Joe Kinnear has today said he is now quite optimistic about the chances of the club persuading Michael Owen to stay at Newcastle United – and that has to be good news.
Newcastle manager and captain – staying together?
Joe apparently spent more than an hour discussing the three-year deal for his captain at the club’s training ground yesterday. The contract has been offered to Michael as have new contracts to Butt, Ameobi and Harper.
Kinnear told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“I spent more than an hour with him a couple of days ago. He’s had what I consider to be a very good offer.”
“It’s three years, and that would bring him up to the age of 32.” “I’m optimistic. I’m more optimistic having spent that amount of time with him.”
“He will get together with his agent now and come back to me. We’ll certainly find out in the next two or three days.”
“I would prefer to have Michael Owen than any amount of cash. He’s fit and well, scoring goals, and looking a real threat.”
The signs are certainly that Michael indeed would like to stay at the club, but we have no idea how his latest contract offer compares to the one he is on right now. Papers yesterday said it was £90K/week, but they also said it was a 4 year deal, so that information is probably completely inaccurate.
But we’d love for Michael to sign the new contract this month – and we think he could do that and show his commitment to the famous Newcastle United club, with the best fans in the world.
Joe seems to think we’ll get an answer sometime at the end of the week, and that would be great, especially if it’s a yes.