Michael Owen Will Stay At Newcastle

Michael Owen was asked this week about Kevin Keegan, and his response may surprise a lot of the Newcastle faithful.


Michael Owen – we think he’ll stay at Newcastle United

Michael Owen was asked this week by Newcastle World TV, about the impact Kevin Keegan has had on the club, and Michael was glowing in his praise of his new manager:

“He’s had a massive impact,”

“It was never going to happen straight away, not only did we have some tough games, but a lot of the lads were low on confidence.”

“When you lose a manager the only reason you lose them is because results have not been good.”

“The confidence wasn’t high, but if you could ever ask for a man to pick players up and get the best out of them then it’s Kevin Keegan, and I think there’s more improvement to come in that respect.”

It doesn’t seem to us when our captain says there’s more improvement to come, that he’s thinking of leaving.

We think Michael may be ready to commit to Newcastle, and that may surprise quite a few Geordie fans, who may have thought he was just in it for the money, and nothing else.

While he’s like the rest of us and has to get the best deal he can for his family, he’s obviously enjoyed not only the extra responsibility he’s received under Kevin Keegan, but the growing respect and support of Newcastle fans, these last couple of months.

The Newcastle faithful are starting to believe Owen is more than fully committed to the Newcastle cause.

Michael continued:

“We all enjoy training and playing alongside each other and he has brought a real feel-good factor into the club.”

“Everyone is enjoying coming in to training every day and when you do that you do it better.”

“He knows his stuff and he can see a player, he can see if something needs tweaking or changing and tactically he’s very good.”

“It’s been a fantastic appointment for us and we’ve all really enjoyed his time so far.”

Let us be the first to go on record to say we think Michael will sign a new, extended contract at the club.

What better than for our captain to set an example to the rest of the squad, and be willing to take less wages in the hope that club can be really successful once again under King Kev. That would be a tremendous example being set by Michael.

Not only will it absolutely delight Kevin Keegan, but if he does it soon, it could give Kevin and our club the momentum they need to tie down Steven Taylor and others, and bring a lot more top players into the club during the summer.

We really do think Michael is now fully committed to Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan, and we expect him to sign a new contract, sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 13, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    He better not leave, he has yet to repay the club with a performance worthy of that kind of obscene paycheck.

  • Izzymc

    May 13, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Owen will stay , but if the club do cash in on him i think KK will follow him out of the door

  • alex scott

    May 13, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t see anything in this report that means he’ll stay.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 13, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree alex scott.

  • Ginkoh

    May 13, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    If he play for us all season with no injury. With Keegan he will score more than 20 for sure.

    Hope he won’t leave us this summer. I’ll over the moon for it but anything can happen in football today. So God bless for toon !

  • Bill F

    May 13, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t ever recall him saying he wants to leave, in fact I can only remember him saying he is happy at the Toon, especially since KK came.

    Someone ought to give the gramaphone a kick as it seems to have got stuck. I can me see me continually falling asleep again this summer at the mention of his name.

    Ennui rules.

  • UTD111

    May 13, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #7

    I would love it, just love it if he stayed !!

  • Rob Kirton

    May 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Bill F: Ennui Rules? I’d heard he’s a canny player. Anybody got the form book on him? :0)

  • Leo

    May 13, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #9

    bit of a good news day haha

  • iain

    May 13, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #10

    have you noticed all the other papers seem to have stopped copying and running with the owen stories that appear daily in the mail

  • Thomas

    May 13, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Well he’s been positive both on and off the pitch ever since KK’s been appointed so i for one will be really disappointed if he leaves.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 13, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Just to clarify – we’re not saying there’s anything specifically in this report from Michael that says he is going to stay. But we’re predicting he’ll stay – since all the gossip press is saying he’ll go – we don’t agree.

  • Bill F

    May 13, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Naah Rob he is actually a bit boring. 😉

  • JJ

    May 13, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #14

    ED Harrison

    Just an idea for a vote!

    What about having a vote of 5 realistic players linked to us: (5 defenders) (5 midfielders etc)etc… and let us vote to see who the most popular signings would be.
    Defenders: Dunn, Cuellar, Campbell etc
    Strikers: Gudjohnssen, Ashton, Crouch, Gomis etc.
    Midfielders would be a bit harder to know who is realistic.
    But it would be interesting to see public opinion.

  • gardenia

    May 13, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #15

    this list is poor, how we want to get 5th position ay least? regret…

  • Midd The Yid

    May 13, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #16

    He may stay but i here the mighty spurs may make a bid then he will obviously leave you to join the bigger club.


    wi eye

  • Grant

    May 13, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree that nothing in that interview means he’ll stay. Not only was it for the Newcastle site so he couldn’t say anything bad, he also didn’t say anything about himself, just that the club is looking up.

  • BILLY - B

    May 13, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Ihope your right because M.O. is without a doubt a world class striker and his record proves that.
    OK since he joined the toon he has had nightmare with injuries, he became fit when B.S.A. was in charge and nobody could play under him. but under kevin his confidence along with most of the other players has slowely returned and no one can deny it shows. the other reason for wanting him to stay is that he will attract good players.

  • Ian

    May 13, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    If he intends to stay at least till the end of next season you would think he would just speak up and then get on with a long holiday.

    Dave Kitson has scored only one less premiership goal than Owen, he hasnt a lot to shout about, if he goes we want a straightforward talking striker like Martins where at least you know where you stand this is getting tiresome, could you imagine other captains doing that? The likes of Shearer, Gerrard or Keane??
    Give us a break, please.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 13, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Ian – yes and no. I remember when Owen was last linked away from the club (the last round of speculation) last summer with the get-out clause and all that, he came out in september or so and said that he had purposely never rejected the rumors publicly because then he would have to reject a rumor every time one came out (which for a player in balck and white is about twice a day..). Therefore he may well be staying and not have said anything yet. I am not saying im 100% certain he will stay, but I don’t think he will leave England, and I don’t think a top-4 side wants him, he wouldn’t go to Everton cuz of the Liverpool connection (I know he supported Everton as a child) and then what’s the point if you are leaving to go sideways? He is captain here, his family seems settled in the area and he will make as much money as anywhere else here. I think he will stay.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 13, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Exclusive, Chris Mort and the resident Daily Mail reporter have just met with Michael Owen. the negotiation went like this:

    Mort: Michael your 29 with a bad injury record and you’ve lost your pace. We think your only worth £80k a week
    Owen: I’m your club captain and my goals saved you from relegation. I would rather leave than accept £80k a week
    Mort: We’ve had to pay all your medical bills over the last 3 years you owe us some loyalty. How about a 4 year deal taking you till your aged 33 on £90k a week
    Owen: agreed, I’ll sign now ……
    Daily Mail reporter: great, thanks for letting me attend all your meetings Chris !!

    You read it here first on our great NUFCBLOG

  • jeff

    May 13, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Ive been a big fan of owen ever since he came to newcastle,I think its great we have a player of his quality… The main problem is that the southern based press have never understood Michael Owen playing for Newcastle United,and they will try everyway to get him out of toon…we once had Englands number 1 in Shearer now we have englands number 1 in Owen…and with out a doubt Owen still should be Englands number one as there isnt a better goalscorer then owen for England,Rooney cant play that roll………One thing that I laugh at is how so many people still slag Owen off for the wages he receives….It isnt his fault he was offered the money he was offered…if you were offered a job and then another job for more money came along Im sure I know what you would do….Another thing,people have forgot when he was injured newcastle didnt pay his wages…As it was reported newcastle received £6 million in total from the F.A…That is a figure that actually came out from the club itself…We need Owen next season as he was one of the players who left the season just gone right in form,Its about time those fans still doubting him actually started getting behind him.. Since playing the roll he has been and becoming captain Owen has looked a different player and COMMITTED…Yes Id love him to come out and say he is staying but he is a private person and he will say so at the right time…I wouldve loved it if he had signed 2 year extension when he came back from injury to make up for the 2 years he missed,He still might we’ll just have to wait and see..

  • Tom_Toon

    May 13, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    To be fair to Owen the FA have paid all his wages and medical bills over the past 2 years.

  • Newcastle United.

    May 13, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Stop being so negative man lads. Outside the top four we’re as big as any. He wont go to a top four club. We will keep him, He wants too. You can tell since King Kev took ower that Owen’s game has totally changed, Chasing back, Going in for tackles, Making runs, Scoring goals for fun again. World class player once again. Newcastle need this more that anything. This will only attract good players if we have the likes of Michael Owen as our captian and number 10.

    Be optimistic, Keep the faith, Next season is the season lads.


  • scottish mag

    May 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    news in the last twenty minutes is that KK is tracking psg’s 25 year old striker amara diane


  • Gloryhunter

    May 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #26

    This is getting mental. He wants to go, so let him go. We deserve better then this. Stop comparing him with Shearer who turned down manu to come here. No-one wanted MO. He was just another trophy signing.

  • scottish mag

    May 13, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #27

    jeff we all know u like owen, its all over the papers today- owen to JEFF UTD, how did u get your own team lol

  • autibo

    May 13, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #28

    i cant see him leaving for two reasons – 1. i dont think anybody outside the top four could match his wages, and more importantly 2. i think he’s a decent bloke who realises he’s not at his peak anymore and he knows he owes us some loyalty

    on the subject of transfers i think we need to be looking at 2 pools of players – those who will immediately improve the first eleven, and those who will beef up the squad, add competition and challenge for places over the season

    i think we need a quality centre-back, a replacement for butt, a replacement for geremi, and a replacement for viduka. my choices would be:

    dunne – great value, experience, consistency
    cuellar – exceptional in europe
    garay – superb but pricey and sought-after
    kompany – slighlty cheaper and easier than garay

    butt replacement:
    mbia – looked class in the african cup
    toulalan – expensive, would he come?
    veloso – expensive, would he come?

    geremi replacement:
    arshavin – class against england
    biyaletdinov – looks quality, cheaper option?
    bentley – quality, could we persuade him/them?
    v.d.vaart – great player, a keegan type!!

    viduka replacement:
    ashton – would w.ham sell him?
    gomis – can he hack it? looks good to me
    huntelaar – arguably bigger than owen coup!!
    santa-cruz – again, could we persuade them??

    squad players – giles barnes, seb larsson, shorey, doyle, kitson – players of this calibre. all good prem players, wouldnt cost a fortune and would certainly give us strength in depth

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 13, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Midd the Yid – Unlikely my hook-nosed friend, Owen hates London just as much as anybody else north of Watford.

  • Bigmatt

    May 13, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #30

    He will stay. The only two club that are interested in him right now are Everton and United. Could you imagine him at either of those two?

    He would be hated by Newcastle and Liverpool supporters. Plus he would make himself into nothing more than a mercenary. He has spent over half his time with the toon injured. He owes this club a little loyalty. I think we will get it.

  • IrishMan

    May 13, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #31

    We should put in an offer to Bristol City for Lee Trundle (?3M). I think he would complement Owen and Martins and play off them very well. A nice back up / replacement for Viduka. Let’s give him a go against the big boys……

  • GazzaToon

    May 13, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #32

    well maybe he is staying newcastle have opened contract negotiations with owen according to the times (note not the daily mail lol)


  • Hamas (51times)

    May 13, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #33

    A 31 year old who’s never played in the premierleague…

  • IrishMan

    May 13, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Fair enough but offer him a two year contract and bring him on for 30 minutes every other week!

  • Reb

    May 13, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #35

    What does everyone want him to say? He’s said he’s happy at Newcastle. He’s said he hopes the contract negotiations are settled before he goes on holiday. He’s said he’s looking forward to more under Keegan, and taking the club back to “where it belongs”. The ONLY thing he hasn’t said is a guarantee that he WILL stay. No doubt, a lesson harshly learned in 2004. He said he’d stay at Liverpool, he would sign a new contract, and events transpired such that he ended up going to Madrid. Thus, Liverpool fans villify him as a traitor and a liar. So, four years on, the lad isn’t going to make the same mistake.

    And, uhm, yes Gerrard has done worse as captain. Remember Chelsea-gate — two summers running? I do.

    On the other note, Ian, Dave Kitson played the entire season, fully fit, iirc. And in a team that didn’t play defensively. All the strikers this season were first hampered by Allardyce’s style, and then by absences: Owen with just Smith for a partner, Viduka by injuries, and Martins away to the ACoN. If you are seriously comparing Kitson and Owen, you need your head checked mate.

    Kitson — 0 caps, 0 goals for his country. 20+ top-flight league goals in his career.

    Owen — 89 caps, 40 goals for his country. 136 league goals in his career.

  • Anth

    May 13, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #36


    good read we have started contract talks last week , still the london tripe knocking newcastle when they can,about him droping his wages, but some good points in it

  • Chris F

    May 13, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #37

    don’t be daft irishman.

    we’ve got enough players pushing 30 in our squad without adding to them, we need a bit more youth and pace added.

    trundle should stay where he is, and most likely will.

  • John

    May 13, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #38

    according to the times negotiations have started..hopeful done and dusted in a week or so .


  • ronaldeano

    May 13, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #39

    @Midd the toss pot yidd, Modric is going to be a flop and Woodgate will never play for you cos he is a crock.

    We will finish higher than you next season and you will do a Leeds

    Then we will never have to read your pathetic southern comments ever again

    Bellend 🙂

  • IrishMan

    May 13, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #40

    I may be daft, but I am still serious. After tonight, he may score two or three against us next year. I think he would be worth 10-14 goals for us in a season.


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