Keegan’s Vison for Newcastle Fantastic – Owen

Michael Owen has talked about his contract negotiations and admits he sat down with manager Kevin Keegan a couple of weeks back and Kevin discussed his vision and plans for the club.


Michael Owen – Keegan’s plans and vision for Newcastle all fantastic

Owen talked today starting with his contract negotiations:

“I’ve been in these situations many times before,” “It’s very hard to be a player in this situation.”“There are so many others who’ve been in a similar position, but they don’t get asked the question as much.”

“The situation is that the manager said to me about ten or 12 days ago that he wants me to stay, he told me what type of player he’s going for in the summer and what he thought we needed and his vision for the club and it’s all fantastic to hear.”

“But it’s just been the manager and he said then that the chairman would get in touch with my advisor over the coming weeks. It’s not me putting pressure on, but he hasn’t yet, so there’s nothing really more to say.”

“I presume the season will finish in a couple of weeks and then he’ll get in touch with me and talk over the summer.”

We’d like to hear Kevin’s vision for the club and we think it’s time Kevin had another radio call-in. Since the last one, he’s transformed Newcastle United and we know he’ll get lots of good questions from the Newcastle faithful, who are over the moon with recent performances.

We really like a call-in within the next week or two, but certainly before the end of the season. It would certainly be great to listen to Kevin about his overall plans for the club.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • masee

    Apr 23, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    im first woohooo

  • Leo

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    MO is showing more loyalty than ever before, i guess it comes with playing under a manager who actuallly goes out to try and win games rather than defend booo

  • Hammy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I doubt MO will be getting a pay rise, would be quite happy for him to sign a 80-90k a week deal over 4 years though. He looks a different player in his new role and well worth keeping hold of, but not at any price.

  • Spyro

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #4

    apparently he will be earning around £ a week hammy

  • Jim

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    The problem with a phone-in would be that he would have his transfer hand forced. This window is going to be very competitive, especially between us , Villa, Everton and Spurs.

    When the dust settles, they’ll be a much better idea of Morts true ambition for the coming season and I don’t think it’s going to set the Toon on fire. I think he’s looking longer term, perhaps the season following this one.

    We’ll know soon enough.

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    worth every penny if he stays fit & carries on playing the way he is at the moment.

  • Hammy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Thanks Spyro, wonder what Oba thinks about that??

  • iain

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    i think a huge draw to players when it came to choosing us over spurs is looking to see which of us keeps there best players.

    what will players think of each clubs ambitions if they sell berbatov and we extend owen and obas stay ???

  • Jim

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    The same could be said for one of our most prodigious young talents in N’Zogbia or Villa’s Barry. The truth is that if a player wants to go there’s no point in keeping them.

  • valle

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    He should be our number nine, it makes a mockery out of our great tradition that we let the above average Oba wear it ahead of the legendary Owen… Our 9 is for legends

  • Spyro

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    thats a load of rubbish valle

  • 51times

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen doesn’t want the no.9, he could have had it when he first came.

  • Spyro

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #13

    out of Owen and Martins who bleeds more black and white? Martins easily. Therefore HE deserves our no.9
    By the way, Owen is not a legend, calm down

  • Spyro

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14


  • Steve

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Big news today on Modric. Croatian newspapers are reporting that he’s flown to Newcastle and spent half a day in and around the club. Lets just hope the vision could be sold to him. Big cash, big future, and a starting 11 spot are good places to start…

  • Frankieboy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Certainly think Owen is more committed than at any other time since he has been here. Could that be due to the fact Capello will not select players who are not performing for there club so he needs to be doing it at the Toon to justify national selection as its not typically expected as it was previously .
    Seen the interview at weekend and don’t recall at any time Owen actually state he WANTED to stay or was happy to stay.
    Will I stand corrected.

  • Spyro

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    i have no doubt Owen wants to stay NOW, but Oba has remained loyal the whole time since arriving. Oba has also said that he has a passion for our club.

  • 51times

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #18

    steve – source?

  • 51times

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Any chance of a translation, or at least a detailed summary?

  • Spyro

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #21

    yes a summary please steve

  • John

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    me too..My croatian is’nt that good

  • James

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #23

    If I was chairman of Newcastle I would pay anything to keep Owen. What he brings to the team in terms of leadership, work rate, and vital goals, is well worth the money.

    Valle – I agree with your comment about the number 9. Martins will never warrant wearing it but let’s be fair after Shearer very few could ever fill his boots.

    As for Owen publicily not stating if he wants to stay or not, he’s just being clever so that he gets the best possible deal. If he says he wants to stay no matter what then they will offer him less money. If he sits on the fence then he gets the deal he wants. What you have to remember is that this could be his last important contract so he needs to be right for him.

    He will stay and lead us into the champions league next season.

  • Steve

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24


    – Modric and co. were flown into Newcastle by private jet to negotiate the sale of Luka Modric.

    – They arrived at midday and arrived home by 6.40pm

    – There is still a while until the transfer window opens but newcastle face competition from pool, chelsea, spurs and barca etc. but are said to be in the lead for his signature

    – Its the first contact which we’ve made since December

    – Dinamo know that Owens contract is the first priority, and expect Modric’s signature to be the second due to Nicky Butts age and Emre’s injuries.

    – Newcastle’s good relations with Dinamo are expected to play a part, after the transfer of Silvio Maric (big money for Dinamo). Mark Viduka’s history there is also expected to be a factor.

    Thats the best I could do guys… Hope its ok

  • John

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    jesus , that would be a bit off a quality signing if we could get him…

    It will be hard as it looks like we have some stiff competition. If anyone can , King Kev can

  • 51times

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Thanks Steve, sounds good. I wouldn’t mind Modric at all, I think he’d fit into the team very well.

  • looney_toon

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #27

    steve thank you very very much that has made my day!!! n i went on da site n tried many translation site n ur translation is top class

    ps how did u find da newspaper???

  • Frankieboy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #28

    James, fair comment just hope you are correct.
    Once we can get the first few big names in(Owen & Modric) the rest will follow. Its some magic aura KK seems to pocess to attract such players.

  • iain

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    does anyone else find it hilarious that the supposedly in the know media missed one of of footballs biggest young talents and target for the worlds biggest clubs role up in newcastle in a private jet.

    the uk footballing press well connected ??? in the know about transfers ???

    these guys couldnt find there own arses in a mirror.

  • 51times

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #30

    If it’s even true – which I bloody hope it is…

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #31

    if we signed modric, i will streak the first game he plays in. he is qaulity. great on football manager also. lol

  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I was definitely worried at MO’s comments on TV after the derby, but I guess it’s not fair to ask him a question like that straight away after an emotional afternoon like that.

    Glad to see he’s come out and clarified things a bit though. I really hope we can get him signed up quite quickly, as it’ll make a very strong statement of intent to other players considering joining the Toon.

  • toonbarmy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Modric would be a great signing

    25 goals in 87 matches for Dinamo Zagreb and he is only 22

  • elliott

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Get In

  • elliott

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #35

    I take it Viduka speaks Croatian then. Didn’t he play at Zagreg from a young age?

    I hope this is Kosha.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Viduka is alledgedly Modrics cousin.

  • Martin's

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    The telegraph reports that man city have also signed him for 20mil that’s as well as chelsea last year and the arse earlier this year.
    I’m yet to be convinced.

    Sorry lads

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #38

    That was Jo, not Modric.

  • Shaz

    Apr 23, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #39

    owen will leave,just watch.he is fit and scoring,situation is different to previous summers.

  • Leo

    Apr 23, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #40

    shaz you really are sad arnt you, sitting on a newcastle united blog

    have you not got any liverpool friends to talk to?


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