Guthrie – Michael Owen Is Massive To Newcastle

Danny Guthrie is just one Newcastle player who thinks it is vital for the club to retain the services of captain Michael Owen.


Michael Owen – yesterday, visiting children’s ward at the RVI

Danny said today:

“He is massive – you saw that at the weekend (against Portsmouth). One chance, one goal. You need those players,”  “We need to make it a bit easier on ourselves with people like myself getting goals to help him out.”

“The contracts are important, especially with the players who are concerned,””Everyone knows the situation with those players, it is just a case of them sorting it out themselves.”

“But it’s nice that with all that’s going on, we can still go out there and perform, even with people who have contract talks hanging over their heads.”

Owen is just one of four players the club wants to sign before January, with the others being Nicky Butt, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi. We actually expect all of them to sign their new contracts eventually, though not necessarily all this week of course, but we’d like to see Nicky, Shola and Steve sign this week.

It may take a little longer for Michael to sign, but we hope he does that by the end of this month, but we’ll see what Michael wants to do. But he seems happy at the club, which is a very good sign.

Things have gone well for Newcastle overall, since Joe Kinnear came in, and we think the lads are all happy working under the Irishman, and now all we need to put together is a number of wins, and we’ll be really humming.   😀

Newcastle players Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Nicky Butt, Obafemi Martins, Jonas Gutierrez, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini and Charles N’Zogbia, all paid a surprise visit to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) to hand out gifts to the youngsters in need yesterday.

They do this every year, and you can see from Michal’s face in the photograph above, just how delighted he seems to be.  Notice the nurse on the right – do you think she is proud of Michael?

We think so – and it’s just great that the players do this – good for them – and it’s great for the community, not to mention being such a special event for the children.

Comments welcome.

76 comments so far

  • tripp

    Dec 17, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Good on all the lads. Get it sorted Mickey and then stay fit the rest of the season.

  • Chris F

    Dec 17, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #2

    dunno about proud, Ed, i think she just fancies him a bit lol

  • Ally

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it is crucial to keep MO at the club, theres not many natural goalscorers kicking about these days and if u did want want they they cost £20m plus

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done to Ashley and Co… They have tabled a really good offer for Owen… Now if Owen doesn’t sign on… They will be able to hold their hands up and say we tried out hardest to keep him…. Please realise that Owen is not getting any younger… 4 years have passed since he signed on for 115K / week (reportably). I think the offer is more than generous when you consider his age and injury track record… If he doesn’t sign I will not be to upset as I feel the club has made a real effort to keep him on board… By the way the young lads are performing we should see some good strikers coming through the ranks shortly anyway. It would be nice though if Owen was around to take them under his wing when they did eventually step up…

  • workyticket

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Someone should have discreetly slipped a contract on top of that lad’s present when he was distracted by the camera!

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope Oba is fit for Spurs, he is key to our attack.

  • King Joe

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Has it been confirmed that he will be missing on Sunday (Martins)?

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope he pulls up ok.. apparently he is 50 50..

  • Soren

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #9

    workyticket – hahahaha, good one!. 🙂
    Anyways nice to see players do these things to help he kids. MO please sign the contract!

  • benn..

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #10

    worthyticket i was just thinking if it was the contract!!

  • Brutooooon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #11

    despite he is not start scoring..i dont mind if he go to other clubs…

    we got oba, owen can be easily replace

  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Oba’s a great player, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not the consistent goalscorer that owen is. And if there’s one thing any team needs, it’s regular goals.

  • clinta

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #13

    I think the smart money would be on Owen letting his contract run down and then assessing his options come January myself.

    At that time he’ll have a much better idea of were we are as a club (ie: sold, in the championship etc..) and what other clubs, if any are interested in his services and what they’re willing to offer.

    And to be fair I don’t really think we could blame him for doing just that, given the current climate at the club.

    Don’t get me wrong I hope he signs, and signs up this window, it would give the club as a whole just tha little boost we could do with now, but I don’t see it happening.

  • Taiwantoon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Agree with clinta. We can not blame MO for any decisions. Most of us would do the same for our own career decisions.

  • Tripp

    Dec 18, 2008 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Having Owen and Oba on the pitch at the same time gives us a lot of options. Hard to compare them as they are different players. Oba has the ability to pull goals out his arse, from nothing. Imagine if that missile he unleashed on 20 minutes had gone in. Owen doesn’t score goals like that. However, with good service he’s deadly. Oba creates space for Owen and keeps the other sides back four guessing. Hope he plays on Sunday, but not if he’s being risked. We need him fit long term. Hope Owen signs, but I agree with Clinta, it probably will happen later rather than sooner (if at all,which hopefully it will).

  • Tripp

    Dec 18, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Taiwan Toon,

    I’d be retired if I were making Owen’s wages. 🙂

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont think we will risk Martins against spurs not if he is tight. Better to rest him for Liverpool and give Viduka a start and get Shola or carroll or ranger on in the second half if he is lagging. We have enough back ups to let our best rest especially coming into a hectic period

  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Glad to see eveyone is overc onfident for sunday’s game. The same happened when the 2 teams were drawn in the carling cup and we all know what happened that day. It was like a morgue on here the following day. So much so that i was to embarressed to mock you all. But i will gladly give you all some stick on monday.

  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Am i right in thinking that the players most likely to be on our subs bench on sunday would walk into the newcastle first 11.
    Dos Santos

  • Al Long

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #20

    except for the big 4…. no one can pay MO, what we are offering now… But I still think he will leave as money will not be his biggest concern… Europe games or even nearer to the family home, maybe..

  • wayne

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #21




  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #22

    i see wigan are after owen. I doubt he would go there as it is only a sideways move.

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #23

    AO you bell end, no you’re no right

    Bale – enrique/zog would keep him out
    Dos Santos – dreadful, proved nothing in england
    Ohara – possibly, but he wouldnt WALK in
    Huddlestone – see o’hara
    Dawson – nowhere near
    Cambpell – ahead of oba/owen/viduka??? lol
    Hutton – ahead of beye??? lol

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #24,19528,11095_4662798,00.html

    people wonder why we’re laughed at, even MA is getting in on the act of giving the media ammunition-look at everything he’s said in the bottom paragraphs.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #25

    xisco biscuits-i had written the same thing before realising i couldnt even be arsed replying to him, so cheers, lol.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #26

    AO – Just out of curiosity why do you come on these boards? I just don’t get it. If your a Spurs fan (Which I believe you are from your posts) why would you come on a NUFC site?

  • NepToon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #27,19528,11095_4662798,00.html
    “we will be in Europe next year”, its comment like these, not made by the Newcastle fans, that make our club a laughing stock

  • Monster

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Have Blackburn been relegated yet?

  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #29

    xiscco- The only newcastle first teamers who would make the spurs team is a fit owen. Martins is very hit and miss and i doubt he could hold down a place ahead of bent.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Only O’Hara and Huddlestone would possibly get into our team from those and I’d take Bale for potential and talent but not necessarily current form and ability.

    As for only Martins gett into the Spurs team.

    You are a chump.

    The only Spurs players that could get into our 11 is Modric, Lennon and possibly one of Woodgate/Corluka/King.

    That is it.

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #31

    AO – some news for you mate

    given, beye, coloccini, gutierrez, owen, martins and a fully-fit viduka would all get into the spurs side

    now please, leave our blog and get a life

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #32


    Viduka when fit an on form is a world-beater.

    Neither of us have a good left back but Ekotto is one of the worst players in the premier league full stop.

  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #33

    tomturantoon- I am sure bentley and jenas would also stroll into your team.Even though it must be painful to admit you still wished jenas was there. Woodgate and king would be definate starters.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Possibly even play O’Hara or Hutton at LB.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #35

    Jenas, ahaha, the most inconsistent player in the prem.

    He has one good game in 10 and is utterly useless the others.

    Bentley is poor, £17mil, more like £1.7mil on current showing.

    He is non eexistant for you so far.

    £1.7mil is doing a disservice to Jonas who only cost £2.5mil.

    The only thing Bentley has stood out for this season is his woeful deliveries.

    Absolute waste of money for a tit of a footbaler.

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #36

    @ tom_toon

    lennon – possibly for pace, but not over jonas!!

    modric – done very little for me, but would at least get on our bench

    i wouldnt put corluka above beye

    woodgate/king fully-fit would prbably get in alongside colo, but bassong is doing so well at the minute i feel harsh saying that

    AO just likes to wind us up, lets just hope we can hump them on sunday and shut him up the smug git. funny how even after all the shit at newcastle, their well-documented “resurgence” and their expensive summer we’re still above them in the prem

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #37

    Look at my team Xisco.

    Lennon isn’t over Jonas, Corluka isn’t over Beye.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #38

    I remeber all those silly deluded Spuds last season just before we player them at Shite Fart Lane, they were predicting ‘6-0 to the Spurs, COYS’, with their ‘Juande’, their ‘Juanderful man’.

    What a joke.

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #39

    @ tom_toon

    ur team hadnt appeared when i posted that, and i was going off ur previous post. anyway i quite like that XI you posted, although i’d worry about jonas and lennon in that formation. surprised you’d pick bassong centre-half over colo though…

    anyone agree enrique has been improving a lot lately and finally looking like a £6m player??

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #40


    I’d possibly worry about Jonas and Lennon in that formation, but with Jonas’ work rate it would be a lot more plausbile.

    However the aim of that formation was to put out the best team with the best players in relatively their position.


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