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Owen To Leave Newcastle For £6M – Rubbish

9:51 am, Monday, October 15th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

The news continues to circulate and it seems that football journalists have made up their minds, for whatever reasons, that Michael Owen will leave Newcastle.

Why this is the case we have no idea other than the journalists themselves have decided there is a big rift with between Michael and Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce and that Sven Eriksson wants him at Manchester City.

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Michael Owen - too many made-up stories about Owen leaving Newcastle

Now the Daily Telegraph is reporting that if Sven waits until next July 1st, Michael will be available for £6M. Hey, maybe he’s available for only £3M on Halloween night – that’s probably got as much credence in it as the rest of these stories.

They point to the release clause Michael has in his Newcastle contract and his price each summer is supposed to be reduced by 25%. If that’s the case his value next summer is closer to £4M on that reckoning, since he was signed for £17M in the summer of 2005. Yes, but our understanding is that the clause is only activated if Newcastle have not qualified for Europe. Unless something goes catastrophically wrong this season we think Newcastle will be in Europe next season again.

The Telegraph quotes a source close to the club – whoever that may be – as saying:

“The get-out clause that Michael Owen demanded when he signed for Newcastle will become active again next summer. Each year his value on the books is reduced and by next summer it will be in the region of £5 million to £6 million.”

“That means that Manchester City or any other club can come in and trigger his release by matching that figure. Newcastle are powerless to stop him moving on.”

“Manchester City wouldn’t be his ideal choice, but none of the big four was interested in him this year.”

“Newcastle would probably be wise to sell him in January if they could because they would obviously land a bigger fee. In any case, they dare not let him get into the final year of his deal without signing a new one because he could then leave for nothing on June 30, 2009.”

It’s far too early to talk about Michael leaving Newcastle because he has yet to have a 10 game continuous run in the side. We think once he plays more regularly and his injury record improves, he’ll do just fine at the Tyneside club. He can then help Newcastle start becoming one of the top teams in England once more, which is the burning ambition of the club’s new billionaire owner, Mike Ashley.

One thing is certain, Michael will have to fight for his place at Newcastle with Oba Martins still only 22 years-old and improving all the time. Oba hit two good goals in Nigeria’s draw with Mexico yesterday, and was apparently the star man in the game. But time will tell how well Michael does at Newcastle, we think he’s motivated to do really well at the club, despite journalists trying to put a wedge between him and Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Michael Owen · Newcastle News · Players



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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pete // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Seems to make sense to me. There is talk of a rift between BS and EMO. EMO is apparantly great friends with Sven too.

    Manchester is a lot closer to liverpool than Newcastle

    Hope he stays though – has oba signed a new contract yet?

  • 2 valle // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    When it was the Gooners and L’pool at least it made some sense, but for him to go to a club that havnt even been in the champions league in all its history would not be a step backward, it would be like walking backwards into grand canyon. Anyways once these guys loses Petrov to injury, they will fall down into a league position that suits them better and all the talk will disapear.

  • 3 Phil P // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    One thing about this story which i dont understand is when sven managed england, on more than one occasion owen said he wasnt happy about the way they played which to me suggests he doesnt have a great friendship with sven… its all bull anyway

  • 4 Alan Oliver O.B.E // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Hi Bloggers..now before you start slagging me off I have some insider info on this story, Sven actually has shares in two of Michaels horses and it is understood that Sven is looking to buy into Michael’s Manor Farm 160 acre development near Chester. They are both good friends and this story holds some credence………if you hang on til lunch time you’ll see what I mean.
    Also I’ll be breaking a big story next week concerning one of Newcastles’ International players. O.K I’d better get off to the office……

  • 5 Toon Chicken // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    TMO is great friends with Swen? Since when?

  • 6 Adam // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Whatever. Let’s remove that release clause in Oba’s contract for a start and get that young French striker’s deal done in January and hopefully add another teenage striker as well to the mix…

  • 7 Steely // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Ed, it puzzles me why you think “it’s far too early to talk about Michael Owen leaving Newcastle” when there is a possibility this release clause is in fact in place. You are in no position to be able rule it out, and while it’s possible that non-qualification for Europe may be the key trigger, unfortunately – however much we dont like to think about it or want it to happen – there is a chance we may not get into Europe.

    As such, the options are to cross-our fingers and wait until next Summer (in which case Owen could in fact leave for £4m/£6m) or to start thinking now about cashing in when the Jan transfer window arrives. It would a sh!t thing to start doing, especially if Owen’s injury nightmare is finally over (another England game this week so I dont want to jinx it!), but the truth is, we cant afford to let him go for pittance next summer, or dread to think of it, for nothing in Summer 09!!

    If we’re all honest, nobody wants to see a player of his calibre leave the club, but when it comes down to it, the club would absolute fools to not be thinking of all options.

    Of course, the club could end all speculation and either confirm or deny the presence of this clause. However, going by what we’ve seen so far in the way of club statements on these issues, I doubt very much this will happen.

    P.S. Any news on the removal of Oba’s clause??

  • 8 Arty // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    At the moment I think Owen has a moral obligation to NUFC. If he is as professional as everyone thinks/says he is, he cannot be satisfied with HIS contribution to the club! All things being equal he should look on this year as being his FIRST full year at the club, as the last two were spent TAKING wages and in the treatment room. He really cannot be satisfied with that situation. If he does leave it will be sad for NUFC and it will make him one of the most hated figures in the game, his credibility will be zero!!!
    I do not think Owen will leave NUFC one reasons of principal and personal pride.
    The main problem is the press, they have it in their heads to contrive a situation making it difficult for Owen to stay. Lets be fair any move would not be for monetary reasons, it would be for glory ie trophies.
    Owen is morally obligated to stay and do the job he was signed for!!!

  • 9 Craig F // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    I’ve lost all patience with Owen like – he couldn’t give a toss about the toon! To be fair he hasn’t done a lot wrong but he hasn’t done much right either! I’d happily see him move on in Jan and someone else be brought in. I don’t even rate him that highly, his all round play is not great at the best of times but i was at the England match on Saturday and he was utterly shocking! He barely moved from the D and when he did he was offside! Owen has made a name and a living for himself from being in the right place at the right time and thats all well and good in a world class team which frequently gets the ball in those areas but in a team like ours he’s mostly a passenger! I agree Martins doesn’t have a football brain like Owen but as far as excitement goes its Oba everytime for me like!

  • 10 Toon Chicken // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Craig F – if you watched the game live you wouldn’t have had the benefit of the replays that showed Owen was unlucky with a lot of the offside calls against him (whatever happened to benefit of the doubt to the attacking side?).

    Also, if Owen is so much of a passenger in our team then how come he still manages to maintain the 0.5 goals per game ratio that he has achieved at every level of football? And on top of that, isn’t scoring goals and winning games exciting? And aren’t we more likely to do that with Owen in the team as opposed to Oba given their respective scoring records?

  • 11 ToonKing // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Oh come on, we’ve already through this, he’s not gonna leave in the winter, maybe next summer but i even doubt that, and most of all he’s not gonna leave for City.

    As valle said, once City drop back to their usual position all this nonsense talk will disappear.

  • 12 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Well done Alan Oliver it shows some b*lls to comment after the stick we’ve given you. As to the subject matter the thing about Owen again is th………..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZz

  • 13 valle // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    hehe Bill F, whenever we talk about Owen you always know what to say, the thing is that… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • 14 malaysian youngster // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    if owen really agree to leave NUFC, we must start a campaign anti owen.but i really feel he is a nice guy and wont do so mean to us.but he could do that as alot of our fans keep booing him.so stop those treatment to him.

  • 15 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Valle, yeah it’s catching isn’t.

    Alan Oliver I think using your title is a bit pretentious on this blog. I never use any nor does anyone else!!

  • 16 Hadrian // Oct 15, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    owen cant and wont leave , big all would have got him by the collar and told him so !!
    being serious , shearer said it in the summer and owen knows it , micheal owen owes newcastle .

    all this fuss has is only cos of the way his last injury happened , playing for england after rushing back ,
    he wasnt fit that day , he knows it and we all know it .
    even so owen responding to it all as if it was the toon fans printing it not the press .

    im annoyed he took the manager on in public , im annoyed he turned this into a owen vs toon fans debate , im annoyed he’s been so vocal lately yet so quiet in the summer .
    but ill be seriously pissed if he leaves for 11 mill less than he came for after playing a handfull of games .

    owen himself will know thats not fair on the fans or the management ,
    who would buy him knowing he just cost his former club millions .
    if owen does go i can see him signing a new contract for ashley and mort so we dont get taken to the cleaners and get an unfair price .
    but for now i can see the lad staying and knuckling down .

    he needs to stop responding to the press as if it was geordies printing it tho .

  • 17 Alan Oliver O.B.E // Oct 15, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Now howay lads..I’ve got a job to do and it can be tough sometimes….how would you like to come out of a restaurant and find your Bmw covered in paintstripper? it’s not nice.
    I thought I would join in the banter and see what the real fans were saying,
    anyway I’m just off to the Gosforth Park Marriott to do an interview.
    By the way Bill, I use my own name because God is already taken.

  • 18 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Your’e right Mr Obe ( thats a Jeddai name isn’t it) I wouldn’t approve of anyone anyone is doing that to your car. I think along the Sartre lines, I may disagree with everything you say but I would fight to the death to defend your right to say it, even if most of it is bullsh*t. which I am sure it isn’t.

  • 19 valle // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Alan Oliver?… Everyone could make up a known name on this blog and being the internet that is not to uncommon… however i guess there is the odd chance that once in a while it might be true. I challenge u to give us a bit more info on ur story about the international player next week tho, if u do that and are proven correct then i will beleive you.

  • 20 leo // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    alan oliver is the most hated man in newcastle. no wonder his car had paintstripper poured on it, if i was a rowdy bloke i would have done it myself, haha. alan oliver, former newspaper collumist. getting the sack in the morning sack in the morning

    we all hope

  • 21 Toon Chicken // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Just worked out what O.B.E stands for – One Big Ego!

    Ha!!

  • 22 ende // Oct 15, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    British sports media just doesn’t make any sense to me. As a Yank, I’m used to giant blabbering douchebags in the sports media, but the degree of fabrication seen in the British sports media is laughable.

    What sad bastards are these people who feel the need to -invent- completely fabricated stories just to attract attention to what they have to say? Do they even -care- about integrity and reputation or do the dumb masses simply keep coming back for more of the drivel, gullible to all of it?

  • 23 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    I think Toon Chicken got it right

  • 24 Punk Skunk // Oct 15, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    PLEASE let’s stop believing every piece of media shite that gets published!..
    …Well said Ende, y’damn right!..The (de)press have obviously got too much time on their hands while there’s no proper football for a week or so!..
    …If it does turn out to be true-i’ll eat my……………………dinner!..
    …Howay the lads!..

  • 25 azza jones // Oct 15, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Im not the greatest owen fan to be honest but this story is such rubbish I think that everyone here is wasting the energy to type these posts.
    Michael Owen owes Newcastle, How many times does he have to say he wants to stay. How many others (Big Al & Big Sam) have to say that he wants to stay. This is all media rubbish…..
    It just puts Newcastle Supporters and our club down like were not good enough to have michael at the club. Man Citeh,who the f*ck are they, they play a couple of good matches and hey Kaka & Ronalinho will be next to sign.

  • 26 Stami // Oct 16, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Pooe Owen…he keeps getting dragged into this! if the Media keep it up, he might just leave to shut them up! its seems like they are not happy with Owen at NUFC and must do what they can to get him to leave! Owen is alright by me, i am thrilled to have him here, and evenmore so that he is now fit! so lets give him a break, and let him get on with what he does best, playing football!




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