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Owen To Be At Newcastle For Years To Come

7:27 pm, Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

Chris Mort has given a very interesting interview to Sky Sports News this afternoon.

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Chairman Chris Mort with Manager Kevin Keegan

Chris gave a good interview to Sky Sports today, and the first question he was asked was if he expected Michael Owen to stay put at the club, and the Newcastle chairman told Sky Sports News:

“I would hope so.” “I think all the players are enjoying playing under Kevin, you can see that in the way they play, and I would imagine Michael’s in that camp as well, he seems to be enjoying his game.”

“He’s got his contract this year and next year but it obviously makes sense to sit down with Michael and secure him for the long-term if we can.”

“The first things we do is, again not talking about any players in particular, sit down with the manager and decide what the manager wants to do because he is the one who has to make the end decision on these things, but I know that Kevin is very fond of Michael so I would hope we can sit down and do something.”

Chris said that Newcastle would be looking to bring in players to the club over the summer to improve the Newcastle squad:

“We are no different to any other big club in the Premier League, we’ll sit down with the manager at the end of the season,”

“He will guide us on which players he would like to bring in, move on and we have deliberately gone out of our way to set up an infrastructure, we have had people looking at players throughout Europe over recent months and there will certainly be players in.”

“As Kevin has said, I think we have got a good quality set of players already but we will look to add to that in the summer.”

Mort added that sufficient funds would be available to Keegan if he wanted to overhaul the squad and bring in several new players:

“We will sit down with Kevin, we are not going to do anything that isn’t sensible for the long-term future of Newcastle United,”

“We are a big club and we have funds available, we have got a great supporter base so we will help Kevin in the summer but we are not going to do anything silly with the funds available to us.””We will sit down with the manager and have a chat with him about who he wants to bring in.”

“As I’ve said, everything we’ve done with the club we’ve looked to take a medium/long-term view so we are going to look for bringing in players who are going to be at Newcastle for a long time, so that is something we will look to do in the summer.”

It’s really good to hear a balanced view of things from the Newcastle Chairman, who we’ve been very impressed with ever since he took over the job last August.

It’s good to have a real business man in charge of the club, and Chris is quickly learning what it takes to be a really good Chairman for Newcastle United. It’s quite obvious that Kevin will get a lot of support from Mort in the summer transfer window, in order to improve the Newcastle squad.

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Michael Owen – deserves long term contract at Newcastle

As far as Michael Owen is concerned, we’re sure Michael will be signing a long term deal in the summer, to keep him at Newcastle for many years to come. Michael has proved his worth and dedication to Newcastle, both as a player and a captain, and as far as we are concerned, now is the time for him to commit himself to the club for the rest of his career.

We think that’s exactly what Michael wants to do and think that will be a good move for both the player and the club – a win-win situation.

What do you think about this?

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Michael Owen · Newcastle News



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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 leo // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    good stuff,realy. With what mort has said there surely rules deco the d1ck heed out woohoo

  • 2 Ed Harrison // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    and maybe rules out Henry too.

  • 3 Kieran hatten // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    I agree it would be sensible to keep Owen here until he’s ready to retire… then maybe give him the option of the striking coach??? Or Viduka????….. i also would seriously consider Carroll for next year…. i honestly think we can rest our faith in him for next season… obviously bring in a striker… such as… anyone whatever striker i say i get abuse for it but i also think that we need to sort out our goalkeepers at the end of the season we will have Given Harper Krul Forster and Soleburg THATS LOADS!!!!! please keep Krul!! brilliant keeper!!! i also think bringing in 2 full backs is required! Ummmm striker…. Valeri Bojinov!!!!

  • 4 toonbully // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    I suppose what we want to see as toon fans is just a solid couple of seasons free of injury to justify such a huge outlay of money . He was overpriced really , and we just have not had value for money yet . The average fan just wants to see passion commitment and endeavour from their strikers , and the belief that they are not there just picking up their massive pay checks . The difficulty with owen is his livepool and cheshire roots are so well planted , that we probably think it is just a matter of time before he buggers off anyway .
    If he could rub shoulders with the youngsters meantime before he goes, and make them better players , that would be smashing not a lot to ask is it for £130 k per week is it ?

  • 5 Obafan // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Very good to hear that the board will make no rush decisions. There will be a lot of talking between the board and the managers which I think is very important. Everything they do will be done after hard thinking and only things will be done if it is in the benefit of the club. So not like the old Sheppard days.

    Owen and Oba should be the first to have a renewed contract IMO.

  • 6 Gordon // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Wow, how 4 good games change everyone’s opinion.

    No one would have spit on Owen if he was on fire a few months ago and we were desperate to kick him out the club, now he’s irreplaceable and the club’s future. I’m guessing somewhere in the middle is closer to the truth.

    Can’t we stop these extreme leaps from love to hate and back again…?

  • 7 toonbully // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    What I would like to see is that we stop babndying about such big named players as Henry , Deco , and such like players that are likely to cost the earth i.e. 30 m + , when we should be looking like arsene wenger does at the French League 2 , or Bundesliga 2 or suchlike for up and comings that won’t cost us a bleeding song . It’s good business to buy cheaply and then sell them when they are expensive and past their prime . NUFC too many times seem to buy players in their prime at overinflated prices , not good business at all …buy small and look to invest time in them to make them better , what have we to lose..but a few seasons …39 gone by so far and still counting…..

  • 8 CRAIGG // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Gordon well said its been getting to me too

  • 9 Whoopie Goldberg // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Gordon, who’s “we”? A lot of people on here have backed him throughout the season.

    Toonbully, yeah. I hope the FFS style of player acquisition is a thing of the past. I think that it is.

  • 10 Kieran hatten // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    BOJINOV BOJINOV BOJINOV!!!! WORLD CLASS STRIKER!!!!! purchase from man city only 22!!!!

  • 11 Viper // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    toonbully, comments can’t really argue with! However, a certain Mr. Shearer cost we know what and look what he’s done for us? Yeah Carroll on one example side of coin; Mr x on other…
    We need (‘a’ at least) tried and tested to keep us in the thick and mixing hard!
    Rumours aplenty as we know also, what about the Icelandic we IMO should’ve gotten from Bolton years ago…
    On the lads :-)

  • 12 Toon1978 // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Toonbully you are spot on with your comment mate, we need to look at unknown players from around the globe and make them into world class players for NUFC then like u said when they are past their best like DECO and HENRY sell them on. This makes sense in my opinion i am sick of the big names coming collecting their money and heading off for pastures new ie KLUIVERT being one of our worst offenders. Yes Owen has come good but IMO i want loyalty and passion and he needs to sign up now rather then lead us along. If you look at the way Arsenal have done things,half of the players they have brought in in the past i aint heard of ie TOURE,ADEBAYOR,VIEIRA,HENRY just to name a few that were not big names when they joined Arsenal but ended up being the biggest names on the planet. That is what we need at NUFC that is the way foward and that is progression because lets be honest even if we do sign good players in the summer we aint going to win the league, we may have a chance of Europe and thats a MAYBE like i said we need a steady progression and make these youngsters we have follow on to make us world beaters.

  • 13 Reb // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Some fans have done a turn around on Owen, but to be fair I saw a lot of “we know what Owen’s capable of, he just needs to get fit” on this board rather than plain slagging the lad off. Now that he is (touch wood) apparently staying fit he’s showing what he’s worth, and I think the 105k per week (not 130k) he’s on is not unjustified now that he’s fit and captain (4 in 4, playing quite well in a new integral position, leading the team apparently on and off pitch). I’d like to see Owen stay and show the Geordies just how sh*** Liverpool fans are — the Scousers had this lad for 7 years and hardly ever appreciated his class, his professionalism, and his overall attitude (he’s very much an optimist, just like the Toon Army). Just the sort of player the Geordies should love, really.

    I do wonder where the few Owen haters have disappeared to though. How many would still sell him (assuming he stays fit until the end of the season) for the 6 million I saw quoted as a “good sum” just a month ago?

    Newcastle’s biggest selling point is the fans — sing Owen’s name as often as Martins’ and watch the lad light up (just as Martins does). If the fans are positive and Keegan can convince him that Newcastle are going back up the table, Owen will stay. I think he’d love to bring silverware to St. James’ — and no doubt if he got an FA Cup for NUFC like he done for Liverpool, he’d be a lot more loved on Tyneside than he is on Merseyside! I somehow can’t imagine a player who done that ever being booed at St. James’ as Owen was at Anfield in 2005.

  • 14 apan // Apr 9, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    shows how fickle our fans could be, oh his good the next game his bad oh sell him off bla bla no wonder people were laughin at us

    Owen is class he just needs to get fit to get back to his game and now its showing, he prove the doubters wrong, which are the NU fans and yes other managers regret not buyin him during the discounted bargain, i should say we should stop judging people just from 2 3 performances, but look at theirs overall & their real potential, we all know he can play but we cant blame him for not scoring before, our midfield delivery was always sh*t after solano left, what is a striker without a good midfields? i rather have him tied in new contracts rather than let him leave for a mere fee or worst free agents, but the point is his showing his goods now he deserved the credit

    and now everyone is saying harper should be num 1 instead of given, few months back people would gone mad if i said harper got slight advantage than given in certain areas (i even show the pros&cons of each keeper) but got attacked although it should be an open topic, i now i wonder hurm i guess people show control their temper and discussed openly & not just condemnin & being emotional :D

  • 15 Punk Skunk // Apr 9, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Toonbully, Toon1978, Reb, apan…
    …Yes, yes, yes & yes!..

  • 16 Thomas // Apr 9, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Ed, the headline is a bit misleading.

    Owen himself hasn’t committed as yet.. But i sure hope he does!

  • 17 Leo // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    yeah me too, owen commiting again would be good and reasure the fans.

    for another big striker to compliment oba and owen, to compete with viduka for me would either be elmander or cisse… i know they are different but thats good i guess…

  • 18 Shaz // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    i hope owen gets out of newcastle as soon as possible,we might be in champions league semi final again but i would love to have owen back at anfield.He is easily better than Kuyt , Crouch and Voronin.

  • 19 gordond // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Wasn’t that long ago alot of people were wanting him out .We need him to stay & you will all see the Michael Owen of old( MARK MY WORDS)

  • 20 gordond // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Shaz,I hope he’s commited to Newcastle United for the rest of his playing day’s.P.S good luck in the Champions League.

  • 21 Punk Skunk // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Shaz, u might be in the wrong place mate…
    …if y’get that ref again, you’ll win it!..SLY!..
    …Scousers hate Owen!..

  • 22 Spot The Zebra // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    I have to agree with Reb when he says there has been more considered views regarding Owen during his lean times on this website compared to other places i tend to post on.The sensible opinions offered here are the reason i now check this blog more than any other and id like to thank Ed and all the contributers for what is generally an interesting and informative read (wipes tear from eye).Well done chaps.
    p.s. Owens recent deeper position will allow him to play top flight football for much longer as his game is now less dependent on his pace.I also believe he will pick up less injuries playing deeper so lets get him signed for another 5 years.

  • 23 Punk Skunk // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Totally agree Spot!..

  • 24 Punk Skunk // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Gordond, i think they’ve used/had all their luck/
    get outta jail cards etc. in the last 2 games…They defo don’t need/deserve anymore!..

  • 25 Toon Al // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    exactly whatcrossed my mind ed, no henry, but im sure we can suvive without him, martins ever growing, experience and footballing brains of owen and the duke.. im really pleased with this article and what it shows for the future

  • 26 Reb // Apr 9, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    That’s a good point about his new position extending his career– Owen seems a very intelligent footballer, reads the game quite well, and he’s shown a very good ability on the ball. He needs a bit of work on tackling/defending (not from unwillingness, I’d wager, just a lack of experience he’s not played midfield since he was 8, I read) but this new position really lets him exploit his vision and ability to make great runs into the perfect space. If Owen’s game used to be all about pace, it’s increasingly about his brain — an attribute far more likely to last past 30. And for that matter, an attribute that will benefit Newcastle United more as well — he can teach/illustrate vision & making runs to the younger strikers to some degree, but no one can really teach pace (the sort Owen had at 18 — I still think he was the quickest player I’ve ever seen over 10-20 yards).

  • 27 Guinea Mag // Apr 10, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    If we get a decent offer for Owen; say £12M we should let him go. He’s played well in the past 4 games, but he’s injury prone and history with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle substantiate this. At £105K per week he’s expensive but when playing well; i.e. the past 4 games, he’s worth the money.

    I also expect to see either Harper or Given released soon (end this season or next) allowing Krull/Forster to improve their game. They are both excellent servants to Newcastle United and thank them dearly but Newcastle comes first and we must move forward with the times, improving the team as we go………

  • 28 elliott // Apr 10, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Watched the Barca match last night and Henry did not look happy at all. His attitude was disgraceful. He was not in the least bit interested when they scored, look at his face when he belatedly patted Toure on the head.

  • 29 faustino // Apr 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    I’ve done nothing but stick up for Owen and will continue to do so. I’ve even had to defend him against someone on this site who would want Robbie Keane in the side ahead of him ffs!

    But then I don’t need too. He’ll keep scoring all the way to the end of the season cos that’s what he does. Score. Always has always will; and this whole ‘pace’ argument is the same b*ll*cks people threw at Shearer when he came back from the knee injury at Blackburn. Look how right they were then.

    The point you boys have made is spot on, Owen has the same deadly brain that has beset the likes of Shearer, Dagleish and Ian Rush. Something you still saw from Ian Rush wehn he played as an old man a few years back at SJP in that charity dealy. Still deadly in the box at 40 odd!

    There is a lot of life left in Mickey and we’d be dumb to pass it up!

  • 30 Jamie // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Su%C3%A1rez_%28Uruguayan_footballer%29

    Im telling you this kid is gold GOLD KEV do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 31 Leo // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    faustino did you read the article on sky sports which people emailed in asking sports questions such as who has the most accurate free kick- which was larsson of birmingham, but someone asked the question is it true that when owen scores in a season he tends to go on a run, it was true, the records were quite amazing.

    hopefuly this run will continue its impressive tally.

  • 32 KristianF // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    I think splashing it on these big name players that always are being mentioned would be a giant waste of Big Mike the Bear’s plentiful lootbag. We should first start giving the younger lads top flight match experience and then bring in other young and promising players to put together a real on-field toon army for the years to come. I think we should build a solid foundation beneath our current first-team, rather than trying to use some big name signing as a grappling hook to leap up the table as fast as possible (only to fall further behind when the bling player flops).

    Don’t see why we need to bring in a new striker at all really. The three playing at the moment are doing fantastic and I’m more than confident Carrol will step up to the task when either of their towels are thrown in. He’s gotta get his big chance sooner rather than later, or we could be loosing out on a would-be geordie demigod a-la Shearer.

    In short we need to keep all the players we currently have, start introducing our youngsters to PL action on a more regular basis, and bolster our options with a few soon-to-be-breakthroughs.

    One suggestion is the 20yrs old norwegian midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred who plays for Rosenborg BK in Norway (an aggressive game, similar to the english). He’s been very impressing the last couple of seasons and played a big part in the norwegians humiliating Valencia over two games in this seasons CL. Also he’s all about professionalism and none of that bling rubbish. A new Rob Lee?




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