Michael Owen has asked for time to consider whether he wants to stay at Newcastle United, after completing four seasons at the club, since he was signed for £17M from Real Madrid in August of 2005.
Michael Owen – could still sign for Newcastle
Managing Director Derek Llambias has also said the club want to keep Michael on Tyneside, and they will offer him a new deal soon, to get the captain to stay at Newcastle past the summer.
But the deal will be less than the reported £110K a week the England striker currently picks up, and Michael and his adviuers have already turned down a reduced three-year deal, worth around £12M.
But Nicky Butt last night told the News Of The World:
“I still believe Michael could be staying.”
“Negotiations have stopped at the minute but it’s not like he’s going about saying he wants to leave.”
“There could be a bit of a shock. He might stay.”
Quite honestly we’ll be fine with whatever Michael decides, because if he decides to leave – so be it, and his time at Newcastle will go down as the worst deal for any club in history, with each of his 26 goals costing around £1.5M.
However, if he stays, the passion that is Newcastle United may have infiltrated into the lad, and we’ll be pleased to see him stay, because there’s no doubt he’s still a very good player, and he will have become attached to the club, even with all it’s bad publicity and circus type atmosphere at times.
The good thing about having Michael at the club is that it puts the Newcastle club on the world map, because everybody knows Michael Owen, and that he plays for Newcastle United, so it helps the global that is Newcastle United.
With things on the ownership front hopefully clearing up even more in the next few weeks, maybe it was this stability that Michael wanted to see at Newcastle, after all the terrible upheaval after Kevin Keegan left rather abruptly, last September.
If that’s the case Michael may even sign before the end of the season, and that would be a nice get-well gesture to Joe Kinnear, who looks like guiding the club over the next couple of seasons, and has always wanted Michael to stay.
Newcastle need stability now, more than anything else, and a fit Joe Kinenar can get the job done, with support from the Newcastle fans over the next couple of seasons.
Certainly, it appears the lads have some great team spirit going, as they’ve shown over the last few games, which is just great to see, after all the turmoil of this season.
The players seem to be taking on a leadership role to change the fortunes of the Newcastle club this season, and we’ve certainly got some great characters at the club right now.
But now Newcastle face yet another 6 pointer at Bolton today and Butt added:
“We all have to stand up and be counted. We have the fighting spirit and the players to keep the club up.”
It could well be that things are starting to look up at Newcastle, and let’s be clear – a win at Bolton today and Newcastle fans will go into orbit, because that would be 8 points from our last 4 games – European form?
Whoops – getting carried away again. 😀
Let’s get the win today first.