Owen Angrily Denies He’s Turned Down Magpies Contract

Michael Owen has today angrily denied a Daily Mail report he has already decided to turn down his new Newcastle United contract.

We said earlier this morning not to take any notice of that report, and it just shows there is not much ethics in the way the gossip papers report football news.

Michale Owen – rightly angry at irresponsible reports this morning

Owen’s advisers only got the contract on Monday and talked to Newcastle officials yesterday, so they are still trying to take in the main points of the contract.

However, Owen seems to be open to other bids next month, and to us that’s not good, if indeed it is true.

A source close to Owen said today:

“Despite what some reports may be saying, Michael has not rejected Newcastle United’s offer.”

“His advisers are working through it, and they’ll respond accordingly.”

“However, as the in the case of Frank Lampard at Chelsea, these things aren’t done overnight.”

Manchester City, could afford Owen’s wages, but Steve bruce said this morning they could come nowhere near what Michael earns, and Everton couldn’t match Michael’s wages since their top wage (£45k/week) is about half what Michael is said to have been offered by Newcastle (£90K/week).

Oh and by the way Everton are currently the best team out of the top four, so big money doesn’t always guarantee success in football, but a good manager, like David Moyes does.

However, Owen has developed a definite affinity with the Newcastle faithful, and we still think he will sign for the club, sooner rather than later. and it says something that he has come out so quickly and denied he has turned down the offer – at least he seems to care.

He was almost as quick as we were to say today’s report in the Daily Mail by Colin Young was ridiculous – shame on them.   😀

The source went on:

“Michael’s let it be known that he’s flattered by Newcastle’s desire to keep him at St James’s Park, and it’s no coincidence that he has re-discovered his best form recently and started scoring goals again.

“Anyone who saw his face when he put Newcastle in front at Portsmouth will see how committed her is to lifting the club up the Premier League table.

“Like the rest of the Newcastle team, he was buoyed not just by the result against Portsmouth, but the manner in which is was achieved.”

“Michael’s training for the Spurs game, and this is what he’s focusing on.”

“He’s letting his advisors look at the financial aspects, and even though he knows some of the figures which are being bandied about are wide of the mark.”

“He’s just concentrating on staying fit and doing what he does best, and that’s scoring goals.”

That’s good to hear about the Newcastle captain, but we’d still prefer that he not let this thing go into January, when most wealthy English clubs will want to sign him for nothing in the summer.

As we said earlier today, the last thing we want to see is another soap opera at the club – please spare us that Michael.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1


    Daily Mail got something wrong. :O

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    exactly! 😀

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    And I always thought that the Daily Mail was such a respectable paper. They never EVER make lies up

  • Daniel

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d still prefer it if MO came out and said this himself rather than a ‘source’. Just wondering where you got all this talk from Ed?

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    My Gran thinks everything written in that paper is gospel truth. Oh how the cloud of distrust falls.

    Actually come to think of it – nearly every article that the DM prints about NUFC is all complete shat! Biased southern bases bulls locks.

    Here hopes he signs and we slaughter Tottenham – that would make my Xmas that little bit better!

  • Amsick0fthis

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I personally think Owen will sign the contract as the so called big four dont want him spurs are in as bad a position as we are and will not be able to match his wages same with Everton
    I also think this will work out good for us his goal ratio for us is fine its his lack of games that has been the problem although some of his injurys have been freak ones like the one for England.
    He is looking as fit now as he ever has and a fit Michael Owen will score goals

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Daniel – it was in the Chronicle.

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    I still think owen will leave he wont decide till jan window and man city will offer him big contract.I cud also see arsenal going for him.

  • Nick 69

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    iv got a feeling he will sing the contract, oh and by the way ed, everton are NOT the best team outside the top 4, aston villa are by far the best team outside the top 4 and could well break the top 4 this season

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I think MO would warm the bench for both those teams. Man City will have already have their hit list and think will splash the cash with a long term view – ie younger player. As for Arsenal i doubt he would want to become a Wenger boy! Too old me thinks.

  • Joe

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Grrrr, the idiots from the papers wind me up so effing much, the clubs on a high at the moment.. so the cockney gits wanna put this great club down once again, from now on NEVER believe the daily pishing mail.

  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll bet anyone on here fifty quid that they just carry on tomorrow as if nothing had happened. They’ll probably even run with it as “a scathing response to media claims”

  • Spyro

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon Graeme

    I think Owen would jump at the chance to sign for Arsenal. They are a top 4 team and will finish in the top four this season despite Villa looking strong so far (my prediction). Thinking about it, Owen and Arsenal are a match made in heaven. Arsenal create chance after chance, and Owen plays exceptionally well when provided with good service. However, would they pay his wages, highly unlikely eh. Owen would probably justify his ridiculous wages if he went to a side that creates so many opportunities for him.

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I notice Sports Direct half term pre tax profits totalled £52 million, good news for MA. Hopefully that news might allow him to spend a bit more in Jan.

  • Daniel

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    It wouldn’t be a bad move for Villa if they went for him. Could do with an experienced forward when there in Europe next season and he’d make an excellent mentor for Agbonlahor. Whether MO would take the wage drop for European football, and less chance of starting is his own personal decision though.

  • Ericles

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    It is that rag the Daily Mail at it again! I believe it is time that nobody who is a genuine fan of NUFC should buy that rotten anti-Newcastle paper ever again. Let the editor see that sales of his so-called newspaper fall on Tyneside because of the lies peddled by his sports reporters.

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Spyro i reckon Aresenal and Villa are real threats to us keeping Owen. I’m not sure money is the only motivation for him now, so he might take a wage cut. Villa would be an even bigger contender for the CL spots with Owen in their side.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #18

    The Daily Mail has to be THE MOST ANNOYING PAPER EVER!! What a load of shit they write on it everyday. The sad thing it’s usually loads of bull about Newcastle United. Journalists are assholes and those in the Daily Mail are worse than that.

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Allardyce for Blackburn..


    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    there is no way arsenal will splash that wage. besides mancity and spurs i can’t see anyone else matching what we’re offering…how much does the top earner at villa make?

  • Shock horror! Daily Mail was wrong 😮 Does anyone on here even buy that paper?

  • hod

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    When did Bruce and Moyes come out and say they couldnt afford his wages?
    Would be interesting if that is the case, as he has been linked with both in otdays newspapers. Man City dont him, as Owen isnt high profile ennough. Apparently ‘Arry isnt interested due to his injury record, and would rather bring in a younger player.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Arsenal: wrong part of the country, don’t take Englishmen, and don’t pay anything like MO’s level of wages.
    Citeh: already said no, apparently (although perhaps that was in the mail too…?), playing badly, and a good chance they’ll buy foreign and younger.
    Villa: wages. Non-starter.

    I think he’ll sign, and soon.

    It’s also great to hear what Butt has said, and it’s a big relief to know players are thinking like that. If Owen signs I’ll be as smug as a Manure supporter. (Ok, not THAT smug, but close)

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    First and foremost I think he will sign…yes money plays a big part but he would be here for the next 4 years, playing a massive part in our quest to improve, and start challenging for Europe/trophies etc….
    If we are to start improving then we must keep players of Owens calibre and build a side around the likes of him, Given, Bassong, Nzog, Gutierez and Oba…players who will hopefully be here for the next 5 years plus….
    That coupled with our growing band of quality youth players (LuaLua, Ranger, Kadar, Tozer, Krul and a certain Mr Spear) that will only be added to, the future could start to look promising…
    Michael, if he stays could become a Newcastle legend…howay son…put pen to paper and help us get back to where we belong…

  • Whumpie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Here’s a mad thought: perhaps the press are just as good at predicting where a player is going as they were at predicting the ones arriving?

    That’d be a score of zero out of 150+ then.

    Why does anyone believe the press somehow know the content of Owen’s contract offer? I bet Owen’s dad doesn’t know!

    What the hell is the point of a Press Complaints Commission if they never take any action against this sort of straight lying?

    The mail should be fined seven figures and the reporter stripped of his press pass. But as the PCC is run by the same amoral idiots that run the rest of the industry, that’s not going to happen.

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #26


    That would be pretty smug fella 🙂

    Didnt think I would ever say this but I wouldnt mind Ashley staying…as long as he learns by his mistakes….

    His philosophy of focusing on youth is really starting to pay off with the academy…went to watch the FA youth cup game and was very very impressed….
    He does however need to make the right choice of manager at the end of the season if he is staying

  • Stardust

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #27

    LooneyToon – do yyou feel JK should be given a chance of a new contract at the end of the season if we continue improving?

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t believe the ‘TRIPE’!..

    …’News’papers should be busted under the trades description act!..

  • irish_al

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #29

    i don’t think anyone is in a position to say for certain one particular club or another could or would afford his wages

    If a team like Arsenal, Everton, Wigan or anyone else for that matter were to offer £60,000 per week over three years and a sign on fee of £6,000,000 it would be given the same consideration as a £90,000 a week deal a smaller sign on fee

    I would expect that Michael Owen would bide his time and not sign a new contract with Newcastle until he has also been in discussion with other clubs in january

    Afterall, reviewing all his options is in his best team so i would expect this is what will happen

    I can but speculate on which teams would or would not be interested in him, i would like to see him remain at the club but it is his choice to make whether he sees it as in his best interest or not

    I do not expect his decision to be based on any loyalty or debt he may feel to newcastle based on his unavailability during the time he has been at newcastle

    In regards to my opinion on those clubs that will or will not be interested in him i feel :-

    Arsenal would be unlikely to show interest as in Eduardo they have a similar style of player

    Man Utd may be interested but he would not be first choice, more likely if they choose not to sign Tevez

    Liverpool seem more likely with injuries to Torres and the fact that Keane has not had the best of times

    Chelsea may look to him but may well feel that in Anelka they have a player that already offers similar

    Aston Villa may well have an interest as he would be a better finisher than Agbonlahor or Carew

    Everton would seem to be a club that could do with Owen

    Man City may well be interested but it depends on availability of other players

    Wigan may have an interest, howevre the fact that Heskey is likely to leave them on a free this summer i would say i find it hard to believe they would be able to attract him

    I have no idea whether he will stay or leave, either way we will have to accept it and either way it’s not the end of the world

    and either way i expect it will remain unclear for a while longer yet

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #30

    villa aren’t all that…As we proved earlier in the season…Yea, they get a load of ‘punditry hype’, but that doesn’t make it true!..
    …They are emminately beatable…& it just goes to show how tight this league has become down the years…If they are considered the ‘best of the rest’!..

  • liquid ice

    Dec 17, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #31

    shock, I would think aston villa are 5th best club, then everton.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #32

    5th best is about a 10 way tie!..
    …It could still be anyone!..

  • Stuart

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Bit of wishfull thinking Ed – You think Owen will sign for us sooner rather than later????

    He’s a gonna!

  • bigbadbob

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #34

    First time comment, the Football editor of the daily mail is Steve Curry who hates Newcastle with a passion and Colin Young is a sunderland fan living in Alnmouth in Northumberland, what a poisonous combination. You only have to watch Curry on Sky Sports spouting his bile to realize what a complete twat he is.

  • Piers

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    I wouldn’t be upset if he moved elsewhere. Quite frankly his wages are ridiculous for someone that hasn’t played half the time he’s been here.

    I wouldn’t mind Matt Derbyshire taking his place!

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Owen got injured on purpose so we could all bleat on about VFM everytime his names mentioned…
    …Helloooo, 21st century happenin’ over here, top sportsmen/women get paid shit loads…
    …Shock, horror, top wages, probe!..

  • Piers

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Lol – PunkSkunk, Name another player in the prem that has been injured for as long as Owen has in his tenure and is gettin 110 a flucking week!

  • Nobby!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Whoa. 90k a week? Phew… I didn’t even know the club had that much money.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    i hear what y’sayin’ mate, but, Owen is pretty much in a class of his own, don’t y’think?..

    …& i’m pretty god-damn sure that he woulda rather have been scorin’ goals for the Toon in the 2 years he’s suffered injury…2 of his peak years at that…Imagine how he feels about that…
    …He doesn’t strike me as the kind to wanna just pick up wages…Which is why he left liverpoo for real, isn’t it?..

    …I didn’t mean to come across as a ntcu bro’!..

  • Piers

    Dec 17, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Punk Skunk

    I really think that he’s not going anywhere anyway. There’s no denying that he’s probably the best finisher that i’ve ever seen, but with that being said there are other ways to score goals. All im saying is that it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if he moved on.


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