Michael Owen Still Keen To Sign For Newcastle

Good news today in the local Newcastle Journal that Michael Owen is still keen to sign an extension to his contract at Newcastle.


Michael Owen – keen to sign extension at the club

The news coming from inside the Newcastle club is that Michael Owen is not disturbed by what Kevin said on Monday night about what Newcastle can achieve over the next 3 seasons.

One thing we must remember is that Kevin will be trying to play down the expectations of not just the Newcastle fans, but also his employers in Chris Mort and Mike Ashley.

But the Journal this morning reports that the confusion at the club right now is unlikely to deter Michael Owen from signing a new deal. And the club is due to open contract talks with his advisers after the final game of the season at Everton on Sunday.

Apparently that was always the plan – that Chris Mort would start contract negotiations with the players only at the end of the season – and that sounds fairly sensible to us.

The delay in starting negotiation with Michael’s advisers was just one of the points raised by Kevin on Monday, with the Newcastle manager saying the delay in negotiations was disappointing.

Again this points out some miscommunication between Kevin and in this case specially Chris Mort, which we think can be fixed rather easily.

The meeting tomorrow in London between owner Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise and Kevin should also be a good step for the club in getting everybody at the club rowing in the same direction.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Chris

    May 8, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I really hope they can get Owen and Martins to sign new contracts before the transfer window opens. I’m worried we could lose them both.

  • Eric

    May 8, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    All the more confirmation that was is being spewed out by the media is just bullshite. I think there is a procedural method behind what Ashley, Mort and KK are doing. It is an intelligent plan beyond the comprehension of these “Fleet Street” warblers. As NUFC points out – what we do is our business and if you dumb reporters cannot understand it then hard luck! Chris is right – we have got to get a move on and sign them up soon.

  • valle

    May 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Gotta say Ed, allot of post these days are without any proof of substance… Im hoping on this one, but it could all be paper talk.

  • Will

    May 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4


    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee let this be true after the modric fiasco this would really be a signal of intent although i have learnt not to get my hopes up over us signing a good a player as Veloso

  • ToonDaft

    May 8, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    would welcome him with open arms – quite optimistic that Setanta are reporting – they usually don’t just speculate

  • craig chisholm

    May 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    i think that at this time there are some problems at newcastle. kk is not getting the deal he bought into 4 months ago. mort is dicking him around and seems to think that spending more than 5 million on a player is a large amount. i think that we will get not one single decent name in theis summer and ontop of that, that we will loose a few. sorry to be so negative lads but i just feel that is going to be the case. mort is a knob.

  • ObaFan2

    May 8, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I personally cannot understand why we’ve waited to extend contracts on our better players or those with potential like Taylor.

    Owen and Oba should have had their contracts wrapped up before their heads are turned by interest or speculation by other clubs.
    I’m thinking of Arsenals interest in Oba as an example. If we’d sorted out the players we want to keep then more effort could be used to build a team around them.

    We need stability on and off the pitch and we don’t need the press to jump on us at every opportunity and maybe let them unsettle our better players.

    KK was right what he said on Monday but maybe he wasn’t right saying it at all, but that’s KKs way.

    Anyone who thinks we are guarenteed a top 4 place or even a Eufa spot next year is dreaming. It will take alot of hard work, alot of planning and building and luck to go our way for a change.

    A comfortable top 10 finish would be an advance, any more would be a bonus. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed watching our team play and good to see more consistency.

    If (and I say IF) there are problems at St James’ it has to sorted asap. The next few weeks are so so important for us at it will show which direction we are headed and whether or not MA is prepared to add major funds to the transfer kitty.

    Losing Modric to Spurs has been a real downer but at least it seemed that money was there to buy such players.

    Anyway we’re just going to have to wait and see and hope that MA will do the right things for the club and its fans and not just for his bank balance.

  • Chris F

    May 8, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    craig, how do you figure that then? the club even confirmed that we bid more than spurs for modric AND offered him more money, but he chose london and a chance at having another piss-poor run in the uefa cup over playing for us.

    i don’t give a shit about the names we bring in, all i care about is how good they are on the pitch and how they’ll improve our squad.

    jesus wept, some of the mood swings on this blog are ludicrous, seems to be a lot of posters with a bipolar disorder round here!

  • Eric

    May 8, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Veloso will be another no no. He has said he would prefer Manky Utd – especially as his countrymen Nani and Ronaldo are already there. Let’s find out who KK etc are thinking of bringing in as a LB. Also Setanta Sports have pointed out Viduka will be out 3 to 6 months with his achilles. PLease don’t say Smith is his replacement!!! Do we go for Gomis now?

  • Obafan

    May 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    It is a crucial period at NUFC, I think they (board and KK) should solve these questionable situation, even if no-one knows how much truth it contains.

    If these circumstances are longer:
    1. we could lose good players (Owen, ..)
    2. it could be hard to get players (even 2nd rankes ones), cause who wants to join a club that always is put in a “bad” spotlight.

    Again I don’t know how much truth it contains, but it has to be cleared now!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 8, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    veloso- would be a better signing than modric in my opinion exactly what we need, we need big bruno and veloso. would be solid. veloso is a haargreaves-esque type player and can also take a mean free kick

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    St Etienne starlet Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed he would rather move to Italy than the Premier League.

    The 22-year-old striker, labelled by some the new Didier Drogba, has really found his goal-scoring touch in the last two seasons with double figures on each occasion.

    Newcastle have been strongly linked along with Bolton, whilst Marseille chairman Pape Diouf has stated his admiration for the young Frenchman.

    In an interview with L’Equipe, Gomis stated he was attracted by a possible move to England – but revealed Serie A would be his preference.

    “It is better to go to Italy playing than to England in a team at the bottom of the league,” he said

    “Anyway, I still have a lot of things to learn.”

    Next season

    Gomis admits that he is very happy at St Etienne, particularly with coach Laurent Roussey – but he does not know whether he will be staying put or not.

    “I am very happy to play for St Etienne, but I don’t know if I will still be there next season,” he continued.

    “The coach did his best for me to stay last summer, and he has improved me a lot.

    “I am very happy with him at the helm. His stay at the club will be an essential factor for my future.”

    Meanwhile, Senegal are ready to compete with France to cap Gomis – who is open to the idea of playing international football for either country.

    “I don’t have to choose between the French or Senegalese teams, as I have not been called yet,” he insisted.

    “The French team? It would be pretentious to ask for it, but I am not adverse to the French team.”

  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13

    If we can’t get Gomis from St Ettiene then how about his team mate Feindouno, he is the one who creates many of the chances for Gomis and can strike a mean goal or two himself. He is also probably signable.

  • John

    May 8, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14

    if he does’nt want to come, F him…i want players who are proud to wear the jersey like Beye . not half hearted wanna bee’s

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #15

    has anyone heard that wigan and west brom are trying to sign beye

  • irish_al

    May 8, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #16

    i think gomis’s remark was towards bolton as they have aparantly made an offer for him

  • HeronMag

    May 8, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Like Beye would leave St James Park for the Baggies haha!

  • karl

    May 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #18

    There must be about a hundred or so players out there that manu, chelsea, arsenal etc. are after, and they all would prefer them. Are they changing their entire teams, if so; can we please get some of the outgoers?

    We cannot give up on a player because “manu are after him”, they might not want him or he dont want to warm a seat the whole season.

    There are some top players out there who will not go to the top four. Dont give up…

  • geoffo

    May 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Reality check. We have a new owner , new chairman, new manager etcetera…it takes time for paramiters to be set and a common goal to be established. KK has barely had time to think as he has been so distracted in ensuring our premiership survival. For some to dismiss Mort as a knob is insane, would you rather have fat Fred back in the crows nest?? KK is being a realist about our prospects, but thats not to say we won’t steal a march on some of the teams around us, and it’s right we are taking a long term view for once, quick fixes haven’t worked for us in the past and a well thought out strategy is far better for the club, than trophy signings and the purchase of crocks and has beens. For instant succes you need 200 million, we aren’t looking for instant success, to over invest now could be catastophic in the long term and we could def do a Leeds, so while it’s frustrating cos we all want to see the lads back where they belong, the important thing is getting the infrastructure right and a long term plan put in place. It took Man Utd an awful long time to break the Liverpool domination, but they did it by careful planning and having a realistic target season on season, but they got there, and we’ll get there but we must all keep the faith!!

  • Cloudstrife

    May 8, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    wrap up his cintract. KK needs his captain. but if the press have their way, KK wont be there in the first place.

    i know he’s one bad tackle away from being sidelined for a year, but he’s still quality. and what’s the point of going out there and looking for players when we seem to be letting a quality player go.

    we look just like Flamini and The Arse. now they have to get a replacement for him when all they had to do was stump the cash.

  • Ian

    May 8, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #21

    They should sign Martins, he would be brilliant at Arsenal and I am sure they will have noticed that if I have, he would fit perfectly in to a one touch side.
    If we lost him he would take some replacing, I am hoping we add another striker with similar pace.

  • Leo

    May 8, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #22

    good good, obviously this club insider was talking bollox

  • micknufc

    May 8, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #23

    im with you geoffo
    i sometimes cant believe when i read the forum on here,that these are mags…
    im sure the cockney press have latched on & making some of these comments.


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