It’s looking more and more like Newcastle United have indeed offered their captain Michael Owen an improved contract, to stay another three years at the club.
Michael Owen – yes – I’ve got a new contract
Indeed a Newcastle spokesman is quoted in reputable news channels, such as Sky Sports, that Michael has been offered a new contract.
A Newcastle United spokesman is quoted as saying:
“Newcastle United can confirm that captain Michael Owen has been offered an extended and improved three-year contract.”
“The proposed terms of the new deal include an increased salary for Michael and demonstrate the club’s commitment to keeping him.”
“The club hopes that this enhanced contract offer will keep him at St James’ Park.”
We were dubious this morning of this report until the club said something, and usually they report these things on the official web-site, and there’s nothing on the site.
But this may be an accurate report and if it is, we think that’s great. Michael Owen is probably not worth £120K/week because of his play on the field the last three years.
However, we think he is worth the money overall, because he is the face of Newcastle United, just like Alan Shearer was before him. Not to mention Kevin has already pointed to him as being his key player, and he is now captain of the club, and doing very well in that position.
The Americans don’t know too much about football (soccer) but when you mentioned Alan Shearer to them, they knew who he was and most knew he played for Newcastle United – and if you mentioned Newcastle they knew, at least, that’s who Alan played for. They also are very aware of Newcastle Brown Ale, which is one of the most popular beers over here. 😀
If this is true on Michael’s contract, this will be an improvement on his current contract, and it will make Michael an even richer young man, but he’ll be worth every penny if he can score goals the way Alan Shearer.
So we are very pleased about this, as will Kevin Keegan – if it is true.