Barton and Owen In Dubai – Barton Talking About Newcastle

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – one of the great characters of the Premiership over the last several years is in Dubai on holiday. It just so happens Joey Barton is also in the same hotel as Jimmy and Jimmy reports on how Joey is doing out there. Joey apparently cannot stop talking about Newcastle.


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Here’s what Jimmy had to say yesterday about Joey Barton:

“It’s so hot here that if you are going to have any kind of work-out, it’s best to do it early in the morning.
“And even though I got up at the crack of dawn and went to the gym in our hotel, I found that Joey Barton had already beaten me to it.
“I must say that Joey is in great shape and all he wanted to talk about was his move to Newcastle United.
“And I have to say it’s a great move for him and a great move for Newcastle United where I am sure he will be a big success.”


Joey Barton

There was a buzz over the weekend about Joey wanting a loyalty payment of ₤300K from Manchester City – but since then his agent Willie McKay has promised that it won’t stand in the way of him joining Newcastle – that’s good.
As it happens the silent one – Michael Owen – is also in Dubai with former Liverpool team-mates Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. Steven gets married this coming weekend – I wonder what their football conversation is about – we can only guess.
Just wonder when Michael thinks it will be convenient to tell the Newcastle fans what his plans are for next season.


Michael Owen

It is looking like Rafael Benitez does not want him, and interest from Manchester United and Chelsea has waned in the last few weeks.
But Newcastle fans may have to wait a bit longer before Michael says he was always going to stay at Newcastle – because if Thierry Henry moves to Spain or Italy, Wenger may look to bringing Michael to the Emirates.
If this sounds a little sarcastic – it is and guilty as charged – because we’re getting tired of Michael saying nothing when all these reports are swirling around in the papers.

If he is only staying at Newcastle because there have been no suitable offers – we should sell him and get the ₤9M and buy somebody else who really wants to play for us.
Talking about devoted Newcastle strikers – this is what the great Les Ferdinand had to say over the weekend – about the situation with Owen and Newcastle:

“The one thing Newcastle supporters have been dreaming of is watching a fit Michael Owen playing for the team,” “They are understandably worried because everyone has heard how he might exercise a clause in his contract and move.
“The one thing Newcastle fans want from their stars is loyalty. “Most of us outsiders will feel that Michael owes them at least another season. I would tell him to think carefully, because there is no other club in the country with the supporters like Newcastle United.
“Show them loyalty and they’ll get behind you 100 per cent.”

Well said Sir Les – but Owen needs to say something – and quickly – even before Wenger decides whether he wants him or not.

Comments always welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to see a player who seems really excited to become a Newcastle United player and is not just joining for the money. Big Sam will get Barton in the news for the right reasons.

  • Little Kev, Whitley Bay

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Today you have confirmed what I have been thinking for a while now. If Owen won’t commit to Newcastle United, sell him. We only want players who are 100% behind the team and fans. You are not being sarcastic in what you say, you are being realistic. Owen is keeping quiet until the big four come in for him. If they don’t then he will come out with the rubbish that he was always going to stay. Conman! He doesn’t con me. If he is here next season it is because nobody else wants him, no other reason.

  • Jeff

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we are all getting sick of How quiet Michael Owen Has been,Here’s a though for all you season ticket holders…Maybe Owen has told the club he wants to leave already and that the club have put a ban on him making any announcement until after the season ticket deadline??Just a thought..Might answer why he is so quiet…….I mean if he was waiting to see who comes and goes surely he wouldve still said something……..I know Owen doesnt have to come out and responed to everything printed in the papers but when it drags on this long the fans deserve to know one way or another.

  • Sick Of It (Durham)

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Michael owem typical modern day footballer. Money, Money, Money and self interest nothing else matters to them. Tell him to sling his hook we know his is a good player but he is taking the P out of all decent newcastle fans.

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    What a load of bollocks!.
    We assume that because Owen hasn’t said anything he must be leaving.
    How many other players actually stand up right away and deny every piece of crap that’s printed about them? So Michaels no different from all the other megastars out there.

    Maybe he is considering leaving, but hey, if he isn’t, why don’t we all get together and cajole him into doing it. Bit like the old fatal attraction bunny boiler. We did it with Parker.
    Owen should be a doddle.
    It’s hardly Owens fault that he’s been seriously crocked twice in 2 years.
    Personally I’d like to see him put in a full shift, I’d like to see him lift some silverware for us, but most of all I’d like to see someone like Arsenal come along, make an offer and have Owen turn it down.

    Nothing against Arsenal you understand (well’ nothing more than usual), I’d just like all you whingers out there to have it all thrown back in your face.

    The seasons just finished, we’ve managed to lose one great player and we’re pushing for 2. Is there some kind of Allardyce Out committee out there doing the best to screw us for next year?

  • Jeff

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    parker wasnt a class player……….he was ok and we are replacing him with a better one who actually scores goals too………..Get off your high horse……Everyone has a right to an opinion..

  • Jeff

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    archie another thing if Owen does leave I bet you change your tune and opinion on him………………….Id personally like him to stay and score goals for the toon.and no he doesnt have to come out and say anything……..And as for other megastars didnt Wenger just recently put the Henry thing to bed before it started??? I think you’ll find he said Henry is going nowhere to stop the press building on it

  • Davey G

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Some good debates on here!! Lets buy TORRES anyway………..

  • Jeff

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Davey G aye torres would do nicely……..If Owen does go to Liverpool I hope Bellamy isnt involved in the deal..

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 11, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Archie – all this news has been raging in the press – ever since Shepherd came out asking Owen to pledge to Newcastle. No sensible person will let that stuff go on like it has – if he’s staying. Why doesn’t he say something? I mean it’s ridiculous – and he’s the one letting this stuff go on.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 11, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    In Owens defense, there have also been a lot of other items raging in the press regarding the next manager after GR left and then the ownership of the team which is still not 100% resolved and he also does not know who he will be playing with next season if he stays and what the transfer budget is to bring in quality players that he wants to play along side.

    I hope that these issues are all sorted out by the end of month and then he will be in a position to commit or not.

  • James

    Jun 11, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    I already luv barton,whey

  • Graham

    Jun 11, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    All this has gone on since big mouth Freddychallenged him to commit or else. When has Owen actually said that he wants to leave? If Shepherd hadn’t said anything, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and anyone else still wouldn’t have put a bid in so lets just forget about the whole thing until something actually happens. Talk about forcing someones hand…

  • Outlaw

    Jun 11, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #14

    It looks like he’s going guys. Let’s get a bid in for Torres!


    Jun 11, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    get rid of Owen coz he’s obviously not interested in playing for the toon and bring back bellamy. Bellamy loved playing for newcastle and evry time he pulled on that black and white shirt he gave 110%

  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed – assuming that money is no object, how many world class strikers are out there who are desperate to play for Newcastle? We have been absolutely spoiled in the last 10 years by having one of the worlds best strikers who also happened to bleed black and white inspite of being thrown out of the club when he was a nipper.
    Owen might not be falling over himself to declare his love for the toon, but when he pulls on a shirt he works damn hard for us. The couple of matches back this season you could have understood if he’d pansied around the pitch becuase he wanted his England place back and knew he would get it if he had some game time under his belt, but he didn’t – he got stuck in and he worked for us.
    Its all well and good saying we should get someone that wants to play for us, but right now in the world class strikers department I’d say thats currently 0. Before you say Bellamy – give me a break he’s a great little terrier, but he is not a world class striker. His best season in terms of goals scored was 17 Which he managed at Blackburn and Coventry. In four years at Newcastle he scored 27 Goals. Not to mention he also spent a load od time out injured – did his cruciates while he was here and managed to get half the fans to hate him while the other half sang his praises – sound familiar at all?

  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #17

    I really dont beleive half of this. When Bellamy was here he absolutely gave 100% when he was on the pitch just as Michael Owen does. However he did not exactly knuckle down and do his best for the club or the fans. Everyone here is whinging about Dyer showing contempt, but Bellamy also got sidelined by Sir Bobby for refusing to play on the wing for us because he wanted to use Kluivert and Shearer up front. So he has said he would like to play for us again – well guess what so would I – the problem is I’m shit, but I could guarntee you right now it would mean more to me to pull on that black and white shirt and run out there than any footballer alive today and I do it for free! Something tells me that I wouldn’t get a rapturous reception from the gallowgate (might be a corner of the Leazes end singing my name come 90 mins).

    If instead of one of the best strikers in the world – you want the best real or proclaimed Geordie striker in the world etc for each position then be prepared to put up with second best in terms of acheivment. Personally I’ve had enough of that and I want to win something.
    You’re all happy enough for a billionaire thats not 100% passionate about Newcastle United, who sees it as a means to an end business wise to come in and spend his money. Bloody hypocracy!

  • joel gledhill

    Jun 11, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18

    we must keep owen at toon to get people to make him feel at home.

  • LewDavies

    Jun 11, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Archie – Like the ‘Owen turns down gooners to stay at NUFC ‘ bit. Would seem to me to be the only way he could save face. Can’t see it though can you?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 11, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Andy T – notice I didn’t say Bellamy for Owen’s replacement. But hey – all i’m saying is why doesn’t Owen say something – seems easy to me – especially when the reports are in the papers all the time about him going here, there and everywhere. (forget about this site – it’s all over the papers). How do you assume Ashley will not become passionate about Newcastle? It will be part of his Business Empire – so I assume he’s passionate about his businesses – hard to become a Billionaire if you’re not.
    Another answer to your point about being a hypocrite – i’ll be one if it means Newcastle becoming successful – how about that 😀

  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed – I know you haven’t said Bellamy – but many people are – and that second rant was not aimed specifically at you – although the question about naming a world class striker who has publicly stated that they would love to play for Newcastle stil stands 🙂
    With regards to Ashley and passionate about his business – do you think Owen is less pasisonate and driven about scoring goals for the team he is playing for at the time? I dont. I also think he would become passionate about Newcastle if we were helping him get winners medals every year – Thats his motivation and his passion – not the badge he happens to be wearing. He grew up an everton blue, but still signed on for the other half of Stanley park – his mentality has been there for all to see since day one.

  • Outlaw

    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone who thinks Bellamy should come back is crazy! We don’t want to bring the fookin rebel back here. You havin’ a laugh??!

  • Dave G

    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #23

    There are 4 or 5 replacements out there if Mr Ashley would like to prove he is willing to spend….TORRES / ETO / HUNTELAAR / HENRY (no ihavent gone mad 2 words DAVID DEIN) / SHEVCHENKO / D.VILLA!!

  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2007 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Dave – 6 other world class strikers certainly – how many of them do you think would come to play for Newcastle because they have a burning desire to play for the club? I’m sure we could probably tempt all of them with silly money but thats hardly the point – I certainly dont see any of them coming this season because they think that they’re going to improve their medal collection.

    How many of them would be on a lower Salary than Owen is now – none
    How many of them would we get for £9M – none
    How many would choose Us over one of theEnglish Italian or Spanish Champions League sides for equal money – none

    If we go after those players this season then Mike Ashley is not a good businessman. To win those types of players ahead of the best teams in Europe we would be paying a premium of 150-200% of their real value. It would probably take the entire seasons budget to get one of them here and leave the areas of the squad we really need to focus on down to Sam’s best of the freebies acumen. I’d rather have him spend that kind of money on an entire new back four.

    On the flip side, we could have Owen for – Oh shit he already plays for us what we might do is miss out on the oppertunity to get 9M now and forgoe his services for the next two years as well as the last two!

  • Outlaw

    Jun 12, 2007 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Most of the free f*&^%$&*g transfers in the past we’ve had have been abysmal! Anyone remember Kluivert? The whole of the toon were over-joyed and guess what? He turns out worse than my toilet paper.

  • Davey G

    Jun 12, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #26

    ANDY T, we know your in love with OWEN, but hey, dont try and tell me that OWEN only came here to wear the famous Black n white stripes??????
    I’l bet you 110,000 (a week) he didnt!!!!

  • aviluck

    Jun 12, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #27

    I would have happily swap Henry for Owen. I think he is 1 of the most lethal forwards in the world.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #28

    aviluck – there’s no way we could get Henry at Newcastle – but he’s certainly world class – beautiful footballer to watch – skills galore.

  • aviluck

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Ed-You’re right. And i think we will not be able to attract world class footballers at Newcastle unless the magic of Big Sam. I would have liked Sam to try out the partnership of Luque & Owen. I’ve not seen much of Luque since ,here in Mauritius, we do not get to watch Newcastle play much(only the big 4).

  • Jeff

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    I think sam could work wonders with Luque.but with him being away on season long loan deal Im not sure if Sam can call him back as it was roeder who give the go ahead for that.

  • Jeff

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    does anyone know anything about this rosenhal?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    aviluck – Jeff agree – it would be really interesting to see what Sam could do with Luque – he certainly has got the best out of other players – pity he’s out on loan to PSV . Sam may have been able to bring the best out of him – it may still happen.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Jeff – here’s some info on Rosehnal …

  • Jeff

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34

    cheers ed

  • nightfall

    Jun 12, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #35

    i think owen should stay…he owes that to nufc, but still..if he leaves…i just hope he won’t go to man utd (f*&^%k ’em:)), especially not in exchange for smith (f*&^%k him too:))

  • phil

    Jun 12, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #36

    owen is obviously considering leaving because otherwise he would say so. people are starting to get on his back already and that isn’t an easy position for a player to be in at newcastle. i don’t agree we should get rid off him, but sam needs to sit him down and tell him to go out and tell everyone once and for all if he wants to play for us next season.

    why can’t we get another les ferdinand? it’s a shame there aren’t more players like him in the game

  • Andy T

    Jun 13, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Davey G – I’m not trying to tell you that Owen came to wear the Black and white stripes – I’m saying that if you sling Owne out and bring someone else in – you will have wasted money and changed nothing – There is not a single world class striker playing today that has a burning desire to wear the black and white stripes so there are two choices
    1) Have a world class striker that has no particular loyalty to the club
    2) Have a loyal striker who is not not world class

    You named six strikers – name one of them who has stated publicly that they would like to play for Newcastle and that you think would be on a lower wage than Owen and that you think we could get for 9M?


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