Newcastle Chairman Mike Ashley has admitted that the club are powerless to prevent Michael Owen joining Manchester City, should the Eastlands club be interested in the striker.
Newcastle’s financial situation at the moment, in contrast Manchester City’s, means that they can do nothing to convince Owen to stay if money becomes his biggest motivation.
Speaking about this situation, Ashley said that he hasn’t got the wealth of the Manchester City owner and as much as he would want Owen to stay at Newcastle, there is ‘nothing’ he can do about it financially.
As things stand, Owen has been offered a new deal at St James’ Park. However, he is going to have to take a £25,000 wage cut if he wishes to extend his stay at Newcastle.
Overall, the news that Manchester City could come in for Joe Kinner’s skipper and offer incredible amounts of money to secure his services isn’trevolutionary. No player in world football is too expensive for the richest team in football, after all.
The interesting aspect about this situation though, is what would you do if you were Michael Owen? At this moment in time, Owen is starting every week for Newcastle and is scoring goals. Should this keep up, an England recall is surely just round the corner.
However, should he wish to maintain (or even improve on) his £105,000 per week salary, then he will have to move on. With Newcastle still searching for a buyer, things are very uncertain at St James Park and perhaps it isn’t the best time to be signing a long term deal.
If he makes his decision solely based on football though, I’d expect the football odds backing him to stay at Newcastle. Who knows who Manchester City will buy over the next few months and who knows how much football Owen would get at Eastlands?
Owen is the main man at Newcastle right now, he is presumably settled in the area and above all – he is scoring goals. Why change things at this stage of his career?
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting