Malcolm Macdonald – Sign Owen Up Now

Former Newcastle number 9, Malcolm Macdonald, has given an interview with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today.


Michael Owen – in contract talks with Newcastle

Malcolm has urged Newcastle United to secure Michael Owen to a long term future at the Tyneside club, as soon as they can.

There have been reports that Manchester United may want the England striker, with Ronaldo possibly on his way to Real Madrid.

Also, Louis Saha, who seems to always be out injured, and who was on loan to Newcastle in early 1999, is almost certain to leave the Red Devils this summer.

Certainly Michael seemed to return to his old form under Kevin Keegan last season, and not only played very well for the club, but also started to regularly score goals.

He has 20 goals for Newcastle in just 41 starts for the club, over the last 3 seasons.

Malcolm told the Evening Chronicle today:

“If Sir Alex Ferguson does lose Ronaldo, it would not surprise me in the least if he came to Newcastle for Owen,”

“He will have plenty of money, but he may well look at Owen’s situation at St James’ Park, and wonder if he can pick him up on the cheap.”

“Because of his goal-scoring record, Sir Alex must know that Owen would be a great short-term signing.”

“And he must know that Owen, with the support and service he would get at Old Trafford, is more than capable of chipping in with 20 goals.”

“This would certainly go some way in compensating for any loss of Ronaldo.”

Michael Owen now has only 12 months left on his initial 4 year contract.

This is a difficult time for the club, because the player could simply run down his contract for 12 months, and the club would get nothing for him, or we can sell him, but wouldn’t get his full value – because he could run out his contract.

So it works both ways for the player and against the cub, when contracts are allowed to get within a year or so of running out.

Macdonald added:

“The rules make it easy for footballers these days, as they all seem to come down on the side of the players.”

“Michael Owen is not a kid – or a mug. And he has to do what is best for himself.”

But we think that Michael is more than happy if he can get a decent contract sorted out, to stay at Newcastle.

He obviously loves playing for Kevin Keegan, and he also seems to thrive on being the captain of such a famous club.

We’ll be very happy to see Michael at Newcastle for a a good few seasons yet.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Matthew

    Jun 21, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #1

    If only contract extensions were that simple.

    Btw if Man Utd do sell Ronaldo then the money they get for him will mean they will be looking at bringing in better than Owen.

  • dan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I dont think owen wants to go there, Unless Ashley is becoming silly with the wages. Besides Owen and Ronaldo are completely different players both in position and stage of career. If he goes he wont be able to replace Ronaldo. It’s as simple as that. Manure allready have many small strikers and I think this is a load of old bollocks to be honist.

  • Ross G

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Could care less

  • Matthew

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Why wouldn’t Owen want to go there?

  • Graham

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    We’re missing the point here – Owen has said that contract discussions are ongoing – thats fine. Whats not is gob shite McDonald spouting off for the sake of it.

    The bloke was a cracking footballer but he hasn’t said one ounce of common sense for 20 odd years.

    I’m 100% convinced that Owen will sign a new deal and probably pop a couple past Van der Sar on the opening day….. we’ll he’ll sign his contract anyway!

  • Michael

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Why does MacDonald insist on coming out with stupid opinions? For a start Man United can look a lot higher up than Michael Owen and Owen is an ex Liverpool Player, I really doubt this will happen.

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    LOL i agree with most of the comments above

  • Luke

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this were to happen but I think it’s irrelevant of Ronaldo’s situation.

    So who do we think could realistically replace Ronaldo?

  • John

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    on the wrong blog luke

  • micepie

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Fair nuff, yes! But I don’t think Man U would be looking at Owen should Ronaldo leave. They’re totally unalike in their play and positions. and would both be about as much use as an ash tray on a motorcycle trying to play each other’s game,

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    agree!! luke – bollocks to ronaldo and we dont need to discuss manure on here. I genuinely think owen wants to stay with us. i thought at first he would not stay, in his first two years, now though, club captain etc i think he his well chuffed and he likes keegan too. I think that owen is not in the england managers plans that much anyway, and he knows it too. Plus, his big mate, alan shearer has proved that you dont need stacks of medals to be rememered as ‘the man’. look at ronaldo again, medals etc coming out his arse already…..respect??? – none!!! owen will stay.


    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Supermac on the whisky again! couldn’t agree with dan more! 2 completely different players! they had someone like MO & they sent him packing to Madrid! if Ron goes & they should get rid, fantastic player but clearly wants away! they will replace with the likes of Kaka,messi,benzema etc! although MO is world class striker on his day, he’s not in that bracket of players anymore! they will replace creativity with creativity! he’s always been a fan of joe cole to! he could flourish at man u in a free role instead of stuck on left wing at Chelsea! I firmly believe Ron will leave & Man u will replace with Kaka or Benzema!

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #13



  • owengoalmachine

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Whats MM putting stories out like this that hes dreamed up himself. Owen will be a N ewcastle player this season and I predict he will score 20 goals or more if he stays fit. He loves being captain and will finish his career a geordie. F**k ManU. We’ll stuff em first day of the season (if Ronaldo is gone) haha.

  • owengoalmachine

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Owen will be captain next year and will score 20 or more goals. So shut it MM. Stop starting rumours that you have dreamed up yourself.

  • Piers

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree Dan, how the hell does Owen replace Ronaldo? They both play completely different positions. And yeah if Manure are going to sell him for that crazy amount of money y wouldn’t they go after someone younger or someone better than Owen…….As for Owen, i believe when its all set and done, he will stay with us.

  • Hadji

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Owen is ours and he aint going nowhere….MA offer him 80 oo0 + a bonus of 5000 for every goal he scores.

  • Hadji

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Ronealdano….Hahahahahaha,i like your style bro.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    just seen a bit of news on the Marca paper website… they have been acting as a mouth for ronaldo and his best mate is the sports editor their so CR has been giving him all the hot news. This is what they say – CR will sign a 5 year deal wuth real madrid worth 22.5 million. Maure will be paid 65 million and also get robinhio on a year loan with an option to buy for ten million at the end of the year – you heard it here first! so at least we wont have the twat runnign rings round us on the first day of the season.

  • stk

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    he is club captain now, thanks to kk, so thats gotta count for somthing. all we need now are 5 top-quality signings and a raft of new youngsters to come through.

  • T.O.Mag

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Gala now want 16M pounds for Arda Turan, instead of the 11M we refused to cough up before the Euros.
    Wenger is impressed and wants him.
    I think we might have blown it with this one.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Robinho playing in the premiership is laughable.

  • Michael

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Luke, Messi is the only player I could see replacing him, but hes injury prone because of his growth problems.

  • Piers

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Haha Robinho

  • Ian

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #25

    I think that Owen would go there if he got the chance, it would put him top of the pile again and he would get 20 goals at a club with that quality around him.

    Obviously not a midfield replacement but as a striker. Manchester United has a striker problem, they arent scoring the goals they should hidden by Ronaldos outstanding season.

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #26

    “Owen is ours and he aint going nowhere….MA offer him 80 oo0 a bonus of 5000 for every goal he scores.”

    if we offer Owen anything like that i will personally admit to everyone that NUFC is a joke

    Owen, despite being a good captain and decent striker, is a 50 to 60k a week player earning double his deserved amount and he has finally realised that himself, and all this crap people spew on here about him being loyal…WAKE UP! no other team is willing to pay his wages, hence the lack of genuine interest in him

    people on here were quick to see through n’zogbia’s “loyal pledge” to our club as soon as it became clear tottenham were not interested, this is the same

  • Shaz

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #27

    and he saved you from relagation.Some of your back handed compliments are disgusting.Owen is more than capable of playing well for the scum but i don’t want to see him at old toilet.Stop insulting the guy in your attempts to praise him.He could score goals anywhere.pace or no pace.It is your rubbish team holding him back,Yeah i’m sure you will all come on here castigating for my opinions but it is true.

  • 51times

    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #28

    shaz – wtf, they have electricity in Liverpool? I always thought Merseyside was like Bosnia circa the mid 90’s.

  • Egar

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Shaz, you’re right that MO is quite capable. That lad’s born to score. He’s done that at Liverpool, Real Madrid, England and is still doing so now at NUFC. His goals last season did contribute & inspire our climb out of the drop zone.

    All the more reason now for MA to WISE up & quickly secure his service to NUFC for the long term as well as the rest of good lads in the team like OM & ST. When MA bought over NUFC, it was like puberty all over again – he’s got to WISE up quick on the ways of the “football” world or be left behind.

    We’ve sold some of our lesser players but have yet to bring in a single quality replacement. Several NUFC fans must be wondering what’s going on with the non-event w.r.t. signing on the players needed to propel the club forward. There’s still time to do but our indecisiveness is going to cost a lot more. We’ll know for sure when the new season starts what MA’s ambition for NUFC really is. Penny WISE, pound foolish???

  • normski1930z

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #30

    shaz and trac shut ya shit we are not in the slightest bit interested in wot u have to say ….. get back to the kitchen.

  • Ian

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #31

    we have paid Owens transfer fee, I wouldnt have bought him at the time I wanted Anelka or Johnson, but the club paid it and that is history.

    Now I would like Cisse and it wont happen and he will be a top scorer in the premiership and then everyone will say they wanted him too-but that is a different story.

    Now we have Owen we may as well pay him an over the top wage to keep him as it is less than paying a transfer fee and a low wage to someone else, and this is from someone who wasnt a big Owen fan, better spending your money on a player you know than one you dont.

    Mac is right get him signed up, bring stability to the club as everyone knows the captain is staying and other players know who they will be playing alongside if they join up.

    Many players have said they would like to play alongside Owen and Martins, Cisse said he enjoyed playing alongside Owen at Liverpool for example, we are more likely to sign good players if Martins and Owen are staying put and it is made clear that they are.


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