There is a report in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today – by Alan Oliver – that Arsene Wenger may be interested in Michael Owen. This is yet another report surrounding Michael Owen and whether he will stay at Newcastle United or take advantage of an out-clause in his contract – which we now understand is for â‚¤11M.
This situation has to be sorted out as soon as possible and the only person that can do that is Michael himself.
We know that most Newcastle fans would like to hear from Michael and it’s a simple question that deserves a simple answer.
The club has made itself clear when Freddy Shepherd, on 9th May (following reports in the media that Michael may leave Newcastle in the summer) responded as follows:
“Michael has two choices: he can come out and tell our fans that he is happy here,”
“These suggestions will not impress our fans after what has happened in the last couple of years.
“This report was a very thinly-disguised attempt to flog Owen from under our feet, sourced very close to the player or those who look after him.
The information must have come from there, not from our club.”
While Shepherd could have handled this a bit more delicately the cat was out of the bag – and for the last couple of weeks rumors have been swirling around about what Owen’s intentions are.
Michael’s supporters say it is all press talk – well if that’s the case let’s hear Michael say that – and stop the circus it is becoming. If there is nothing going to be said from Owen’s people then Newcastle fans have to assume Owen and his advisers are happy with the situation.
That’s a very poor way to conduct business and should be stopped.
Only Michael can do that and he needs to do it quickly to show some respect to the club that has stood by him over the last two seasons – and paid him over â‚¤10M for 14 games and 7 goals.
Over to you Michael – the sooner you make a statement the better for all concerned.