Still No Progress On Owen Contract

There is still no new news on Michael Owen signing a contract at Newcastle United.


Michael Owen – no news on contract negotiations

Chris Mort was supposed to get going with that after the Ashley meeting on 9th May, to clear the air, following Kevin’s comments after the Chelsea game.

Kevin of course was frustrated following the 2-0 defeat and said that Newcastle would have difficulty breaking into the top 4 in his 3 seasons at the club.

But now we hear Chris Mort will be stepping down from the job as Newcastle Chairman, and we fully expect Derek Llambias, currently Deputy Chairman, to take over within a couple of weeks.

But time is moving, and Kevin Keegan cannot be too pleased with the lack of progress made on keeping both Michael Owen and Steven Taylor at the club.

You would hope that Mort and Llambias would be working closely together right now, to soften the transition when Llambias finally takes over, but it’s a mystery to us why contract negotiations are not going full steam ahead.

If Michael will not take a wage cut, as has been widely reported, we’d be better off knowing that sooner rather than later so we can adjust some of our priorities in the transfer market.

And with his virus Michael himself cannot be doing too much right now, having had to pull out of the England squad recently.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • tapir

    May 26, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    ist it obvious….

    MA & CM owed us some explanation…soon……

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 26, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    No news of anything. We better not have news of him leaving.

  • ronaldeano

    May 26, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    This should have been sorted well before now. If it dosent get sorted and Owen ends up leaving, it just goes to show the lack of ambition MA has for this club and how tight fisted he is by not puting his money in to improve the first team. I hope this is not the case, but if it is, i hope MA sells up


    May 26, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Be patient…with this virus it is not suprisingly that the negotiations do not further proceed at the moment. Relax, everything comes to a good end.

  • Graeme

    May 26, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    If Owen goes and Eto’o and Gomis join, where’s the problem?

    Heard an offer of £104k per week (NOT from NUFC) was turned down by Eto’o as not enough!!! A transfer fee of £24million was evidently agreed

  • ronaldeano

    May 26, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Tight Ashley wont pay anyone that kind of money, even if they were screaming to join NUFC. 🙁

  • MarK

    May 26, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    he tell you that himself ronaldo? all this stuff about not spending is speculation.. how do the papers know this when ashley doesnt talk to the press at all.

  • The Entertainers

    May 26, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont have a problem with Newcastle doing there business in house for a change. Remember our dirty washing was always done in public under Shepard and it was never good for our name. There appears to be a good degree of professional attitude with the new team and thats good news. Lets be honest not many teams have splashed the cash yet. I can only think of Chelski and Spurs how have made purchases, all the rest are just rumours. So give them time and lets stick together.

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    May 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Some Owen related info there…with no direct back-up.

    I’m very much in agreement with ‘The Entertainers’, but nor am I none too happy with what seems as a significant amount of our business being conducted and London, with little information given to our local press. That is where the Mort standing down tales should have emanated from, not the Evilning Standard (or Daily Mail/Mein Kampf).


    More on the Derek ‘Del Boy’ Llambias situation, Owen, Viduka etcetera, etcetera:

  • Leo

    May 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    what about obafemi martins? have i missed something while having a good ole drinking time for bank holiday?

  • D B F

    May 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    the entertainers- no ones complaining about doind our business in house, the problem is it doesnt seem like we are actually doing any busniness at all

  • craig chisholm

    May 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    i think ashley is going to sell thats why he has not and will not invest in our team. sure, he has came in and sorted out the finances etc, got a little bit of stability etc but he has put nothing onto the pitch at all. ithink its very fair to say that he should expect no sucess out of our club, as paying off debt has no baring at all on what we do on the pitch. All he has done drssed us up for the shop window. its obvious, no debt now, salaries going down all the time, looking at selling off our best players , martins zogs etc, not interested in sorting owen out a new deal etc. he wants it to look like we are making a good profit… which we must be now i would have thought. he is going to sell us out lads. As for our captain, he will run down to a free or go before the start of the season i expect. christ, there is some bloke on here going on about eto’o… jesus, get real.

  • ObaFan2

    May 26, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Idd Leo, always Owen n Taylor but imo Oba first.
    I just hope he’s not up for sale, yes I remember Coles’ sale to fund Shearer but I cannot see that happening again as I cannot think of many striker’s I’d prefer here than Oba.

    What we need is a bit of pace from mid-field to help Oba.

  • toon1978

    May 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    More good news as usual.

  • Spyro

    May 26, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    if a wage cap is introduced then i am GLAD, NO ONE should be getting more than 90k a week for playing football and that includes Owen. If he cant take a wage cap then he can f**k off! no one is bigger than the club


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