Owen Decision Delayed – Here Comes Another Soap Opera

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.

166 comments so far

  • najikhin

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #1

    owen.. why did you do this to us???

  • Louai

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I say he should just admit it and say he wants to leave. Instead of keeping ll of us on the edge of our seat for the rest of the season and giving us what looks like FALSE HOPE. Stay or get out. That should be JFK’s message to Michael Owen

  • somebody sad right now

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #3

    plz owen..if u read this comment, i want u to sign a new contract..i want u to retire at newcastle..plz stay..

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #4

    What a poor situation to be in, I sense you are disappointed too Ed! or is that an understatement.

    Ashley has let this happen by not renewing his (Owen’s) contract earlier.

    No way to run a club.

  • milnerfan

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #5

    At least hes here this season, can help us get into europe. Just got my tickets for liverpool game. It will be my first at st james!

  • somebody sad right now

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #6

    milnerfan.. are u not living in england??

  • jim

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #7

    are u owen backers all mad? hes off in the summer or he would have signed it! hes sayin its not greed but if its not greed why look for better? he doesnt see himself winning anything with us and cant wait to get away-i say try n get 10 million in jan or a player swap deal with a decent striker with cash going either way-the mackems snapped up a cple of good cheap players so can we-djibril cisse-kenwyne jones-andy reid tho hes on the wing he was a snip-its possible-plus we have ranger and sameobi comin thru and andy carroll to try-aswell as viduka,martins,ameobi-let him go he was never at home here-sell him and get bellamy back in and joe to keep him rite-theres loads of strikers about-even a fit chopra would do ok-i know they dont have his goal ratio but thats what the ten million would be for-and maybe pay them less than his wage anyway! im actually disgusted hes turned that offer down-some captain eh-drop his captaincy and give it to shay given-play duff all the time and zogs-bring ranger thru-weve coped before without him-and will again-fancy letting the club and fans down like that-wot a nob!

  • somebody sad right now

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #8

    10mil?? wake up..

  • D.C.

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #9

    And people are surprised…why? This is his ‘come and get me’ plea to the top 4, nothing more. Saw this coming a million miles away.

  • Auschas

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Course its not best for us…its best for him. Although I do think the contract offer should now be withdrawn and new terms discussed at the end of the season. He wants to see if someone bigger will come or Man City will pay him a fortune in wages and let him do his think for a few years more. He better hope he does not get injured cause if he does we might not want him either.

    At the end of the day he will get injured again this season and the second that happens he is ours if we want him and not a big loss if we let him go

  • garyfret

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #11

    blame ashley not owen infact owen said himself in that statement that he told the club months ago that he would take a cut in his wages and it sounds to me like hes sticking 2 fingers up at the board and saying you should of had this sorted

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #12


  • D.C.

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #13

    To continue, Owen knows we may go down if we sell him in January, so he holds absolutely all the leverage in the world.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #14

    “Ashley has let this happen by not renewing his (Owen’s) contract earlier”

    So making him sign an extension early in order to force him to stay would have been the right thing to do? Thats pathetic. Face it, if Owen wanted to stay he would not be stringing the club along like this. Anyone who doesn’t want to stay should leave, simple. They aren’t worth it.


    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Blame Owen.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #16

    sell him now , cut our loses .
    rather he stayed , but not if he isnt going to put newcastle first , this isnt like the lampard contract where he held out for more money (according to owen) .
    there is no other reason not to sign the contract unless he is keeping his options open for a switch to another club in the summer . if its not about money , then he obviously wants out , so flog him now rather thaqn going through months of off the field drama .
    we will miss his goals , but i dont think that will effect our chances of staying in the league , might hinder a possible euro challange tho , but without major reinforcements in the winter window , that will never happen anyway .

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #17

    i’ve said for a while i’d be gutted if Owen went in Jan, and he isnt which im pleased about, but the disappoitment of the way this has all worked out overrides the relief.
    The whole situation has been a complete circus act from everyone at Newcastle, and whilst i understand what he is doing and why, i’m still pretty disappointed in it all.
    i dunno why as i expected it, but its still having an effect none the less.
    As others have said before, he’d have been alot better just coming out and saying he was seeing out his contract and leaving, not,

    “i’ll stay till the end of the season and then see what happens”

    As you say Ed, he’s clearly not putting the club first, and is just waiting to see if any bigger clubs appear for him. If they dont, he’ll say how he owed us so much and thought it was wrong to leave, and we’ll be the laughing stock with the press again,

    “owen stuck at newcastle finds excuse when he’s forced to stay” bla bla bla.

    Shame. Hopefully his form will only get better in the second half of the season, and he can bang them in for us in the short time he has left at the club.

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Good riddance, bring in a younger and more motivated player. I’d go for a swap deal in january, Elano for Owen would be nice.

    Paying 100k a week to a player who doesn’t want to stay here is utter madness, let him go in january.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #19

    id go for that elano cost them 5 mill or summit , swap deal elano for owen , and hope mike fancies sticking his hand in his pocket for another striker .

  • jim

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #20

    alrite the 17 million then! if hes that good someone will pay it! balls in our court as far as the price goes-i said ten as a compromise of roughly wot we mite and deserve to get-get him out in jan ide say- make him go!-we dont want hangers on we need a team of players who want to be here! not a captain whos been injured half of his spell and now is looking to scoot! blokes a disgrace-is that how he repays our loyalty? not about the money my arse!

  • Big Dave

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #21

    lads i think the toon has to take more blame for this than MO, come on be fair and put yourself in his place would you seriously think there is much chance of winning anything with us. and as he said this is his last chance and to be honest i would rather him be somewhere else than being happy enough to just pick up his wages, so if his heart isnt there then so be it.

  • Tom

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Lets be honest here. Owens not an idiot. He also owes us NOTHING. We can bleat on about loyalty and sticking by him during injury. But lets be honest we’re currently a team in Limbo with a chairman hated by most fans, a manager half the people in the world probably forgot about after wimboldon, no european football, and no money to invest in the squad. We can’t expect players of Owens class to stay for “loyalty” cause he has no connection to the club like a geordie lad would.

    He’s now got 6 months to play his socks off for us to prove to a top 4 side that he’s good enough. If that gets us up the table then he will see what offers he has, if he gets one thats good from a club in european competitions then he’ll go. If no european teams come in and we finish top 10 I think he’ll stay.

    Owens just doing what any other person would do if it was their life and their career (and it is just a job to him, yes a damn good job but still just a job). Lets get behind him and make him feel loved at the club, give him every reason the fans can for him to stay.

    But If he does go then we’ll move on, like we always have, like when we sold Gazza to spurs, or cole to Man U, We’ll pick up the pieces and get a new striker.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23


    That headline is hilarious…Yet at the same time believable, lol.

    The only reason i care about this issue is because of the press scrutiny that is sure to follow. Any and everytime the press want to unsettle the team between now and the summer they will have an automatic story to regurgetate. This is what i mean when i say we are better off just getting rid of Owen. The press think he is too big for our club and they are determined to make us suffer for it.

  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Owen hasn’t signed because of MA and his cronies poor decisions and general ineptitude when it comes to running a football club. If they had any sense in their big-heads none of the events that transpired earlier in the season would have come to light, we’d be in a much stronger position in the league and doing well to the point that Owen would have given athe contract a second thought.

    Now we have to hope Newcastle, as a whole, performs to the kind of standard which saw him sign in the first place. By this I mean the team must perform and he must be a crucial part of it (although not at the expense of the team performance). Also we must not get on his back and drive him away ourselves because he’s still one of our players.

    If this all happens then there are no better options for Owen unless a top European side come in for him looking for a top finisher like Real did.

    Besides which if we sell him, who are we going to replace him with the aroud the £5m we get from transfer fees and saved wages?

    Let’s not forget also that this is risky for Owen too as there could be a repeat of the Ronaldo (big fat one) situation. His contract was due to expire at Milan and he picked up a very serious injury which is why he only joined Cruzeiro recently.

    Now come on guys, let’s give him every reason to stay, instead of reasons to leave.

    We are Newcastle and we are united.

  • Big Dave

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #25

    well said Tom he is not like Shearer he is not blood tied to the club. and as you say he owes us nothing and does anyone think that the head sheds at our club show him loyalty ?? dont think so

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Very sensible from MO and I can completely see where he is coming from.I genuinly believe that its not about money.Its his last contract of his career and what major honours has MO won?Sure he has won things but not the major trophys i.e league or Champions League.In being honest what is he going to win at Newcastle?If he goes good luck to him because a player of his talent should win major honours and should be at a top club.At least if he stays all this disloyal and not commited stuff can be put to bed.Anyway if he leaves it will give someone else a chance to shine.This is just a realistic opinion and I am obviously a NUFC fan even if my post may dispute that!

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #27


    I 100% agree with you, we will never get the best out of Owen. He should go and play for a top team where he will get good service every match. We need a striker that is not so one dimensional.

  • Legs

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve gotta say its a relief really.

    Despite the goals he gives the team do you guys not think his stature has also been a burden to our squad/club.

    Its never really felt like he’s belonged here and that has brought about a ton of negative press.

    Things could be good without him, it would be the final nail of the ‘big signing’ era, which most of us agree to be for the best.

    Just my opinion like.

  • Louai

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #29

    swap him for robinho!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Lee Coxon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #30

    id give given the captincy now tbh, and sell owen in jan, id rather play andy carroll who wants to play for us! or even ranger is danger!

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #31

    If Owen goes Oba will flourish being the main man.Why has everyone written off Xisco?I don’t understand it the guy came to a club at rock bottom in a foreign country to a differant league environment ect.He’s barely played and is regarded as a catalyst for KKs exit.So because he has a couple of bad games and sub appearance people have written him off.At least give him until next season.Look at Enrique.How many knew he was road runner?I know this isn’t releavant to this topic well it is in a way.Sorry for ramble but Xisco needs our support and I am sick of the lack of support.Anyway we dont need a replacement for MO we have loads of strikers.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Again Rodney, agree 100%

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Thanks Spyro 🙂

  • i Toon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #34

    All this say is Owen is hoping for a Chelsea or maybe a Man City to come in he cares nothing for Nufc i say sell him now before he goes for free.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #35

    However, i do feel we need a new striker if Owen leaves. Viduka is soon to retire.

  • ronjohno

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #36

    I really dont think it mattered when he was offered a contract. I think he would have said the same thing and now that he has I think he should be sold in January. Dont get me wrong I wish he had signed but as I say I never believed he would and I am also not saying I blame him.
    I also think he should have the captaincy taken off him and it should be handed to someone who
    will really “wants” it. Beye would be my choice as he seems to relish playing for us.

    I think it is a crying shame that Owen has not signed because I do not think he really knows how much it would have endeared him to the fans and something which if he had experienced would never forget.
    To me though this is like putting your notice in at work-Once you do so the last thing you feel like doing is giving your all-you just want to be out and move on.

  • PDiddy

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #37

    I wonder if Citeh would swap Jonson for him in January?

  • milo

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #38

    sell owen and get gomis in jan. Gomis has a mint score ratio, Not of recent but last season he was class. would be a good partner with martins. but then again you never know, i recon were gunna keep him up till end of the season then hes gunna head off to man city if not earlier. But then again they are 18th in the prem so owen may decide not to give himself a relegation battle.

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I wasn’t really considering Dukes retiring to be honest but I think Xisco was brought in as his long term replacement.
    So if Owen & Dukes go we have:
    Martins,Xisco,Ameobi,Smith,Carrol and possibly Ranger
    Still not sure we need 1.Maybe just promote Ranger he deserves a chance by his performance for the under 18s.I would rather the money go on a central mid we have cried out for years for someone in the centre who can play that key pass and dictate play.Sounds like Emre but we all know what happened there!

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Spyro com 35

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