It’s not really surprising news that Michael Owen wants to stay at Newcastle United if Alan Shearer becomes the long term manager.
Michael Owen – will stay if Shearer stays – but happens if we are relegated?
The News Of The World is reporting today that a source close to Owen told the News of the World:
“Michael’s priority is still the same. He wants to help Newcastle to stay up.” “Everyone knows there is a mutual admiration between Alan and Michael and they are looking forward to working together for the rest of the season.”
“Beyond that, time will tell. But Michael has a genuine affection for Newcastle and the fans and with Alan in charge I am sure that affection will grow even stronger.”
Newcastle are said to be working on a new deal for Owen, but nothing will be offered until the end of the season, when Newcastle will know if they have managed to stay up in the Premier League, and that’s looking increasingly like the team could go down.
And one thing Mike Ashley is reported to be working on is a deal to keep Alan Shearer as manager of Newcastle, but just what would happen if Newcastle go down is debatable – and would Alan want to manage the club back to the Premier League?
Certainly if Alan was in charge it would be easier to retain some of the playing staff but many players will need to be shipped out in the summer whatever happens including Smith, Viduka, Cacapa, Edgar, Geremi and the like, most of whom are on massive wages, which they hardly earn.
The Observer is reporting today that Mike Ashley’s new structure, with Dennis Wise having been dispensed with, will try to keep Shearer long-term, despite Alan’s initial insistence he will return to his BBC role this summer summer.
The news is that Ashley has offered Shearer a £4m-a-year contract, which we can abelieve, but the Observer is also reporting that a £50m transfer budget will be available to Alan if he stays, but we find that hard to beliive, unless there is new money infusion into the club.
With some good purchases in the summer £50M should not be needed since we have the basis of a decent squad right now, but they are completely out of confidence, and the results are showing that.
Unless Newcastle’s form is turned around quickly the big question will be what will Newcastle do about their players and the manager should they be in Championship next season.
It’s all very interesting but there’s one big questioon to be answered first in all of this – can Newcastle beat the drop?