Kinnear Not Confident Of Owen Signing New Contract


Joe Kinnear has said today he wants to sit down and talk to all the players who are out of contract next summer, and he’s confident all will sign new contracts for the club by late next week – except Michael Owen.

Michael Owen – looking at his options in January

Other Newcastle players whose contracts run out include Nicky Butt, Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar and Mark Viduka.

Joe also said that he’s been talking to the Directors all week, and that he will try to bring in two new faces in January, and keep all of his current squad.

Speaking on the new contracts, Kinnear said today:

“I think I’d like to get all the players who are out of contract signed up, hopefully next week.” “I have spent the last four or five days talking to directors.”

“There will be offers on the table for I am confident of that.” “I want at least two new faces, and I will be in the position to buy two new players.”

“It will be up to the players and the ball will be in their court.”

We wouldn’t expect Cacapa to be offered a new contract and wonder also if David Edgar will be allowed to move on in the summer.

Joe then talked about what the chances were for Michael to extend his contract on Tyneside:

“I’m not that confident.” “I am pretty confident about everyone else.”

“He (Owen) is looking at his options.” “He will sit down with us on Tuesday.”

And Hoe has reiterated that he wants everybody to stay in January when the transfer window opens again.

“We won’t be selling anybody here.” “Not until we are safe.”

“We are in a relegation battle and there are 10 teams down there with us.”

That’s a sensible strategy from Joe, but it’s a little worrying what he says about Michael Owen, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Owen has already been approached by one of the big teams, like Chelsea, for example.

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286 comments so far

  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    if he doesnt want to sign for us let him off

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  • steve

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #2

    you can hardly blame owen for looking at his options – newcastle are unlikely to be playing in europe for the next couple of seasons at least.

    i think its going to be really hard to retain and attract proven talent with the state the club is in

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  • Geodie Jayne

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Getting us prepared Again Joking. bolloxs we need to sign Owen, its the boards fault not Michaels

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  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    he doesn’t want to sign for the cockney crew. would you?

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  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    jayne why do we need to sign him?

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6

    you have to ask , what kind of management lets a 17 million pound striker run out his contract .
    he should have been signed up months ago when keegan first called for it .

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Stories like this just begin to confirm the suspicions that many have had for months now, those being he is most definitly on his way from newcastle come January.
    its a shame because he’s the best player we have, and i personally will be gutted when he goes.
    I’m just not listening to anyone who mouths off about Owen not caring or this that and the other. The man is a model professional, he has scored some vital goals for us, honoured his contract and tried to do the best he can at a football club that is currently nothing short of a joke.
    What happens when we’re playing teams like stoke, and he isnt there? we dont draw 2-2, we’ll lose 2-0, because we wont get a replacement anywhere near the quality of him when he’s gone. Just a complete howler from everyone involved at NUFC.

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  • murphy

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve never really been an Owen fan to be honest, you can’t faut his ability but his time on the bench through injury just doesn’t make him value for money. He’d be ideal in a top 4 squad as he’d be one of many top strikers that could be called upon and if he got injured it wouldn’t effect them like it does us. I say get rid and try and keep the players we’ve got that actually like the club and want to be here, ie. Martins, Obi.

    It’s getting quite annoying for the fans and club wondering if he’ll sign or if he’s leaving and I’m sure it’ll be unsettling for the player wondering if their so called captian is off talking to other clubs.

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  • Matty

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Why would any of them want to stay here? Simple question, but I would be looking at my options if the company I worked for was a complete mess. Better yet, if someone actually wanted me and came looking. I want all the good players to stay, but reality is reality.

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  • Richy

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Totally gutted, fair play to Michael though, honoured his contract, done his utmost, scored crucial goals in an awful team, i would wish him all the best whereever he goes!!

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  • Fergie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I would love him to sign a new contract but if he doesn’t want to there isn’t much we can do about it. If he wants to leave, then let him and go all out for his replacement… Kevin Doyle

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  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    kk forever i dont think owen is our best player , imo given is , fact is owen has been payed alot of wages and been injured a whole lot ( none of which you can blame him on ) so he has not been value for money. His best days are behind him due to injuries he never has scored 20 goals a season due to injuries, he might be worth 100k a week for the next 2 years but after that would he be?

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  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Kevin doyle would be a great signing for the club good shout fergie

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  • AO

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    so your only quality player has been allowed to run down his contract and is now off. what a shambles. Good luck replacing him with the 5 million you get for him.

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  • Little Willie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Owen didn’t want to come here in the first place and has been looking for a way out ever since, anyone remember his agent letting slip to the press about him having a £9 million buy out clause?

    The only way he will stay is if none of the big 4 or Man City show an interest in him as he won’t pick up the wages anywhere else, I personally think he’s a disgrace to the captains armband, a player with no commitment as our leader on the field.

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  • AO

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #16

    haha. kevin doyle = hello championship.

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  • Gritish Films

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Yep see you you scouse midget, hope Joey B tackles you next season & your out for another season…..

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    keith-you’re right, i tend to forget Shay from time to time. i suppose i just take him for granted because he’s been with us for that long, god knows what would happen should he go too!
    However, i think him and Owen are our two best. Him to stop them going in, Owen to find the net. Fair enough he hasnt been value for money but as you say its through no fault of his own, and when he has played for us he’s had a positive impact, like i’ve said before scoring some vital goals. I just dont know where they’ll come from when he goes. He’s a special player regardless of age or pricetag, we’ll be losing an important player when he goes as far as im concerned.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Very mature gritish films, thats hoping Barton doesnt tackle someone in the street before hand and is actually still playing for us come next season.

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  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    i wouldnt agree how good a player he is and he has scored some vital goals , remember his hatrick against west ham? , but if doesnt want to stay he should go. he would be hard to replace but we would be ok without him

    Ao how would kevin doyle = hello championship? Have you ever seen him play? he would get a game in most premiership teams including spurs. He is a proven international player

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Gutted. Plain and simple. Not from the simple fact that MO is almost certainly going to leave in Jan., but more from the fact that the board did virtually nothing to keep him. Don’t know what to say. It’s crap, ya kna. I know Oba can be our #1 striker. Matter of fact, I like him better than Owen. But Viduka and Ameobi? Smith?? Hope we can hold out and avoid relegation. Certainly we deserve more than that, like… right?

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    keith – you ask why we need to sign him. Really?

    He’s never said anything embarrassing to the press, he’s been totally loyal and seen out his contract having never hinted at leaving. And most of all, he’s got a better goals to starts ratio than Big Al had – far greater than anyone else in the squad. Just what is it that you want from him that he’s not delivering??

    Bottom line: someone to replace him and get over 1 goal per 2 games is going to cost £20m and a similar salary to Owen’s. And that ain’t gonna happen.

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  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #23

    sorry kk forever that is meant to be wouldnt argue how good a player owen is

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #24

    AO- sounds like this may be a dumb question, like, but where are your loyalties, mate? You don’t sound like a mag supporter…

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  • HAMMY14

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #25

    RE:- KK FOREVER (Ross). My sentiments exactly and to the others that have said leting go a £17mill striker leave for nothing is down to the joke we call the board. Personally i was hoping that Ash & Co would be gone by now but unfortunally not. Tbh two new faces isnt enough i would try for five or six at least and if we do have a glimmer of the smallest hope that Owen will stay id personally to him ‘ name your price ‘ and what ever it takes to keep him cus if he goes to another prem team i will put my bottom dollor that we will score against us like he did when he was at Liverpool

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Little Willie (apt name) – what planet are you on? How can you describe this bloke as “a disgrace to the captains armband, a player with no commitment as our leader on the field”?

    What are you basing that on??

    When has he EVER said anything that would suggest a lack of loyalty? Would you rather support N’Zogbia, who has an annual “I wanna play for Paris” toys-outta-pram moment? Or even Taylor with his outbursts over contracts?

    I’m a big fan of both Taylor and Zog, but Owen leaves them both for dead when it comes to commitment. And in case you’d not noticed, he’s our top scorer. Again.

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Whumpie-

    Well said!

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  • truetoon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #28

    if he doesnt wanna sign a new contract,he should be stripped of the captaincy,we need commited players if wer to get out of this mess wer in. beye or taylor mayb examples.

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #29

    If Owen goes…

    Beye or Oba for Captain (probably Beye).

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Can anyone think of why Ashley and co would let this happen?

    Surely a club with MO on its books is worth a hell of a lot more than one without?? Really odd, and on the face of it too stupid from a man who once cleverly screwed the City for nearly a billion.

    Any ideas, anyone?

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  • AO

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #31

    keith- he wouldt make the spurs bench! I hope you do sign him if he is who you want but he isnt going to set the prem alight.

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  • Little Willie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #32

    If Owen hasn’t got any intentions of signing a new contract then he’s not as committed to the cause as you would want your captain to be, look at Man City when Distin refused to sign a new contract he was stripped of the armband as he didn’t deserve it and neither does Owen.

    Do people really think a player that doesn’t want to be here beyond the end of the season should be our leader on the field? Madness. Not to mention he was only given the armband in the firstplace by Keegan to try and brush over what Owen said about him in his book, he’s hardly the inspirational leader when you know he’s going to jump ship.

    As for signing 5 or 6 players in January, when has any club done that? Get a grip.

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #33

    LoL, AO, your comments kill me…

    You probably dont’ think Ribery would be good for the mags either, or Agbonlahor for that matter (not that we’d have a chance for either…)

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  • keith

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #34

    whumpie my point is if he wants to leave let him , the club will not fall down to its knees if or when he goes. We will be ok. We are atleast 5 years off where we want to be and one player wont change that unless they are 100% committed.

    Not just saying this ao but would be breat for spurs, he works his socks off is fast strong can score decent header he is an allrounder

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #35

    truetoon-its taken this long for anyone at newcastle to even hint they’re going to offer him a new contract. keegan called for it and nothing was done, and nothing has been done since, what kind of message does that send out to him?
    He has seen out his contract, scored goals for us, worn the armband and got on with it, yet we’re still in a total mess. I dont agree with it, but at the end of the day any footballer would want to better his career given the chance, especially at his age. I’d love him to stay, and think he should stay if offered a new contract, yet at the same time i can begrudgingly understand why he may want to leave.
    At the end of the day it should have never managed to get to this point. A new contract should have been put infront of him months and months ago. Like i said in the previous post, its circus behaviour from those in control at newcastle.

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  • ObaMartins

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Joke Kinnear was 80% sure Michael would sign a New contract…Joke Kinnear is as Pathetic as the rest of the Board including Pukka Pie aka Ashley…Why would anyone with any self Respect Sign for those Lowlifes ???and you idiots who Say let Michael Go may be crying come the End of the Season….

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #37

    ohurley

    ao supports spurs owen is a quality player and ill be sad to see him leave

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  • Little Willie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #38

    its taken this long for anyone at newcastle to even hint they’re going to offer him a new contract. keegan called for it and nothing was done, and nothing has been done since, what kind of message does that send out to him?

    ……..

    Owen said the other day that he was in talks about a new deal when Keegan and Jimenez were here so to say we’ve never hinted at offering him a deal is miles off.

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  • Jon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Sell Owen ASAP!!! He’s too lazy.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #40

    jon

    lazy?

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