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Owen explains contract delay: Do Newcastle United fans think he’ll stay?

After a brace against Stoke City, Michael decided to ‘clear-up’ the reasons for his contract not being renewed as yet.

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Michael Owen has pinpointed Newcastle’s boardroom “turmoil” as the reason for his delay in agreeing a new contract.
After former manager Kevin Keegan’s controversial exit in September, owner Mike Ashley put the Magpies up for sale but has been unable to find a buyer.
“We had a few meetings earlier on in the season and things were going fine,” striker Owen, 28, told BBC Sport.
“Then the manager left as did someone on the board who we were negotiating with – talks haven’t picked up since.”
“Before it’s gets twisted again, that’s not me snubbing Newcastle,” added the England striker, who scored twice for the Magpies in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City.
“They’ve got bigger things to fry than sorting out my contract, or the contracts of Steven Harper, Shola Amoebi, Mark Viduka and Nicky Butt – there are a lot of people out of contract.
“They haven’t got round to talking with the players. There has been a lot of turmoil at the club and I suppose they have been shuffled to the back of the queue.” (BBC Sport)

Ok, so that’s kind of good news for the Toon Army faithful, these quotes sort of suggest that the England international wants to stay at the club and all the management have to do is pick up the phone and offer him an obscene amount of money and it will all be sorted! But seriously, the former Liverpool man clearly has a lot to offer and Newcastle United would do well to sort out his contract before those players outlined in the piece as without the diminutive striker leading the line the club look pretty much toothless and given rumours circulating about the likely departure of Oba Martins the importance of Michael Owen to the club is even more evident. Eight goals in nine starts say’s it all and I am sure that if offered a new deal the 28 year old would more than likely take it. Do United fans want the club to offer the player a kings ransom so as to persuade him to stay at the Magpies?

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