Michael Owen Contract Negotiations Have Started

The Times and George Caulkin have a good article out this morning, indicating negotiations on a new contract with Michael Owen’s representatives is underway.


Michael Owen – contract negotiations underway

It’s no secret now that Newcastle will be lowering their wage bill to manageable proportions, and it looks like the £115K/week Michael is on will need to be reduced.

Michael has only started 41 times in his 3 seasons at the club, and has appeared as a sub 6 times and scored 20 goals. That return hardly deserves the wage packet (£18M over 3 seasons) or the £17M Newcastle paid Real Madrid for him in transfer fees.

But if the club does offer him a basic wage of £80K/week Michael could make that up by some bonuses, such as a goals bonus, or even appearance bonuses, given his injury record over the last 3 years.

Newcastle’s contract negotiators are Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez and they will attempt to get a deal made fairly quickly.

We would love it, if Michael Owen signs a contract quickly, and that would give everybody a lift at the club.

We’ll just hope for the best right now.

Comments welcome.

57 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 14, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    hope he does sign, i love the little fella

  • James

    May 14, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    When he signs it will be the best signing we make all summer, and be a huge V’s up to all the media.

    He’s become a great captain for the team on and off the field. But also seemes to have developed into a true “fan” of the Toon. He is often the first player to run and congratulate other scorers, and celebrates like the rest of us.

    Owen is the heatbeat of KK’s side and will lead us into Europe next season

  • Bill F

    May 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Poor bug*er how is he going to manage on that.

  • Obafan

    May 14, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Let us hope for a good ending on this. And after that I hope the board starts to give a new contract to Oba, cause he will be also very important for us in the upcoming seasons.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 14, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Never expected him to leave.

  • Davey G

    May 14, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    We need to sign up Owen / Martins / Taylor on new longtern contracts soonest!!
    When they put pen to paper, that is when the media (In particular the Tossa’s at the Daily Mail) can write anything they want about us, it doesnt matter!

    Yes SPYRO/DRAGONER, Taylor as well!! See your prediction once upon along ago that Cacapa was the best defender at the club, taylor the worst, has fallen dramatically by the wayside!! 😉

  • ronaldeano

    May 14, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    The Sun (skumbag newspaper) recons Faye and N’zogbia had to be pulled apart before the Everton game in a row over wages!!!!! They are also loving the fact that Spurs are going to bid for Bentley!



    the mail also.

  • Leo

    May 14, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    the suns on its arse, i hope it goes bankrupt

  • ben

    May 14, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Bill F .. yer i know .. feel sorry for him. NOT

  • MattyDread

    May 14, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I seem to remember an article on here a week or so ago saying Steven Taylor’s contract negotiations had started.. Has anything more been heard about that?

  • Josh

    May 14, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    hehehehe tribal football reported this first. Ohhhhhhhh dear

  • staffsmag

    May 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    ronaldeano – well said mate – Boycot the southern piece of s*ite rag.

  • Matthew Tom

    May 14, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Sorry this is all a bit negative, but …

    I’d be amazed if he stays any longer than the end of his current deal. Numerous clubs will offer him £120,000 a week and we are fools to impose a salary cap (assuming it’s true) if we want to compete at the top level. The extra £40,000 a week amounts to £10 million over 5 years and Michael Owen is not a financial idiot – someone will pay him that. He’s got one more big contract left in his career and I fully expect him to follow the money.

    I would LOVE it (of course) if he proves me wrong.

  • Toon Boy

    May 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Mathew Tom- Who are the “numerous clubs” who can afford to pay him 120000 a week???
    before you respond, bare in mind that MO has stated that he will never play abroad again!! He give it a go once, it wasnt for him!! His words……….
    So I await your response about Numerous clubs????????

  • Stami

    May 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Owen has only got a few seasons left in him, he is a fantastic player, and im sure a number of clubs would have him as Mathew Tom stated, but not at 120000 a week mate! His injury record is a major factor! Im not saying he isnt worth that much, im saying it would be a gamble for any club to sign him and have him sit on the bench injured for that wage!

    Owen will stay at the Toon till he is too old to play! the end

  • Julio Geordio

    May 14, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    To get Owen to sign another contract so soon into the summer would be a welcome coup and a boost for the club, not only for the present players but for potential buys.

    Got to say it has only been this season that I’ve started to appreciate his skills, but obviously that has a lot to do with his horrendous injury record. He can make his new playing role his own and spearhead next season for us.

    With regards to N’Zogbia, the sooner he goes the better. I didn’t think there would be anything worse than a welsh gobby big-timing player, but there is…….a french gobby big-timing player.

    I wish Faye would have chinned him and then got his Zog’s contract.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Julio Geordieo, I agree 110%!!
    Zog the frog is a trouble making little Merde tete and the quicker they get rid the better!!!

    And Zoggy fans, dont be coming on here with the “how do you know for certain this is going on behind the scenes” Like you lot I dont, but as the old saying goes, no smoke without fire, and there is alot of smoke surrounding the little ungratefull frog prat boy!!!!!
    Get rid now KK before the little Merde undermines every frigga!!

    Angry over and f***ing ouT!

  • Spot The Zebra

    May 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #18

    I dont believe one of the top 4 will come in for Michael.The problem is however if we now have an uncomfirmed wage ceiling of £80,000 a week then we have allowed the likes of Man City and Everton to compete with us for his signature.
    Both of these teams will not only be able to offer around £70,000 per week but also a North West base and, in Evertons case, European competition.There is a strong chance we will lose our only true World Class player ths summer.
    I totally agree our total wage bill is too much however there is a better way to reduce it than what has been suggested this week.Surely instead of limiting ourselves to a wage ceiling we can be more selective to who we offer good wages to in the future.
    I think it makes sense to give players what they are worth and in my opinion Owen is worth more than what he is rumoured to be offered this week.As before i believe Michaels new position will mean he has less injury prolems as he no longer comes up against big centre halves for 90 minutes.
    Move the likes of Smith and Emre on if need be but lets keep the ones that do the business on the pitch.For instance Smith could easily be replaced by Carroll and Emre by LuaLua, both of the younger players being on considerably less money.
    Id hate to think that fantastic headed goal against the Mackems will be the last thing we can remember Owen by.

  • Leo

    May 14, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    cant kapo also play left wing, so if it is true about nzogbia and he leaves kapo would be a useful replacement

    although i think its sh1t stering by the press to make us turn on him….

  • Punk Skunk

    May 14, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Thought Owen was on £103,ooo a week not £115,000?..
    …As for calling Zog a frog!..Ho’way man don’t be racist!..There’s no need for that!..
    …Say you don’t like his attitude by all means, but stop short of dissin’ him for his nationality bro’!..

  • Punk Skunk

    May 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #21

    While a wage cap may be useful in time, i don’t think we should be askin’ players to take a wage cut…They were signed for that amount!..
    …How many here would take a wage cut?..
    …& put in 101%?..

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    And your not being abusive to skunks!! There is nothing racist about calling french people frogs, so you get back to your PC brigade and have you rlittle meetings about whats wrong and whats right in this country, when in effect the only thing wrong in this country is knobs like you ,who think calling someone by their slang/nickname is racist!

    i suppose calling Viduka an aussie, shay a paddy, and any memebr of the unclean a mackem is racist also???

    Moron. Dont even get me started on the difference between racism and fun!! Turd…

  • Victor Meldrew

    May 14, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Angry fan = knob.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Victor Meldrew aka Punk Skunk!!
    Go forth and multiply, and take your pc brigade with ya!!!


  • Victor Meldrew

    May 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Angry fan = aka naka

  • Eric

    May 14, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Glad the negotiations have started. Which Daily Mail reporter is the chair? This news has blown the balls out of yesterday’s acid gossip eh? Hey Michael – I took a wage cut too this month. The budget cost me £2.00 per month down!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Victor Meldrew/Punk skunk, your making your self look like a tool………ha ha

    Talk toon man, thats why you should be on here. Nowt else, get yourself on the ‘Danny Do Good’ society board if you want to talk all things PC.

    Oh and by the way, Naka = Knacker………Your grammer is attrocious boy.

  • Phani Tikkala

    May 14, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #28

    @Angry fan.
    Don’t get you started with the difference between Rascism and Fun.
    Like you Adolf Hitler couldn’t see any difference.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Phanni Tikkala, isnt your name a bit male chauvanistic???
    And lucky I dont know you, calling me Hitler, I am Jewish…………tit!!

    Who is the racist now……………………….

  • Victor Meldrew

    May 14, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Angry fan. It’s spelled ‘grammar’ you knob.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Sarcasm, have you heard of it ?
    How bright are you……..puny minded little tart!

  • Victor Meldrew

    May 14, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Angry knob. Sarcasm? If you said ‘irony’ it would be funny. My grammar would take your grammar any day.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 14, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #33

    …It begins with an F & ends with an F!..

    …Have a word with y’self!..

    …Skunk is a term of abuse towards NUFC fans by no-marks…I’m reclaimin’ it you pleb!..

    …Please feel free to ‘get started’ about the difference between racism & fun chore!..

  • ScottyT

    May 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #34


    115k a week?!?! wtf?! i thort it was 100k.. no wonder they are looking to cut his wage. he should take the wage cut to about 80/85k (makes no difference to him really does it) and get on with the football.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Punk Skunk, whats your game……..comin on calling me names under various different alias’

    if calling a frenchman a frog is racist then 90% of the poulation should be held to account for racism!!

    And as I have already told one of your alter ego’s, calling a jewish lad Hitler is just plain F***in sick, and drops way way way down to the bottom of the racism barrel!!

    70% of my friends from uni are either Black, mixed race or asian, i also have a lot of gay friends of both sexes!! Oh and yes, 2 of my friends are french, and calling the froggy twats often brings a smile to their faces!! that is a fact, so get off yer f**kin high horse, stop likening me to Hitler, and come on here (A football Blog) and talk F**kin football, otherwise piss off to your PC brigade headquarters and stay there!! TOOL

  • Ashingtoon

    May 14, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #36

    FFS Calling Zoggs a frog isn`t being racist,wish the P.C brigade would actually learn about the different races,before going in search of Brownie points…

  • Punk Skunk

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Ok charver,
    i don’t use any other alias!..
    …& ball right off with that: ‘some of my best friends are…’, shite!..
    …Typical racist bollox to spew there!..

    …Right, so you’re a bairn, at uni, is that some kind of excuse?..
    …As for, the hitler thing, they didn’t even liken you to him, go back & read/understand what they wrote!..& if y’gonna use bein’ jewish as an excuse too, don’t!..
    …So, if y’not racist, y’pc brigade?..
    …Well i know which one i’d rather be!..
    …You’re the one spoutin’ shite about stuff other than football!..
    …Probably ‘cos y’could write what you know about the game on the back of a tab of acid, with a marker pen!..

  • Toon Boy

    May 14, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Lads lads lads, i dont want to jump into a none football argue ment on a footy blog, but i have to totally disagree with the boyos on here who are saying calling the french frogs or froggies or whatever, is racist!! Utter Bollox! Saying it is racist is very PC, and I have to agree with the odd thing angry man says! If we call Viduka an Aussie or Shay a paddy or mick is this racist??? I think not and i dont think they would think so either, so to call someone racist for that is very very saddening, and sums up the state of this country when people pull the racist card for something so trivial!! Punk skunk, i think you need to chill mate and maybe take that acid cap angry man has been instructed to write on ….

    Anyway, Nzoggy must go, he is obviously a disruptive influence, and doesnt want to be here so get rid of the young frenchman!!!

  • Toon Boy

    May 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #39

    I think thats how the thread started???? Confused!! oops who called me confused….that could be constrewed as ????????? ageist….or ……antidisestablishmentarianism….ha ha. Or so the PC boys think!!


  • Punk Skunk

    May 14, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #40



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