Michael Owen has talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning. and has revealed a number of things, including the team was not happy with the draw at Birmingham last Monday.
Michael Owen – ready for take-off in last 8 games?
Michael talked this morning:
â€œI have been an England player for several years and I am still only 28,â€ â€œObviously there are, hopefully, plenty of years and more caps under the new manager.â€â€œBut there are many more pressing things. We are not at the European Championships this summer. Obviously everyone wants to get into the managerâ€™s team, but I have many more important things to worry about until then.â€
â€œMy main priority is to get many more points for Newcastle and that is what I am concentrating on. We have got to put the relegation thing to bed as soon as possible. The plan is to finish the season and have everyone thinking what was the worry about.â€
That’s a good point, and we were a little unlucky last Monday. However, to be brutally realistic, that means we haven’t won a league game since December 15th at Fulham. Hey, looks like we’re going to get the double over Fulham. 😀 But the Cottagers are fighting for their lives and are coming off a good 1-0 win at home Everton. We are going to have to watch Brian McBride though, who always seems to get goals against Newcastle, for some reason.
We’ve got to break this streak without a win, and surely we can take the points on Saturday to start putting the relegation worries behind us.
â€œHopefully we can get right out of the wrong end of the table as soon as possible and win a good few games before the end of the season. We have a game on Saturday (against Fulham) that can help us do that. We can then look back at a week and say four points from teams below us and kick on from there.â€
Good words from Michael. Owen’s contract expires next summer, and there has been talk of whether it should be extended. Certainly, it looks like Keegan wants to build the attack around Michael for next season, which is hardly surprising.
â€œThe only thing I have not understood when people talk about my contract is the moment you say the club have not offered you a contract it is the club snubbing you and vice-versa, but it is not like that. The club have not offered me a new contract, I have not knocked on the door and asked for one.â€
â€œThere are more pressing things. I would think it would be sorted in the summer, but I wouldnâ€™t even suggest asking Kevin Keegan, it is probably the chairman you need to ask. All I am concentrating on is playing for Newcastle and making sure we finish the season strongly.â€
It’s also becoming clear that once Newcastle can get some good results the form of the team will increase dramatically. When all looked lost at half time last Monday, the lads didn’t drop their heads , and came storming back in the second half and were easily the better team. You could see the confidence starting to surge through a number of Newcastle’s players. And as fans it was so great to see, after the worries we had in the first 45 minutes.
And it looks like the lads were upbeat after the game, even though a win was really what we all wanted to see.
â€œIn the dressing room after the Birmingham game it was the best I have felt for a while. It was the first day off I could go home and enjoy my day off. I could smile and laugh with the kids without thinking about the stresses and strains of the football.”
â€œWe are not pleased we have drawn with Birmingham. We are bigger and better than to be pleased with drawing at Birmingham. But the manner of what we did and what has happened over the last few weeks, you have to be pleased we have shown character.â€
We have one thing to say to Michael – score a couple of goals on Saturday and have a great family weekend with wife Louise and the 3 kids.
It’s been 3 months since not only Mike Ashley could celebrate a win, but more important, the loyal Newcastle fans. A nice win on Saturday and the Bigg Market will be rocking on Saturday night, and Mike will be celebrating at some night club – somewhere – where some lucky fans will be getting free drinks. 😀