When Newcastle Speak To Me – I’ll Have More News – Owen


Michael Owen said after the game today that he had nothing to say about his contract at Newcastle, simply because Newcastle have not yet talked to him about a new contract.

That meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Michael Owen – scores Newcastle’s first goal on his birthday

Michael talked to Sky Sports after today’s game in which Newcastle got their very first away win of the season.

Michael was asked about his contract at Newcastle, which runs out in the summer:

“Obviously, there’s a lot made of it,” “There’s quite a few players who are running out of their contracts. What do you want me to say?”

“None of us have been offered a contract so there’s no bad guys here, I’ve not refused anything.” “As soon as they speak to me obviously I’ll have more news for you.”

On Sunday Owen scored his third opportunist goal in the last two games for the Magpies, as he chipped beautifully over the onrushing David James, from a defense splitting pass from Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.

Michael continued:

“If you keep a clean sheet then you’re always liable to nick one, then they had to come out a bit more and we managed to pick them off a bit.”

“To nick the first one was good, it was a great ball by Jonas (Gutierrez), the first touch was just a little bit heavy, I was stretching for it a bit.
“And then I managed to dink it over keeper but obviously I took a right clattering.””I thought he (James) was trying give me a broken leg or something.”

Another critical Owen goal, and it should have been two wins in a row for the Newcastle side, as Michael had us 2-0 up at home last Saturday with just 30 minutes to play, and we couldn’t hang on.

But the lads made up for that today with their first away win of the season.

What was that about Owen not being as good as he was?   Michael now has 9 goals in 15 appearances this season.



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50 comments so far

  • simon376

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    If Ashley has any sense, he will offer Owen something worth signing.

    Lets Keep off Owen’s back, he’s playing and putting it away for us. Been here his whole contract and not been offered anything yet. He plays for us right now, give him some support

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  • chriss

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #2

    We must keepe micky

    I think & hope he stays, he owes it to us.

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  • wigaz

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I Think Especially over the last 2 games MO has shown his worth to us, He and Oba are startin to click together as well which is great! Plus if we can somehow manage to convince owen to sign a new deal that could help us attract players in Jan & Summer as we can show to them that ours is a team worth staying at.

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  • TJ

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Guys I’m sorry for S.Taylor,guy is a local and likes the toon but BASSONG is making it hard for the block to get back in the sarting 11.

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  • CHUCK

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Understand Arry wants MO @ Spurs.
    Offer him MO and a few quid in exchange for Bent, proven scorer, young, size, good in the air.
    Sir Bobby rated him highly.
    Not saying Mo is a bad player we all know better.
    But he is frail and has a lotta mileage, plus he is getting on.
    The Martins MO partnership is not the greatest,
    both being similar in size and style of play.
    Believe Martins would benefit from playing with Bent and would result in a better and younger front two.
    What do you think ?

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  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6

    One word, chuck. No.

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  • CHUCK

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Why no , can you explain ?

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  • TOON LAD

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #8

    chuck
    your not being serious
    are you?

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  • TOON LAD

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    chuck
    i agree with you about getting rid of
    owen minute rather have FRAZIER CAMPBELL.

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  • ditto

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    chuck mate i agree with you..
    bent is class act when he gets bit of confidence..
    i’d take that deal.

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  • Piers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Dead weight that we need to drop off this Jan:

    Smith, Edgar, and (Cacapa and Taylor – won’t leave until we get a sufficient replacement though)

    Add another defender in case of injury and definitely add a first class attacking mid.

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  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Chuck why in gods name would Owen want to play for spurs . The Martins Owen partnership will improve the more games they have . Lets face it even the best defences in the premiership don’t want to face those two when they are fit and in form . Just ask Pompey’s defenders . 🙂

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  • hanzowen

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Our team can only get better by adding more quality players in this Jan or in the summer. With MO with us we’ve more options to play & we know we can always score goals. Keep MO till he retires with NUFC. It Mike Ashley responsiblity to keep MO to stay & buy us some good players before he leaves for good.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    This time next week or 2 weeks time it will be clear where Michael Owen will be next season. I’m in the middle at the moment about it. He’s good enough to weigh up the vast options he will have, although I kinda believe he’ll sign a short contract for some strange reason, I dunno, it’s just the way he’s been talking the last few press conferences.

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  • 51times

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon Lad, Campbell is on a season-long loan to Spurs from Man United, and I’m sure that Ferguson has said he won’t be sold. I don’t think he’d be a good replacement for Owen anyway, he’s a bit similar to Martins.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    the only reason cambell left man u any way is to keep spurs from reportin man u over the berba saga

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  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    The only ‘type’ of replacement we need for Owen is a reliable goal scorer, doesn’t matter if they’re big, small, strong or fast. Owen’s only a fox in the box, so we just need somebody with a very good record, preferably already in the premier league.

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  • NE1

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Why doesn’t a reporter ask the question to get the answer the fans want??

    “Michael, if you’re offered a deal that fits your criteria are you happy to sign it and stay with Newcastle United? Yes or no?”

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  • TOON LAD

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #19

    we could bid 8 million for Campbell

    I’m sure fergie couldn’t turn that down.

    i really rate him as a player.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Chuck, when it comes down to it, Bent is average at best – Michael Owen, on the other hand, has proven himself to be one of the best goalscorers in the world time and again.

    Take a look at his Opta stats – no one else in the Premiership compares.

    Why would you replace a brilliant player with an average one? Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Because, NE1, agents personally pay for their players to go to “how to avoid direct questions from the media” in fact, I think a lot of the football industry attend them, including managers. Owen will never say “yes, I want to stay at Newcastle”, just like he will never say “I do not want to stay at Newcastle”. This is because he is, fair play to him like he should be, keeping his options open. He isn’t getting any younger.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #22

    In Mike Ashleys interview today he said he might step in and sort out Owen’s contract himself, please let him sign, I didnt realise before, but he really is essential to our team!

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  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Owen is after a long term contract to the end of his carrier . If we offer a 4 year contract on more or less the same pay he will stay .

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  • nightfall

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    i have a feeling owen will move to milan to replace inzaghi… don’t believe he’d move to any PL club apart from liverpool..

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  • 51times

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Can we really sustain his wages though? If I recall correctly we’re paying him £120k a week, we can’t sustain that.

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  • 51times

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Wouldn’t happen nightfall, he won’t leave England.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Bent is proper average and is not fit to fill owens boots – jeusus, 9 goals in 15 games….. there is no debate. Owen is the best english goalscorer in business bar none. owen will not go to the spuds i dont think, whats the point – they are no better than us are they. We have them next week at home dont we?? by then we should know if owen is leaving or not. funny how what owen said contracdicted everything that kinnear has said about the contracts isnt it. owen said that no-one has been spoken to about contracts yet out of all the players leaving. that is a direct conflict of what kinnear said, jk said he has spoken to them all appart from owen and that he is sure he will sign everyone appart from owen who will more than likely leave. its a damn shame really. his deal could have been done a year ago but now he walks for a free.

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  • BILLY - B

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Bent for Owen you need your bumps read Chuck. Bent for me is a less than average striker Owen is world class and if he keeps fit will be back in the England squad.A fit Michael Owen will get 20+ goals this season Bent will be lucky to reach double figures

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  • Piers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #29

    The Owen argument is becoming a little old. Lol, Owen is a great finisher but he needs to be given the ball near/in the box to be effective. It’s that simple, he’s a different mold than a creative striker like Oba, which is why they compliment each other so well. Therefore, if we keep Owen this Jan we should put all our efforts into signing a first class attacking midfielder who can consistently score/create scoring chances for Owen.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t think Owen will get back in the England set up anytime soon. I believe Capello likes hard workers, grafters, players with a more all round game. I can’t deny Owen is a good fox in the box, goal poacher, but I don’t believe it’s enough to warrant him a starting place, atleast not yet.

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  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #31

    51 times if we get rid of Smith and Viduka who are on 50 /60 k a week and bring nothing to the team then we could sustain Owen’s wages . Viduka is at the end of his contract in the summer so we should just let him go . It has been rumored that Everton want Smith , if true offer a straight swap for Baines so no transfer fee to be payed and Baines on lower wages .

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  • CHUCK

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #32

    So Bobby Robson did`nt know what he was talking about eh! Talking about Bent here.
    Martin Jol, a fair judge of talent also highly rated him
    MO 29 close to 30, Pretty much a sick note as is Viduka, who although a great player in his time, do I really have to explain,hey they are both big wage liabilities, who spend more time in rehab than on the pitch.
    Time to inject some young talent.
    Believe a Bent/ Martins duo would thrive and produce the goods.
    But guess I cant convince everyone.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #33

    T.J
    Taylor is not local he was born in London i wish people would get it into there thick heads

    TAYLOR IS NOT A GEORDIE.

    Steven Vincent Taylor (born January 23, 1986 in Greenwich, Greater London) is an English footballer, currently playing for Premier League club Newcastle United. He is a central defender who can also play at right back and is sometimes utilised as a left back and is also the captain of the England under-21 team.

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  • CHUCK

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Believe he became a “Naturalized Geordie”
    Got his passport last year.

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  • 51times

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #35

    He was only in London for a week or two, his family moved to Whitley Bay shortly after his birth. But now that I know it annoys you sirjason, I’ll be bringing this up every chance I get.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #36

    chuck, hows he nearly 30 like………….it is his 29th birthday today. er, i guess than means he is just 29. bit mad to say nearly 30. besides, he is paid to score goals, he scores goals. lots of them, 9 goals in 15 games in a team that has been falling appart all season says it all. owens goals and shays saves are keeping us alive, this season as they did last season. whats bent scored in the last 15 games, do you have the stats on that chuck?

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  • 51times

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Bent scored 6 in 27 games last season, greatest player evar!!11

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  • MattyDread

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Andy did you not watch the match today? Owen is a grafter.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #39

    51times………….6 goals in 27 games for bent – thanks for the stat. well there you go then chuck, there is your bent theory blown out the water a bit. he is younger than owen so should be banging them in at a more prolific rate than he will in the future. a return of 6 in 27 games does not sound like 9 in 15 games does it? if he can only get 6 goals in 27 imagine how shit he is going to be as he gets older. I agree with another posting on here, scrap viduka and smith nad save 130 grand a week. dont even bother to repalce them either. who cares, we have managed to play good without them for their entire contracts, we dont need them. do that and we hgave sorted owne out which keeps over 80% of us happy and also trimmed the wage bill by 130 grand a week to which should keep ashley happy too.

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  • hisnameisjonas

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #40

    AndyNUFC

    u serius? did you see the game today? owen was helping out guthrie and butt in the midfeild all the time, foxinthebox… yeah, players need to get in the box to be a topscorer at any club. owen does’nt shoot from 30 and scores but he creates a whole lot of chances for other strikers by taking defenders out of positioning because every one knows you can’nt give him room so you have to mark him tightly.. who do you think made the room for martins goal? owen running out wide to open up the middle and enrique playes it in to the channel for martins.. it was a propper teamgoal that only happend because owen gave martins the room he needed

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