Michael Owen Models New Away Strip – So He Must be Staying

Good news comes in strange ways – we see that Michael Owen is modeling Newcastle’s new away strip – read on.


Owen in New Away Strip
(Cheer Up Michael)

Now do you think that Michael Owen would be modeling our new away strip for next season – if he wasn’t going to be here when the new season opens in early August?

We think not – not even at Newcastle would they do this (or would they?).   Therefore anyone who said yes to our question above – got the answer wrong. 😀

It certainly seems logic (at least to us) that Michael would not be doing this if he was leaving the club. Couple this with what Alan Shearer said yesterday – essentially that Michael would not be leaving because he needs about six months to get really match fit again – and it looks like Michael will be with us – at least until January.

That’s a long time in football – by then he could have cracked in 10-15 goals for us – and we could be up there with the leaders. The point is – anything is possible by January – so we’ve got Michael for six months. The positive scenario is that things go well for him – and also go well for Sam and Newcastle -and things may look a whole lot different in January.

On another rather important topic today – let’s sign David Rozehnal. We see we’ve increased our offer up to as much as ₤3M. That’s good – because at least it shows Sam is serious about this one. We need some good news within the next day or two – things have gone rather stagnant for us on the transfer front.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Karl Fraser

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Phew !!! Well that’s that then.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    clutching at straws springs to mind!!!!!!
    But how gutted will we be if he scores 10 goals by Jan and then still goes on the cheap to man usa.?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Karl – it wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement by Shearer yesterday – was it?

  • Alan

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #4

    He Doesn’t look happy to be wearing it though. he’s a puss on him that would turn Milk and I haven’t seen him smile on public or commit openly to Newcastle united since he bacame Fit again. He’s wearing it becasue Newcastle own his contract… until someone else buys it for £10M or more.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Lew – that’s right – and yes that did flash through my mind that he could still leave in January. But it will be a surprise now if he goes before the season starts.

  • Graham

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Now I may be doing the honourable heirachy of NUFC a dis-service (?) but do you not think that they would advertise Owen in an away shirt anyway to bring in the cash from us mugs even if he was going? the photo was obviously taken before he left for Dubai. Like I say, maybe its me….

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    maybe then he we’ll not wanna leave…it’s up to our team, how they will do until januray…i think…

  • Watson

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Owen man if your going to stay with the toon you need to come out and tell us before the end of the month. We’ve got a fantatsic chance of regenerating our club, what with Big Sam and the Ashley Takeover and this ongoing pile of shite hanging over our heads is doing the club no good whatsoever. If Owen does stay, he needs to stay until, at the VERY least, the end of the season. 14 games in 2 years is hardly worth the £17million transfer fee and the £9million+ in wages. Its no good him leaving in Jan window, as this would still feel like a huge kick in the bollox to the club and the fans who turned out in their thousands to welcome him to our beloved toon. On a seperate note, hopefully Mr Rozehnal will be joining us as soon as possible. I’ve seen him play a couple of times for PSG and looked very good, and he is of similar mould to that of Vidic at ManUre. Now all we need is another centre back, left back, right back………………

  • Patrick

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    It could be the best explanation for his commitment in the club next season. However, until the speculation is being cleared, I tend to wait and see.

  • Dp the geordie

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #10

    he’s not going, purely and simply because no one wants him…he knows it, we know it, even his agent knows it. He probably won’t go in January either, I just can’t see any of the big four stumping up £102,000 per week for a player with a checkered injury record (15 games in 18 months!) My worry is that the 2 systems that Big sam plays can’t and don’t accommodate Michael Owen.

    The word from within SJP is that we’ll probably play a 4-3-3 formation this season, using Viduka as the central striker with 2 other strikers dropping left and right respectively. Now I can’t see where MO will fit into that system, he’s not physically strong enough to play through the middle, and he lacks the team ethic to play off the main striker. I for one hope we can cash in on him this summer, if only for the fact we could probably get 3 players in and still save a couple of thousand on the wage bill each week! howay the lads!

  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #11

    dp the geordie-i totally disagree with u about owens team ethic, i was never the biggest fan of owen and sumtimes i wonder if it wud b better playin martins and viduka up front next season, but owens work ethic can never b questioned! one thing i will always say about him is that he works his socks off, gives 100% the whole time! if you remember his last 2 injuries-how did they happen-1.he broke his metatarsal vs spurs chasing a lost cause ball in the box! 2. at the world cup he done the ligament damage racing back attempting to keep the ball in play from the right touch line!

  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    an with regards to the 4-3-3 formation, that was what Glenn Roeder wanted to use next season but i believe BSA will show more sense and go with a 4-4-2 which is tried and trusted and suits our players more! altho i wonder sumtimes if we cud try a 3 centre back pairing, 2 wing backs (duff and dyer??)) and 3 centre midfielders! we certainly hav the midfielders to do so but i dunno if we cud sign 3 quality central defenders! i still say 4-4-2, and lets keep oour fingers crossed about rozehnal and coloccini with taylor providing competition!

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    ah…f*&^%k it..let’s just all give him a chance…apparently he’s not going anywhere and with him on board we’ll have the best striking power in the league…
    hm…that doesn’t sound so bad…does it??:)

  • Soren

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I say lets give Michael a chance to come back, and let his game do the talking. He’s a good player and has goals in him.

  • Big AL

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Owen will stay till at leat january, only Arsenel of the top 4 are apparently interested and with the fitness concerns i very much doubt Wenger will place a bid until January. None of the other big 4 have even shown an interest and at 110k a week wages not many clubs would match that.
    By january we and Owen and Sam will know how well things are going, if things go well he will stay beyond Jan even if an offer comes in imo, if things go badly then we will leave if an offer comes in.
    Thats my opinion anyway.

  • ChrisL

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Call me stupid if you like (many have before)… but why does Owen have to come out & declare he’s staying?
    I’ll admit I had a holiday & might have missed something, but I’m not sure why so many NUFC fans are desperate to hear Owen make a certain statement at the moment? What’s changed?

    Newcastle United is suddenly a more appealing club to be involved in. I doubt that makes him desperate to move on.
    His contact’s the same. He’s still got the clause in his contract (apparently) that has been there since he signed & he still has two years remaining of that contract. So nothings changed there.
    Other clubs may have shown an interest in him. But did they? Some papers have reported interest from some of “the big four”, but so what? Owen is a good player & it would be more shocking if they were not interested. In fact, I’ll buy the next paper that prints a headline: “Man U not interested in Owen shocker”, because it might have something to say that we don’t already know!

    Moving on, what statement are we after from Owen? “I’m never going to leave this great club, ever!” It’s not going to happen. I don’t seem to remember even the awesome Shearer, servant to NUFC, stating at any point that he would never leave. I always thought at the time, that if he got a serious chance to play in Italy he’d have gone for it.

    I think that continually demanding that he MUST come out & declare he’s staying is only ever going to drive a wedge between the player & the club/fans. It may also encourage interest from other clubs with all the publicity it’s generating.

    I reckon he’s no different from any other member of the NUFC squad, in that he’ll be looking to see how things go under Sam & Mike (S&M). Every player in the squad will be looking to get in as many games as possible before Christmas. If things are going well under S&M, players will be looking to stay on & flourish, if not they’ll be hoping to be picked up by any half decent club playing in Europe still. We’re just more worried about Owen because we know he’s good.

    But please, if I’ve got it all wrong, let me know what I missed?

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #17

    i agree…so he’ll stay for the next few years then:)

  • Boris

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #18

    a new away strip? but we’ve just had a new home strip? i didn’t think clubs were allowed to change both home and away in the same season?

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19

    it would certainly be hilarious if owen left after modelling the new shirt 🙂 sorry, couldn’t resist thinking about it.

    Boris – yea, teams can change both home and away kits if they want. United will, blackburn and tottenham have, birmingham have, liverpool have, etc.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #20

    ChrisL – this Owen thing blew up when Shepherd a few weeks back asked Owen to come out and say he was staying at Newcastle – after his agents started to tout the release clause in his contract – which was activated when we didn’t qualify for Europe. The press went crazy about all the places he could be going – and Owen has done nothing to stop this – so fans quite rightly have assumed he was OK with them looking around for him. If he wasn’t interested in leaving he could easily have issed a statement saying he wasn’t leaving. This after 2 years and 14 games for Newcastle. So that’s it in a nutshell – you’re not the first to say he shouldn’t have to say anything – but it just doesn’t feel right – for most fans.

  • Dp the geordie

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Cathal- Sorry, I probably used the wrong wording, I don’t think he lacks commitment, effort etc, I just think if we do play 4-3-3 we’ll be looking for someone who can drop into midfield when it’s needed to almost make it a 4-5-1. I don’t think MO is effective in an other position apart from playing as an out and out centre forward (with someone partnering him) Listen I hope i’m wrong and we do play 4-4-2 but I can’t see it. It’s not as flexible as 4-3-3. Any more news on Rosenthal anyone?

  • Chris F

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #22

    not to play devil’s advocate, but back in 2002, Rio Ferdinand was used to advertise Leeds United’s new home kit before the 2002 World Cup, and look what happened to him a few months later…

    but anyway, no i don’t think owen will leave this summer, purely because, as others have said, none of the big clubs seem to want him right now.

    never know, if we have a good start to the season, he may decide to stay for the long run anyway. either way, i’m not concerned.

    after all, he isn’t the only striker we’ve got at the club.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Chris – well said.

  • Jimbo

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #24

    2+2=7 to say Owen will be staying just because he’s wearing the new shirt, lets not be naive, if a big offer from a bigger club comes in Owen will be off.

    If Owen is here at the end of the season I’ll f*ck my hat !

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Well the new away kit seems to be a greyish hue, so at least we wont look like Villa or West Ham anymore. Still would have liked our Black and blue Euro away kit from last year though…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Jimbo – it was meant to be – just a little bit – tongue in cheek.

  • És

    Jun 19, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #27

    The picture is probably when they took the home kit pictures ;), so we don’t know if he will stay or leave us!
    Owen is not aloud to go for 9million pound in jan, the clause is just in the summer window, that is the Uefa rules.
    Next year we are probably in the top 5 when the season is over, then he could not leave us.
    But next summer we most sign a new deal with him, so we could build our team around him, Martins, Taylor, Given, Milner and Barton.

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #28

    jimbo – we’ll hold on to your word:)

  • Andy T

    Jun 19, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    DP – Not sure that Martins or Ameobi fit the bill for that either. Dyer doesn’t hit the target enough (or provide sufficient ratio of accurate through balls) to be effective in that role. Funnily enough I think the 2 people most naturally adept at playing the advanced midfielder/playing off striker that we had at the start of the season were Sibierski and Luque. Given that Sam was happy to farm Luque out to PSV and not offer Sibierski a 2 year deal makes me think its more likely to be 442 at home and 451 away. Its also easier to consistently switch between these two systems as the only player who really has to adapt to any degree is the lone striker in the 451 – which is why he got Viduka in – he can hold on to the ball while the midfield gets up to support him.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 19, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Will make a nice change to see our midfield getting up to support the forward(s). Been far too lazy these last few years and getting away with it.
    Not anymore me thinks (hopes).

  • ChrisL

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Cheers Ed, clears up a little gap for me.
    So it all started because Shepherd is a numpty! In his own little world Shepherd probably thought he could release that statement & bully Owen into a new contract or scare off other teams interest. I don’t know about some of you other blokes, but I don’t like being backed into a corner. Shepherd continues to be a complete t*at. Come on MA, cut shepherd loose, he’ll only ever hurt the toon.

  • John

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Where’s your common sense?
    My guess is that ALL the players are contractually obliged to model the kit, and it’s at the club’s discretion whether to use the photo’s or not.
    Now…if Michael were to refuse then that would make a big statement.
    By modelling the kit he once again makes NO statement.

    He did say last year that he’d repay us, and now he’s one of the few professional footballers still acting professionally by quietly going about his business.
    I happen to think that the mere existence of the £9M clause has caused this ongoing saga, but the media are fuelling it, and torturing the Toon Army AGAIN.
    Why do we fall for it.
    Michael would not have picked us if he had the choice of any club, but how many players actually play for the club they love? It’s all a compromise.

    Here’s a better gripe… Wonderful new signing Joey Barton…Couldn’t sign for us until business was concluded with Man City…his argument was that they owed him the £300K…in the end he allowed his new club to stump up the cash. Principles eh ??? We were morally mugged. We should have told the little sh1t to eff off.

  • Aussie geordie

    Jun 20, 2007 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #33

    He looks ferkin miserable!!!!!!!!

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 20, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #34

    The words “Load a Bo!!ock$” spring to mind.

    This is exactly what DIDN’T happen.

    How, Mick ! Wuv gorra shedload o’ them new away tops just arrived with a price tag bigger than my phone number. Just pop one over yer heed and lerrus tek a couple o polaroids.
    Just gan canny theor son, divvent want ye damaging nowt puttin it on.

    No , I dont think that would be fair to the shirt buying public.
    You see I’m seriously considering a move in the near future and the appearance of me wearing the new strip might be slightly misleading to our fans, who , at times, appear to have the collective logic and reasoning skills of 3 day old dog turd.
    So, if you dont mind, regardless of the marketing responsibilities outlined in my contract, which is still binding, I’d prefer not to get their hopes up. After all I’ve done nothing up to now to suggest that I’m staying, and I’d hate to spoil that by doing this advertisement.”

    Straight up – thats exactly what DIDN’T happen.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 20, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #35

    Aussie geordie – Thats what I was thinking, he certainly doesn’t look happy modeling the strip….

  • MagFinnPie

    Jun 20, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #36

    To me the “model” looks like Shola

    But hey what do i know comapred to you Yanks 🙂

  • Tony_D

    Jun 20, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #37

    MagFinnPie – We were referring to the pic at the top of this page.

    (And I most certainly am not a “Yank” !!!, See “colour” “analogue” and “criticise” 😀 )

  • Alex

    Jun 20, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Dont count your chickens mate….
    Im not a toon fan but i remember the same thing happened with Jenas 2 seasons ago when he came to us …. so it doesnt mean anythin really.


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