|Newcastle don't deserve to keep Michael Owen
||[Dec. 15th, 2008|09:35 am]
Newcastle United’s surprising win at Portsmouth on Sunday notwithstanding, Joe Kinnear expresses his suspicions that Michael Owen is not about to rush into the club offices, seize the new contract he has been offered and sign with a flourish. How perceptive is Mr. Kinnear.
If Michael Owen has, as I suspect, retained his common sense, decency and judgement despite Newcastle’s descent into chaos this season, then you can only assume that he will be out of the place at the first opportunity. In his case, that means when his current contract expires at the end of the season, in May, although he will be free to open negotiations with other interested parties from the start of January. Three surprise points at Portsmouth are unlikely to change that scenario.
Frankly, you’d have to question Owen’s state of mind if he decided he did want to stay. Newcastle Football Club has an inelegant owner who has been shunned by the club’s own supporters, a foul-mouthed manager who is so rough he makes a chunk of splintered wood look smooth and a set-up with which no-one in their right mind would wish to be associated.
If Owen is the quietly spoken gentleman he is purported to be, every remaining day in Newcastle’s employment must be an excruciating experience. Kinnear had hardly been in the place a month before he launched an expletive riddled invective aimed at the local media. Talk about how to win friends and influence people.
Kinnear is said to have left his Spanish home to return to Premiership football and a brief contract, obtained it has to be said in extraordinary circumstances, which has now been extended to the end of the season. Meanwhile, the club remains up for sale but unwanted by anyone with what passes for a semblance of brain power in their head.
Somehow, you feel that Newcastle Football Club, Mike Ashley, the beer-bellied owner and the foul-mouthed Kinnear, all deserve each other. A club rotten to the core that humiliates Kevin Keegan and all the while is going nowhere, simply does not deserve its Premiership standing. Its passionate supporters have been short-changed for years and deserve so much better.
For that, the club’s fanatical support can thank, most recently, Messrs Ashley and Kinnear, two discredited football operators of base appeal. Kinnear’s latest rant – he seems to have a natural penchant for outrageous remarks – saw him dismissed from the bench to the stands at a recent match, an act that has rightly aroused the Football Association’s ire.
Premiership football can do without people such as this. Unfortunately from Newcastle’s point of view, the guy they cannot do without, Owen, appears to have long since planned his exit strategy. Who on earth can blame him ?