Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has revealed he will start contract talks with Michael Owen as one of his main priorities after being given the Newcastle job through the end of the season. And it’s in Michael’s powers to sign and have a huge positive impact at the club.
Michael Owen – contract talks a priority for Kinnear
Kinnear will now be in charge until the end of the season and he seems to have a decent relationship with Mike Ashley and claims that he has been backed by the owner.
Speaking on the Owen situation, Kinnear said today:
“I spoke to Michael first because he is captain and then I sat down with the rest of the players.” “Now I have permission to address it.” “I will be trying to sort out Nicky Butt and Michael Owen.” “I have spoken to Michael and he is prepared to listen to what I have to say.”
“If I can be blunt, it makes sense that we need to protect the valuation of the club.” “We need to protect the club.” “I explained it to Mike to protect the assets he has already got.” “It’s in my power to sit down and talk with you and every other player.”
“I hope to have 80% chance of keeping Michael Owen, but I need to sit down properly and talk to him.” “I was unsure about things now I can concentrate on transfers.” “I have spoken to the owner and we need to strengthen.” “I have told the owner, and he has backed me up.” “He is behind me.”
“We are in a relegation fight now.” “We need to get the results we need and get out of it.” “I’ve always hoped to get the opportunity to come here and do the job.” “There was a doubt because of the club getting sold.”
“But they can’t see the club being sold.” “Something might be round the corner but the offers haven’t been enough.”
It would be a massive coup if Joe can persuade his captain to sign a new contract at the club, and there’s no secret that he thinks Michael is world class.
But from Michael’s side of things, the club is still unstable in that we will probably have a new owner in the summer, and yet another manager to take over from Joe.
But Owen can show great leadership, and can have a huge positive impact at Newcastle, if he is willing to show he has faith in the club, and is willing to sign a new contract.
That would be a a sign to other players that Newcastle is still a great club to play for, even though we have had significant troubles this season.
That’s what individual leadership is all about – be the first to commit.