Michael Owen Says Turmoil Is Why Contract Is Delayed

After Michael’s awesome two goals in the first half yesterday, he talked last night about his contract, and surprise surprise the captain says his contract is being held up, purely because of the turmoil we have at Board Level at the club.

Michael Owen – good sensible words from the captain

Owen talked after the game about the contract talks, which have not yet taken place:

“My situation has not changed we had a few meetings early in the season and it was going fine.”  “Then the manager (Kevin Keegan) and a few people on the board left, one who I was negotiating with.”“Talks have not picked up since then.” “Before it gets twisted, I’d like to say that’s not Newcastle snubbing me or anything else.”

“They have bigger fish to fry then sorting out contracts.” “They haven’t got round to talking because there has been so much turmoil.”

“They have more important things to sort out.” “However, when Joe Kinnear got the job until the end of the season he said he’d talk to people out of contract.”

“There are no snubs or anything about me wanting to leave.” “The plain and simple fact is there has been a lot of turmoil at the club and things have been shuffled to the back of the queue.”

These are good words from the captain, because everybody knows these situations get blown out of proportion. But it does look like Michael is willing to sit down with Joe, and maybe sign a new contract at the club – doesn’t it?   😀

We sure hope so, because Michael proved again he will always score goals, and after last week’s terrible performance at the Riverside, he hit 2 opportunist goals in the first 24 minutes yesterday, which should have been enough to win the game for us.   And Michael got two wonderful through balls from Gutierrez and Martins respectively – two classic goals for Newcastle.

There’s also a message in the statement from Michael that if the board are not going to sell the club until the summer, they better sort themselves out, before Michael will sign.

That’s a good message because let’s be truthful, the Board have treat both the fans and the players with disdain since Kevin Keegan left. And it would behoove Mike to get a new Managing Director at the club to replace Kevin Llambias, who is simply hopeless, and replace him with somebody who might even be willing to talk to the fans.

Where are you Chris Mort?

Of course the terrible result yesterday doesn’t help anything at the club, and we needed the 3 points, even if we did capitulate in the second half, but also it was not to be.

Next weekend we now must go to Portsmouth looking for all 3 points – forget about defending and hanging on in games – please!

11 comments so far

  • wigaz

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanks for scoring two yesterday Mo but we all know that he’s away! would you stay in this circus?


    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    We need to sign him for the rest of his playing days.It’s a MUST.Who will score the goals if he goes?

  • Zangwill

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Every cloud has a silver lining. Hope Newcastle doesn’t win at the beginning , and loses at the final. Score in front, lose in back. Don’t make me grey again! Please!

  • wigaz

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Nobody Keegan! oba is too inconsistent & viduka is a china doll! He will go IMO especially as there is some idiot fans (some of which blog on here) who want him gone! I just cant understand why? If you were a quality player approached by newcastle in jan which name on our teamsheet would catch your eye? obviously it’s Owen! our ONLY top player!

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    I think the best we can hope for is if he stays till the end of the season. From what he is saying it sounds like he is prepared to do that at least. Unfortunately the board seem so disorganised it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they flogged him in Jan. If he does go in Jan it could affect the fragile team spirit we have and lead to relegation.

  • Keegan Jnr

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    From a positive aspect, the owen situation is a win win situation. If he signs a new contract then great, we hold on to one of the few world class players in the squad. On the other hand if he leaves in January we get a bit of money for him and we free up 110k of wages that could be used to attract several players to the squad and add some much needed depth.

  • Ian

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Oba – inconsistent?? Rubbish.

    If Oba didnt have to compensate for a poor midfield and support a fellow but static striker then he would be fine, if Owen had the mobility of Oba and provided the same number of assists then Oba and us would be flying high.

    Like I said in another post as soon as Oba is subbed the other team camp in our half.

    We need (presuming Owen is going) another mobile striker the same as Oba, then we have Jonas, Zog, Martins and another all moving the same pace all in time with each other, if owen is back and they press forward they are on their own, how many times have we seen Martins waiting for a striker to get in the box? If owen stays forward Oba and the rest have to drop back to help the defense and midfield, Oba is covering loads of the pitch, no one who is covering that amount of ground can be as composed as a player who hardly moves, it doesnt matter who they are.

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    We have two different stories here.

    Kinnear says the players agents want to wait till January.

    Owen says himself that they havent even attempted to sit down with him and discuss things with Keegan.

    I think its pretty clear Ashley wants rid, you’re telling me no one at board level had time to discuss owens contract ?

    Keeping owen here is nothing but beneficial towards any future sale, manager etc…every single person knows he adds quality to our side yet nothing. No attempts to keep him.

    He’ll be off to Man city soon enough you watch, they’ll pay his wages and their a side with far more potential than we have right now. Why wouldnt he go?
    We’re not making any attempt to keep him anyway & owens trying to keep damage control now. He cant just say “i want to leave this club”, but he does.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    joe k is another lying ashley puppet, i hate his guts too. he has told us another load of crap about players agents and players not wanting to get into contracts as they want to see what other offers come in in jan. load of shit joe. owen has blown that lid off that with these words. clearly owen is sending a message to the fans of our knackered on its knees club. he is telling us he’d stay but no-one at the club can be arsed. i feel sad for us and sad for owen. its not his fault he was injured so much, its plain for all to see, his goals to games ratio is awsome, even in our pile of shit team. imagine him in a team with some decent play makers. its sad, owen will leave. he will go at the end of the season though on a free and i am at least pleased about that. i want ashley to loose as much money as possible, the fat cnut!

  • Ian

    Dec 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Craig????? I was never any good at anagrams!

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 7, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    sorry ian………..whats that mean? you lost me.


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