Owen Confident Newcastle Will Move Up League Table

Today is a key day for Joe Kinnear and the Newcastle fans, as Joe will meet with Owen and his representatives to discuss the new contract offer, Newcastle have put on the table to their captain.

Michael Owen – we think he’ll sign new contract at Newcastle

It’s unlikely to be as lucrative as the last one, which was for four years and generally though to be around the £110K/week mark.

It’s hard to read Michael, and quite honestly it wouldn’t surprise us too much, if he came out before the end of the week and said he was staying on Tyneside.

One reason is that he’s always seemed happy here, even though we’ve gone through so much upheaval since he came here in 2005.

Michael talked to the Shields Gazette about the Newcastle side:

“We are looking up and have moved up a few positions.

“Like most teams, we have a few games over Christmas. This is the best time to gain a bit of confidence.

“If we can keep that run going we will be clear of relegation over Christmas and wondering what all the fuss was about.”

Owen joined Newcastle for a staggering £17M from Real Madrid in August 2005, when we were spending money we didn’t have.

And Owen had a fairly quiet game on Sunday, but he still managed to score the all important first goal, and picked out Shola Ameobi from midfield beautifully to set up Newcastle 3rd goal right at the end. Who said Michael can’t pass the ball?

So his contribution was there for all to see on Sunday, and he works a lot harder for the team than he used to, and also Martins and Owen looked much sharper than the much ballyhooed pair of Crouch and Defoe.

Owen, however, was typically diplomatic when he was asked about the Portsmouth pair, and said:

“Defoe and Crouch is a good partnership. They are both international players and they are the classic little and large partnership.

“Myself and Oba (Martins] have played a lot of international games as well, though.”

“There was plenty on show at Portsmouth, but thankfully it was us who ran out with the three goals.”

Oba was full of energy, even though there were one or two times he got frustrated with himself, which happens with Oba, because he is so keen to do well.

But the two up front looked good on Sunday, in fact the whole side looked better than good, as they worked for each other unceasingly, throughout the game, and got their just reward.  😀

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Ho’way Michael, sign up son!..
    …Top class striker, always was, always was be!..

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    I doubt we will hear anything today. Its been in my mind that he will go for months now and to cling onto that little hope that he will stay if what we have to do.

    Im hoping still that he doesnt wait until the transfer window opens and makes a decision and signs for us again.

    I know one man dont make a team, but he is an integral part of that team at the moment.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    It would be like a new signin’ if we can keep him here ’til the end of his career!..He’s easily got another 4 years left…29 in 62, some of them from the bench, & comin back from bad injuries…what a strike rate!..

  • nu-andy-fc

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope he signs but i havnt got a clue if he will or not.
    He seems to be happy at the toon but dont be surprised if we dont here anything till the new year.

    howay micheal sign the contract!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I would like to see Xisco have a run out in the FA cup match against Hull with some of the other lads.

    We should concentrate on getting up the table more and rest our big boys.

    I can see Nicky Butt signing again and Shola.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree, agree & agree Toon Graeme!..

    …We can’t afford to lose/give away any players now…New players in please, whether that’s buys or loans, i don’t mind!..

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    He wont sign.He has put himself in the shop window and we wont be able to replace him either.shame though.

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    History tells you that Owen will run his contract down. He left his boyhood club Liverpool after running it down to 1 year.

    We do not know if his tactics are brinkmanship or because he has his eyes elsewhere.

    Lets not make this another doom and gloom story. If he goes he goes – be thankful that we are saving his wages as he is injured a lot.

    If he stays be thankful – he is a world class player when fit.

    Either way dont let this become another KK walks away scenario and support the club regardless.

    ED even you must have learned from building expectation as the blog did in the last transfer window. Lines like “We think he will” sign a new contract can only destabilise if it doesnt come off – when really you have no real knowledge – can lines like that not be replaced with “we hope he will” ? – Just trying to see a way to keep everyone rowing the same way instead of fighting with each other if things dont go their way.

  • dave

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    with all the uncertainty at the club over ownership I wouldn’t blame him if he didn’t sign.I want him to cos when fit he’s a class act and would be difficult if not impossible to replace. I think it will be extremely difficult for Joe to persuade anyone to come here bearing in mind his future is only assured till the summer and that also goes for keeping what we have

  • Ross

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    would love to see him sign but im not too confident if im completly honest.
    I however echo the opinion’s of previous comments that when he’s fit, he’s still the most natural goalscorer in the premier league, and is a vital cog in our works. Scored some excellent goals and would like nothing more than to see him stay and continue to bang them in.
    However, like i said i’m sadly never the optomist when it comes to the toon, haha

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Hey stardust,
    if you remember, houllier didn’t like Owen when he left liverpoo & kept not playin’ him & sayin’ he was injured…He got a couple of major injuries when he came here, no thanx to spuds & england…The only thing that hindered him injury wise at liverpoo was: they built him up too much & he started havin’ thigh problems & that slowed him down a bit…A bit like when Shearer bulked up too much…Bulkin’ up does that, you become ‘muscle-bound’…Some players are better off stayin’ on the lithe side!..
    …Shearer got quicker again towards the end of his career, once he’d give up a bit of that bulk!..

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    i think the biggest thing against us is that even if he does sign there is no guarantee on the new owner or manager treating him well. For us is he is not going to get fit sitting on the bench at chelsea. I hope he stays

  • Richard

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    In all fairness to him, as he said himself, the fact that he is at this point with only months left on his contract is not entirely down to him but the shambles that has been going on at the club for the past months.


  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Any owner or manager would be crazed if they didn’t Owen in their team…Not only does his scorin’ record speak for it’s self, but he is a world renowned name that can attract other top players, sell merch & spread the gospel around the globe!..
    …What’s not to want?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    How much is all that worth?..

  • graeme

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    The latest story that NUFC have offered MO a paycut of arount £25-30k per week wont have gone down too well me thinks.

    If they have made it up with performance related payments, all well and good, but, will he take it?? None of us knows.

    MO is playing from a position of strength which NUFC have allowed to happen through shear bad management from the Board. I fully expect MO to take full advantage of his great position!!!

  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17


  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    this is from the rancid, Toon-hatin’ rags mate…I’m pretty sure no-one ran straight to them & enlightened them as to what was goin’ on, it’s way too soon…They will stop at nothin’ to get Owen out of the Toon, that would give them a whole months worth of chip-wrappers to foist upon the public!..

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    I think it’ll come down to two things:
    1. Would any of the top four really offer him a decent contract?
    2. Does he want to be the big fish in a small pond (as now) or the other way around?

    I’m hopeful (and I know it’s naive) that he will realise that he has his own shop window for Capello where he is, and that he’d struggle for starts with a top-4 club. If he stays with us he stands a good chance of being 1st choice for England as well as his club, and who’s to say we won’t be back in Europe in 2 years?

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Whumpie – Im just playing devils advocate here as I support the regime – but he will want to see further improvements or at least have had assurance that they will be made in terms of a creative midfielder before he signs – its only that way the the big fish will score the goals he craves. If he signs itll be an indication things are well behind the scenes, if he doesnt it could mean anything.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Good point whumpie,
    but ultimately it’ll come down to one of two ways…He’ll re-sign for us or go!..
    …Soz, just my little joke!..

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Stardust – very good point; hadn’t thought of that. I just want it sorted quickly – I hate all this.

    I’d be surprised if Ashley wants to see him go, as the club is worth a lot more with his name on the staff list, and he must be very concerned about the risk of relegation. I’m not even sure that “25k pay cut” stuff in the press today is anything like accurate.

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Stardust – “If he signs itll be an indication things are well behind the scenes, if he doesnt it could mean anything.”. How on earth have you still managed to put a spin on that? Surely, if he doesn’t it’s an indication things aren’t great behinds the scenes, unless other transfer developments contradict it. I know you trust the regime but I think their biggest job from now until the end of Jan is persuading little Mick to stay.

  • dan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Comment 11-
    …Shearer got quicker again towards the end of his career, once he’d give up a bit of that bulk!..

    Shearer was like a cart horse for the last 5 years of his career.

    I think its technique, conditioning and stamina that determines how fast a player is not so much muscle mass.

  • Piers

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #25

    This is a very important day for the club. If we resign Owen we have the necessary funds to spend on a good attacking mid for January. I will be very excited when he signs with us!


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