Michael Owen Wants To Stay At Newcastle

Nicky Butt has come out today and said that Michael Owen is willing to stay at Newcastle, and the other players are also keen to have Michael stay on Tyneside, although the uncertainty at the club is not helping anything.

Michael Owen – feels he still owes club

Nicky told the Newcastle Journal today:

“Everyone at the club wants him to stay. I think he wants to stay himself but there’s nobody you can speak to about contracts at the minute,”

“No one knows who’s making the decisions at the club at the moment. We’ve got players running out of time on their contracts but no one can sign a contract, we don’t know whether someone’s buying the club or not.”

“It’s not a major problem with the players, though. We’re just getting on with the football and hopefully it’ll get sorted out soon.”

Michael was offered an improved 3 year deal in late August, but that was just before the break-up between the Newcastle board and manager Kevin Keegan, that saw Kevin resign from the club, for a second time, on Thursday evening, September 4th.

Owen is naturally reluctant to sign any new deal – before he sees who the new owners and permanent manager will be. If it is Shearer he will sign immediately, without a doubt, and we even think he’d be happy enough to sign if Joe Kinnear was hired on a longer term basis.

He would also sign if Kevin Keegan is reinstalled as manager, although that is now looking increasingly unlikely.

The word is that Michael feels he owes the club some loyalty after they stuck by him after he injured his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in his knee in June, 2006, during the World Cup in Germany playing for England, and was out a full year.

As well as Michael’s contract running out in the summer, that is also true for local lads Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi, and there is now obvious uncertainty surrounding their future careers at the club.

Nicky continued:

“I’m sure he (Kinnear) is looking to get himself settled down but at the minute nothing’s happening. We’ll have to wait and see what happens,”

“As players we just get on with it. It’s been like that for a while now so we’ve just learned to get on with it – I’m sure it’s more frustrating for the gaffer because he’s in limbo. It’s something that needs to be sorted out soon.”

Joe Kinnear has just two more games in charge officially, against Wigan at home on Saturday and then against Chelsea at Stamford Bride the following Saturday. That’s why it was so important for Joe to get all 3 points at Craven Cottage on Sunday, to bolster his case to stay longer at the club. It was a disappointing loss, especially when we let in two sloppy goals.

But don’t be surprised if Joe is given another 4 weeks in charge if indeed the Newcastle sale has been delayed, as Keith Harris of Seymour Pierce Bank suggested last week.

We’re not sure Joe will be all that happy to accept another limited 4 weeks in charge this time around, what with the transfer window opening on January 1st next year. Who will be in charge of our transfers in January?

That’s just one good question that remains unanswered, about what will happen to the club over the next couple of months.

Comments very welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Ho’way Michael!..

  • lesh

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Sounds good to me even at £110k pw over 3yrs – a total cost of £17m . Could you buy one like him for as much or less?

    He’d be an assett and every effort should be made to get him to sign on the dotted line…… before it’s too late!

  • Irish John

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    be brillant if he stays…Just need to get the new owners so we can kick on…We need to get away from this relegation scrap as this could be a reason for the sale to drag on ..The longer were down there the harder it will be to sell the club..Its a calculated risk for any invester


    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    ED,it doesn`t say he wants to stay………
    It says that Butt says “i think he wants to stay”
    Meaning he hasn`t a clue if he wants to stay or not.
    I reckon he will stay if the club is bought by someone that will spend some bobs on the team,
    and we get some strength in depth and get rid of deadwood.
    Many If`s and buts,here`s hoping :-))))

  • glennUNITED

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    1. If Ashley loves this club like he says he does (bullshit) THEN HE Should do what is best for this great club and sell it now now now,
    2. Ashley should get Owen sined for the new owners
    3. fast track the sale of the club
    4. stop this uncertainty and bullshit games
    5. did I mention sell sell sell now now now!!!

    Oh I said that a few times sorry, BUT WE NEED IT SORTED OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Poor article this ED!!!!

    As stated by Marty-TOON RISING; there is no evidence to suggest Michael wants to stay; just hearsay from another player!

    Your cluthcing with this one and its the kind of thing i’d expect in the Sunday Sun to be honest.

  • loulou

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    if MO stays it will be a big boost for us. And ofcourse the next manager whoever he may be.

  • Mark-o

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey guys like i said before on another thread, leave Ed alone!

    He’s only giving his opinion and reporting from other sources, he’s not a journalist. If you dont like what hes writing then find another blog. The whole point of this place is to spark debate, which he does. It would be a crap blog if everyone agreed with what he said!!!!

  • Whumpie

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I think there is a story here. Butt is one of our three very senior players, and what he says has clout. I’m pleased to hear about it, and I think he’s struck a good balance between dangling the carrot about Owen’s stay while giving the powers-that-be a clear reminder of the responsibility they have in keeping the club sale moving.

    Personally, I’d love to see Owen stay, as would most. Strikers like him are daft expensive, so why pay wages and a transfer fee when you can just pay the wages?

    glennUNITED – what exactly is it that you expect the owners of a company to do that will make the club sell any quicker? Knock an eight-figure sum off the asking price? Done. Hire the best club sales guys in the business? Done.

    You sound like my 3-year old when he asks for some milk. Doesn’t matter how obvious it is that you’re getting the milk or how clearly you tell him so, this wee voice keeps coming “want some milk, please. want some milk, please. want some…” Funnily enough, it doesn’t help the milk arrive quicker.

  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Glad to see the usual doubters are alive and well – like Butt doesn’t talk to Owen?
    How many times does it have to be reported how Michael and his family love living in the Toon before the doubters actually get the message.

    Michael is a lot like Shearer – he lets others do the talking while he does his on the field.

  • Tom1664 (XiscoIsAPirate)

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed’s better than a Journo – he quotes and names his sources!

  • rooks

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #12

    glenn you can’t exactly just pop down the shops & stick newcastle united in your trolley. you heard of ‘due diligence’ (don’t think Ashley had) ?

  • BT9MAG

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Obviously these quotes are open to interpretation – The Northern Echo carried the headline about Owen possibly leaving on the same evidence…

    BUT what I think is interesting is on nufctv Butt and Owen did a gardening ‘creating chances’ thing together and even throughout the interview they were ripping each other and having a bit of craic in the background (Butt said something about his freekick hitting the post against Villa and how the lads like to joke about him in training – Owen laughed in the background and se Butt said at least his have close unlike the other lad’s all season)

    They seem to be good mates, if you work together and knock about together you’re obviously gunna talk about things like this!

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #14

    ed- how can you say that owen will sign immediately without a doubt if shearer is next manager, there has been absolutely nothing from owen or anybody else to suggest that so to report it as if it is gospel makes you look silly.

  • steve

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    @Nick69 – it’s fairly obvious that Shearer and Owen are good mates and it was actually Shearer that brought him to the club, I’d imagine Owen would def sign if Shearer did in fact become manager, stop bloody whinging again.

    JK’s did alright as manager but only alright, 2 losses, 2 draws and 2 wins bearing in mind that all but one of these games has been against lower mid-table opposition. We definitely owe him for coming in when no one else would but I wouldn’t be to quick to give him the job full time.

  • toonarmy08

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #16

    if big al is nxt manager owen will stay .the chelsea rumour is papers i think ,why would they want owen with anelka drogba and kalou ???

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    COrrect, if Shearer and new owners come in before Jan window, Owen will stay, otherwise he will go – this is why Butt, as a senior player is coming out saying what he is, they need to know what is going on – particularly those in a position to negotiate with other clubs in Jan !!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #18


  • Nick

    Nov 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #19

    owen is aways injured and is on 110K a week!!!
    Plus he’s almost 30 !!!! The pace has gone.

    If we are guaranteed 25 games a season then maybe, but we’re not. Why can’t we put a line under it and move on.

    Just think of the money we have spent on wages for owen and Viduka – it’s absolutely sickening.
    granted they are not morons like Dyer, but it’s still obscene in the middle of a credit crunch.

    The only people who could afford his wages are Man city.

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Nov 11, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Gettin on with…playing shite football and loosing matches!

  • JJ

    Nov 11, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Dont care if Owen goes, he never plays anyway and he is just absorbing wages that could be payed to someone who can be an ideal partner for Oba…
    Owen misses just as many sitters as Oba, and although his movement is better.
    Oba holds the ball better, can create more chances, is faster and can score out of nothing.
    Plus Oba is much younger.
    If I had to choose Id take Oba. More heart too!

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    JJ – what a load of garbage – Oba holds the ball better and brings others into play better – what have you been watching, I’ve no idea where you get that opinion from. Owen has better touch, better movement, better passing, holds the ball better and a better scoring ratio. Oba is a good player, skillful, quick, scores spectacular goals – but he too misses too many games, has a poor first touch, and his movement is at time quite random and hard for teammates to pick out – not knocking Oba, I love him to bits, but I am just stunned by your comparisons!

  • JJ

    Nov 11, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #23

    If you think Owen holds the ball up better than Oba, then Im stunned by your comparisons and you are quite obviously English.
    Owen misses a number of sitters every game.
    He is a good player, but he needs an ideal strike partner to partner him.
    It always amazes me how the English completely overate Owen as a player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #24

    To be fair I agree with JJ.

    Owen is weak, slow (ish), adds nothing to the team, has a fairly poor work rate and his finishing is getting worse.

    He is basically the new Inzaghi, does nothing but poach goals. He is a luxury player only really the top 4 can afford. He is not industrious enough for us, sayig that though, I’d happily keep him 🙂

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Its strange how we all seem to be watching different games, when in fact they are the same fixtures!!! Owen, when he plays, is generally the best player on the pitch!

  • JJ

    Nov 11, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #26


    You must be kidding me… he is hardly ever the best player on the pitch… He does nothing besides poach goals. Ie. If he ball is not there to be put away infront of goal, he is useless.
    – Cant hold up play.
    – Cant run at opponents.
    – Cant create or unlick a defence.
    – Cant shoot from long range.
    There are far better overall players than Owen.

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Can hold up play, does create chances with passes, and scoring goals is a strikers job surely!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Agree with JJ again on comment 26

  • reillers

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah sure whatever the wee lad feels like doing. It’s not like he’s messed us around at all.
    I doubt very much that he’ll stay. He seems to be waiting to hop on the next bus out.
    And he’s not even that good anymore, not like he was. He tends to score, if he scores, of other peoples hard work. He’s lost a wee bit of his touch as well, like that sitter against Fulham.

    They’re all good mates at the club, but there’s one tight circle of friends..Shay, Harper, Owen, Butt and Shearer.
    They tend to have stayed around the longest, the rest seem to go and come as they please.

  • brutooooon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Owen, yes he guarantee goals…but remember he is:

    Injury Prone
    Past his Best
    His Age (For a good player like him, i prefer he go for big club and at least win a trophy)

    Plus January 2009 is his last opportunity to go to big clubs….

  • reillers

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Exactly. The club, despite what many on here think and what some Newcastle fans in general think, along with some of the media and Owen himself maybe, the club would survive without him..the club doesn’t revolve around him.
    He isn’t, nor has he ever been our best player.
    We can survive without the few goals he’ll score off other peoples hard work, he’ll take the glory but he wont put in the graft. Any sign of trouble and off he goes, flying for the hills.

    He wouldn’t know loyalty or passion if it hit him in the head, we’re not a physio centre, we’re a football club, our main purpose isn’t to get Owen fit and let him ship off to another club.

    He’s overpaid, injury prone, and way past his best, but he’ll still get all the glory.
    We could win a match 1-0, he could have scored the winning goal and his name would get plastered across the papers, then down in a wee section of the article would be the mention of the likes of wee Given having an absolute blinder, making top class save after top class save.

    We should let him go. Let some other club by a “big named” player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #32

    There is probably gonn be a big clear out of strikers.

    Smith, Carroll, Owen (I’d keep hm but doubt he’d stay), Viduka (regretably), Ameobi (if he doesn’t sign a new contract).

    Leaving us with:

    Ranger (not ready to play week-in-week-out)
    Xisco (needs his chance)

    By my reconing that means we need a big striker (I’d like Hugo Almeida or Pogrebnyak but I’m not sure Pogrebnyak is too realistic) and a small striker, not really sure about this one, there are lots of good ones around.

  • MichaelOWaN

    Nov 12, 2008 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #33

    When did it stated there that Owen wants to stay?? Nicky Butt said he ‘thinks’ Owen wants to stay. We would like to think the same thing too but I dont think that is the case. Once a big club comes for him, he would gladly jump on that opportunity.


    Nov 12, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Haway Michael!! if we get him to sign a new contract it would be the biggest signing in january he is a proven goalscorer and as you have seen whenever you put him on he will surely get ya a goal!!!!


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