There seems to be lots of news today surrounding Michael Owen and his contract at Newcastle, with the transfer window in January fast approaching. Mainly because Joe Kinnear has talked a lot about Michael’s situation.
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Let’s say one thing right now, that if Joe can get Michael Owen to sign before the end of the season for Newcastle, it will be a huge coup for the Irishman.
And that in itself, with some good results on the run-in could endear him to Newcastle fans, whether or not he has a long term future on Tyneside. Whatever happens to Joe in the future we think he will be remembered fondly by fans, for giving the job all he had, when the club was at absolute rock bottom.
Joe said today:
“We have heard lots of things, that Michael’s agent has had lots of clubs go on to him.” “Obviously, they will want to know what type of contract we are going to offer him.”
“I won’t go into those details now, but we will be offering him what we consider an excellent contract considering the climate of what is happening around all football clubs.”
“But it will be up to Michael to make that decision.” “I am pretty confident that Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper and Nicky Butt will sign, it’s now just down to Michael.”
Kinnear has made absolutely no secret of the fact, just like Kevin Keegan before him, that he wants Michael to stay on at the Tyneside club, because both managers are convinced that Michael is still one of the very best, and they see that in training every day.
“Michael is well aware of that, so is his agent.” “They are well aware of my feelings on this, but the ball is in his court. ”
“I will find out, hopefully, on Tuesday.”
It’s very good the Newcastle Board have finally done their work on the players’ contracts and want to tie the players down on new contracts, before January comes, but it may be too late on Owen.
We’re not sure if there will be any decision made on Tuesday by Owen and his agent,, other than Michael wanting to talk to other clubs in January.
We’d be surprised if we heard anything else, but it would be very good to sign Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper and Nicky Butt, to new contracts, that’s for sure. Two local lads in there, which is good, and the signings will add a little bit more stability to the club.
In retrospect, what a turnaround these last few months have been for striker Shola Ameobi, who is again showing some good form and plenty of spirit for his home town team – good for him.