This Is Not The End Of Owen At Newcastle – Moncur

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.

Bobby continued:

“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.

Moncur continued:

“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.

Who wouldn’t?

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • safferusa

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Owen is leaving at the end of the season, I have no doubt.
    If you were Owen and u wanted to leave you would:

    1. Not admit to wanting to leave (would be boo’d at every game and hated by an already volatile group of fans calling you a traitor)
    2. Wait till the summer to get better wage from new club as no transfer fee attached.
    3. Publicly anounce that you will not sign anything till the summer to put a flag up for other clubs.
    4. ALSO wait till the summer to milk your 110K salary to the max.

    If you were Owen and wanted to stay at NUFC you would:

    1.Sign a new contract (if reasonable) when it was offered.

  • toon mag geordie

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    aah moncur who will succeed you in lifting a trophie

  • toon mag geordie

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    saffer usa

    he may be unsure as to whether he wants to stay and may want t o find out what is happening at the club

  • Cooper

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Defo agree with saffer

  • Rich

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Should he steer clear of injuries and score freely he will have all sorts of top-notch clubs seeking his services including possibly Manchester United.

    However, should he break down again, he might find that even Newcastle are not interested.

  • Wallsend Will

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Good comments from Bobby Moncur. Why would you ever want to sell a certain goal scorer like Michael Owen! Especially now that we’re in a relegation fight, (Still very true unfortunately) we need him to hopefully stay fit and score the goals that we need. Forget about the £17M paid initially. That’s history now and he may leave next summer for nothing. On the other hand a successful run in the league, a European place maybe, new owners to come in perhaps and a settled future for the club may well persuade Michael to sign on again. I don’t blame him for leaving it alone at the moment. The club should have signed him up when Kevin Keegan desperately wanted to tie him up to a long term contract.

  • steve

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    think it’s fair enough, you can hardly blame him wanting to see –

    Outcome on sale of the club
    What investment / players happens in in Jan
    Eventual league position (i.e will we qualify for europe)
    None of the big 4 coming in for him

    he’s only got a few years left at the top and obviously wants to win something and play in europe – can he do thsi with the toon?

  • Dan157

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    in the case of N’Zogbia the L’Equipe website has been running stories about him leaving since 2005. If you translate some of them you’ll probably be able to find some of the quotes that are being passed as recent

  • Obafan

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    It indeed is a 2 way street, but I’m quite disppointed to be honnest.

    On the one hand you can’t blame Owen, because of the situation at the club, but on the other hand MO owes the club a lot (even though the 17m is indeed history).

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 23, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Bobby Moncur always speaks wise words of wisdom imo.

    Ashley has made too many mistakes while owning NUFC and letting Owen’s contract run out is just one of them.


    Dec 23, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve said it all along he’s for the off. This was the only way he could say it, so not to upset the fans completely.

  • Porl

    Dec 23, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Nothing has really changed has it. He was known to be available and still is. The chances of him leaving in January were slim, clubs are free to approach him so they can just make the deal and wait til the summer as said above to save the transfer fee. If we get new owners before the summer there is every chance that the contract offer will be increased to keep him. Even if he is truthful in saying its not about the money the stability of new owners may be enough to keep him. If not then he leaves and we’ve still had him for the season which is all we need. When new owners come into a club they like to make a signing that excites and strikers excite more than most because they get the goals (mostly). So if we get new owners in they’ll want to bring a wow striker in and not be hampered by having someone earning £100,000. If we don’t get new owners in then at least Ashley will have £100,000 less a week to moan about and we can get a decent replacement (someone who fits better with Martins, Martins prefers to be the big fish in the pond anyway). I’d prefer him to stay personally but its not the end of the world if he goes.

  • Bosamuelson

    Dec 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Guys come on put yourself in his shoes. We would all do exactly the same. Ok being NUFC fans then maybe not, but if we were in his possition we would, in any job.

    Conditions: owner may go…gaffer may go…he will have many options…Man City, Spurs oooh, not a chance he will go to either of them, top four he would be on the bench, not suited to Arsenal, Chelsea don’t want him, Benitez said the same and Man U have WR, DB, CT, the Portugese guy. Realistically he will not go to anyone either worse of or in the same position as us.

    Realistically I can not see him wanting to be a bit aprt player at one of the top 4 just to get a medal. Nor does he need the money. He is not a muppet he manages his money very well by all reports (I won’t quote I have just read it albeit a while ago) , so he doesn’t need the money and he seems like a person who is pretty decent.

    Why don’t we stop being a bunch of arses and accept somebody at face value and believe them. If he leaves, then who can blame him…we are a challenge but not going to win the prem. Then again if he stays who can blame him, LOYAL fans and an exciting team. He will want to see the investments and the outcome of MA decission to stick or twist.

    Lets just not play into the medias hands by feeding them with booing and disbelief. What will be will be. If anything we can change it for the better by cheering Owen and making the decission for him. But I expect this won’t happen because the press will influence us too much and if anything it will be booing. Even thought he has when fit played well and scored goals for the majority. Lets just give someone a chance


  • Whumpie

    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Bosamuelson is right, and Moncur has helped to change my mind on this today. I don’t blame Owen, because if it was my career I’d not sign up with so many uncertainties.

    There’s still a good chance we’ll be his best option come the summer, but there’s also a good chance he won’t be our best option. Let’s remember he may not come good (or get injured) and we may see better value for money elsewhere by then. He’s taken a risk too, and at least we know nowt’s changing for the rest of the season.

    Let’s support our captain, forget about contracts until the summer, and see what happens then.

  • Bosck

    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    I dont blame Michael Owen at all. I am admittedly disappointed that he hasnt signed now, but not disappointed with him for not doing so.

    In my opinion he wants to stay, but a) he does not want to have signed a new contract if the club is then relegated (tho i dont think we will be), b) he wants to know whats going on with MA and if things are going to remain stable or if there will be another year of upheaval again if MA sells.

    he does owe newcastle loyalty to some extent but loyalty can only stretch so far, sure if this was his home town club like harper then he might be willing to sacrifice his international chances to play for his home club, but owen must establish whether or not he will get back into the england squad at the toon, as he is still the best finisher in england he just needs to get a good run of games/goals going and then if he does and capello still doesnt pick him it will tell owen that capello may never pick him while he is at the toon, or will never pick him at all. if the 2nd option then i believe he would stay with newcastle, but it may be the 1st.

    at the ed of the day we must remember owen is not shearer. these decisions were easy for wor al as he was living his dream, so he was willing to sacrifice england to continue.

  • Harry

    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Not related to this post, but Ed, thought you should know – my virus scanner blocked the ad on your front page, and said it contained a Trojan virus!

  • sweendog

    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Harry .. same here and it happens regularly..

  • Alex

    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Its time for Ashley to take the club off the market and give Kinnear a contract for another 2 seasons . If he does that now Owen would sign the contract immediately i think . Stability is what every one now wants and needs .

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

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    As for Owen as I have said oftzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Lintoon

    Dec 23, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Just to let you know the Trojan in the ad isn’t affecting my machine whatsoever.

    Ahh, the beauty of Linux. No viruses, no spyware, no MS spying. Love it.

    I’m using Ubuntu if you’re interested. Go google it.

  • Legs

    Dec 23, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    buy a mac :-p

  • Lintoon

    Dec 23, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    True Legs. For us skinflints Ubuntu is perfect.

  • POI

    Dec 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Forget about Owen he is going to leave sell him in Jan though.

    Players out jan:

    Players in jan:
    Sotiris Ninis
    Miguel Veloso
    Tranquillo Barnetta
    Goran Pandev
    Diego Buonanotte
    Karim Benzema
    Juan Manuel Vargas

  • Ian

    Dec 23, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Moncur always sits on the fence, just in case there is a sniff of a job!!

    Forget Owen, we need a really good back up striker, we need Carrol, Smith or Xisco or two of them shipped out and a decent solid back up striker in, I would go for Dave Kitson, not that anyone would listen to me, I only said we should have signed Cisse last Summer and sold Owen, now we would have a striker with two years at least left on his contract, is in the top ten premiership scorers, available for every match and we could get on with sorting the rest of the team.

    It is really important that we get a good back up striker this January for next year, if we cant sign a good striker or we wait for Owen we could be in the lurch next season, if we have a decent back up striker such as Kitson who is capable of 10 goals plus in a season in the right team then the pressure is off us a little, if we dont everything will hang on one transfer window in the Summer.

    Nile Ranger may be home grown talent for the future as a number one striker.

  • GraemeR

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #25

    WE should sell in Jan – the fact that he says he is not going to move in Jan means he will get 10% of any deal – money is all that matters to ExEMO.

    Sell him for 5 million and put that money towards a top striker – otherwise he walks on a free in the summer – still leaving us to get another striker.

    If he was keen to stay he would of signed what looks a v good contract considering his newcastle history.

  • the black magpie

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #26

    whats all this stuff im reading about zogs?

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    black mag

    apparentley he wants to leave

    so why has he come on and said he is looking forward to gettin the club back ontracks and doing better in the second half of the season,,10278~1497627,00.html

  • GraemeR

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Zogs wants to go to a ‘bigger’ team apparently – 15million to Villa anyone

  • the black magpie

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #29

    double figures in the millions and he can f off- otherwise we should not give the indication that we are a selling club

  • Will Iam

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree 15m would be good.

  • wigaz

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #31

    If We get £15m for zog we could spend it on £7m (Ashton) £4m (Pennant) £3m (Bullard) Baines on loan with view to permanat! leaving £1m which could help towards wages.

  • Will Iam

    Dec 23, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Ya right Wigaz.I like Bullard.

  • tino97

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #33

    I think its a load of rubbish about the Zog. The paper says he wants to leave, though I have seen somewhere that he has never been happier here and is good mates with Bassong! With the Owen situation, can’t blame him for not signing! I hope he doesn’t get booed too much. Maybe if we have a good finish he will stay. But, if he goes I wouldn’t be too bothered. As long as we have a decent replacement lined up.

  • nightfall

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #34

    wigaz – ashton? no way…c’mon, west ham don’t want him!…that says it all…

    what have we learned about rejects? 🙂

  • micepie

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #35

    A strange thing has happened a few times with this site lately. When I was looking at this blog through the ‘News Now’ site a few weeks ago a vast cascade of windows opened up – just blank internet explorer windows. So that I had to force off my main home computer. Since then I’ve mostly just gone straight to the blog site, not through News Now. No problems, but a few minutes ago I was on this site again, but this time on my laptop instead and through AOL. And I hadn’t gone through the News Now page first. Again the multi-cascade happened. I shut down within about 30 seconds, by which time 57 internet explorer windows had opened up!!

    Anyone else experience problems? It can’t be a virus because exactly the same happened both on my home computer and laptop, and my McAfee and AVG virus protection cannot find any viruses when they run tests.

  • Doocey

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Said it before will say it again. Don’t want bullard, thinks he’s too big for his shoes. As for owen, he really is a nice guy, nicer than a lot out there and he’s not in it for the money. He’s made bags of it already at pool and real so why would he just want more?
    Its a disapointing decision from owen but i don’t think he’l leave. Mainly because he owes us a little more and he won’t want to unsettle the family. I’m sick of so many on this saying they want Xisco out, why get rid of him? The one game he’s really played in he scored. He has good potential, i have watched deportivo in the la liga last year and he played very well. As for harper he should leave to a club because he deserves a regular chance with regular team football. I really hope owen won’t be booed at matches. As said above cheering him on may well secure a contract 🙂 get a nice victory at wigan which will be hard and motor on 🙂


    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Chelsea is going to sign him; he’ll use the champions league, and rightly so.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #38

    micepie i had similar problemms except when i tried to turn off my pc more windoes kept poppin up

  • micky toon

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #39

    micepie – there is a redirect going on with the dns link for this site, I’m convinced of it. It only happends with MS Internet Explorer. I used a work computer to access this site using Internet Explorer and I was re-directed to another website, nothing to do with nufcblog. It didn’t even open a new window it just used the window I was in. I never even got to the site. The computer I used was a Win XP Pro fully protected and scanned daily with an enterprise grade anti virus, apparently.

    Ed – You need to speak to tiger about dns re-directs. It’s a common problem now it’s been publicised. Google it.

  • Spyro

    Dec 23, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Alright lads,

    Predictions and teams for Wigan please.

    I know we hae a bad record there, but i am feeling confident.

    0-1 the Toon


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