Owen Challenged to Earn new Newcastle Contract


Newcastle chairman has wisely moved to clarify the Michael Owen contract situation, before the popular press has Owen moving to Manchester City for £6M on January 1st.

Chris Mort has told the media there is no longer any buy-out clause in Michael’s contract.

Hopefully they’ll now stop writing about it and make up something else in the papers.

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Chris Mort – wisely moves to end speculation on Owen’s contract – no buy-out clause exists now

It could have been activated only last summer and this summer. But it doesn’t exist apparently in the last 2 years of Michael’s contract. The next thing one naturally thinks of is whether Newcastle will extend Michael’s contract but they can hardly do that right now, with Owen still having only played a handful of games for the club, since he singed for the Tyneside club in August, 2005.

This is what Chairman Chris Mort said today:

“There was a clause in Michael’s contract which allowed him to leave for a certain fee during the last transfer window and the summer before that as well, but that sort of clause does not exist any longer.”

“We want to see a fit Michael Owen scoring goals for Newcastle United for many years to come.”

“There is no nervousness here about his contract situation.”

Manager Sam Allardyce addressed Owen’s contract situation more head on when he challenged Michael to be available for Newcastle for 20 games in a row when he said today:

“I’d like to see him fit for the next 20 games on the trot or more, and then enter into a new contract.”

“The most important thing is that he’s available for selection every week and we can control it.”

“Whether that means we lose him at the end of the day or not is non-negotiable because if it happens it happens, but we want to see him fit, playing and scoring on a regular basis.”

Seems like the shoe is now firmly on the other foot (excuse the pun) and the club are wanting to see more of Michael on the field and get their money’s worth. That’s not only for the huge £17M fee Freddy Shepherd was willing to pay out for Owen’s services, but also the huge wages of at least £110K/week Michael is said to receive at the club.

There’s no doubt the club want Michael, but he has to perform at the highest level for Newcastle, and because of injuries he has never done that in the time he’s been on Tyneside. We all hope that is about to change and Michael will help the club surge up the table in the coming months.

But we’ll see, time will tell.

Comments very welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Soren

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to hear some news about Owen which doesn’t link him away from Newcastle. Good job Mort! Lets just hope he comes back from the international break fresh as a sea-eagle, and can make those 20 games or so as Big Sam wants.

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  • doby the mag

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree, its good 2 hear Chris Mort come out and dispell all of the conspiracy theories about MO’s contract.
    Hopefully the press will forget about it and start spouting bulls**t about some other player…..hopefully from another club aswell. Somebody made a good point yesterday about Terry saying how he wanted 2 be fit 4 England but nobody in the press started jumping on his back about putting England b4 club. It seems 2 me that the press seem more determined 2 write bollox about NUFC than any other club!!!
    I will also feel a great deal of relief once I hear that MO has came through the game on astroturf unscathed!!

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  • Pete

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    ace

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  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh well, we can now draw a line under that one…question is who’s next?
    I’ll be pleased when we are back into the Premiership, this International week has dragged big time, and when the England games do come along it’s like watching grass grow. Boorrrriing.

    The only good thing to come out of it for NUFC is that it has given Barton extra recovery time.

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  • Dingo

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I like Mort more and more…. we are in good hands

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  • doby the mag

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree on both points Hammy; watching England is like watching astroturf grow and it has been good for NUFC on the Barton front.

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  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    And perhaps some new subject matter, hooray! There are 2 quotes in the above blogs that I really loved. Fresh as a sea eagle, now isn’t that evocative, I can just imagine Micheal swooping down to pluck a goal from a Milner centre as he glides over the new green shoots of asroturf sprouting above the defensive mediocrity. (Corny I know but I like it)

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  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Saw a sea eagle when I was in Oz…..they are hhuuuggge.

    Wor cat would think twice before it pounced on one of those…..

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  • Luke

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s interesting that the clause has been removed but dates we not extended. Removing the clause is essentially creating a new contract. Good on michael for agreeing to it.

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  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    When I lived there the Tyne was a sewer, not many fish. Is it better now? The last posting I made took forever to go, hope this get there whilst there are folks still around!!

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  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    It was. I Reckon Sam will start with Michael and Emre this Saturday and we will see a cameo from Joey for the last 30 minutes. Saw a post on a spurs site where someone had selected a composite Toon/spurs team and he had hardly any Toon players in it. What a dreamer.

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  • yemozone

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    I liked the statement sam made concerning Owen.

    “I’d like to see him fit for the next 20 games on the trot or more, and then enter into a new contract.”

    He have to earn a new contract if he want s to stay.I will really like to see him fit for a long time,playing matches and scoring goals.

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  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    I get the impression that the club is finally being run professionally and for that reason we will succeed . Michael will come good for us I am sure. Onwards and upwards . Next Spuds . Must start winning on a regular basis now and learn how to win or not lose on our travels . Interesting to see who comes in January I think we need a couple of attacking midfielders with real class.Still feel top 6 is on for this year and Uefa cup next year with poss CL year after .

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  • leo

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    chris mort seems to be a great chairman, its a real good feeling that we are being ran probly.

    my team for monday is

    given

    beye rozehnal cacapa jose

    milner geremi emre nzogbia

    martins/owen* Viduka

    *depending on fitness after international games.

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  • NashvilleGeordie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #15

    There have been enough negative stories about Michael that NUFC should come out and embrace him (verbally). The Club almost seem to go out of their way sometimes to do the opposite. Does anyone else feel this way? A healthy Michael at St. James for several more years should make all of us salivate. He should know the Toons are mad to keep him.

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