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 â€“ if indeed Michael wants to leave. So whatâ€™s new? Nothing much. We already knew that â€“ 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 thereâ€™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 â‚¤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 donâ€™t argue at all that if Michael wants to leave Newcastle he has every legal right in the world to do so â€“ no argument there.
But Michael values his image in football and he is a smart young man â€“ 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 Michaelâ€™s not that daft.
Here are four good reasons why we think Michael is not leaving Newcastle.
- 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.
- Newcastle will soon have a new owner â€“ Mike Ashley â€“ 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 â€“ so presumably we will start doing those things that make that vision come true. One is not to lose Michael.
- Michael â€“ 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.
- 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 â€“ and yes, we know thereâ€™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 â€“ and we suggest he make a decision quickly â€“ 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.