Owen – Players Haven’t A Leg To Stand On

Michael Owen has talked to Sky Sports today, and said that the Newcastle players haven’t go a leg to stand on when it comes to responding to the criticism being directed to the players. How right he is.


Michael Owen – players haven’t got a leg to stand on

Owen told Sky Sports News today:

“Let’s not think Newcastle are in this position every year,” “It’s strange for Newcastle as well to be at the wrong end of the table.” “It’s a frustrating time for myself, it’s a frustrating time for the club and we need to get some results to stave off the criticism.”

“We’re sitting ducks at the minute. People can criticize me and people can criticize the club and anyone they want, and we haven’t got a leg to stand on in reply.”

“I’ve had some great times in my career. At 28, I’d like to think there’s plenty of great times ahead.”

“But, first things first, we need to pick up some results for Newcastle and get all this negative talk away from us really.”

The way the club has performed this season probably deserves criticism, but to us none more so than the players. The players who don’t seem to care a hoot.

It’s one thing we cannot put up with at Newcastle United it’s players who don’t give 100% or hide out under the pretense they cannot play because they are injured.

But the club has also taken some missteps and the risk of replacing Sam Allardyce by Kevin Keegan has not so far paid off. In fact it’s come back to bite us.

But those are good and truthful words from Michael Owen – because he’s dead right, and the players will need to do their talking on the pitch.

We’ve heard too many of them this season say how things are going to get better – guess what – they haven’t, not at all.

In fact they’ve got worse.

21 comments so far

  • mitch

    Mar 10, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #1

    I am sick of hearing the players talking the talk but not walking the walk they can say what they want they lack passion skill and heart you can see they are a SAteam I still think we will get some points soon

  • Kash2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    It seems like the players have no legs the way they’re playing. It’s all fair and well people saying we should support the team through thick and thin, but they just gave up against Liverpool.

    Newcastle 1st Teamers: Play like you did against Blackburn and we’ll shout until we lose our voices. Play like you did against Liverpool then you better make friends with a window glazier!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    i hope smith loses both legs.

  • Kash2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    We need a whole new squad, we know it, KK knows it and the board know it. Each and every player is in the shop window at the moment. KK is right not to risk the kids because if it goes tits up it could harm their development. These current players are playing for their futures as most don’t have one with Newcastle.

    Players Definitely Out:


    Thats 9 players to leave and we’re currently 4 good players short of a decent sized squad. That means we need 13 newe players to come in and freshen things up. Why are we in such a bad position? Mainly because of FFS managers!

    Souness signed shit players for far too much money. Roeder sold all those shit players but was unable to attract any decent ones apart from Oba because he’s a turnip. Then BSA came in and signed a whole load of defenders and forgot that you can’t play with 7 defenders on the pitch!

    KK has really got a tough job, and we can say his tactics are shit, but he’s doing the best he can with the muck at the bottom of the barrell. He has to avoid relegation, but maintain the reputations of most of the players so he can sell them for a half decent price. He can only turn to youth if it goes tits up, but this isn’t the ideal environment to aid in there development. He’s in a lose lose wituation where he has to make the most of the whole situation.

    To top it all off, the rest of the country is on his back through the media because he said he didn’t watch a match for 2 years. My arse, KK is football through and through, he watched plenty of matches and followed plenty too!

    Fact is, his team show signs of football, they’re just lacking belief and they haven’t the heart to sort it out!

  • GraemeR

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Bit harsh TT

    Hows the lad going to do his headless chicken run?

    On a ‘serious’ note – the players need a win at Brum next week or its looking like we will be in hte bottom 3. Its all very well saying the players are aware they are letting us down but it is up to them to get their collective fingers out and start playing as good as the team looks on paper. Personally I agree with every word that EMO says and for that very fact I would drop him like a shot – £96K a week and doesnt give a toss – and put in Oba and Veruka with young Carrol on hte bench.
    What the team is missing is a Gerrard – not for his playing ability – but his determination to drive hte team on. Unfortunately we seem to have Smith, Butt and Barton to play this role and none of them seem too bothered – I would of thought Barton would be walking over glass for us after teh support eh club (not supporters) have given him. So lets give that role to ……………………… hmmm

    anyone got a name?

  • Kash2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m tired and i’m going home, and i’m done ranting. Chat to you peeps in a month or so, hopefully we’ll be safe by then!

    Kash OUT!

  • Kash2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d give it to Fat, Bald Derek Wright our physion. I love it when he sprints onto the pitch when someones injured!

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #8

    at least they are willing to recieve critism…

    i was watching the news earlier and saw southgate admiting the responsibility for his team lose at the weekend, and it was quite indeering because you could see he was being honest, i didnt previously like the man but he deserves credit for it.

    back to the toon, im sure owen knows it, but the players will only get the legs to stand on by winning matches and putting in proformances in

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    kash2 haha. nice one, i loved it a few seasons back there was a double injury at st james park and both physios ran onto the pitch, it was a race and both fans cheered them on, somehow derek won

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #10

    i dont particularly like barton for what he has done, but until the end of the season he has to prove that he is a footballer and rin the fans over… will be a bit late but i hope he can do it.

  • There's only one united

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #11


  • There's only one united

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen is crap. Stop beating about the bush about form, class etc. He is a crap player who thinks only of himself. He talks about Newcastle like Ed uses the term ‘we’. He does not feel part of the toon. He remains aloof. He is crap. Despite his image, he is not a very nice bloke. And BTW, he is crap.

  • AdamCF

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    No player is capable of having to deal with the type of press that happens now.. let alone from a supporters blog.

    11 games left. Dig deep people and back what we’ve got 🙂

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Fair enough Owen and he is the captain so he should speak for the team imo BUT I heard him say how this is effecting his role as an England player FGS get your priorities right, WHO pays your bloody wages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • There's only one united

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #15

    ObaFan2 – I don’t think he is good enough for England – Good players make things happen. Good captains take responsibility. Good employees give value for money. Owen does none of these things.

  • ScottyT

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #16

    haha leo yeah i remember that think it was when we played villa or maybes charlton one of the two it was a shite game though and i remember that as the best bit lool

  • Reb

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m fairly sure Owen was ASKED about England, not like he brought it up himself. And the majority of his points were about Newcastle. AND he did take responsibility, including himself in the mess Newcastle are in…I don’t see what he’s said so wrong here. He’s dead right.

    And for those who claim he “doesn’t care about Newcastle” I want to know how you know that. Do you know Owen? Speak to him often? I don’t see how you can say that about a player who has run his socks off for the team and played his heart out every match since Keegan’s arrival. He had a weak match v. Blackburn, but even then his work rate was very good. Aside from the most obvious (score goals) what more can Owen do to convince you that he DOES care about Newcastle?

  • richie

    Mar 11, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #18

    no top striker would b able to score in our team its so poor at the moment, if we survive i hope we sign players that can provide for owen

    id say hes thinkn the same

  • Ric

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    If I was Owen I would be looking for a new club in the main he works hard and when given the opportunity scores goals. Blaming Owen for not scoring is like blaming the goalkeeper for letting in goals neither can do a thing about it if the team dont do their job.

  • Ian

    Mar 11, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought his best match was against Blackburn, I thought his weakest match was against Liverpool.

  • Dunc

    Mar 12, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I was feeling down before about our clubs position.

    Now it turns out our players have no legs!!!!!!

    We are well and truly knackered!!!!!


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