Four Reasons Why Newcastle’s Michael Owen Is Going Nowhere

Well here we go again with big news today that Michael Owen may leave Newcastle. Sam Allardyce has said there is nothing he can do to keep Owen at Newcastle – if indeed Michael wants to leave. So what’s new? Nothing much. We already knew that – and the only thing this suggests is that Big Sam may have received information that Michael indeed wants to leave. Here are four good reasons why we are going to take a contrarian view – and believe there’s no way Michael will be leaving Newcastle.


Michael Owen – that was close!

Since the news hit around Wednesday May 9th that Owen has a release clause in his contract for about ₤9M – there’s been one report after another about him leaving Newcastle and Owen has said nothing.

Let’s make something clear from the start – we don’t argue at all that if Michael wants to leave Newcastle he has every legal right in the world to do so – no argument there.

But Michael values his image in football and he is a smart young man – and he should know that walking out on Newcastle at this time could have huge image problems for him in the future. This is important to him because we are talking big bucks in advertising products. We think Michael’s not that daft.

Here are four good reasons why we think Michael is not leaving Newcastle.

  1. Newcastle have a new manager in Sam Allardyce who has already made progress in bringing in new faces at the club and knows he must have a successful season next season to survive in the job. Sam is renowned for his man management skills and has already impressed Owen (and Dyer) with his plans.
  2. Newcastle will soon have a new owner – Mike Ashley – who has huge ambitions for the club. In private he has said he wants Newcastle to win the Premier League in three years and be challenging for Europe with in five years – so presumably we will start doing those things that make that vision come true. One is not to lose Michael.
  3. Michael – by his own admission has a huge debt to repay Newcastle United who have stood by him during his injures and had the best surgeons in the world attend to him. It would be crass to say the least to walk out on the club at this time.
  4. 20,000 fans turned up at St. James Park when Michael arrived in early September 2005. The fans let Michael know he is something special on Tyneside. Geordie fans believe he can forge a great career on Tyneside just like he did when he was younger on Merseyside – and Newcastle fans love a goalscorer. If Michael leaves it will feel like a kick in the teeth to the fans. Michael knows that – and yes, we know there’s no room for sentiment in football, but again does Michael want to leave so many bad feelings in his wake? We think not.

So this news today is not news at all – and we think Michael will stay on Tyneside – as we’ve always predicted on this site.

Only Michael knows what he wants to do – and we suggest he make a decision quickly – and let the people of Tyneside and the Newcastle fans know that decision. He’s now had enough time to test the market for himself out there – and it’s decision time.

The quicker the better.

Comments always welcome.

49 comments so far

  • Tooner

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s still on the fence. If he wanted to commit his future to the Toon, he’d have came out and said it already. Right now I imagine he’s playing his wait and see game.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    cumon lads, i thought you would have seen through this one for sure. what was the point in sam coming out and publicly saying that he is powerless to stop offers or owen going??? he has said nothing new so why repet it very loudly for all to hear now that the window is open and in full swing?? think about it – he is touting offers for owen – i believe that newcastle want to sell owen as if they dont they have a problem. he has just 2 years left on his deal and he will run it down to nothing. sam is not daft, 9 million is better than nothing. i would rather see a full black and white blooded bellamy than a half arsed owen who is not bothered about newcastle. think about it, all sam has done (and freddy for that matter) is put owen into the shop window.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    craig – good points – i did think about this article a lot – about what to write on Owen. If he does want to leave we should make it into an auction so we get more than the 9M – but do we know for sure right now he wants to leave? Also – you’re right there will still be a problem if he stays because we need to ensure he extends contract so we don’t lose him for nothing or less than 9M. So it has to go one way or the other – 1) he goes and we make it into an auction – or 2) he stays and we make sure we do well next year so his contract gets extended sooner rather than later.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was BSA’s way to try to get a commitment from Owen one way or another. The last thing BSA needs is a top striker leaving at the end of the transfer window and not having enough time to find a suitable replacement.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Tony – let’s hope it is – this is getting to be ridiculous. So much so that i think most fans just want to know – and the decision is becoming secondary.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Let’s put it this way – he wants to stay in England, and he wants CL football (and he won’t settle for the Uefa Cup).

    Realistically, that’s four clubs, plus 2 more in Spurs and Newcastle.

    But Spurs and Newcastle are outside shots, and they’re not in the CL next season.

    So here’s what I think – Chelsea don’t look likely to spend and Arsenal already have strikers. Unless Liverpool or Man Utd (the former is more likely) spring for Owen, he’s here for another year.

    After that? Same old story – unless one of the big four come calling, he’s at Newcastle.

    Chances on Pool moving for him? Much bigger than United’s.

    I think he’ll stay another year though.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Ahmed – if Michael stays for another year that will not be a good scenario for Newcastle because apparently his release clause says his fee decreases 25% a year – another year and he’s worth 1/4 of 17M – just over 4M. Newcastle should probably take the initiative – and if he’s not happy sell him now – via auction. Maybe that’s what Sam was starting to do when he said he cannot stop him moving. Also think Liverpool will be his destination – but I wouldn’t rule out ManU.

  • Darryl

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Who cares if he leaves for 4Million, Ashley’s coming in with mega bucks. so i dont feel like 5 million will make that much difference.

  • gary

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    He will not leave because apart from Chelsea who else can match his wages reported to be 120K per week.


  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Why can’t Newcastle just offer him a new improved contract without clauses therefore we can find out immediatley what Owen’s plans are. If he decides to be disloyal and leave then we have more than enough money and time to find a suitable replacement.

  • Andy T

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed – Newcastle are powerless to turn it into an auction. He has a 9M release caluse. That means Newcastle must accept any offer of 9M. MO can turn it into an auction, because if 5 teams are willing to stump up the 9M Owen can decide to go to whichever takes his fancy. If a team was stupid enough to offer Newcastle 10M and another 9M, the 9M team could offer owen the extra million in wages and off he toddles. So if he goes Newcastle will get 9M no auction.
    And I’ll say again – his attitude towards Newcastle passion wise might be half arsed, but on the pitch he always gives 100%. To be perfectly honest I’d rather have a professional Owen over a passionate Bellamy – Owen will socre more goals for us and help us win more matches.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    JP – he’s getting 115K per week already – that’s more than enough surely?

  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    i do think owen will stay jus because i really think he is a nice bloke, respectful; have u ever seen him get in any arguments on or off the pitch? NO.

    i do believe that he will stay at newc next year, as repayment for us getting him out of shit in spain. if liverpool sold him for only 8m, rafa obviously didnt like the guy as a player, so why change now?? its not like he has been scoring 25goals a season….he hasnt even been FIT for f*&%^k sake, he hasn’t proved anything yet lol

    another yr minimum i think

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Andy W – that’s a pity on the auction. But some also say who cares about the money with Ashley coming in – it will be very very interesting when Ashley finally takes over – and how much he will give Big Sam – it’s an exciting time for Geordie fans – very exciting time. My wife is getting sick and tired of me talking about them – she’s absolutely not interested – so i’ve taken to telling the dogs all about it – they at least listen 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15

    matt w – we could take the position that we will lose money on Owen – but that doesn’t matter too much because Ashley is coming in with big bucks – so i guess if we have Owen for a year that would help us up the league – and we can always bid for Tevez next year to replace him. He would be an absolute WOW at Newcastle. I’ve never seen such a GREAT player work his socks off like Carlos did. He was just unbelievable for West Ham in the run in – and did himself no harm at all – he’s world class!
    He’s also become one of my favorite players – oh to be born again and have his talent – whoops sorry – dreaming again. 😀

  • Nick Clark

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we should put the little welsh diver up for sale. I am sick of him and his games. He is on £103K a week and is mugging us off.

    There will be plenty of other strikers who would jump at putting on the black and white shirt.

    There has got to be a huge question mark whether he will ever be the same player again.

    Bore off back to Liverpool. Let them pay your wages hamstring boy!!!

  • joe

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with JP. Why not just offer him a contract extension with no clauses, that will show how loyal he is. If he wants to leave he should just leave. I don’t want anybody playing for newcastle who doesn’t want to be here.

    But i also think that he wants to stay and be at newcastle. He doesn’t seem the type of person who would s**t on his club who have treat him so well.

  • Valle

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    At least wait to slag him off till he actually leaves?… He is a world class palyer imo and i think he actually wants to stay. I agree with they guy earlier that thought Sam actually wants to sell him since he says that to the media… Is like “Listen i got this car that are sooooo good and i really dont want to sell but if u want to offer me 10k, then i have to sell *Wink, Wink*”

  • Darryl

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m hoping he stays as this time last season, if he had the chances Martins did, we would of scored more goals undoubtibly. We could of finished as high as 6th quite easily. This time next season hopefully we will be saying that we have finished 5th, or 6th. Can’t see us breaking the top 4 the coming season, i just hope for Allardyce, he gets us into Uefa cup

  • Greg P

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    You missed the reasons why he would want to go though
    1) Man U and Liverpoolare looking for strikers and £9m is a hell of a lot cheaper than any others on the marker
    2) His last appearance for NUFC saw him stretchered off to 4,000 Geordies chanting “we want our money back”
    3) Newcastle are aware that they need to build for the future which will mean that top 6 is the target not top 4 next season, therefore even Everton or Spurs may offer an option as good as Newcastle for an immediate return to top level football.
    4) The injury problems do not go over night and if our training facilities aren’t up to scratch then going to a club which can give him top level support the season before a major tournament will reduce risk.

    One final point is that I don’t want him paid anymore – he’s already had £10m for 14 games!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Greg – i took the other side – why he should stay – but yes – they are reasons to go. But why did he come?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    joe – if he decides to stay – that’s what we would need to do – get him to sign contract extension> In fact that should be part of the decision – if he stays he needs to sign an extension – otherwise let him go – good point.

  • LewDavies

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Interesting one valle, but I dont think so some how. I think he will be staying for one more season and see how well we are doing. It will do his image a lot better if he is playing regularly and scoring lots of goals. If we (nufc) have a really good season he may stay and sign a new contract. If we are crap again, then he will go for a mere 4/5 mill, which other clubs will pay, considering his wage demands. Not sure big 4 are convinced he will last a season uninjured, hence no offers.

  • Greg P

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    I know – bit devils advocate – but I keep asking myself why he came, and it seems to be to get back in the Prem. I don’t really think anyone will come in for him, but am upset by his lack of any sort of commitment and feel that if he doesn’t want to be here then we can find a replacement who Sam can work with. I reall hope I’m wrong

  • briss

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #25

    I will be fing pissed if Owen leaves. he is our best player and all of last season we brought him back from that serious injury for the hopes of this upcoming season when he can finally make a full season for us and return to full fitness and after playing 14 games for us total he’s just going to up and abandon the toon?! IF HE DOES HE CAN GO *UCK HIMSELF! HE IS A COWARD IF HE LEAVES!

  • Nicci

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Hello JP, I have just come back from a short stay in Gibraltar. I agree with what you say. I feel we should test the water and offer Owen a new contract. We all know he loves Liverpool, His house is down that area, his heart doesn’t appear to be with Newcastle otherwise we would hear im talking about us more often and we all also know he came here to get in the World Cup. We can’t guarantee him CL football, but we can guarantee him a club with a lot of future potential.

  • Nicci

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #27

    In addition to that, we should be getting rid of the person who put this silly contract together in the first place. I’m sure if Owen demanded all these clauses in his contract we should have read between the lines then.

  • Gary

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #28

    I have a few points I’d like to air on this issue:

    1. Its my understanding that the clause was that his value goes down by 25% and it kicks in if we don’t qualify for Europe.
    So that means he started at £16 million, 25% of this is £4 mill so his value dropped to £12 mill, but we qualified. Season 2,25% of £12 mill is £3 mill and we didn’t qualify, which means his value is £9 million, which is the amount thats being spoke of in the press. By these calculations, if he stays another year his value will drop by £2.25 mill, making him worth £6.75 mill not £4 mill as mentioned earlier.
    What I’d like to know is, if he stays for another season and we qualify, does that mean the clause is null and void because we have qualified and the clause is if we don’t qualify. Which takes his value back upto whatever Newcastle want to ask.

    2. This really boils my p1ss. If I was chairman and a player asked for this clause I would say “ok, but I want a clause back from you. If we don’t qualify, you can leave for £x million pounds but you must have been available for selection for at least 80% of our league games.”
    I cannot understand why clubs allow these clauses and get no protection in return.

    3. Sam should try to turn the lack of European football into an advantage to Owen. Hes just come back from serious injury. Play on the fact that no European football means less game, means fitter Owen, means better chance of doing well at Euro 2008.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #29

    well i think that i manure out of the window for owen if you believe what you hear. it would appear that they are in for Tevez now. so that leaves arse, chelski or liverwank. he wont go back to the reds as long as benitez is in charge. they obviouslyhave irreisolvable issues. so now we are down to chelski and arse. i think he is the wrong nationality to play at arse (being british) so that leaves chelski. i do not think he will move down there for what would probalby be less money that what hev is already getting plus he would be a bench warmer on some of their games. it is inconceivable that he would always be ahead of the shev and against frogta he will always be second choice – and rightly so. so any other team appart from those 4 would be bloody pointless, it would be a step back wards and to be honest, i am not even sure how far liverpool and arse will be in front of us next season. it wont be as far as what some may think, thats for sure. No, i stand by my original comment, sam is trying to invite offers for owen. i think that owen does not want to extend his contract and that has forced sams hand, plus in martins we have a hotter prospect in the same mould, younger, faster, worth more and a gernuine desire to play for us. owen…… sign on again or i say we sell and grab the 9 million while we still can. big deal, 14 games and 7 goals. i guess that you lot are aware that even ameobi has the same record as that in his last 14 games. so why are we even sweating over this guy. christ, dyer scored 7 last season from mid field.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #30

    f*&^%^&k me, did i really say frogta?? drogba. ha ha

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #31

    craig – agree – we should call Owen’s bluff – and if he wants to go put him up for sale now! There’s another party involved here – it’s not just Owen – it’s the Newcastle club – and that’s far more important than any single player.

  • Dave G

    Jun 10, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #32

    The owen Debate rages, my ten peneth is this….If he wants to go, let him go! Nothing worse than having an uncomitted player in a massively important position. If he wants to stay, superb, nothing better than having a comitted player in a very important position who is one of the best!!
    Another quick thought! Roeder and Allardyce, both pushed the boat out to get VIDUKA on board, probably the best striker in the EPL at holding the ballup and playing fellow strikers in! I wonder if a current NUFC player, maybe a striker, suggested we go out and get the DUKE!!! Penny dropped???

  • reggie22

    Jun 10, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #33

    i say it might be be a good move if he goes once he left liverpool they seemed to explode into great success maybe the same will happen for us or maybe he might be thinking i left pool at the wrong time and don’t want to make the same mistake again. We all know owen is not a media guru he likes he be left alone and get on with he life he shuns the lime light maybe he is just fed up to the back teeth of it all and wants to let his football do the talking hopefully he stays and falls in love with newcastle all over again as we will him and when u have top quality players and don’t succeed as a team they leave end of story so do well next season he signes a new deal do shit he leaves simple as that and we will never find a replacement of his quality for 9mil u it always happens in football thats y the big clubs have the best players.would tevez leave if WH were in europe u watch berbatov leave next season same with D BENT its up to the club to sucseed.hopefully next season we do well and become the club to pick these players up instead of losing them !

  • Steven

    Jun 10, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Owen Can F**K off for all i care he hasnt came out and said he doesnt want to leave so he can leave… i would rather have Bellamy back then him.

  • TinFinger

    Jun 10, 2007 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #35

    imho the whole owen deal shows just how badly run nufc was

    bought owen and alowed the rediculous clause
    dint rerplace shearer with a player with any physical presence(viduka),imho owen could have replaced bellamy(touted swap)

  • The Big P

    Jun 10, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #36

    I agree with tin, a man would not buy a top of the range dvd player to go with his 14inch black and white tv.
    Newcastle has been a laughing stock mostly due to the ridiculous players we bring in along with the fees paid. From the brilliant to the useless they all cost large sums of money.
    But now that we will be able to give Owen a decent ball on more than one occasion during a 90minute spell, he has an opportunity to do the job he was paid to do.
    If he leaves now, i won’t like the guy at all.
    When all the talk about Gerrard was going round that he was going to chelsea, it took him some time to put his kneck on the line and commit to shiverpool.
    So let’s wait and see.
    At the same time I am confident Alleydice will bring in someone who will score goals if we have to replace Owen.

  • Jinal

    Jun 11, 2007 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #37

    An interesting viewpoint that I came across on another forum
    “Now let’s get one thing straight – I don’t have any respect for Owen at all. Yes he did great things for Liverpool on the Pitch but his heart never seemed to be in it – he only seemed to want to play for England – Nothing has changed there.

    He never wanted to go to Newcastle FC he made it crystal clear – he said he would only go to NUFC on loan – can you be much clearer than that? He did not want to sign for you and if this clause for £9m is true it only goes to prove that NUFC were extremely desperate to get him.

    I’ve got to say I do question the self respect of many (not all) associated with NUFC. They sign a player who disrespected them by saying he did not want to sign a contract with them – he then had a clause put into his contract for only half the fee paid! And yet 27,000 Geordies show up to welcome him! Sorry but you are deluded if you think Owen would leave Liverpool for Real Madrid and then be happy at NUFC. Yes you have a fantastic stadium and great support but you have won nothing for an age.

    I also have to say how annoying it is that loyalty only seems to work in one direction in football. If Owen played 2 full season but was poor by all accounts would you all be demanding loyalty? Where is loyalty when a player has a prolonged loss of form? Where was loyalty to Bobby Robson or many before him?

    As loyal fans you deserve players that show pride in pulling on the NUFC shirt – players who would die for the NUFC cause – Mr Owen is not that man so if he wants to go let him – you deserve much much better! He should not be compared to great ambassadors such as Alan Shearer – as a player he is probably nearly as good but as a man of integrity and loyalty – he is not fit to lace Shearer’s boots.

    Your board forced Owen to join when he clearly did not want to so if you are angry at anyone it should be your board – if true what a ridiculous contract! Sign players who want to play for you – Owen only plays for England and Michael Owen.”

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 11, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #38

    Jinal – if he’s really like that then now is the time to get rid of him – we’ve heard stuff like that coming from some Liverpool fans – in the past. Platying for himself was very evident during the England games – it was all about England this and England that. Not the player we need at Newcastle – and his silence really is starting to be irritating.

  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Quick reply to the comments on getting a clause in the players contract about him being available to play. First off – How would you feel about your players never challenging for the ball, running as fast as they can, training hard, in fact all of the things that people on here have been demanding from a first team player – because if they pick up a knock or even a long term injury then they will loose out. If you think Newcastle united have been paying Owens wages for the last 10 months then you are wrong. He hasn’t been available to play – that has what has cost us. Every player is insured against injury and it is the insurance company that have been paying his wages. The “refund” Freddy is after from the FA is the specialist treatment which Owen has been sent for. Now had Fredy been shrewd (something I would never accuse him of by the way) he may have sought that before paying for it, or alternatively spoken to MO and said – there’s a chance your release clause could get activated so if you want the tip top treatment you’ll have to splash for it yourself sunshine. My guess is he would have been slated for demotivating a top player etc blah.
    Finally a re-itteration of my earlier point. MO has not said he doesn’t want to be at Newcastle – but there are probably some places he would choose over Newcastle. I bet if you asked every player in the squad to state that they would choose Newcastle over an oppertunity to play regularly for one of the top 4 teams you’d be a bit dissapointed. Some people will imediately cite new signing Barton’s attitude – sure but we were competing with West Ham – Do you think he wouldn’t have talked to one of the top 4. The point about the rest of the squad is that they are not good enough to command a starting position for one of the top 4. Owen is a world class striker and is currently a Newcastle player. Apart from the media the biggest imputus I can see for him leaving is the crap he’s taking from the fans.

  • Hammy

    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #40

    Jinal has a point….the only times I’ve seen Owen on T.V being interviewed, it’s England this and England that……….the toon never gets a mention…..I’m not sure Benitez would take him as a matter of principal…… he does not seem the type to change his mind……….but they are desperate for a goal poacher. Don’t get me wrong MO is a great player….used to hate him playing against NUFC as he usually got a couple of goals.
    I’m not sure how this will play out but Big Sam is impressing me more by the day so lets concentrate on who wants to come to SJP……


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