Beardsley Thinks Owen Has Won Newcastle Fans Over

Peter Beardsley thinks that Michael Owen has finally won Newcastle fans over.


Michael Owen – finally won Newcastle fans over?

Beardsley talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Michael is wearing No 10 – but he can be as popular as a No 9.” “He is just a fantastic player and I am pleased for him.”

“He has never changed his outlook on the game – what you see is what you get.” “He is very much his own man, and that is fine.”

“When the goals do not go in and the football is not working around you, which it wasn’t under Sam Allardyce, people say he does not look like he cares.”

“When he scores a few goals everybody realizes what a good player he is.”

Owen looked very good when Kevin started to play him in the role just behind Mark Viduka and Oba Martins in a 4-3-3 formation.

Apparently he had been doing that in training and Kevin was quick to use Michael’s vision. Owen looked a very good footballer in that position, as he was able to sweep the ball around as a midfielder.

And he still managed to score goals, even though he was withdrawn and not always on the last defender.

Peter added:

“He has scored and made goals, and when you look at the role he is playing in now he has played in it really well.”

“Michael looks comfortable behind the front two and he has done very, very well.”

Beardsley believes that Owen’s recent good form has won the Newcastle fans over, and since he was appointed captain by Keegan, he has done the job very well indeed.

We think it has given Michael the responsibility he needed to become a more integral part of the team.

And of course his great game against local rivals Sunderland, where he looked one of the big differences between the two sides, really has the fans taking to the player.

Beardsley added:

“Michael has proved something to the fans. A few months ago, I think some would have been happy for Michael to go.”

“Now they are not thinking like that – which is right. They should never have wanted him to go because he is different class.”

“His ability is there and he thinks quicker than anybody else.”

“I don’t think anybody else could have scored Michael’s first goal against Sunderland.”

“He just knew what he was going to do. He went in on the blind side and you just cannot teach that.”

“Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole all had it too.”

Now all we have to do is to make sure Michael is still with us come August.

Even though Kevin Keegan has continually questioned the club as to why we are not moving quickly to keep Michael at the club with an extended contract, there is still no apparent progress being made on Owen’s contract.

That’s still worrying to us, as we have no idea whether he is willing to take a reported cut in his wages.

The fact that we now know that Chairman Chris Mort is leaving the club, also hasn’t helped things at all.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Bill F

    May 28, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Err, yes Peter especially when he is playing and scoring, didn’t really take a lot.

  • Az

    May 28, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Just sign a new contract please

  • Bill F

    May 28, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Weh-hey what happened to Coolj.

  • Singa_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Please dont let OWEN go.
    He is good and can score goals.

  • Dave Allen

    May 28, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #5

    He will win us over when he signs a new contact and takes a pay cut.

  • Davies

    May 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Yep. I agree, he needs to sign a new contract to win me over. Of course, somebody needs to put that contract in front of him first.

    I like the little fella though.

  • Ian

    May 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Agree with Dave Allen 100%

  • Southside Jordy

    May 28, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree Mr Allen 110%


  • Jeff

    May 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Errrr…. i also agree. would be gutted to see him go though cos he is mint. Maybe he can remodel himself as the new Peter Beardsley.

  • Marat18

    May 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    honestly, who in his right mind will accept 33% pay cut?
    it’s like your boss calls you and say: you’ve done a great job last months, Im proud of you. by the way, will you accept 33% pay cut? just because I think that you are capable to do the same job for less money.

  • JJ

    May 28, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Michael Owen is a very good player, but unfortunately not worth 110 000/per week.
    If he took a pay cut and at say 90 000 a week and sign on for three years. I would be delighted.

    If he wants more money, then sell him and get someone else in who can sit behind the strikers.
    Gudjohnssen would be great in that role and would be an ideal replacement id nessasary.

    Marins is the bigger asset in my opinion. He may not finish as well, but his goal scoring record is just as good and he just causes havoc in the opposition defense. Plus he is much younger and faster and stronger on the ball.

    We do need a striker with some height in their though. A lot of people dont like Crouch but I think he is quality.

  • Spyro

    May 28, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #12

    no one at our club should be earning more than 90k a week

  • Tommy

    May 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s got a long way to go to win me over..

  • jeff

    May 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I laugh at all those who says he will only win them over if he takes a pay cut….get a life!!!!He was offered high wages and he took them,just like most of you would if a job offer paying higher wages came along than you are on now…..Owen is a natural goalscorer and his record speaks for itself…..even goals per games for newcastle,its nothing short of fantastic…..He was playing in a team not creating f***k all so what did we expect…..then Keegan came along and he knows exactly what Michael Owen is all about…scoring goals,which he has been doing…..Id love to see him sign a new contract also….but if Ashley wants to cut wage bills sell Duff,Emre,Ameobi Smith Viduka blah blah blah then keep our star players like Owen and Martins


    May 28, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Yes, he’ll prove a lot to the fans if he signs a new contract!
    he’ll also be an attraction to getting quality to the club if he stops!!!

  • Shaz

    May 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #16

    why should he take a pay cut.if your boss asked you to take one.would you do might not be the same but to owen, those are the wages he earns and so why should he.if no-one comes in for him.hopefully he will do a bosman.


    May 28, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    He could just for arguement, take a basic wage of £80,000 per week and have bonuses added! performance pay related!!! he could get back to his £120,000 if he keeps injury free! scores extra goals!!

    Keegan has I feel made a difference to him, he’s playing a lot better!!! and he would be an insentive for young talent to come to the club!!!

    but I really can’t see him taking a pay cut! so it looks like he’s going on a free after next season!

    Hope he stops and signs a new contract!!

    Englands and Toons first choice No:10

  • Leo

    May 29, 2008 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #18

    i would say yes he has won us over, some people still have their holdbacks on him but im happy with his recent performances.

    on the wage cut, i would only say its possible if it was like hate prawn sandwiches has said being performance related leaving him the chance to earn serious amounts more money if he desired it enough.

  • clinta

    May 29, 2008 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #19

    He’ll be at the ton for a while yet, don’t believe the toss the media have been cooking up about big teams interested in him, the biggest team interested in him is newcastle united so he will stay!

  • Karl

    May 29, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Please give the man a new contract!!!
    With him in the team for the next 3-4 years (at least) it will be easier to lure new players to Newcastle, and they will ask for a less ridiculous amount of weekly wages. So newcastle will save money by signing him, and get better players to the team.

    How can we pay our best players less money, and expect more players like them to come to us? Is it because we play in the CL next season? We are not even in the Intertoto!

    Owen will definitively win me over if he signs a new contract, but then they have to give him one first!

  • Ian

    May 30, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    If he could score 21 premiership goals in the season he should be bonused up to his current or even higher income.

    No problem people being bonused to high wages if they produce, bonuses are great if a player is having a tough time through injury etc, his wage doesnt pull down the club so it keeps the pressure off the player, if he is flying high it can earn him loads of money.
    Bring in performance related bonuses. British Superbikes have been doing it for years.


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