Nicky Butt – Owen Might Stay At Newcastle United

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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • inselaffe

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope he signs a pay-as-you-play deal…

  • ToonAsia

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Good to hear

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldnt mind if he stayed if he took a fairly large pay cut but either way it doesnt bother me that much

  • Toon_Sydney

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    i reckon he’ll stay ive always said it , dont thnk he’ll accept pay as u play it’ll be 90k + 10k goal bonus sumthn like that

  • Toronto_Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Good so long as his weekly wages are trimmed, and he gets a large incentive for playing. He’s injured too often for us to carry his salary, but when he’s fit he scores goals at a better rate than any other striker we’ve got.

  • ToonAsia

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    i heard keegan make offer to comeback for the 3-rd time, wonder why MA refuse the offer?? he can save up his 9m arse pocket money

  • Toronto_Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    In addition to the goals, he offers an intangible – star power. I personally don’t think he’s worth half his salary with his injury record.

    But because of his ‘branding’, not only does he help the club with overseas marketing, his presence in the side helps to persuade foreign players to join even though we’re not in Europe.

  • jimiley

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Owen may sign for us because no other club will pay him 100K a week with his sick record.
    Will he sign if we get relegated? I doubt it. We were in a mess when Joe took ill. now we have Hughton in charge at a time of a real crisis. Panic!!!! This owner is crucifying the club. How can Hughton be the manager at a time like this. Says it all really. And then Joe can come back on a two year contract!!!!! A few months ago he would not have been in anybodys top fifty. And don’t tell me he has steadied the ship. He has a point a game which is relegation form. After a good start his record became very poor. Only MA could come up with this plan. He seems to be punishing the fans for having a go at him. If we don’t get relegated this season, we will next. Remember he is planning to spenr 5 mil a year on players. We are the 14th biggest club in Europe. Its all quite pathetic. And don’t tell me he’s bailed the club out. Its all a LOAN which he will get back when he can sell the club for a fat profit. He has been a disaster along with his mates from Spuds. Bolton 0 Utd 1. Here’s hoping!

  • valle

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    ToonAsia // Mar 1, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    i heard keegan make offer to comeback for the 3-rd time, wonder why MA refuse the offer?? he can save up his 9m arse pocket money

    Why he refused?… He apperently has some sense.

  • valle

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Regarding Owen… Im actually not so sure i even want him to stay anymore… Not on those massive wages.

  • Alex

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    If he stays it should be for half the wages he is on now , with the other half of his wages we could get some one that does play to earn his money , instead of being on the sick .

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone else besides me not want him to stay, if he doesnt score he does nothing and i know for a fact he will be injured for half a season next to, we should really pay a lot of money to find a big powerful striker to play alongside martins


    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Valle im feeling the same way as you. He don’t play like a 100k a week footballer when he is fit. We carry him in my opinion. I have no doubt he will get lots of goals and add more to a team but I just can not see it happening at the Toon! Off loading Owen and maybe replacing him with Larsson would be a great move for us. Ranger would be ready when Larsson’s finished.

  • 619nufc

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14


  • Joseph

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Perhaps he might stay on a pay as you play deal like everton have with saha a basic wage of 5k or so and a hefty appearance fee and goal bonus

  • Obafan

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16


    I’ve got the same thought; I don’t know if it will be good for the club if Owen decides to sign a new contract.

    Ifthey offer him a new contract; it should be a pay-as-you-play contract, cause otherwise we will have the same problem as we have got now.

    I rahter prefer Martins signing a new deal, then Owen signing a new deal.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 1, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #17

    No he won’t he won’t want to play in the championship!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #18


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