Joe Kinnear has given a good interview with Sky Sports this afternoon, and he talks about Owen, the new players Newcastle have bid for, although not by name of course (drat!), and the other three players Butt, Ameobi and Harper, who have been offered new contracts at the club.
Nicky Butt – Joe expects Nicky to sign contract for Newcastle United
It would appear that Kinnear is well aware that what happens both on and off the pitch over the next five months will go a long way towards making up Owen’s mind for him.
And Newcastle must push ahead, and quickly, as Owen is thinking what chance have Newcastle got of having a decent side over the next four years, never mind the chances of winning something for the first time in 40 years.
Kinnear said today, when asked if he was pleased that Owen is staying through the summer:
“I think so, yes, very much so. Michael himself is not too sure, and that’s why he sees taking time as his best option.
“Believe it or not, he was quite happy with the terms, it was just that this is the final decision he is going to make in his career.”
“He was delighted – and thanked me very much – for the fact that we made him a three-year offer, which he wasn’t expecting, but nevertheless, he just needs time to sort things out for himself.”
“I don’t mind that, I am fine. He is a great professional and – I keep repeating myself – his goalscoring record stands up there to be counted.”
“As long as he continues scoring goals, I will be delighted.”
Joe talks about Michael Owen and also brings up the fact we have gone after four players, and that he expects Nicky Butt to sign, but for Shola Ameobi and Steve Harper, it’s down to the terms they have been offered.
Joe thinks he will know about those 3 players, yes or no, within the next 48 hours. We hope the clubs gets those 3 contracts signed.
It seems that Newcastle have made a good early start in the transfer market, by already getting four bids in, because once they get answers to them, they will have enough time to go after other targets, should they not be successful with their first picks.
However, don’t be surprised if we go after some of these targets again in the summer, if we cannot get them in during January, but whether Joe will still be the Newcastle manager then is anybody’s guess of course.
But it seems there has been agreement between Joe and Dennis Wise, and the Newcastle Board, about which players to go after, and after all the messing around in August and early Septmeber, that’s actually good news for Newcastle fans.