Shearer: Owen Staying Because He Hasn’t Yet Proved His Fitness

Alan Shearer talked today about whether he thinks Michael Owen will be at Newcastle next season. Alan says he thinks he will – but only because Owen hasn’t proved his fitness yet. Sounds rather bizarre to us.


Michael Owen

Here’s what Alan Shearer had to say to Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle today:

“I am sure there are lots of people who want to ask me whether I think Michael Owen will be at Newcastle next season.
“To be honest, I don’t think anyone would be prepared to pay £10M or £11M for him until they have seen him play for five or six months.
“So if anyone says to me `will he be here next season’ I would have to say yes, I think he will be.

Well that certainly sounds to us that Michael will be staying – but only because another team have not come in for him. It would be rather cynical now if Michael comes out and says in a week or two that he never had any intention of leaving Newcastle. This seems not to be true but we’ll have to wait and see on that.


Alan Shearer

Alan went on:

“And I also think him playing up front with Mark Viduka will be a great partnership for United.
“Viduka is great at holding the ball up and we all know how great Michael is at scoring goals.
“So I don’t think there will be many better partnerships out there in the Premiership next season than the one at St James’ Park.”

We agree that Owen and Viduka or even Martins and Viduka will be a good partnership for us – with Ameobi replacing Viduka – whenever Mark’s injured or during the game as a substitute. We do think Ameobi will be much improved from last year.

So are we reading the Shearer quote the wrong way? It sure seems like if somebody made an offer for Michael he’d be off.

Let’s know what you think on this one.

34 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 18, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    this whole thing is a load of bollocks. i am sick of this whole owen saga as its not good for newcastle. i am disapointed in owen and with his lack of interest with newcastle fans – he knows what is being said and he knows full well the we all want to hear what he has to say. he cares not a hoot about us. and what shearer has came out nad said now just makes matters worse. now it sounds like owen wants to use st james as a training ground for six months before getting up to full fitness so he can leave us.

  • Dan

    Jun 18, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Owen s silence says it all, he wants away. Well he can go, i ve lost all respect for the little prick. I think we should offer him to other clubs, sell him even if its less than the 9m release clause(not too much!). This will make a positive statement from the new regime at st james, that we will not stand to be pushed around by players. Otherwise we may lose him in the jan transfer window, leaving us just a short time in which we most likely fail to replace him and a striker short for the rest of the season. I d sooner get ride of owen and bring some one in asap so as to give the team time to gel. ps dyer can go as well.

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 18, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #3

    We don’t need him. With Viduka as the big man upfront and Martins as the speed and power shot who unlike Owen still has his full speed, I think those two would be much better up front. And if you play with 3 forwards then we would need an outside man who crosses well that unfortunately only Dyer seems to fit in right now. Personally I would like to see the Christmas Tree 4-3-2-1 formation similar to Milans with a striker and two CAMs right behind. But it seems everyone in England always wants to play a bloody 4-4-2.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 18, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4

    If Owen stays because no one else makes an offer for him now then he must get a new contract that prevents him from leaving as and when an offer is made that would activate his current get out clause.
    He is paid enough and played so little that fans are getting very frustrated in his silence. It is about time he made an announcement.

  • valle

    Jun 18, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Keep Oba… Michael Owen when fit is twice the player Oba is, Oba has speed yes, but he dont utilise it, he dont know how to use it to damage the oponents. He has a powerful shot yes, but he cant tame a long ball or a hard pass without throwing the ball away. Owen has the cats paw, and even tho he only played 3 games for us last season he still ran clear as much as Oba did on the whole season because of his reading of the game and timed runs. So if at all possible lets keep Owen pls and have Oba for backup.

  • valle

    Jun 18, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Keep Oba… The reason u dont see tactics like that in england are because they would never work. In seria A the play is slow and defensive. In EPL the play is fast and direct, ur players run more in a higher tempo, ur oposition is allowed more by the ref and so on. So u see… U cant build up play like an italian team, we would get slaughtered, and thats why all the great tacticans in EPL prefer either a 4-4-2 or the 4-3-3 which goes to 4-5-1 when oposition holds play.

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 18, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    You can use it differently by pushing the CAMs up more to form basically a 4-3-3…but instead of having three forwards nearly useless in the midfield you have at least one who can drop back and play midfield if being overwhelmed but still have a scoring touch. And as far as Owen…IF is a very key word. And IF Owen regains fitness, you better believe he would want out of here. Speed is very tricky, once it goes, it is really hard to ever get back. And Oba did pretty well for basically being a lone striker for half the season. And Owen could never have a shot like Oba’s goal away at Spurs. And I don’t think Oba would play off the bench for a side he probably feels his goals kept from the relegation zone. There are more European and Big4 teams that are looking at Oba than Owen, that should say something.

  • Shaun

    Jun 18, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Get Owen oot of Toon

  • Cathal

    Jun 18, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #9

    i think we are being quite harsh on owen! he never was a public figure and tries to avoid the media spotlight as much as possible, something i respect him for! and at the moment he is in dubai so its not as if he has any public event which he will b addressing the media. like most toon fans, i wud also like to hear owen commit to newcastle to ease my fears but just bcos he hasnt said anything doesnt mean he wants to leave, he just doesnt like the media prying into his private life, and at the moment he is on holidays-the private family time of the year. its not as if he has said anything to the media to suggest he wants to leave (lik a certain henry-who is captain of the club). and to further re iterate my point, the last time owen addressed the media he made it quite clear that he wants to remain a newcastle player and has no intention of leaving. and i believe instead of writing harsh comments about owen, we shud b looking 4ward to his and vidukas partnership, with martins keeping them both on their toes!

  • valle

    Jun 18, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Keep Oba… In ur quest to promote Oba, ur unfair to Owen.., Now i will be as mad as anyone IF he leaves but as u said IF is the keyword and Owen was pretty open about wanting to leave Liverpool so perhaps he is just fed up with the media. None of us on this MB will really know the truth about that till he does come forward. Oba had a pretty good form around the christmas period, but he was rubish in the last couple of months and as i said earlier he cant tame a ball, he dosnt pass to well. Furthermore, it matters nowt how much pace he has if he cant put it to use.

  • Watson

    Jun 18, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    On a personal level I’ve lost almost all respect I’ve ever had for Owen due to his lack of loyalty shown towards Newcastle. YES he is on holiday in Dubai but it’s hardly difficult to pick up a phone or to release a press statement stating his commitment to the Toon. However on pure footballing terms the longer Owen stays at Newcastle the better as, when fit, he is in the top 10 strikers in the world, and that cannot be a bad thing for the team to have at its disposal. With Oba, Shola, Owen and Viduka we have finally got 4 quality strikers that can rival any team’s teams strikers in the Premiership. TOON TOON BLACK AND WHITE ARMY

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 18, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    When does Owen come from his holiday in Dubai????? All we have to do when he arrives is offer him a new improved contract with no release clause!! This will let us ALL know what the hell his true intentions are, cuz’ I am equally dissapointed about Owen’s attitude towards the whole matter- Show Loyalty Owen or get the hell out now!

    ps. Martins is Class but i hate to admit it Owen is even better (but older!).

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Surely to God NUFC can offer him a new contract with no get out clauses. I know this will mean more wages, but it will be worth it. A fit MO leaving for man usa in january doesn’t bear thinking about. If he wont sign a new contract then his intentions are obvious and he should be stuck in the reserves. See if manure still want him then? He will probably only go for about 5mill in jan also. This just cant be allowed to happen.
    Absolutely shocking that a player can hold the club to ransom like this.
    Whoever dreamt up his contract is either very clever, or very stupid. Knowing Fat Fred, it must be the latter.

  • Nick

    Jun 18, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    It would be better for everyone if Shearer kept his views to himself. Big Sam is the ‘biggest’ man at the club now, not you, just let him get on with it. Whats all this about Alladyce needs to bring in a brand new defence? apart from stating obvious, it is up to Sam what he wants to do with the team. Alan makes it clear that Owen wants to move on, but then gets all excited about a Viduka-Owen partnership – where is the logic in this? The partnership next season should be Viduka-Martins. If Sam can suceed where Roeder failed (which shouldn’t be too hard), and actually coach the Oba – improve his first touch and awareness, then he has the potential to become an even better player (if different) than Owen. Oba is the future, Owen, by his continued silence and disrespect of the fans, is clearly not.

    I would be tempted to approach Manure and do a swap deal: Owen for Smith, Brown/O Shea, + a few million/loan deal. I would much rather have a player like Smith who you know would give his all for the club, than an ungrateful, greedy little prick.

  • Jacob

    Jun 18, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree with Keep Oba. I believe Martins is only going to get better and better next season. He’s still only 22, and playing alongside a quality hold-up man like Viduka can only help him to improve on his tally…I think he’ll top the 17 he scored last season. Yes I accept that Owen’s the finished article, and I would say he was truly world class pre-injury, although I’m yet to be convinced. That said, he clearly doesn’t ‘appear’ to give a toss about the toon – judging by his silence… and any half-wit can see how damaging his on-going silence is for public relations. Why shouldn’t Oba be our first choice striker? He’s faster than EMO, has skill only Owen can dream of and seems to get injured less. Oh and did I mention his 87mph strike against Spurs?

  • Nicci

    Jun 18, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I believe Owen will stay, Cathal is right, he has never said he is leaving Newcastle, However i do feel Owen should speak more about the club who paid 17m for him, i mean he tends to say a lot about the England team. Maybe he is waiting for that Liverpool offer that wil never come.
    Come on Michael, talk to us, after all there are thousands of black and white shirts now, with your name on the back. Will they be entitled to refunds if you leave?

  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 18, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    It Is a big Yawn now . We will just have to wait and see .There are plenty of good forwards out there so replacing EMO isnt a problem eg Ritgers D Bent and of course we still have Andy Carroll who is a star for the future

  • Nick Clark

    Jun 18, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Here’s a thing. Could be true. Could be bollocks. Remember that fateful 0-3 reverse to Villa a couple of years back when craig david and the nazi had their handbag bout. Pre match, I was sitting in a sunny Hancock enjoying a few slurps when one of our lot bounds in full of all this “Owen for NUFC” nonsense.

    The only reason anyone gave him a glimmer of credence was due to the fact he works for Northern Rock and knows a few higher up gadgies.

    His argument also raised a couple of eyebrows. He reckoned that Real Madrid still owed us £7-£8 mill for Woodgate. To be fair, I think it is well accepted that Spanish and Italian clubs like to pay in installments.

    To this day he insists that Owen cost more like £9-£10 mill, not 17 large ones. If this be true, perhaps holding onto him for 1 more year and seeing what you can get then is not a bad strategy.

    He probably needs us as much as we need him. Then next summer we wave goodbye with a few mill to play with and find someone who actually wants to be part of the REVOLUTION.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Nick – the fact Real still owed us £7-£8M doesn’t say we still didn’t pay £17M for Owen – since they still owed us say £8M we paid the other £9M – but he still cost us £17M.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 18, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #20

    i can not believe that some (not many) are sticking up for owen. i might be wrong but i bet that the two or three people on here that have said give him a break etc are women – they have to be. my wife is the same, all she ever says is ‘ he looks like a nice young man’. for pitty’s sake, the guy is a self centred, hard nosed multi millionare. nice my arse. also, their logic is flawaed, if the only argument they have is that he likes privacy and shuns public anf tittle tattle – THEN WHY ALLOW IT TO GO ON FOR TWO BLOODY MONTHS. all he has to do is have one single five minute interview with and that is the end of the tittle tattle and back page news. does he do it, does he bollocks.
    also, i have to say, what is shearer playing at with these comments – is golden balls trying to cause even more unrest by telling us that as soon as he has played for five or six months injury free then he will be off and that us suckers can continue with poor old ‘nice boy’ mickeys re-habilitation program in order to get him good for his next multi million pound transfer. Al -shut up mate – sorry but you dont play for us anymore and you turned down the chance to be on the staff in favour of the beeb. we love ya man but your not helping – unless of course you are actually trying to flush owen out and into some form of statement, i n which case, NICE ONE AL!

  • Dave

    Jun 18, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #21

    hello all first time post here so bare with me….

    if we look at the facts, owen has only ever stated that he wants to score goals for our club and repay the faith shown in him. never once has he ever stated that he wants to move to man u, chelsea, arsenal, liverpool. there is nothing more i would like than to see him come out and say “i want to play for the toon and wins trophys here” but owen is never going to say this sort of thing. he only makes statements about facts and the england team. at liverpool he pledged his allegiance but thats his club (like toon is shearers) at real he only ever talked about that he deserved to play never thathe loved the club.

    but saying all this if you look at the speculation the team i can see owen going to is arsenal as they look like they are going to lose their captain and wenger is going to need a player that will fill the space in their team as they like to put it “the fox in the box”. i would hate this to happen and can not see how losing owen can be good for the team. owen is due to return for preseason training and i do think that Alladyce and Ashley will sit down with the striker and discuss in every little detail what is going to happen, and if Ashley can persuade the mighty Sir John Hall to sell his shares i believe he can get owen to stay and i strongly believe that newcastle willchallenging for the prem in 4 years.

    i think that alladyce is bringing in quality players to the club and lining them up for the good of the club for next season, kanoute, anelka, diouf i believe are pure speculation and there is no chance that they will be coming, i hope not as i believe that they are a step in the wrong direction for this club. alladyce has said he is looking at purely defenceive players at this time and i think this is true my team for next season would be this


    Martins will get regular games aswell as shola, curtis davies would be a significant step in the right direction 3 quality cbs. but back to the owen situation i dont believe that we can build a team to qualify for europe next season and owen will definately have to be given a new contract to get rid of any release clause.

    Finally and maybe just maybe this clause was placed into the contract as a means to owen getting an even bigger contract this season from the toon as freddy was well aware that he would be cashing out before the summer kicks into full swing maybe just maybe he knew he would be financially out……

    or maybe he really thought roeder was the one and got it all wrong (which is more likely!!!!)

    now ashley and alladyce is in charge there wont be anymore daft release clauses.

    Hope you enjoyed the read please repond to this.

  • Glenn

    Jun 18, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Get rid of Him now, transfer list him, get £9m for Sam to spend. He’ll only hang around to prove he’s fit in January. Owen only came coz it was a world cup year and for the wages, and to be honest I wouldn’t be that bothered if he left, he doesn’t want to be here, he’s hardly played, let some other suckers keep him fit for England.E.M.O can F.O!

  • Glenn

    Jun 18, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #23

    PS Nick with maths like that at Northern Rock, I’m glad I don’t have a mortgage with them

  • Glenn

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Actually Northern Rock must be the best place on earth to get a mortgage! You buy a house for £200,000 and Nick’s mate’ll tell you only have to pay them back £90,000!

  • Ross G

    Jun 18, 2007 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #25


  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Ross – hope so 😀

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #27

    are you sure about that ross?? his agent says it is looking in our favor but stopped short of coming out and saying anything concrete. also, i know bugger all about this fella – not that that is a bad thing, most of our so called big signings have been shit plus i trust sam’s judgement on spotting bargins; this is how sam does his buisiness – so whats he like- rozehnal?

  • mrs owen

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #28

    its very interesting reading all your comments on the so-called owen saga. but give the man a chance, let him have his holiday with his family and im sure he will come back and give his answer to you one way or another . i thought that newcastle were indeed a UNITED supporters club and that you stood behind , along side all of your players . the man needs your support not your critisism. what must other supporters clubs think of us lot if we are not supporting our own players (whether we THINK OR ASSUME they want to leave us)let us get behind our team 100% right now and we can blast other teams and clubs and show everyone what a good team and club we have.

  • Watson

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Mrs Owen – Shouldn’t you be in the kitchen

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    watson – hehe…but still..she’s got a point…
    but if michael wants to leave and arsene wants him for theo…he’s the future…sth. between owen and aaron lennon…and i think he would be perfect fot us…

  • valle

    Jun 20, 2007 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Oh, so the people that actually stand up for a guy must be women, but all those that instantly throw dirt, what are they?… Must be 12 year olds who cant hold their nerve then. Dont start your freakin witch hunts, thats one of the problems at NUFC imo. Treat our players with respect till they actually do something that makes u lose it, and not because of what is in the newspapers.

  • Karl

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #32

    sell owen he doesnt want to be with us, sell him the club needs a massive clear out also we hav a reputation as the entertainers not coz we win the league its coz we are unprodictable we come from 3-0 down to win 4-3 now weve became a wreck so sort your millionares out u need 2 get players that do there job for the fans not players who do there job for the money please us are else what waz once the best supported team in the country will now be the deserted st james park

  • Karl

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #33

    note- sign athletes not hollywood stars ig keiron dyer

  • Chris Bunton

    Oct 25, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Will everyone stop over reacting please, you sound like a bunch of petty little kids!! So what if Owen hasn’t been saying how much he loves Newcastle, that doesn’t mean he wants out, eveyone is just jumping to conclusions!! Shearer said just last week that Owen and his family love it at Newcastle, this latest statement is being mis-interpreted becuase everyone seems to be looking to drive a wedge between Owen and fans. Genuine Newcastle fans will get behind Michael Owen until their is a valid reason not to, ie, he says he wants out. Hes always been quite with the media and you cant blame him for not talking to them on this issue because they are the ones stirring it up! For gods sake give the lad a chance to show us what he can do, he has just come back from a string of very serious injuries! He is a world class player and we will see this if we give him a chance. True fans that care about the team success would get behind Owen until there is a valid reason not to, stop being so petty the attitude here is a discrace!


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