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.