Newcastle May Not Renew Owen Contract

Michael Owen is trying to negotiate a new deal for himself at St. James’ Park.


Michael Owen – only 13 of these in 2.5 years
But our Chairman Chris Mort is unlikely to do anything until the end of the season. It will only be then that we’ll know if we’ve survived in the Premier League.

If he haven’t then we expect Michael Owen would be one of the first out of the door.

And if we stay up it could well be that Newcastle chooses not to renew the contract of Owen. That wouldn’t surprise us, but if that’s a decision we take we’ll need to sell him in the summer, because his contract is up in June,2009 and we may risk getting nothing for him.

The news yesterday in the People was that Newcastle have decided to take a hard line with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid player by telling him they will only consider his demands when he become more prolific in front of goal.

You can hardly say Michael has earned his wages at Newcastle, whom he joined on the last day of the transfer window in August 2005, to great fanfare.

Since that time he has played only 38 games for the club, with 5 of those as a substitute. He’s scored 13 goals, not exactly a fantastic contribution to the club.

Michael is on around £100K/week – give or take, so in the time he’s been at the club we’ve paid him around £12.7M for around 2 years and 23 weeks of service. That’s not to mention the fee of £17M we paid to Real Madrid for his services.

If you add that in, then the total outlay we’ve laid out is £34.5M for Michael’s services so far.

He’s scored 13 goals so that’s around £2.65M for each goal.

Is that too harsh – well those are the facts, that’s all.

Yes, we know he’s been out injured a lot, and that’s not his fault, but these are the cold statistics over the last two and a half years.

For business people like Chris Mort and Mike Ashley, they probably do not make for good reading. And from those facts it’s hard to argue he’s been a good deal for the club.

Whether he’s worth continuing with is a good question, that only Chris and Mike will decide. But the news today is that his agents are trying to negotiate an increase on his current deal.

Keegan may try to sway the deal, because he seems keen on Michael. But it’s hard to argue that Michael’s the player he was. He’s lost a lot of speed, and if he cannot score goals to help Newcastle in their hour of need, that has to tell you something.

We don’t see our relegation candidates like Derby, Fulham, Bolton, Reading or even Sunderland being able to afford a £17M player – but that doesn’t stop them out fighting us for survival. 🙁

Of course, if we do get relegated, we’ll have to unload Michael quickly, but we can hardly expect too much for him. So we’ll take a big loss either way.

Looking at the facts and figures of Michael’s time at the club, it’s really hard to make a good case for him staying – at least from the club’s point of view.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Dave

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #1

    How does £17m and £12.7m make £34.5m?

    Anyways, I – for one – would be relieved to see him leave. He was injured most of the time when we needed him, but somehow was fit for England whenever a friendly or a qualifier popped up. Whether this was intentional or coincidental isn’t worth talking about.

    Get rid this summer and buy players who are hungrier for succes and not money.

  • Ross

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #2

    regardless of what anyone says he’s still a very good player.
    i’ve seen alot of people on here say things like “give him time” or “wait till he finds form”, and i used to fully agree with that, he’s naturally talented.
    but..he doesnt seem to be finding form really does he. lets be honest though, past few games he’s ran his socks off, and the supply from the midfield has been nothing short of crap.
    hope the story in the people isn’t true.
    “score or you dont play for us next season”
    i can just imagine that tempting him to think
    “f*ck it, you’re going down anyway, and i’ll be off to another prem team as it is”.
    worrying times, but lets keep the faith.

  • obamagic

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #3

    ya he is actually pretty gd but he needs to be more reliable…. i would love to see him sign on for the next few seasons.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Not bothered either way, finished me coursework so its all good in the hood.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #5

    get rid, no one is worth what we give this guy in wages, unless their names are berbatov, drogba, henry or anelka.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #6

    “regardless of what anyone says he’s still a very good player”

    comments like that make no sense

  • petworth magpie

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #7

    he is a good player but in order to renew his contract we would have to folk out another 20M. I dont believe he is worth that much and I’d much rather see it spent elsewhere. Not renewing his contract would be the best thing for the club and would mark the era.

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #8

    There are lots of striker out there that cost half the price, with wage pay 1/3 of michael owen’s wages and able to score more than michael owen…so whats the point in keeping owen?

    We gave him enough chances already….he WAS a good player but he pass his best.

  • Tripp

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Getting out from under 110K/week would do wonders for us. We could do better than Owen with much less. I’ve liked the work rate over the past few weeks, but it’s a helluva lotta money and his fitness is not reliable.

  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s a good player but not at 96K a week…

    Taxi for Owen!

  • Thomas

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Well sometimes stats don’t tell the whole story… can’t blame him for injuries and when he’s started there’s not much ammo for him to fire!

    Remember class is permanent.. so hope he stays and start banging some in!!

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #12

    1, Compensation was paid by the FA for the injuries he got whilst playing for England (as far as I’m aware)

    2,IF we had better service and all round play then maybe he’d score more goals.

    However the fact is a good EPL striker should score atleast 20 goals a season, poor MO never even managed that whilst @ L’pool let alone here.
    I think he is a good goalscorer (yes I contradicted myself) but undecided if he’s worth all the money BUT I will decide at the end of the season and see if he’s helped us to get out of the trouble we are in at the moment.

  • Tripp

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Agreed. If he becomes a mini-messiah, then I think we’d have to reconsider. Anything short of that and I think we’d probably be better off letting him go.

  • Mat

    Mar 10, 2008 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #14

    tough being a striker when people sum up your career in such terms… “£2.65M for each goal”

    Would’ve thought that a goal was earned by the whole team, or at least those lining up in attacking two-thirds. Likewise, the responsibility for not scoring is shared.

  • Whitt

    Mar 10, 2008 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #15

    unfortunately, in the business, players are not defined merely by sport statistics i.e. goals, assists, games, wins, etc. at this level, football is a business, and when you take merchandising and ticket sales, Owen has given the club a far better return then what the numbers in this article indicate.

    That’s not much consolation for the fans, though, as our bottom line includes points, wins, trophies; instead of pounds, quid, dollars…

    obviously WE the FANS have not gotten the return WE were hoping for…

  • Gooderz

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #16

    100k a week is a ridiculous amount when you consider that Crouch is on something like 20k a week, and supposedly that’s not even being doubled by Liverpool in negotiating his new contract, which I think expires the same time as Owen’s does.

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s sad to hear KK say he won’t risk the kids. yet he’s quite happy to gamble with the current crop of has – been mercenaries who haven’t been doing it for months.
    Owen, (like Viduka and Butt,) is a ridiculous situation involving an obscene amount of money and was the handiwork of a buffoon of a chairman possibly swayed by Shearer.
    Owen like Shearer, post serious injury, can not create anything for himself and with Butt, Smith, Barton and Duff his alleged suppliers, chances are at an absolute premium.
    I loved KK first time round and despite his relative lack of success elsewhere I thought he may have learned a few tricks. Apparently not.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #18

    if owen had more service he might put the ball in the net, but i agree his wages are too massive.

  • toon sooth

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #19

    I personally feel that we should sell owen in the summer firstly because no way is he worth £100k per week, and secondly I feel that he is an old fashioned goal poacher when what we need nowadays is a striker that can create his own goals as well as help out the team, just look at the likes of Rooney , he inspires the team when he plays even if he is a manc!

  • Eric

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Sad to say but Nick Dryden has hit the nail on the head. According to the Mirror KK is after Jussi Jaskaleinen now. Media shite? Goalkeepers is the only position we do not need.

  • reilly

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #21

    can the toon go down yes on current form but i think we will turn the corner king kev says we need 4 wins im struggling too see were these 4 wins are going to come from maybe 4 draws

  • ToonKing

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d like him to stay, given proper service he could be huge for us.

  • marcus owen

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #23

    keep him only if he willing to cut his wages.

  • Ian

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #24

    You have to compare with other strikers, Oba is our top scorer and hasnt played a full game for months, Viduka was a free transfer and has scored more goals per minute than anyone, Viduka and Martins total cost is about equal to the cost of Owen.
    I would buy Djibril Cisse for £6m then find a foreign young potential superstar, sell Carroll unless he shows more desire this year (he failed out on loan and looks a bit lazy or up himself in the first team) bring in Fabio if he doesnt cut it sell him and try another youngster and so on (they are costing us buttons), when the youngsters move up they should show the desire to score in the first team, we keep hanging on for older players to go back to form or youngsters to change their attitudes, we are hard on managers but soft on players, we need to turn it the other way round, youngsters get their chance and if they dont measure up sell them, if they turn into superstars for someone else tough it didnt mean they would for us.

    I think we need a striker who can run and create goals from very little and from well out, Martins has so much in his game, he can run and score from the half way line, he heads the ball well, he creates chances for other players and he can power shots from a long way out, Djibril Cisse is the same but six foot tall, they would pair up well, then if we happen to find the next young Shearer, Rooney or Ronaldo it is a bonus.

    Owen may have a future with us, if he adjusts the price, he is our third best striker in results, results are all that would keep us up, he should be paid accordingly.

  • chris_toon

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #25

    i would personally like to keep him because although he may not be worth 100k(ish) a week he is a good player and if it is tru and he wants to renew a contract than that surely must mean he wants to stay and wants to help the club go further – and with KK help and a new squad of players a truly believe tht it could happen 🙂

  • Dunc

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Get him out. Biggest waste of money, time and effort ever spent by one football club for lack of success in return.
    O.k. he has been injured a lot of the time but he was injured before he joined us and was never the same player since then.

    Like Manc Ush1ted sold us Butt and Smith they saw something. I think Madrid saw that same something in Michael Owen and thought Newcastle are here MUG EM!!!!!

    I have asked this before but, would MU sell us Rooney or Ronaldo (the diving sh1t) and would Madrid sell us any of their precious players Van Nist, Robben, Guti, Ramos?
    I think not!!!!!
    These teams only get rid of waste!!!!!

    Teams like Newcastle pick them up when the likes of Liverpool don’t want them (can’t think why?? perhaps they saw what Madrid saw) and pay over the odds for a player who has made it quite clear we are second choice.

    You never wanted to be here Micky lad and I for one want you out.

    Next stop??

    West Ham are paying over the odds for wages at the moment and seem to like our want aways!!!

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #27

    owen is a goal scorer he just needs more service,kk has to stop play smith ahead of oba,this really worries me that kk keeps picking smith,play emre he will feed owen and oba

  • canmag

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    always be a one dimension player had a very good burst of speed and he has lost that is really very predictable in what he is going to do ,good defenders can read him very easy not to often do you see him really connect with a ball alot of scuffed shots with very little power just think back to blackburn no power at all.


    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Imaging if we could get GOMIS to pair up with martins if we manage to sell him? Could be cool team up front…surely MARTINS is our future and we should build on him not OWEN.

    And the sell of OWEN could give space for another one or two good striker. I really hope we manage to rest in the PL and I hope OWEN can do something for it – he has to, becouse he still has to pay back something to us!

  • Eric

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Martins is part of our future. Still young and can develop at Newcastle. Elfer is right about him. Our Oba has been buggered about too much. He is OUR number 9 – not Owen!

  • Ian

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Agree 100% with elfer and eric not bothered who pairs up well with Martins, if it is Owen then I am happy with owen, if it isnt I am happy with the other striker, be it Viduka, Carroll, Ameobi or Fabio, they should give Fabio 10 minutes somewhere, not judge him by it as he is only 17 but give him a run out, imagine if he was nearly as good as Martins and we were only giving him a few minutes in the reserves.

  • ChrisM

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #32

    ED – You f#cking turncoat.

    This isnt the attitude you’ve been writing your usual shite about. I can pull up god knows how many threads about you basically sucking his cock.

  • AlexW

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    i thought we got 10+ million in compensation from the fa????

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #34

    we have oba shola carroll so why is kk picking smith,does he see somthing we dont who knows but it needs sorting out we need to start winning and quickliy were down to 15th and our next couple of games are against teams who are in the soup with us so its going to be a proper dog fight

  • Dave Atkinson

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Let Owen go. Please.

    He’s past his best and is just a reputation player. I’m never interested in players who have had a good goalscoring record. What’s important to me are players who we fully EXPECT to score goals IN THE FUTURE.

    Owen fails to pass this simple test.

    Out out out!

  • kagthemag

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #36

    smith was excellent at leeds – period, mediocre at man u & sh*te with us. His career is not in the premier league. He trys hard, but my 5 year old trys hard with her maths but doesnt come up with a result either!!!

  • HeronMag

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Owen will always score goals. With the right service he’d be up there with the top scorers. I’ve no doubt about that at all.

    We need creativity and pace in the centre of the park to get the best out of Owen.

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #38

    how can he possibly be hankering for increased wages. that is pure sh1t. he is using our club to fund his horse racing.

    get rid or sign a contract that reflects his current ability, and that would mean taking him down to at most 60k a week

  • Martins

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #39


  • scott9

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #40

    i hope he stays


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