We have heard the news today that Michael Owen will not make a decision on his Newcastle United contract, until the end of the season, and to us, that’s his worst possible decision, at least as far as the club is concerned.
Kinnear – still confident – but Owen will leave – if he gets better offer
Joe Kinnear has tried to put a good face on it, and we suppose that’s his job, but if Michael wants to sign for Newcastle and the offer on the table is good, why not sign it now?
We’ll now get another soap opera, with the gossip papers having a field day for at least 6 months, with another club after him every other day, and all kinds of stupid made-up stories appearing in the press, until he makes up his mind.
This is certainly not a good situation for the Newcastle United Football Club.
Joe had hoped there would be a decision in the next few days or so, but this afternoon Michael has confirmed he will not make a decision about his future until the end of the current season. That’s the bad news news and we are disappointed with that.
We had hoped Michael would commit his future to Newcastle United right now.
Joe told nufc.co.uk this afternoon:
“Michael told me in person about his decision and I fully understand where he is coming from.””We have a great relationship as captain and manager and that will certainly continue.”
“He is focused on scoring goals for Newcastle United and helping us keep progressing this season.”
“Michael will consider his options in the summer but I am still optimistic that he will stay with us when it comes to making a decision.”
“In the meantime I have no doubts whatsoever that he will continue to give 100 per cent for Newcastle United.”
“Having gone six games unbeaten we are a very happy camp at Newcastle United and Michael Owen plays a big part in that as skipper.”
“I’m looking forward to him continuing to score goals for us as they will be crucial in what we do for the rest of the season.”
Michael himself said this afternoon:
“Following speculation about my future at Newcastle United, I have decided today to make it clear that I am committed to the club until at least the end of this season, and I have informed them I do not want to make a decision about my future until that time.”
“I hope this will be seen as a positive step and not seen as being disloyal in any way.” “I am happy here and enjoy the challenge. It is simply a matter of seriously thinking about my future as I was 29 last week and my next career decision is a crucial one.”
“My decision is not about money. I told the club some months ago that I would accept a reduction in my wages.”
“I have no intention of leaving Newcastle United during the January transfer window and want to assure the fans that under Joe Kinnear’s passionate management, I am committed with the rest of the players to ensure that the club ends the season on a high.”
Michael is basically saying that for his £110K/week at Newcastle he will keep trying his very best for the club through the end of the season. Wow, that’s good to hear.
These statements from Joe and Michael seem like a big PR move, so that our fans will keep the faith that Michael could still sign for Newcastle, but we don’t believe it now.
This is not good, and Michael has certainly not put the club first. We wouldn’t even mind if a good offer comes in for him in January, that we’d think of cashing in on him, and bring in another top striker during January.
But it seems Joe will not hear of that, but why wouldn’t we do that?
We paid £17M for Michael, and will now probably get nothing for him, and the deal will go down as the worst in Newcastle’s history, as it’s already cost the club around £1.3M for each goal Michael has scored over the last three and a half seasons, with his transfer fee and wages together.
Of course, when you wait until the last moment with a contract offer, like Newcastle have, these things will happen, and it’s Michael’s right to do exactly what he’s doing, there’s no doubt about that.
But it doesn’t stop us saying we’re disappointed that he will not commit himself to Newcastle now, when it would count for something.
If he does sign in the summer for us, it will only look like he couldn’t get a better deal or a better club, somewhere else, and that would probably be the truth.
He’s got all the cards on his side, and as we said, this is not good news.