Bobby Moncur has come out today and given his own views on Michael Owen delaying his decision on his Newcastle contract, until the end of the season.
Bobby Moncur – doesn’t think it’s a snub from Michael
Bobby is very measured in what he says, and of course is steeped in the Geordie tradition, so it’s always worth a read of what Bobby’s opinion is.
Moncur told the Evening Chronicle:
“I don’t see this as a bad thing whatsoever.” “I did not expect him to sign up for three years right now either, so it is not a big surprise to me.”
“I also don’t see this as the end for Michael.” “This was always going to be a major decision for him and understandably he needs time to make up his mind.”
“I don’t think he needs convincing the club have great fans or how big Newcastle are or how much potential there is here.” “He will already know all of that.”
“Basically, the things which are happening in the background are probably the reason why he is taking more time to consider.”
“The uncertainties like the club being up for sale and the fact Newcastle have work to do before they are safe are the factors behind this, I would imagine, and nothing to do with money.”
Owen is Newcastle’s top scorer with nine goals so far this season, and has been in fine goal-scoring form in most of our games. Moncur is confident the delay will not affect the England striker’s form, who hopefully will continue knocking in the goals for the Magpies.
“Michael is a first-class professional.” “He is in the same mould as Alan Shearer in that respect.”
“I believe he leads his life impeccably off the field just as he does on it.” “Undoubtedly there will be two schools of thought from the fans.”
“One group may think he owes it to Newcastle to sign on for longer because the club stuck with him through injuries, one of them sustained while on international duty at the World Cup.”
“The other will understand he needs more time to see if the club can get the right results in the second half of the season.”
“It is a two-way street, because for Newcastle to stay up they need Michael Owen until the end of the season and he has agreed to stay.”
“He will help them stay up, so I don’t think it is a big issue.”
Owen, who also scored 29 goals for Newcastle in his three and a half seasons on Tyneside, and is due to score a goal or two at the JJB Stadium on Friday. He has 52 starts for the club, and hopefully that playing record will be much improved come the end of the season.
“For any pro at any time, it’s always in your best interests to play well – and get the goals if you are a striker.”
“The whole situation for me is a positive one because there are plenty of players who would have thrown the towel in and asked to go on the transfer list, moped around and then waited to be moved on at cut price.”
“You never want players who don’t want to be here, but Owen is saying far from that at the minute.”
Maybe it’s time for Mike Ashley to shape up or ship out, so Michael will know what the score is come June.
We think it’s more likely that Mike will shape up, but before he says anything else about what he wants to do to rebuild Newcastle, he wants to get the £8M claim against the club by Kevin Keegan, behind him.