Keegan – Don’t Believe All You Read

Kevin Keegan has addressed the news yesterday that Manchester United were after Owen for £7M.


Michael Owen – not going to Man United

We didn’t report on that news yesterday, because we weren’t at all sure there was any truth in it.  But it does seem the news that Owen will need to take a pay cut to stay at Newcastle may be true.

Keegan has asked Chairman Chris Mort to sort out Owen’s situation, and is disappointed that no progress has been made. But Kevin would be delighted if Chris manages to keep both Michael Owen and Steven Taylor at the club. That in itself would be good news for next season.

Money isn’t everything, and in the cool light of day you have to be committed to Newcastle to stay at the club. So it will be a big test for Michael.

We hope we can keep Michael at the club, and after all he is our captain, and seems to have taken that responsibility to heart.

Kevin was asked about the Owen-Manchester United reports and Kevin told the Evening Chronicle:

“Don’t believe all that you have read.”

It turns out that the 4 changes Kevin made yesterday were all enforced. We knew Mark Viduka (Achilles) and Barton (bail conditions) couldn’t play, but we were surprised that Martins and Geremi were also missing.

Obafemi Martins had apparently limped out of training a few days ago and didn’t make the trip to Liverpool.

Geremi was given compassionate leave by the club after the death of his sister.

At least the club have their priorities right, and we’re pleased Geremi was allowed to miss the game in those sad circumstances.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Bobby Ollox

    May 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #1

    with Tevez , Rooney, Ronaldo on the books – What on earth are they going to do with Owen ?
    I think the lad is a good player, but his days of leading the line at one of the top 4 are well and truly behind him.

  • Eric

    May 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Testing times. A pay cut and still getting 80 grand A WEEK. They do have other perks as well e.g advertising and sponsorship. Hard life. The surgeon who operated on me gets about 80,000 A YEAR. If we believed the football press we’d all be in the bin. Fair play KK – he treats our players like human beings.

  • ronaldeano

    May 12, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    How do we know that Owen has to take a paycut? Because the papers say so, lol

    As KK said, dont belive everything you read…..

  • Stami

    May 12, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    My sympathies to Geremi for the loss in his family!

  • Ian

    May 12, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    80k per week is good for a 15-20 max goals per season player, however he makes a good captain, I hope he takes it and settles down to captain a team up the tables for a few years.

  • Toon1978

    May 12, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    IF OWEN does not agree to a pay cut considering how much is worth already then he has no loyalty to NUFC good ridence to him. Get somebody who WANTS to play for NUFC maybe might not be as good a OWEN but someone who wears the shirt with pride one player who springs to mind is ROBBIE KEANE quality player and underated but puts all his efford into the game.

  • ObaFan2

    May 12, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Oba needs tied down too and first imo.

    I agree again with KK (how can I not 🙂 ) Don’t believe anything usually in the papers until there is proof or word from SJP.

  • Dips

    May 12, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Well said Ronaldeano!

  • ScottyT

    May 12, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9

    theres been so much bollox being reported recently a dnt take notice of much of it.. a mean milner for riise is anotha bull story coming out

    kk is exactly right.

  • Petey

    May 12, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #10

    weeeelllll, its not unbeliveable, but im pretty sure man united can afford better fowards. If they had a choice between say owen and david villa,….im pretty sure i know who they would and could chase.
    however, with ronaldo rooney and tevez as bobby ollox said, i cant see them chasing another foward as it is

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 12, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon1978 – Aye, Robbie Keane is going to come here. Get a clue mate.

  • Toon1978

    May 12, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #12

    HAMAS WTF you on about FFS i said he would be a good signing WHERE did i say we were gonna get him GET A CLUE!!!!1


    May 12, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    the wage cut story – if it’s true – will show the man that Michael Owen really is.
    If he agrees to it, it will show he is loyal and has some scruples – this is a guy who can’t have played 25% of the fixtures since he’s been here. Signing would show he wants to pay back the support he has recieved.
    If he turns down the new contract – as hard to take as it will be when he pops up and gets his customary hat trickagainst us next season – then so be it. We don’t need people at this club who don’t want to be here.


    May 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I love the way upper class lacrosse playing, Caviar Eating tossers like Andy Dunn honestly believe that they are as knowledgable about football as the players, Managers and us the people that live the sport.

    Andrew me lad You know nothing, your damn ugly no-one wants to sit next to the posh Arsehole at a match or definately not sit behind one who spends the whole game running his fingers through his Womanly hair and putting his arm around his fat girlfriend who stunk of tinned ham (Dont Ask)

    P.S. What happened to Zak Dingle and Bubbles DeVeres love child
    (Otherwise know as Martin Samuel)

  • Greg B

    May 12, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair, if the club had sorted Owen’s contract when KK asked them to there would be none of this paper talk.
    However for all we know Owen may be the one stalling, if so then fair enough, if he can get more money else where then good luck to the lad, I cant see any other club stumping up 100k+, if so they are more fickle than our previous board!

  • alex

    May 12, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #16

    yes owen is a shining example of professionalism and his captaincy has coincided with our rise in form but is he really the man to lead our team?

    for me he does not have the communicative strength to hold the team together and give encouragement when we’re losing 0-1 in the rain at the reebok stadium. the only impact he seems to have on the pitch are his goals.

    however, there aren’t really any better candidates in our side at the moment (allardyce chose geremi and smith – two of our worst players this season) and i would be happy for him to captain us next season. i hope taylor will improve enough as a defender for him to be our future captain as the potential is still there..

  • spen27

    May 12, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #17

    if anywere he’l go man city they’l pay his wage 100k+ and he’l probly go i cant ever remember him sayin he wants to stay with us. if he does go luis fabino should be snapped up he’l do wkd in the prem strong and fiesty just what we need for home games

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 12, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #18

    how does milner 8-10mil for peter crouch sound? ive been really critical of crouchy but the praying mantis has always proved me wrong… he wud be a gd link up man for da guyz we have…15-20 goal striker for sure….riise n pennant wud put us back to sqaure one…. rejects who wud have lost it n come to just collect pay cheques from our club…. part 2 of smith,duff,babayaro,carr i could go on… so plz no….

  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Milner and 8-10 mil for Bambi 2?!?!?

    Give me some of that you are smoking.

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 12, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #20

    honestly milners and pennants wont get us ne where….ike defoe in portsmouth … crouch could be a fit… apparantly therez talkof a swap btwn pennant or riise for milner….. datz where i derived my proposal from…. coz i dun wanna see a riise or a pennant here…rather a crouch..

  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Dont wanna see a Crouch, he not exactly young withpotential like Milner and will be Bambi #2

  • JJ

    May 12, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Well, he has played very well towards the end of the season but I completely agree that he has never been more than 15-18 goal a season man and therefore is completely over payed at 100k a week.
    He should be on 80k max. Henry was on 100k at Arsenal so you cant compare. I doubt Ronaldo at Man U earns much more.
    If Owen went I would not mind as long as we replaced him with someone like Eidur Gujohnsen.
    Then I would sell Viduka and Smith and get someone in and make a bid for Andy Johnson.
    So strikers:
    Martins, Gujohnssen, Carrol, Andy Johnson.

  • Reb

    May 12, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t know if it counts as saying he “wants to stay,” but Owen did say at Shearer’s bar that he hopes the contract negotiations are well underway before he goes on holiday. He’s talked a lot about next season, and putting these two together, I think there is a good chance that the sum of the parts is Owen wants to stay.

  • geordie nick

    May 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    jj andy johnson? are u takin th p*ss?

  • JJ

    May 12, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Just for interest sake, an article of the worst buys of the season:

    – No goals a season striker
    – Most yellow cards a season midfielder
    – No assists
    – No threat to defenders
    – Most freekicks given away
    – Cant mark for *

    Great buy Sam!!!

    1. Alan Smith (Newcastle, £6 million)
    Alan Smith has the remarkable distinction of failing to score a goal all season while, for much of the campaign, being the man who had committed most fouls in the Premier League. Among many possible nadirs, the most recent came against Chelsea when Smith came on, proved unable to hold the ball up and duly lost Michael Ballack for the first goal. Despite his continued inability to trouble opponents – apart from upending them – it was remarkable that Sam Allardyce, in perhaps his worst decision, made him captain while Steve McClaren continued to include him in England squads. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley started the season in a Smith replica shirt. Now the XXXXL garment is presumably to be found in a bargain bin in one of his sports stores.

  • JJ

    May 12, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Geordie Nick… In all honesty no! What other 15 goal a season striker would come to Newcastle at present? I would have said Defoe but he is taken. Got any other affordable targets in mind?

  • faustino

    May 12, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Fergie will more than likely pick up Huntelaar, Berabtov or both and off load Saha somewhere. Not a chance he’ll go for Owen with the squad he’s building.

    Having said that hopefully Kev can extract a decent player out of Man Ure if they do get cheeky.

  • Newcastle United.

    May 12, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Owen will stay, Don’t worry about that guys.

    We need a new striker aswell though. Viduka out for 6 months. Smith, rubbish, Ameobi probably gone. No matter what all you lads say, Carroll isn’t good enough to lead our line. Yet atleast. So get someone like Ashton, Crouch or Gudjohnsen. A tall, good in build up player who gets goals himself.

    Then bring in a couple of midfielders who can really take the game by the scruff of the neck and make things tick in the middle. Van der vaart is a prime example, Wether we’d be able to lure him to the club is a different matter.

    I personally like Enrique now. But we do need another LB, Bridge being the best option for me.

    Dunne for CB would be a nice addition.

    I also personally think if N’zogbia goes. We are very weak in the wide areas.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 12, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Ferguson said yesterday that there was nothing in the Owen story. He needs a target man anyway to replace Saha.

    For those of you who can’t get to the Newcastle games here’s some photo’s from Merseyside yesterday, Goodison being a pretty grim, horrible stadium but an ovation for our fans from the Everton faithfull at the end. We certainly deserve that supporting Newcastle:

  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t believe ANYTHING you read in those rags, in fact DON’T EVEN BUY THEM!..
    …I’ll believe whatever, when it actually happens!..

  • Leo

    May 12, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #31

    yeah punk skunk, dont buy them as well as listen to what they say because its usually bollox

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 12, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Everton definitely do need a new stadium. Very nice gesture though, applauding our fans, you don’t see enough respect between football supporters really.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Leo, aye mate…When did they ever get anythin’ right?..They’re just wind-up merchants!..& it pisses me off that they can write any old cack & never get forced to retract it, tossers!..

    …Yea Hamas, due respect to evertonians for that, makes a nice change!..
    …Bet that wasn’t reported in the press?..

  • geordie in taipei

    May 13, 2008 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #34

    I agree that owen is over paid, but on the same note he’s earning that much now and for u to start paying our established players less just seems bad form to me. Anyone have any idea if this is true? Also, i keep reading that the amount of money we have tio spend this summer isnt anywhere near as much as id heard earlier in the season. Anyone? – These finnaical runmblings are abit worrying, hope its just newspaper Bollocks !

  • mitch

    May 13, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #35

    I think nothing is coming out of newcastle about money contracts anything and the press are trying to get newcastle to bite but they are not also the meeting in london nothing will come out if you trust that the people inside will not say anything the days of NUFC being a public viewing are over we are privately owned again by one person no one needs to know anything

  • Luke

    May 13, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    A pay-cut in almost any circumstance is a great swinging boot to pride’s crotch.

    I think he will stay, but I have a feeling he won’t resign.


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