Both Newcastle captain Michael Owen and interim manager Joe Kinnear find themselves in difficult positions at the club.
Michael Owen – in happier days for England
Michael is in limbo with his Newcastle career, presumably waiting for the club to sort themselves out and be sold, so at least at that time, a contract offer can be made to Michael.
But once January comes around, he could be inundated with attractive offers, since he will become a free agent in the summer, and cost nothing as far as a transfer fee is concerned. And that after the club paid out a whopping £17M to Real Madrid in August, 2005.
Joe Kinnear could be facing his last game in charge of the club this Saturday at Chelsea, since there are rumors the Board may be announcing something after that game. If the club is being sold, Joe will likely have only a short stay as interim manager, until a permanent manager is appointed.
Kinnear talked about Michael today to the Daily Mirror:
“I feel for him because of the situation he finds himself both for club and country.”
“But he answered all this by scoring for us. For what it’s worth, in my opinion he should be in the England squad. That’s my honest opinion.”
“He is a precious commodity. We are not trying to rein him in. But he has got to go slowly, slowly. He is one of the best players in the world and I am going carefully, carefully with him.”
Good words from Joe.
This is almost an unprecedented position for a football club to find itself in, and it seems it could only happen to Newcastle.