew Liverpool had sold Owen to Real Madrid the year before for about â‚¤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
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.