Michael Owen has spoken out again about the criticism headed Newcastle United’s way in the last few weeks.
Michael Owen – good common sense from the captain
If we were to be absolutely honest, a lot of that criticism has been deserved, especially of our players, most of whom lack the guts necessary to survive a relegation battle. That’s what worries us the most.
Michael spoke yesterday:
â€œI have been criticized since I was 17,â€ â€œI will never get away from that and that is the same for any top player in the country.â€
â€œWhether thatâ€™s right or wrong I donâ€™t know, but thatâ€™s the way it is in this country. When we pick up in results hopefully that will go away.â€
â€œCertain players and clubs attract criticism. Newcastle are one of those clubs.â€ to take responsibility.”
â€œIf Kevin Keegan is not the best at getting the best out of the players and giving them confidence, I donâ€™t know who is,â€
â€œBut itâ€™s down to the players as well â€“ we are responsible for going out there and we have got to pick ourselves up and I feel responsible to score the goals to pick up the points to get us up the table.â€
Those are good and sensible comments from Michael – he’s exactly right. We also like how Michale is taking responsibility for not scoring the goals we expect from him. We hope this attitude gets to our other players.
It’s hard to criticize the man when he’s so honest and open.
As we reported yesterday Owen is out of contract at the end of next season and he is keen to remain on Tyneside.
â€œI am in a similar position to a lot of players at our club,â€
â€œI have not spoken to anyone at the club and no one at the club has spoken to me.”
“I am settled in Newcastle and happy at Newcastle, although not happy with the results at the moment.â€
Michael certainly seems very settled at Newcastle with his wife Louise and their 3 children. We’d look for Michael to break out of his shell and start to score some goals against Birmingham City – that’s exactly what we need.
Another defeat and there’ll be more behind the scenes planning on what we do in the summer to prepare for the Championship. Unfortunately that’s the reality of our current terrible situation.