Owen Leaving- Ashley Is Not That Daft


There are reports in the People that Michael Owen will leave Newcastle, because of the poor contract he is being offered by the club.

Michael Owen – going nowhere

And there is also a report in the Sunday Mirror that says almost the opposite, and that Newcastle have made a dramatic about turn, and issued a statement saying they will give Michael a new improved contract, but we could not see any such statement on the Newcastle official web site. Surely the Mirror hasn’t made this up.   😀

It was bound to happen, after Newcastle decided to sell James Milner for a good price, rather than give into his demands for an improved contract. Everyone now thinks what happens now with Michael’s contract?

But we think this is different to James, because as Kevin said on Friday, once a player issues a transfer request that puts a whole new light on the situation.

And one thing is clear with Ashley, he will not keep players, or bring players in, who do not want to play for Newcastle United. That’s what a transfer request signals – and that’s why James was moved out.

We think Milner had no idea Newcastle would sell him, and it was only a ploy to get Newcastle to give him an improved contract – and it backfired. (We still would have liked to keep him, even so).

Michael hasn’t asked for a transfer, seems to just love playing under Keegan, and has done Newcastle proud since January.

If there’s one thing Mike Ashley isn’t, it’s a fool and we fully expect him to stay at Newcastle. And we fully expect the gossip press to sensationally report on the goings on – like they have done today.

Don’t believe a word of it – until the club has said something.

Comments welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    bnhv

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  • ToonDaft

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    we should have tied owen down at the end of the season

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    good comments ed

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  • cooldj

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    that was wall virginity btw 😉

    don’t know about owen leaving tbh. Obviously i want him to stay but i really don’t believe that Ashley will offer him full wage. he ain’t leaving before tomorrow for sure but come the end of this season we will have to see.

    as for milner well i think that’s a little bit ott ed. after all AV had bid for him earlier in the summer so he must have known there was a chance. i’m gutted he’s gone at the mo. but hopefully i won’t be tomorrow night…:)

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    i agree daft but at the minute we need to bring players in then in sept the priority will be to owen down

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  • Ericles

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Let us face it. What are the sources of this seedy speculation? None other than the Sunday versions of rags from the Mirror and Mail stables. These two are self appointed enemies of the truth as far as NUFC is concerned. All through pre-season and now into the new. Ignore their lies and verbal diarrheoa. Howay the lads and Owen.

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  • RobB

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I think you’re right Ed. The club would have been in all kinds of difficulty if they’d allowed themselves to be blackmailed by Milner – and there were mixed views on his value to the club.

    Owen is a different situation altogether. I’ll be very nervous until he signs.

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  • JackP

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    It would make no sense to sell him now: where would we get another striker of his quality from for £3.5m in the next 36 hours?

    If the club decide he’s not worth the money, that’s one thing: let him run his contract down and leave on a free – but for the small amount we’d get for him, in comparison to £0.5m per premier league place, it would make more sense to hang on to him until the end of the season, even if we decide not to go for a new deal…

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  • RobB

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m glad Defoe got 2 goals yesterday. MO is in a different class but the less he plays for England the better!

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  • deanooooo

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    anyonethink barton looked relly thin?

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  • MAG PIE

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    JackP – you make good sense mate.

    By the way, has Spears signed yet?

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  • toooooonfan

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    what a load of rubbish owen is stayig he will sign a new contract after the window shuts

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    the papers talk propa bull saying owen will leave!!!!

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  • mike

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    anyone see the sunday mail?

    they ran an article on “flop signings” from this summer

    guess who is number 1? COLOCCINI for his lack of arial ability and he has looked unsteady in centre of defense…

    moral of the story is dont believe the press, they hate newcastle and will do anything to drag its name through the mud.

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  • toooooonfan

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    good point robb he always gets injured

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    yup he has signed

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #17

    it would make more sense signing owen up, on a new agreed contract, then if he wants to go or we want to sell him we’ll get a hell of a lot more!

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  • scotty

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Sell him while we can.

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  • ANDYGLOSTOON

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #19

    I THINK IF A REALLY GOOD OFFER COMES IN IT WILL BE EXCEPTED DUE TO THE ON GOING WAGE DEMAND .

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  • ANDYGLOSTOON

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    HOW ABOUT GET RID OF OWEN BRING IN MCREADY AND POBOLSKI FOR THE SAME WAGE BILL

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  • Ian

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    I wouldnt be surprised at all to see him go, but only if Keegan has two good striker signings, a young brilliant player and a reasonable striker.

    It may be a swap for a youngster, or a big foreign purchase with Owen sold cheaply, I think Keegan and co are far to settled for their main striker not to be signed this late in the day when he can walk in January, we all know it is almost impossible to sign a good striker in January especially for sensible money, they must have at least one striker in the bag.

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  • Wow Signing

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Gyesswork again by Southern press, the latest is that he has been offered a 3 YEAR DEAL with an increase on his current salary

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  • hitman

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    any news on any signings lads…i think ashley will sell owen if a good offer came in,keegan wont want to sell but ashley and his little lap dog(wise)will.

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  • Coloccini's Curls

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Went to Arsenal games yesterday and spoke to Mike Ashley before the game. He told me 3 players are more or less signed, 2 of them are awaiting medicals & 1 is waiting to be confirmed!!
    He also said there will be 1 more signing on Monday PLUS a signing that will shock the world late on Monday!!

    When i asked him if 1 of the players having a medical was Atouba he smiled and said we’ll see soon!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    it would be totally ridiculous selling owen, he is one of the best strikers in the world when fit! he has settled well in the north east with his family! he sells shirts, and advertises the club in so many medias such as games etc! HE CAN ATTRACT QUALITY, WHICH WE DESPRATLEY NEED! just get him signed up!
    p.s dont forget the £10million we got of the FA after the world cup!

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Coloccini’s Curls what a load of crap

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    we have to keep owen at all costs. if he goes we will not replace him, thats the problem. it makes no sense selling him. we have no players as it is ffs and we have as usual too many injuries. ameobi is already back in the team – thats how bad our situatiuon is. keegan saying we will get four good signings inc this wow signing is crap. we will get two in, one a loan deal and the other sub 2 million region. ashey does not have the ambition to invest what is needed on the pitch to make a push up the league.

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    colos curls…………rubbish. you gota be a kid on school holidays?? funny article though!

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29

    TO EVEN THINK ABOUT SELLING OWEN IS CRAZY. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST STRIKERS IN WORLD. BLAME THE MIDFILED APART FROM SPIDERMAN FOR THE CRAP SERVICE. HOW CAN HE SCORE IF HE HASN’T GOT THE BALL!

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    no point selling owen. Besides, he can sort his own deal out to go on a free in less than 4 MONTHS!!

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  • Tony Toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #31

    Come on – we all know exactly where the Mirror got their scoop. It was Craig Burley on Setanta yesterday telling the world that Owen should leave a sinking ship. Just where do they get this stuff from?

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32

    how much would it cost to get a world class striker to replace owen? – nothing lesss than 10 million at the very very least. then you have to pay him good wages, minimum 60 grand a week. so when you look at it, you may as well stay with owen and give him his 110 a week cos we have already bought him, its just his salary. if we tie him up asap it will be a huge boost to us and the team.

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  • ANDYGLOSTOON

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #33

    LIKE I SAID IN REPLY TOO COLO’S CURLS.MIKE ASHLEY SEEMS TOO SAY A BLOODY LOT FOR A PRIVATE MAN.WHY WOULD HE SAY IT TO A FAN AND NOT THE PRESS.HOW DOES HE KNOW THE FANS NOT THE PRESS!

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  • ANDYGLOSTOON

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34

    MIKE ASHLEY AND HIS BLOODY BIG GOB.WHEN WILL HE LEARN.SIGH

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    SUPPLY OWEN WITH THE AMMO AND 9/10 TIMES IT’LL BE CONVERTED.

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #36

    WE SHOULD WRAP UP HERNADES. 23YEARS AND HAS GREAT VISION, TOUCH AND SHOOTING ABILITY. HE CAN SUPPLY OUR STRIKERS.

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  • BobbyD

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #37

    Owen is a natural goalscorer who now can’t beat defenders with his pace as he used too,
    he needs a big forward partner to play off and good supply from the wings.
    At Arsenal yesterday he had neither. We were toothless and completely outplayed.

    This against an Arsenal team who pay their stars £30K-£50K a week, surely then Ashley is right to
    bring Owens pay into some sort of reality and be prepared to let him go if that is Michaels only priority.

    We need good strong players who want to play for us not greedy high profile stars with only 2/3 years
    left in their tank. Players like Jonas and Guthrie who gave their all at Arsenal despite being on the
    back foot for 90 minutes.

    Now that we have a half decent defense I would love to see Ashton or even Bellamy at SJP,
    players who want to run at and terrorise defenders, at the moment we only have Martins and perhaps N’Zogbia.

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #38

    In Russian we say BALABOL.

    someone who is talking about doing but in the end does nothing from what he said he would.

    For me right now (11:21 AM Sunday) thats what Mike Ashley is, a big fat BALABOL !

    because when someone says he is going to get players in (specially in the last 2 weeks) and don’t let no one in (and one out) that is pure “talks” without the “doing”.

    Unfortunatly KK has to stend behind his boss and say the same thing- 3-4 players in the next week… 3-4 players in the next 5 days… 3-4 players in the next 3 days…

    NEXT – 3-4 players in 24 hours.

    My mom alywas told me – hope for the best, expect the worse !!!!

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  • Ian

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Keegan is ruthless every player can be replaced Owen will mean nothing to him if he has what he considers abetter replacement.

    Owens yearly goals are shocking, worth no more than £65,000, I agree about his skill but that is only one stat. I am convinced if Martins was given the best position he would match Owen’s yearly tally.

    If we buy one very good younger or older striker then we have a set with Martins, then Owen can take his time and decide to stay or go, it will not matter.

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  • chuck

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    MO is a decent striker in the twilight of his career.
    Unfortunately he is injury prone.
    If anyone came in with a decent bid, sell !
    The game against Arsenal exposed the quality of the present team, mediocre.
    In which case its going to be another struggle for survival this season.
    Theres been two decent signings, the two Argentinos, Guthrie and Bassong barely club level.
    Dont expect anyone of quality in before the window closes.
    Milner ! average player with good engine who never lived up to early expectations, M.O`N. missjudged this one.
    Whats the future ?
    Its going to take time and money, the present management team have to get on the same page.
    For instance we could have had Diarra, Arshavin, and others @ half the present prices
    had management acted decisivley and in time.
    Granted MA is new to the game, but its his ultimate responsibility to put an experienced group in place to run the operation.
    Like KK, but dont think he has anywhere near the authority of a Wenger or Fergie and a club run by committee is a club in turmoil.
    Its quite simple, a club with the third largest total attendance, plus a top five earner should reflect it in a top six spot, if run to its potential.
    The fact is MA has spent wisely on two players and is building the youth squad for the future, which is commendable, a good policy, however the Guthries and Bassongs are not going to take this club anywhere.
    You gotta spend for success !

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