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Shearer – Owen Loves It At Newcastle

10:46 am, Monday, October 15th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer, fresh from his hat trick in the Princes Trust Challenge Trophy at St. James’ Park yesterday, cannot understand why his friend Michael Owen has been criticized so much for wanting to get back playing and scoring goals for his club and country.

Michael underwent stomach surgery two weeks ago in Germany. He then worked like crazy the following week to get fit, and not only made Newcastle’s game against Everton, but scored what turned out to be the winning goal after 90 minutes.

And what did Owen get for all of that – adverse criticism.

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Newcastle great Alan Shearer and the famous salute – another goal scored

Shearer, who knows Owen well insists Michael is loving life on Tyneside with his wife Louise and children are very settled in the area.
Big Al told Newcastle World TV today:

“He’s very happy here – he’s come out and said it numerous times,” “He loves the area – his family’s here and his kids are at school.”“He can’t control what’s been said, and he can’t come out every week. He’s happy, and he shouldn’t have to do that.”

“He’s frustrated, but he’s a tough lad. He’ll handle it, and he’ll score goals.”

Owen has another important game to play on Wednesday in England’s crucial game in Moscow after coming through 70 minutes of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley.

Shearer continued:

“I don’t understand how it’s such a crime to first of all get back to playing for Newcastle,”

“I know Sam said he was fit to start the game (against Everton), and Michael said he was fit to start the game. He came on and scored, and did very well.”

“He wants to play for England, and I don’t see the crime in that.” “I don’t understand where the criticism’s coming from.”

It’s important that Newcastle fans realize that Michael likes it at Newcastle and that he’s gone through a difficult period so far, through no fault of his own. But we think Michael’s heart is in the right place, and he’s really anxious to do well at Newcastle. Michael doesn’t usually say too much and let’s his football do the talking. But 10 goals in 21 games without even being able to have a lengthy run in the squad is really an excellent return.What’s missing is the number of games – and he just needs more of these and the goals will come. What’s that saying again – patience is a virtue.

Comments always very welcome.



Tags: Michael Owen · Newcastle News · Players



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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MN // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    This is really great news, to have Alan coming out and say MO loves it here speaks volume about MO and should once and for all, settle all issues of NUFC vs England. Firstly, I am born and bred in Singapore, and I support both NUFC and the England team, so can’t understand what the fuss is about MO playing for England more than Newvcastle. If he is playing, it’s good for NUFC after all right? I mean, if i have the football talent, I would have played for my national team if my country needs me. Isn’t this normal? So what if MO wants to play for England. He is a professional and he should be old enough to make such decisions (i.e. when he is fit to play for both). Also, let’s see what will happen over the course of this season, how many games he will play for NUFC, and since this is a league, we should judge MO after the season is over, to be fair to him. not to accuse him now at this moment that he plays more for England than NUFC (even though, as at of now, statistically, he DID indeed played more fro England than NUFC).

  • 2 Ed Harrison // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    MN – agree completely :D

  • 3 evildick // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    I’m 110% behind Owen, every toon fan should be.

  • 4 Dragoner // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    This guy is a really good STRIKER, but quite frankly im sick and tired of only ever hearing about Michael Owen…i would much rather have Anelka anyway, he is better, and can create HIS OWN CHANCES, unlike michael.
    what can michael do if our midfield have a bad game???…NARDA!

  • 5 Dragoner // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    i know what i just said is going to irritate a lot of people on here…but its the truth and surely everyone must know that. I feel Michael Owen at our club is a lot like Henry at Arsenal, yes i know owen isn’t as good, but they both attract a lot of media hype and other players in the team tend to fall in their shadow, when Arsene Wenger sold Henry everyone laughed at Arsenal, people thought they would be nothing without him, but now look at them, the players who were in his shadow are now performing much much better and it is evident in Arsenals performance as a whole. I think we should learn from this.

  • 6 Dragoner // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    what i am basically trying to say is that we DONT NEED OWEN! despite what the media attempts to force us to believe

  • 7 Toon Chicken // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Dragoner – “its the truth and surely everyone must know that.”

    No it’s not. What a ridiculous thing to say. Are you trying to re-invent yourself as a tabloid newspaper. It’s your opinion and nothing more. I don’t agree with it, and I think you’ll find neither do a lot of other Toon fans.

    I too am sick of hearing about Owen. But not as sick as I am of listening to our own “fans” having a go at him!

  • 8 Cockney Magpie // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    anelka better than owen! lol give it up mate u must be out of ur nut or sumin lets just look at the goals per game ratio shall we and seen as they are both strikers thats the important thing, n i think unless im horribly mistaken Owen flies past anelka

  • 9 Graham // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Whats wrong with owen wanting to succeed at thie highest possible level in his career? I want to that in my career and so does everybody else. So why the hell shoul he have to justify himself every week or get one of his mates to do it for him?

    Personally, i think that its half fan half national media (and that bufoon Oliver) stirring up all this. Let him ply his trade and get behind him 100% instead of all this bull. We’ve got rid of one big mouth in Shepherd – we dont want or need anyone else replcing him so lets just support him and the rest of the club. Unfortunately we cant do anything abouth the media who just seem to love rubbing our noses in it.

  • 10 Cockney Magpie // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    here here graham! We shoulod be proud that Englands number 1 striker play for us!!

  • 11 Wazza // Oct 15, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    This whole story is becoming tiresome. If MO is fit when a Newcastle game comes along then he plays for Newcastle. If he’s injured then he doesn’t play. If MO is fit when an England game comes along then he plays for England. If he’s injured then he doesn’t play. Where’s the story in this?

    Let’s move on. Like AS I’m perplexed by the fuss.

    The only people who want to keep this going are lazy/illiterate journalists who can’t be arsed/are incapable of writing a proper piece of journalism. Let’s not pander to their pathetic attempts.

  • 12 yemozone // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    i agree with dragoner.why dont we sell owen and get another striker that will always be fit for club and country.Like Anelka in Bolton.

    Forget about the goal ratio Owen is having.How many games has he played for nufc?
    Thank God for martins last season,it could have been a disaster for nufc.But where was Owen.Probably,played for England unfit and got injured in the world cup.

  • 13 Graeme // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Michael Owen’s ability as a striker has never been in doubt – he is world class.

    If Owen is as committed to the NUFC cause as everyone is making out, then why is the “get out” clause still in his contract?? It was put there at his insistance, no one elses and can be removed just as easily, but hasnt been. In my opinion he is here for the money and little else; I will believe all the tales of how much he loves the club, how happy he is etc etc when it is announced that a new contract has been put in place WITHOUT his escape clause.

    Until that time, he is at SJP for his own ends, not ours.

    What happened to the inertia of pre season when it was “discovered” that both Owen and Martins had the escape clauses. New contracts were going to be sorted as a matter of some urgency yet nothing seems to have been done – unless I missed the anouncement.

  • 14 leo // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    i think its down to the fact that shearer our iconic striker put club before country, and we thus expect that from owen, which will never happen, and i think it is wrong for us to believe he should…

  • 15 yemozone // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    If it had been martins that had the same problem Owen has with nufc ,he would have been kicked out of the club long ago.And those of u defending Owen would not have defended him.

  • 16 Alex // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Two simple Facts that Some people seem to have forgotten.
    1- Goals wins games
    2-Owen is one of the very best Goal scorers in the world.
    Why the hell would we sell him !!!
    he is happy at the Toon his kids are at school here and his wife is happy too . Its time to start supporting the lad instead of moaning about him.

  • 17 toonUSA // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    http://www.michaelowen.com/

    I ask all to please visit the site above. it is Owens official site. What team do think he plays for at first glance? What is he proud of most and what is important to him?

    And for the record all players that think they can dictate their paths at Man U and Arsenal have all been shown the door. I know he scores a lot of goals but i want a team to do well and not have this consistent man over shadow their efforts on the field. You tell me how a manager can be fair in his selections when a player like Owen has a bigger presence than the team. I live in the US and I search all the sites looking to see how the team is coming along and all i find is M. Owen this and that. even on the highlights its what did Owen do in this game….how do you think the rest of the team feels when all their efforts are overshadowed by one man….its not Cool……Not Cool.

  • 18 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    MN does Singapore have a national team? I think it would be bl**dy marvelous to get Big Al back in a Toon shirt (playing not MA style). As for the Owen saga in my opin………………………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • 19 MN // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Bill, yes SG has a national team. check out the link here http://www.fas.org.sg/default.asp?V_DOC_ID=845
    There is a domestic league (known as S-League) in Singapore but definitely not of the same high standard as the Premier League.

    You know what, maybe we should stop this MO thing. getting out of hand. NUFC is made up of many other squad members. Let’s talk about them. and look forward to our next clash with Spurs (Incidentally, i used to support NUFC and Spurs back in 1995. It was Alan Shearer’s goal-scoring ability, “scandal-ess” headlines in the news and the love of playing for his home-town club that caused him to reject “MANUre” 2 times that caused me to support NUFC wholeheartedly since then. After all, this is what true professionalism is, it is not always about the $).

  • 20 yemozone // Oct 15, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    toonUSA – THATS VERY TUE.All people will say is the goal ratio Owen is having,just as if we qualifier for the champions league with the goal ratio.

  • 21 Cockney Magpie // Oct 15, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    so yemozone ur sayin ud wud rather have somebody who plays more but scores less than somebody who has been playing less but still scores more? i think all this is ridiculous and while Owen is wearin a black and white shirt we give him our support no matter what. I would like to know how some people in here can call themselves newcastle fans when all they do is critisize and slag off the players.

  • 22 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 7:10 PM

    MN I had a look, very interesting, any one you think could make it at Newcastle.

  • 23 Dragoner // Oct 15, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    i base my opinions on watching games, not having wikipedia.com set as one of my favourites, too many people on here live off of numbers…that doesn’t tell the whole story, put owen in bolton and see how many he scores

  • 24 Dragoner // Oct 15, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    by the way i didn’t slag owen off, i simply said that he doesn’t create his own chances, can anyone argue that? anyway i am happy some of the people on here agree with my points

  • 25 yemozone // Oct 16, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    dragoner i’m with u

  • 26 George // Oct 16, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Like many i am sick and tired of hearing about MO. If he goes let him go as no one player makes a team, or so we often told.
    I must admit i find it hard to understand MO talking to the press about what SA has said about him playing for england, but any other premier team who had MO on there books would be worried aswell and i do think every NUFC fan should be worried as MOs fitness to date is X rated.
    Mind you, i am not too concerned if he goes as when Alan Smith has played up front for us, i think we have looked more dangerous than when MO is playing.




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