Keegan Wants Extended Stay for Owen


The Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has come out and admitted he wants striker Michael Owen to sign a new deal with the club, before his current contract expires in 18 months.

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Michael Owen – starting to play his part at Newcastle?


Of course Michael has had a disastrous time in his 2.5 years at the club. Michael, by our reckoning, has played 36 games for the club, with 30 starts and 14 goals.

The goals return is quite good when you consider he hasn’t been in the team on a continuing basis, with all his injuries. He’s also starting to score more regularly with 3 goals in the last 6 games, which should really have been 4, with the disallowed goal against Middlesbrough. But he’s certainly looking like he’s starting to play better and enjoy himself more under Keegan, and being made captain hasn’t hurt either.

But when you look at this in the cold light of day he’s hardly been worth the transfer fee or the wages he is paid, which is something north of £100K/week. However, it’s also clear that Keegan sees him as an important player in Newcastle’s future. Under Keegan’s management he’s already looked more like the Owen of old, scoring in his last couple of games, and they were typical Michael Owen goals.

Keegan said today:

“It goes without saying that I want him to stay,” “We have to sit down with Michael at some stage. It is something we need to discuss. How long is left on his contract will make it an issue.”

“Newcastle fans have not seen enough of Michael because of things beyond his control. He has never had a run of games. The first stage is getting the games under his belt.”

It will be interesting to see what the club offers Michael in terms of a compensation package. But in the real world if you don’t perform up to expectations you take a reduction in salary. But then again football isn’t the real world, so he’ll probably get a wage increase, which is hardly deserved.

Not sure if we’ll even be able to find out what he gets, if an extended deal is made between Michael and the club. But we also trust Kevin’s judgement and if he thinks it’s best to extend Michael’s contract at Newcastle, so be it.

What do you think?

Let is know – comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    he doesnt deserve an extended contract and any other player wouldnt get one, but this is michael owen we are talking about, and he is class, he is one of the best and his experience is priceless, and i can only see him excelling under KK

    so does e deserve and extention, hell no

    but should he get one? of course he should

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  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Use him in part ex for a younger, hungrier, fitter model. He is too comfortable now.

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  • Hammy

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    The only way I’d give Owen a new deal is if he took a pay cut……..considering Benjani was on £20 grand a week at Portsmouth, Owen’s 120K a week at the Toon doesn’t look great value.

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  • Andreas

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Extend his contract if his salary is dropped to about 50-60k /week, else sell him in the summer to whomever that want to pay 8ish mill (we might even get lucky and get 12+ mil since he’s English and a big name).

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  • Davey G

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Dragoner, an article for you!!

    http://www.rivals.net/news/pgarticle.aspx?artid=2483_3131279

    Nuff Said.
    We need to clear out this bloke, along with the likes of Shola (Samual Netto), Smith, Carr, viduka,Barton maybe even Duff or if NZoggy wants to follow the sad route of Dyer, Solano and Jenas, let him go. These Idiots still believe the rumour that in London the streets are paved with gold.
    The club needs a total change and cutting out all this dead wood and replacing with players who feel a bit of pride when they pull on the B & W Shirts is exactly what is required!

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  • James

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    If we are to attract any of the world class superstars we keep getting linked to, then we would have to pay over £100K a week to get them to come to us and not one of the top four.

    I’d love Owen to stay and believe under KK with better players around him, he will bang in the goals next season.

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  • Shaz

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    stop slating owen, he is head and shoulders above any of your other players.and don’t worry he won’t be extending his contract with your pathetic club.if no-one comes in for him , this summer.he will do a bosman.stay at your club beyond this contract, don’t make me laugh.

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  • adaaaam

    Feb 11, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    what happened to the funny quotes and beautiful women?!

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  • Obafan

    Feb 11, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    James – i share your view. He simply has got no service or very bad service. Another fact is that he is on his own upfront; you really cannot consider Smith as a worthful partner for Owen. All he does is yelling at the referee after yet another stupid tackle.

    Owen his contract extension should be solved ASAP. The same for Oba his new contract deal…

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  • Michael

    Feb 11, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    No Service and now because of this his England career could be over. We all know how much Michael Owen loves his England Career, and now that he has been droped, a move to a club that can make him chances is his only option to get back into the no nonsense Capello’s team.

    He is Gone, and prudently so.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah i would not be happy if owen gets an extention and keeps his absorbant wage demands, i would rather them be spend more wisely on talented youngsters

    just think 4 weeks of emo’s wages will pay for some youngster such as tamas kadar… i would rather that

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  • Ian

    Feb 11, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12

    If Owen has been getting bad service and only scored two goals, Martins has been stuck in front of even less players and manged to score goals, so sorry for asking the obvious but how many goals could Martins have scored?

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  • Rich

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Owen is quality, i dont understand the haters he is showing passion and fight, he wants to play for our club and he is the best player we have end of!

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