It’s hard to talk about the summer transfer market for Newcastle until we have a better idea, either way, on whether we will stay in the Premier League.
Michael Owen – gone if we get relegated
Michael Owen is of course out of contract in the summer, and if we do go down then he will leave the club, even if Shearer stays on as manager. We just cannot afford him, and he’d hardly want to play in the Championship, at this stage ion his career – and with the World Cup in South Africa next summer.
And if we go down we will also unload Viduka, Smith, Cacapa, Geremi, Martins, Coloccini, Gutierrez, and maybe Xisco and Enrique. The club will save enormously on wages with most of these fringe players leaving, and if we can keep the rest, we should have the making of a decent squad in the Championship.
Alan was asked by the Sunday Sun today whether Michael would be saying but of course it has nothing to do with Alan right now, as he answered:
“It is not in my brief,” “It has not come up and I don’t expect it to until we know where we are.”
“Michael will be a very big player for us. It is up to give him the ammunition.”
Only when we either know we’ll stay up or know the opposite, will we be able to determine what the transfer window will look like, and which players we will be after.
But either way we have to get rid of these high-priced players who have produced nothing for the club this season.
Either way, we’d like to see Alan stay on as manager, that’s for sure.