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Michael Owen Finally Being Accepted at Newcastle

11:03 am, Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Michael Owen talked immediately after the game on Sunday to Newcastle World TV, and had a smile on his face as wide as Tynemouth, throughout the interview.

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Michael Owen – exciting summer ahead


Michael told Newcastle World TV:

“You can’t just come in and wave a magic wand and it’s probably been better that way because it dampened down expectations,” “If we’d won every game, I think everyone would think we were going to win the league next year.”

“It’s taken a bit of time for the manager to get his ideas across but now we’re starting to get it together – and full credit to him for that.”

“To come and play an attacking line-up like he did at Tottenham and in the last couple of games has worked a treat so far. Obviously he’s positive. He instills confidence in everyone and now we’re reaping the rewards.”

“Hopefully, now we’re coming towards the end of the season we’ll keep getting results and then it will be exciting waiting for next season” “The manager will add to the squad and it’ll be exciting over the summer.”

Owen has scored five times in his last eight Newcastle appearances and is thriving in his new role behind attacking focal point Mark Viduka. Since Keegan arrived back at the club Michael has really started to prove his worth, and being handed the captaincy has helped him take more responsibility at the club.

Michael is now finally being accepted by many Newcastle fans as he shows he has Newcastle United at heart, and has been playing so very well in recent games.

We think Kevin will keep most of the squad he inherited from Sam Allardcye and maybe just Ameobi, Carr and perhaps Ramage will leave in the summer.
Michael continued:

“Everyone knows I’m a striker who scores goals and I’m best in the box, but I’ve enjoyed coming off and I’m still getting into the box and scoring,” ““I can play a bit more and obviously when we’re under the cosh it’s always nice for the lads to have an outlet. That’s my role at the minute and I’m enjoying it.”

“Butty’s probably been our most consistent player over the last two seasons,” “He’s been fantastic and to pop up when it’s mainly his job to keep things tight was really important.”

There is still some contract work to be done in the summer to tie up Owen and Taylor for the next few years. And four new players in the summer would add to the squad, and we always have all the youngsters who will be coming through next year, so our squad should be big enough with the likes of Tozer and Kadar pushing for the first team squad.

We’re not sure what will happen to Charles N’Zogbia in the summer, but if he wants to move on – so be it.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ScottyT // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    yip owens been gr8 since keegan came showing a lot more committment and more talk bout newcastle than england now thank god

    good on MO :)

  • 2 Leo // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    yeah, michael has been accepted finally. its good because now that the fans are off his back maybe his football will improve more so

  • 3 nufc1111 // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    He is the one player besides butt and Barton who have impressed me the most in the last two weeks he would be loving his new role getting involved instead of running around at the tail end of the attack, owen i think has found a new position one that is more deadly i think for us as a club… everyone knows how good a finisher he is even though he is still slightly rusty, but his late runs into the box is simlar to a cahill linking up and coming in late un marked, he does not head like cahill but is gonna be just as deadly, i think he can be a 15-20 goal player next season in the same format with viduka and martins staying up front….
    And to all those Butt haters eat your words he is a class player and if he keeps up this form will be close to england form again and barton well he looks a new player plays with a smile on his face nowdays hopefully for his sake he gets a bit of luck and dosent get locked up, as he has been class the last two weeks…. It was always gonna take Keegan time to get the players playing the right way again, after sam terrible football…
    As for defenders Faye was amazing he one every header in the second half when tottenham played Big Sam football, Taylor cleaned up well and did his job beye was class just needs to practice his crossing in play as its a little off but will come better the more he attacks, enrique was solid again but mucks around with it abit in the second half and nearly got caught out but that is a sign of a player with confidence which is what we wanna see…. very positive for the end of the season and next with 4 class signings we can push top 6 next year…

  • 4 Hadrian // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    yeah all credit to kev for handing micheal the captians armband , and all credit to owen running with it .

    just gimmie a superstar playmaker in the summer and ill be happy .

  • 5 Spitfire // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Ed – can you put a happy photo of Kevin on your banner now instead of the rather forlorn one you Have?

  • 6 Spitfire // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    PS Your site clock seems to be wrong , we’ve put the clocks forward now

  • 7 spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    can everyone please stop thinking about next season and focus on our next GAME against Reading. We need to put on a similar performance to Sundays in order to show everyone we can be consistent nd not just a once every now and then team. We must remember that even Birmingham beat Spurs 4-1 and look where they are.

  • 8 HeronMag // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Us fans have had a go at Owen in the past for not looking happy during his time here. Let’s be fair, none of us has been particularly cheerful in the past few years.

    I didn’t want Owen smiling after we’d lost matches. I wanted him to look frustrated as I was.

    He’s smiling now just like we are :-)

  • 9 the northern monkey // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Spyro- i agree with you, i am over the moon with recent performances and the faith in the team and manager has been rewarded however this will all count for nothing if we now fail to perform in the remaining games ofthe season and will just give those toon haters another excuse to give us a hard time. Toon tilli die!!

  • 10 Vitorbarbosa // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Eh, Birmingham won 4-1 against them?

    I don’t think so. But I know they won away on Alex McLeish first game in charge. Something like 3-2 but it doesn’t matter as long as a win to Birmingham.

    We should finish this season strongly, then only think of next season. It’s not fair to the players if they playing now and we are discussing about their future.

  • 11 King Kev-4-3-3 // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    yes birmingham did beat them 4-1, but that was at home and a couple of days after they had been on a two day bender. reading will be a tough game but i fully expect the win just lik i said i did this time last week about the spurs game, i just didnt see us dicking them, i would of been over moon with a point, but ohhhh nooooo we have the man with a magic touch. stroke of genius giving owen the armband, i think someone just said, he could be our cahill, he is 10 times the player of cahill, and you said about not as many headers……!?! pffffftttt look how many headers he has this season!!!

  • 12 Zx // Apr 1, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    “We have a new banner as you can see, and we’d like to thank Phoon CK for designing and creating it for us – all free of charge. ”

    I think you all should appreciate the work of Phoon CK instead of constantly asking Ed to change the banner. The banner looks fine.

    Let’s wait for next season where we have new players coming in before changing the banner. Let’s hope that Phoon CK will once again do the banner for this blog.

  • 13 Thomas // Apr 1, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    King Kev should have showdown talks with N’zogbia in the summer, tell him his plans for the team, etc. If he can’t be guaranteed to play in about 75-80% of the games , it would probably be best for both parties if he left. But hes young and extremely talented so it would be a lose.

  • 14 wsq // Apr 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    this system allows him to get more involved, he’s doing a fine job at it. just the outlet we needed missing ever since shearer retired. With better players next year he wouldn’t have to do much of this.

  • 15 Spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Vitorbarbosa what you on about!? Birmingham DID beat Spurs 4-1, AND they TOO did the double over Spurs. keep up with the season my friend

  • 16 Toon Al // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    does anyone feel owen is not so much turning into a cahill midfeild player but maybe adapting his game to more like say teddy sheringham was, holding back picking balls then following through as well, teddy was always renound for him lookin for a team mate as much as he would for goal, ie best for the team..

    either way im lovin this 4-3-3 its really lookin good for us.. as far as zog goes, i’d love to see him being a link to the forwards.. he cold be a playmaker for us, i’dhate to see him leave as he’s a right talent

  • 17 Ian // Apr 2, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    I hope the club has finally got to him, however you never know, next week it could be a link with Man City and then silence from him again about his future, I hope not.

  • 18 James // Apr 2, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Ian – He says he gives the silent approach because he is annoyed at the media twisting his words.

    I mean look at the England game the other week where he said he didn’t know he’d be going on so soon because Rooney was playing well. The headline that hit all the papers said Owen has fall out with Capello over his role.

    He’s just one of those players (like Beckham) who’s words are constantly printed out of context to back up a media agenda.

    At Christmas Owen said he only has one club ambition left and thats to win a trophy with Newcastle.




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