Owen Can Have Huge Positive Impact At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Frankie Wilde

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    If only it would come true

  • steve

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully Owen will sign and JK can get Ashley to release some cash for a couple of new players in Jan. May as well get used to the fact that Ashley is here to stay until the credit crunch is over, buying a football club is just not an attractive proposition in these credit crunch times

    looking forward to game tomorrow, we should be able to get 3 points but you just never know with the toon

  • BT9MAG

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    The longer Owen stays the more I warm to him, his interviews are becoming much more open and honest and watching a clip of him and nicky butt on nufctv shows those two ripping into each other in the background whilst the other is being interviewed.

    Top class player, great professional and seemingly decent lad – sign him up…and quick!

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Get Rid,
    Luxury player,we need fighters,big and strong to stay up.
    Sell him,ameobi,Smith and buy 1 strong Committed striker or give Ranger a chance.

  • Nick C

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5

    2 hopes Owen will stay. If u had no particular allegiance would any of you stay at our trainwreck of a club?

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to StJames’s Park KINNEAR get’s the Managers job till the end of the Season…ITS PATHETIC !!!This Once Great club is the laughing stock of football and on the slide to the Championship thanks Mainley to ASHLEY…Would i blame Michael, Oba,Shay or any others self respecting Player for Getting Out of Toon>>>>NEVER

  • Steven T

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Very similar comments to Keegan before he went – “I’ve spoken to the owner, he is behind me”. Wait till January Joe!

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Hope he signs but doubt it, so expect him to leave for a fee in January or for nothing next summer…..

    Provided he keeps us in the PL with his goals that’s win-win!

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #9

    And before any of you Crazy’s begin saying Kinnear is doing a Good job >>>10pts from 24pts in Nothing near a GOOD Job.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #10





    after 60mins change to this





    That way we’re defensive, give Guthrie a run out and dont risk Viduka to much!

  • Nick C

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    10 pts from 24 is not bad under the circumstances. It could and would have been a lot worse if they had left Hughton in charge.


    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #12



    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13


  • Spyro

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Turn the caps lock off Batty, no one cares whether you are angry or not.

  • BT9MAG

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #15

    ObaMartins – get a grip man, like Nick C said, under the circumstances that’s not a TERRIBLE points return!

    Look at when Allardyce was ruining the club, all the other fans liked to point out that he’d got a load of points from his first few fixtures, but these were against easily beatable teams and we had a load of tough fixtures coming up!

    Blackburn had a flying season last year and now they’re below us – this season has been more open than any I can remember at this point, and with a couple of wins we can be up amongst the top half…West Brom and Stoke are gunna falter, Hull are more than likely gunna fade towards the end of the season, and Bolton are still missing Anelka!

    Granted this isn’t going to be a great season, but how is writing off joe kinnear going to help the team in anyway?

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Nick C wrote >>>10 pts from 24 is not bad under the circumstances. It could and would have been a lot worse if they had left Hughton in charge<<< 10pts is Pathetic like youre Support for having Kinnear as Manager, He could not get a job in football, he was only given the NuFc job out of Desperation By who ate all the pies….Ashley

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    BT9MAG <<<You are the one who needs to get a Grip, or have you got a grip of Kinnears ???its Pathetic whats happening to Newcastle and its because of PEOPLE like you willing to accept anything…WAKE UP

  • Shot Bru!

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully Kinnear gets Owen to stay till the summer at least, we need his goals for the rest of the season to keep us out of trouble, then we can hopefully start a fresh next season.

  • AO

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    The only impact owen will have on the club is when he leaves in january and ashley doesnt have to pay his ridiculous wages anymore.

  • keith

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #20

    ao what club is going to stump up the cash to buy him in jan when they can get him nothing 6 months down the line? not very clever are you? makes sense since your a spud

  • AO

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

    keith- you have just shown your stupidity. If he can go for free in 6 months dont you think newcastle would rather get a fee now. Even if it is a fraction of his worth. Idiot!

  • AO

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Keith- feeling a little silly now arent we.

  • Toon Olly

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #23

    AO your a funny chap man. im not gonna have a go cos everyone gets so worked up with you, i dont even care that your a spud cos (and im gonna get destroyed for this) ive always been an admirer of spurs and the football they play, which just makes it all the sweeter when we beat ya!
    just as long as your having fun giving us all this shit mate carry on, i doubt anyone REALLY cares that much..haha and if they do they need to get over it. theres more important issues to hand!

  • samthecat

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #24

    So offers for the club have been made-just not enough and why is Kinnear allowed to negotiate a contract with Owen when Keegan had no say in contracts at all?

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s behind me??????

    Ha ha ha nice sound byte that Joe cue the pantomime snipes!!

  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #26

    He is doing fine me. We were unlucky not be beat Everton,Man City and Wigan. Fair enough we got beat of Sunderland and Fulham but lets see what happens.

  • keith

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #27

    not at all ao, had to do some ‘work’ , but why would owen turn down a bigger signing on fee to help us out? come on think about it

  • Shot Bru!

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Keith i agree with you there, Owen is worth maybe another 10 league goals this season taking into account of injuries and games played between now and the end o the season. Those goals could prove vital in our effort to securing our prem status and the financial rewards that brings, which would far outweigh the savings on Owen’s wages and small transfer fee we would get for him.

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashley may be playing this cute.

    Hes kept his head down for a while and for once Newcastle have done alot right, both on and off the field.

    It looks like Ashley will be here until the end of the season.

    With the Jan’ transfer window opening, he could of course make alot more friends with some clever and eye catching signings.

    Then with an extra partner in the new season, which was always his plan, he could be here for a long time to come!

    Of course this is just a possibility, but one that i could see happening. I’ll wait and see though!

  • keith

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #30

    the entertainers that wouldnt bother me at all, in fairness to ashley he has brough finical stability to the club as was trying to bulid long term, i think id rather him to stay in all honesty

  • geordie bulldog

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #31

    why would owen sign a new contract when in the summer the hole scenario starts again
    who will be in charge?
    who owns the club ?
    ambitions at this club at present the club has no ambition just look at the appointment of manager
    if i was owen i would leave for a better run/managed club with a little ambition

  • Tom

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Owen-fine, Butt-maybe, but what about Steve Harper! Offer him a new contract, the guy deserves one, if he wants to stay rather than pursue first team football elsewhere.

  • xisco biscuits

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    it could have easily been 16 from 24 had we held on against citeh and wigan, and zog had turned in that chance against everton!! just playing devil’s advocate there

    i dont think he’s great but i think it maybe just about makes sense to keep him til may provided he’s allowed to STRENGTHEN in january, and by strengthen i dont mean sell 1, buy 1 like we did in summer!!

  • xisco biscuits

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    by the way – that last post was about JFK, not MO 🙂

  • ben-toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Really why would Owen leave, what would be his motivation.

    1: None of the top 4 teams want or need him or would pay his wages for being 3rd choice

    2: Would he really move his family who are settled.

    3: If he did move it would be back to Cheshire so the teams he would consider would be Liverpool who dont want him. Everton cannot afford him. Man Utd who dont need him. That leaves Man City who are the only threat in my oppinion, yes they can afford him but with all there money dont you think they would be looking for bigger younger fish.

    4: Spurs, Villa, Portsmouth are the only other possible teams he would consider and all of them will not pay his wages.

    So why would he move if he not increasing his wages going back home or gaurentieing a trophy.

    I hope he stays

  • Richie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon olly… Why dont you ask ao for his number so you can fully insert your penis (however small it may be) into his arse? Fan of spurs eh? You must be one of those queers! Good on big joe! If mo stays then he must accept a cut in wages as he Hasnt played enough games or given value for money, despite how good he is! I have a feeling he will be off and id replace him with kevin doyle from reading to play alongside a big strong front man next season…who that could be im not sure x

  • Rem

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #37


    Are you being funny?????

    he is 17, even rooney at man utd only played a few games till he was old enough and mature enough.

    u cant just chuck a young player on casue he has done great at u18 level, the jump is way to big!!!! the pressure would be to immense, and it wud really knock his confidnece

  • boater

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #38

    ObaMartins… do you remember how many points KK got from his first possible 24? 4 points. 4 draws and 4 defeats… AND he didn’t have a chairman trying to sell, fans boycotting and a team who hadn’t won in 8 games to deal with….
    Kinnear hasn’t done well you’re right… he’s PERFORMED MIRACLES. He’s now trying to get Owen on a contract… not the end of the world if he fails – due to his injury record – but he needs to try all the same.
    Doom mongering is so part of our supporters psyche they can’t switch off when things start to get going again.

  • ben-toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Boater- great shout, it dosent matter if you like Jk or not ,the situation is he has the job for the rest of the season and he is trying to do the right thing.

    We the supporters have to get behind him and the team and support.

    It doesnt help anyone and most importantly the team if were not all behind the boys.

    We will be ok

  • kid in toronto

    Nov 28, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40

    i have to agree that owen is a luxury player that we can not afford. his wages can pay for at least two very consistant players. i don’t think he will ever be healthty again, which is sad because he’s only 8 short of the england record. i’m afraid he’s over the hill…


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