There are lots of rumors today about what happened at the meeting yesterday between Newcastle officials, including manager Joe Kinnear, and Michael Owen’s representatives, to discuss Michael’s new contract.
Michael Owen – don’t believe too much on contract talk reports
Most of these reports will just be pure conjecture, so we should take them all with a pinch of salt.
Some are reporting that his deal is 4 years and not 3 years, and that the basic salary is £90K/week rather than the £80K/week that has been widely reported.
But we have no idea what the deal is and that should be kept private by all concerned.
We would hope that Michael thinks he owes Newcastle United for the time he has been away over the last three and a half years, through injury, but emotion hardly ever enters into these business negotiations, so we can only hope.
In fact we’ll be OK whichever way he decides, because if he stays that will be great, becasue it will show he is committed to the Newcastle United cause.
If he elects to move away, then that is his right, and we wouldn’t really want Michael at the club, if he wants to seek better money elsewhere, it’s as easy and as simple as that, from our viewpoint. We would prefer that he stays and commits himself to our great club.
But as long as the offer is a good one, our gut feeling is that Michael will want to stay on Tyneside, whatever the papers say in the interim period.
One thing we would hope will not happen is that Michael drags this on until the summer.
If he is going to move on, it would be better for all concerned if he announces that intention, or if he wants to stay on Tyneside, he should sign on the dotted line.
The last thing we want at Newcastle United in the next 6 months or so is another soap opera, we’ve already had our fill of those this season.
All we want now is to start winning games on the field.