Owen Supports McClaren – FA Responsible for Debacle

Newcastle Michael Owen has given his support to England manager Steve McClaren ahead of the friendly international against Austria on Friday.

Not surprisingly, the head coach is coming under pressure as his side face elimination from the European 2008 finals. This will be the first time England has missed out on reaching a major championship final, since we failed to reach the World Cup Finals in America in 1994. Graham Taylor was the manager responsible for that one.


Michael Owen – supports England manager Steve McClaren

Michael talked about the England manager:

“It is probably harder to manage England than any club,” “There is a lot of pressure involved and because the manager doesn’t get to see the players as often as they would at club level, if you have a bad result, you have to live with it for a month or two, which must be really hard.”

“If you have a good game, everything is great, if you don’t you get criticized.” “We are a proud nation that wants to be competing in all the big tournaments.”

“We are a major force in football. In the last dozen years or so we seem to get to every major tournament and then into the last eight.” “We could easily have gone on to win one of them, but there is such a fine line at the top and you do need that little bit of luck.”

While we still hope England can qualify for next year’s finals, it’s now out of our hands. It’s good that Michael supports his manager, but the truth is that McClaren should never have been appointed to the England position in the first place. There is absolutely nothing in his CV to suggest he should have been appointed England manager. It was a very safe and political choice by the FA. What we’re getting from McClaren is the mediocre success he produced at Middlesbrough. What else did they expect? The reason Steve was selected was because he was the candidate who politically upset the least number of people. What a spineless way to choose a manager.

But that’s the English FA, and they need to start doing their job properly, and choose somebody worthy of the position. They shouldn’t be worried about whether the appointment upsets people. Their job is to get the top man for the job and get England winning these top championships – not struggling to qualify.

Until the English FA start doing their job and show some guts and courage in the selection process, there’ll be no glory for England – that’s the unfortunate truth.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Hadrain

    Nov 15, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #1

    hate tobe a doubter , but we have no chance of euro 2008 .
    and this backing mclaren malarky ….. he should have never been appointed in the first place , we need credentials for that job , he was never going to win anything and it was as stupid an appointment as glen roeder was for the toon .

  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Really, can you see any player who wants to play for his country saying that the current manager is shite.

  • Hammy

    Nov 15, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, I’m afraid England is a big turn off for the toon fans……I mean Zellwegger has had more attention than this……….
    In a nutshell we or I couldn’t care less about England’s EURO campaign….they hand out caps like a fresh pair of knickers in a brothel……
    have 4 different strips in a season….build up our hopes and then promptly shit on us with inept displays.
    Bobby Moore bless him must be turning in his grave………
    Please do us all a favour and no more articles with England in.

  • joshi

    Nov 15, 2007 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #4

    the worst thing about england is the fact they have an international break!!!!! i hate waiting 2 weeks for a game when nothing is happening!!!

  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #5

    If on the other hand by some miracle we qualify and then win the European Cup, things may be seen differently. As someone recently said, we are a fickle lot.

  • dragoner

    Nov 15, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #6

    “We could easily have gone on to win one of them, but there is such a fine line at the top and you do need that little bit of luck.”

    what a load of bullshit that is, a real pathetic excuse for being crap, its time for england to realise that we are not a top team and not even considered for winning anything. its just these bullshit tabloids that hype everyone up for something that is simply out of our reach. Over praised, mediocre players like michael owen who , i for one, can not wait to see leave the england AND newcastle set up.

    question: if we were supposed to have filtered out all of the big wage leechers what the hell is michael owen still doing here?! GET RID

    he is nowhere near worth his wages and doesn’t even deserve to be in the first eleven of our team. i cant believe people still call him clinical! the guy can’t finish his way out of a paper bag. he has got two goals, one off the head and one hit his shoulder and went in. yeah real top class we have eh! waste of space

  • ToonKing

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t wait for Russia to trash Israel….will be reading the Sunday papers with a big smile on my face.

    All this talk about England national team and imposing qoutas on the league, when will people realize that it’s not the foreigners fault and neither McLaren’s, the current generation of english players are just plain shite.

  • Bill f

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Yep, just like Norway and Greece were.

  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #9

    apparntly if england get knocked out of the cup they may bring back the home nations cup for a one off. that would be good

  • Haway man

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon king I’d bet you’d fight for Scotland if it came to the crunch you treacherous heathen.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Haway Man…………………………….i’m not even english 🙂

    (although i lived 2 years in England)

  • Len

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Owen supports McClown – following Bills theme he came as near to saying the manager is shite as any player hoping to get Bobby’s England goal record was ever to going to. Never should have been given the job. Maybe a half empty Wembley will get the message across. Did anyone read our Mike will be stuck with a million or so England shirts if England dont qualify?

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 16, 2007 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Everyone wants Gus but I think you’d settle for Jose….who wouldn’t?

  • Steve_48

    Nov 16, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14
  • MattyDread

    Nov 16, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Steve_48 I don’t know why you bothered checking the Tribal Football site – it really is the worst football ‘news’ site out there. If they aren’t reprinting old news they’re making it up.

  • indian toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    sick and tired of owen and england.. all i wanna hear is newcastle newcastle and more newcastle..

  • Bill f

    Nov 16, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Well yes but you are Indian and nationally you probably support India. Whereas we English, funnily enough, talk about England. (Crap or not)

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Cant wait for england to fail if they stopped complaining about foreign players ruining their national team and paying their players disgusting amounts of money to play and invest it in the youth system maybe they would do better!

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #19

    I do realize there are lots of Newcastle fans who see England as a big turn off – that’s not too surprising given they crippled Owen – when he really wasn’t fit.
    I’m not a great supporter of the FA as you may realize 😀 – I hate executives who have big positions and get paid big money – but don’t have the guts to make the big decisions that are needed – that’s why you get the big money – but this lot have no back-bone. The way they chose McClaren is a lesson in how not to do it.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Tom_Toon – good point – I’m not at all convinced that all the foreign players in the league have that much of an adverse affect on young English players. The ones that play for England should be special and get through whoever is in front of them. Sounds like an excuse to me. I’m not saying this should happen because of his health but appointing Bobby Robson to the position would soon turn things around – but he’s probably too old right now and needs to start enjoying his retirement – but that’s the difference between real football management talent and Steve McClaren.

  • ChrisL

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Steve_48

    If you thought it was “more crap printed”, why did you post a link to it on here? You’re just giving ‘air time’ to something that would have been missed by some of us otherwise. We need to try to help our selves as toon fans, & not spread all this cr*p that gets discussed. Then the press will leave it all alone.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 17, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    The Newcastle United Blog will be off the air for a little while. We have been trying to change servers and it’s taking some time to get everything done.
    Not sure how long this will take but we’ll be up just as soon as we can.
    We apologize for this.

  • George

    Nov 17, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Is it any wonder that Michael Owen supports Steve McClaren, afterall he plays more for England than he does for NUFC. Once again he is crocked and this time out for a month at least. No wonder MO has a smile on his face. He is automatically picked for england without doing a damn thing for the toon except pick upp a fat pay cheque at the end of the month. I know i criticise the brain power of footballers, but MO definately knows how to earn mega bucks by doing sweet FA, so we may aswell have that plank from Liverpool Crouch, as at least he likes to play for clubs.


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