There are some contract renegotiations that Newcastle management must try to complete before the end of the year.
Three of them in particular are important to Newcastle’s successful future, those of Steven Taylor, Oba Martins and Michael Owen.
In the two latter cases we should negotiate not just for longer deals but also to eliminate the buy-out clauses in each of their current contracts.
Let’s look at each player and see what the issues may be with a long term contract.
Chris Mort – important negotiations ahead for Newcastle chairman
We don’t think this will be a problem at all once Steven’s father, Alf, returns from a summer vacation. There has been a mountain made out of a mole hill in our opinion. Don’t believe for one minute the news about Liverpool getting ready to bid â‚¤5M in January â€“ as a back-up center back in their squad â€“ wow, we bet Steven would just love that. Also some of the London press suggesting Steven will be off to Chelsea or Tottenham are just filling paper space â€“ that will never happen. If indeed Steven was offered less than James Milner by Newcastle then that can be put right very quickly. We have every faith in Chris Mort and his team that this will be settled as soon as practically possible.
We expect Steven’s deal to be at least for 5 years.
We’ve always said that Oba will be a really important player for Newcastle this season and we see no reason to change that assessment. Oba is already in the middle of negotiations on a long term contract and he has already stated he is very keen to stay at the club. He is a firm fan favorite and has already proved he is a good team player. Coming off the bench against Wigan he won the game for us with that wonderful cross to Michael Owen. Don’t believe for one minute that Sam will not use both Michael Owen and Oba Martins to great effect for Newcastle this season. Oba can actually profit from plaing with Owen in training since he is not yet the finished product but has lots of skill and pace and has already scored some wonderful goals for the club.
A five or six year contract would be nice.
Currently the toast of England and Newcastle of course because of his heroics in his last 4 games when he has scored 5 goals. For England in the last 2 games he has looked world-class and back to his very best. There’s no doubt this is a great personal achievement for Michael to be able to come back to his best after two horrific injuries. It just shows you how tough a character Michael really is.
We congratulate him on his successful return to top form. Now it may be a little early to begin negotiations but one thing we need to do is extend Owen’s contract at Newcastle. His initial 4 year contract has less than two years to run and since it’s now obvious he’s back to his best Newcastle will presumably try to get Michael tied down for at least an additional two years.
The excellent publicity England have received from their last two wins is great for Newcastle because England’s best and most exciting player is at Newcastle. That is great news for Ashley and Mort, whose goal is to get our club to be a world brand â€“ and we are already doing very well in that department. So in this case it may be a little too early to start negotiations, but we would expect them to start before the end of the year. Hopefully by that time Michael will have scored quite a few goals for Newcastle.
The extending of these 3 contracts will help to guarantee the long term success of Newcastle United â€“ which is what we are all after. It will be a good follow-on from the 5 year contracts already signed by young guns Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner.
What do you think about this?
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