Owen Turns Down Newcastle – We Don’t Believe It


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?

Comments are very welcome, but please keep the language clean and respectful of others – thanks.



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51 comments so far

  • owen's true fan from malaysia

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    i want owen to stay no matter what!! juz give him an offer he cant refuse.. 🙂

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  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    So far i like JK’s work tbh….but i’ll wait till the end of January to judge on his taste of players he’ll be signing.

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  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Well im more optimistic of him signing now the Daily Mail claim that he won’t sign.

    Ive never ‘read’ a more anti-newcastle paper. Every week they have a made up story that isnt true.

    It says that Owen ‘told team mates’. So they are claiming there sourse is a newcastle player who went to the daily mail then? Butter Ollocks!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    How the f**k can he turn the contract down when he and his agents did not even sit down with JK yesterday.

    How I hate, loathe and detest tabloid newspapers !!!!

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  • Darling27

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree Partizan. I depends on who comes in january that will make my mind up. However so far so good. Only slip up was against Stoke City with those 2nd half tactics.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    RobbyBobson,

    Spot on mate ! Complete bunch of tuggers !

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  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    If he doesnt sign and decided to go elsewhere then strip the Captaincy off him and give it elsewhere.

    There will be life after Owen if he does go.

    Im still hanging onto a branch of hope that he will sign.

    Time will tell. As agonising as it is its now the waiting game.

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    He got the contract offer yesterday, he wouldn’t have turned it down this quickly.

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  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Darling….Exactly but i find that draw positive in some way.Why??

    I think that draw finally opened our eyes and we started playing like men.You see….even with our lead,we were still attacking despite being away on one of the most tricky places to win points.

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  • azim

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    maybe that true Ed…Owen did it at childhood his club Liverpool so I wont be suprised if he is going to repeat that again. So far he hasnt tell whether he has any plan to stay here if not we can make an offer which would make him stay here. Right now the problem is not the offer but Owen’s intention

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  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    51 times…..Maybe he’ll join Glasgow Rangers 🙂

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  • ToonPhill

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    i wouldn’t listen to these stories too much. i mean i know for a fact we was visitin kids in hospital yesterday, wor lasses mam works in the rvi n was talkin to him. cant have spoke much on a contract if hes doin goodwill trips

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Kris Boyd is fine for me, 89 goals in 126 games, Michael Owen is not needed up there 🙂

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  • neeraj

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #14

    i dont think owen would leave only for money……

    what he did with liverpool, he was one of the best striker in the world…. and was an automatic selection for england…..

    the time has changed he is behind rooney, abgonlahor, defoe and even bent i dont think he would be leaving us for man city and warm benches it is not going to help his international career

    his best option is newcastle

    after that spurs/portsmouth depending on where defoe would go…..

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  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    He’s your Henrik Larsson 🙂

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  • Jez

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    lol why would he be telling his team-mates this ?

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  • Steven Gibson

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Give him what ever he wants!!
    £150k per week over 3 years is £23mill. If he goes in the summer for free you would need to pay over £20 mill to get someone of similar standard and they would probably command in excess of £100k a week ontop of the transfer fee.

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  • derekm

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Owen gets fit, scores goals, gets injured, gets fit, etc etc for the last few years. He probably won’t get a better offer at around the guessed at £90,000 a week with extras ashley has on the table. At least now that everyone knows we can’t actually get new owners due to the financial state of the world we should move forward with Ashley protecting his investment – it’s not like a store where customers come through in lesser amounts that devalue its worth, the value of NUFC if relegated would plummet, so he HAS to invest in keeping players and bringing in new ones.

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Low blow man, low blow.

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  • ToonPhill

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    owen aint denyed any contract, newcastle is goin to be the best place for him club/country. im certain of it 🙂 im expectin him to sign soon

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  • Howay50

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Owen is going nowhere, he will sign shortly. Too many race courses in the region for him to move away!

    As for the Daily Mail, well as I always say you can’t polish a turd.

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  • Jimmie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    “Owen has told hes teammates that hes waiting for City, Liverpool or Everton to make an offer” – Not a chance that the Captain of our team should tell hes mates something like that!

    IF Owen leaves I dont think it would be for the money, moore like comming to a club in better state then the mess were in..

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  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #23

    51…..I meant it as a compliment mate 😉

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  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Owen will take a pay cut to leave us, whether it be in Jan or summer. The fact theyv’e offered him a new deal now is so if he turns it down they can sell him in Jan. A huge mistake in my opinion.

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    He’s still one of them, haha.

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  • Howay50

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    The Villians want to get their mits on the Zog if you believe media reports. He signed a five year contract only last year but if we got a decent Milner type fee, should he go?

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  • Sav

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    I can’t stand the Ashley regime but I have to say that the offer made to Owen seems a very fair one, longer and for more money than any of the pundits who think they know it all had predicted. Indeed a big enough offer to blow all but the very top clubs out of the water (not that they aren’t still printing up Wigan’s bid for England’s finest!). I’m pleased to see it and credit to Joe, as I doubt Ashley would see sense on his own.

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  • Jimmie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    About Henrik Larsson who was mentioned earlier, he has began to play floorball back in his native Sweden. If someone was wondering..
    🙂

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  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    51…What does Bhoys stand for ?

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  • Stardust

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Cant see City signing him and they are our main threat, they have Robinho, I think they would rather sign another more imposing striker, so Owen will also know if he goes there he is more likely to be used as a sub in a rotation over the next 3 or 4 years, not good for his England hopes.

    We have a fighting chance to keep him.

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Bhoys is the nickname for Celtic and their supporters. I don’t know where bhoys comes from but it probably has something to do with Irish Gaelic.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Honestly…where the hell would he go? No bigger team than ours wants him and no one smaller than us can afford the wages. His best bet is to stick with us but at the same time we will most likely have a new owner and a new manager this time next year. Not really worth signing unless there is nothing more solid. It is a really tough decision for michael I think. Who knows what his advisors are telling him but I dont think he will get a much better offer from anyone but Man C. If he goes anywhere it will be there.

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  • Boater

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Howay50 I would be dead against the sale of Zog to Villa or anywhere else. His form runs hot and cold – but he is a player unlike milner- that is very gifted technically and will develop further with the right guidance.

    Villa is the team de jour but is it really sensible to leave the toon to go there… it’s just a matter of time before Abgonlahor and Young leave for Manure or Chelsea and they return to mid-table where they belong.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #34

    Hey 51 times are you off to the old firm match on the 27th? I will be there but with the hoops, what an atmosphere as good as the Boca v River derby.

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  • liquid ice

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #35

    You can tell there lieing as owen would never dream of moving to Everton, he still loves liverpool and he wouldnt reck all the work he has done there to move to there rivals!

    he still wants to be loved by the scoucers, not hated!

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  • Sav

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Also credit to Joe’s common sense to wrap up Butt’s contract without waiting for him to play the last 4 games which guarantee him an extension. This is simple good management, will make Butt feel appreciated and get the thing sorted efficiently.

    – It is also so unlike the Newcastle we have come to know in recent Shepherd/Ashley years.

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Shot Bru – Despite propaganda spread by Spyro, Chicken etc I am not from Glasgow, so no I’ll be watching at home. I’d say enjoy your banning order but UEFA and the Scottish FA don’t care about Celtic’s rampant sectarianism.

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  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #38

    liquid ice – Owen supported Everton as a kid.

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  • reillers

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Whether it’s true or not.
    Why should we bend over backwards to try and pay off someone to stay who clearly doesn’t. He’s supposed to be our captain, another thing which was hopped to sweeten the bargain) who’s all ready getting a ridiculous wage. Why should we break the bank for him when he’s not really worth any more.
    Someone suggested that we would get 20 million, I’d expect a wee bit less, 10 million maybe. He’s not worth what he was anymore, not even near it.

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  • STS_TOON

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Daily Mail Scum! Lies! Lies! Lies! Lies! If Michael Owen has told his team mates at the club that he’s waiting on those teams to come in for him, then you can call me Jesus from now on! What a load of crap to write, who makes this stuff up. Scum! Anything for a story to fill their pathetic paper!

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