The news is dominated by the Michael Owen contract talks, and we expected today to get some reports that Michael Owen has rejected Newcastle’s contract offer, and we have not been disappointed, as the Daily Mail took the bait.
Joe Kinnear – will “fight like hell” to keep Michael at Newcastle
Bad news is good news for newspapers, as you may already have guessed, and that’s what sells, so we are not at all surprised this morning to see headlines that Michael Owen has turned down Newcastle’s offer.
Is it true? We have no idea, but we think we know as much about that happened in yesterday’s meeting as the Daily Mail does – nothing.
The Daily Mail says Michael has told his Newcastle team-mates he is hoping for Liverpool, Manchester City or Everton to make him an offer he just cannot refuse.
Well if that’s true, then it tells us Michael is more interested in the money than playing for Newcastle United, so that would be fine with us, if he moves on in the summer.
Manager Joe Kinnear has done some terrific work since he arrived on Tyneside, and out of the football management wilderness, but Joe is getting some good reports from people outside Newcastle, for the good job he is doing at our club.
If Joe leaves Newcastle in the summer, and continues with the kind of results Newcastle deliver, like last Sunday at Portsmouth, he will be snapped up by some football club, and very quickly, that’s for sure.
They’ve seen how he took on a disoriented and beaten Newcastle squad and he has transformed the team in front of our very eyes.
Joe is nothing if not down to earth and very straight, so what does he say about the Michael Owen?
“I will fight like hell to keep him at Newcastle.”
We’ll we hope Joe does that and can persuade Michael to stay on Tyneside, but we’d like Michael to freely make the choice to stay, and if he has doubts, we’d rather he moves on, quite honestly.
What do you think about all of this?
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