Captain Michael Owen Shows Excellent Leadership

Michael Owen has come out today and shown the leadership he is capable of, and which is sorely needed right now at Newcastle United.

Michael Owen – shows excellent leadership when it’s most needed

Michael is insisting that he and his Newcastle team-mates will not be affected by the disturbing start to the season on Tyneside, and will be fully ready for the game against Hull City tomorrow afternoon.

Owner Mike Ashley can expect a backlash from the extremely disappointed and disenchanted Newcastle fans, at tomorrow’s game against Hull City.

Newcastle captain Michael Owen, however, rightly has his sights set on the issues on the field for tomorrow, as the captain said in his program notes:

“Whatever the events of the past couple of weeks off the field, all the players here are proper professionals, we are all paid to do a job, and we have to go out and continue to do that job,”

“The only thing the players can do is play to their best and get good results for the club, and we have to focus on doing that.

“We are all in it together, we all have to pull together and we all want the best for this football club.”

Great words from Michael, who seems to have grown into the role of captain of the club, which is just great to see.

Chris Hughton is the man tasked with taking over the team in the short term, and he has no doubts about Owen’s standing in his Newcastle side as he said today:

“Michael came through his first 90 minutes of the season at Arsenal just before the international break, and he’s also had a good two weeks of training before this game, so he’s looking good,”

“He came off the bench to score the winner against Bolton and then he was probably the only person happy our game at Coventry went to extra-time, because that gave him more minutes on the pitch.”

“He’s a big player for us.”

Chris Hughton is an excellent coach, and a great guy, and he needs and will get, the support of the Newcastle fans tomorrow. It is a difficult task for Chris, but his enthusiasm is there for all to see, and we’re sure the players can step up and put on a very good show tomorrow, which is all they should be concentrating on right now.

Owen will definitely start against Hull tomorrow, but quite a number of our players, including Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and now, Jonas Gutierrez are already out injured, and that doesn’t auger well for the future, given our small squad.

But we still expect the lads to be able to get a good win tomorrow afternoon, which after all, is the next step we need to take as a club moving forward – so let’s ensure we can get the win.

Comments very welcome.

30 comments so far


    Sep 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #1

    were in big troubel

  • Obafan

    Sep 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Will the game be on Internet tomorrow?

  • Steve

    Sep 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #3

    hmm not sure I actually care at the moment – I’ll be going to the ground but will not be entering for until at least 10 mins after the start or whatever time the protest agrees on – I’m happy enough to support and sing from outside the ground

  • Ian

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    me neither Steve not bothered. Just want another owner or Ashley to sort out his board.

    Owen has to be on best performance I think he will be going in January and will want a decent club, plus he can be sure this lot would keep him on next Summer.

  • spunki munki

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    is game on interweb or not?

  • hitman

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #6

    when till owen january, then you will be off


    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Hitman .. im not sure anyone want to buy Owen .. reckon he will stay ..

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    owen plz dont go

  • mitch

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Owen will be gone on a free next summer it will be a shame to see him go but I would rather he went for nowt than fat ash get the cash

  • Wise (and Jiminez) must go

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Can we blame Owen if he goes in January?

    Would you want to stay in this zoo if you had the option?

    WE have to stay because we love the club and it is in our blood. But the players have choice.

  • ToonKing

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah the game will be on the internet tomorrow…….there are at least 8-10 channels showing the game around the world so surely there will be a few streams.

  • Gary Wraith

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #12

    “Will the game be on Internet tomorrow?”
    I thought you “people” were boycotting the game. the word fickle doesn’t do you justice! 😀

  • Cooper

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    we all have to remember like that the whole point of tommorow is to make ashley want to sell the club

    if we cant and dont do that then it will all be a failure..

  • Scotty Nine

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Come On Lads Where all P**sed Off but Lets get to the Ground and Support the Lads.

    We can Shout And Scream at Ash for 90 Mins But Just Make sure where there to support the Lads.

  • Simon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #15

    STAY AWAY TOMORROW. A few people have been moaning that they’ve already paid to see the Hull game. SO WHAT….long term we want to see the back of this regime.


  • beyethegreat

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #16

    the thing is how can ashlet sell if no 1 wants to buy

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Owen has done very little for this club so far.. This is the very least he can do.

    He still hasn’t won me over..

  • MG

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #18

    I wouldn’t blame any of the players if they wanted to leave. Unless there is some form of order at the club it’s going be exceedingly difficult to hold on to talented players, young or old.

  • Dave Atkinson

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed – have you gone soft? We need change at this club and a solidarity that’s sadly going to be lacking between the fans and the players. The way you present these quotes seems like all that really matters is the 3 points tomorrow.

    As for KK, well, we’ll get over it won’t we….

    Sorry Ed, I follow your site every day but this time it’s you who is “wide of the mark”.

    Get a grip man.

  • danny hunt toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #20

    for all who want to watch it on the internet, type livefooty doctor in google n follow to site and instructions, the earlier the better to ensure speed/download capabitities etc. hope this helps! ashley n poison dwarf oot!

  • danny hunt toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #21

    oh andp.s all that matters IS the 3 points tomorrow, nothing is more important for nufc future than points on the board, no-one will buy the club if we’re bottom of the table by next may.
    points mean prizes!!!

  • Obafan

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Gary Wraith

    What difference will it make if I see the game on my computer here in Belgium??? Don’t be ridiculous m8.

  • whocaresnow

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #23

    No matter what anyone says, we had a great manager in KK who was and still is 100% Newcastle United. He has been badly trodden on and forced out the club by this bunch of idiots supposidly running my (our) club. KK had the players behind him 100% and has done nothing wrong. We fans need to make a solid stand.
    I personally want to go to the match tomorrow to makemyself heard, but i want to boycott all matches after tomorrow until this bunch of idiots go. No NUFC fan is behind Ashley and co and i’m sure the players who loved Keegan won’t be either . i am sure the players would understand if we the fans didn’t turn up for games (they would still get payed, in fact most will be gone in January) and we could make the biggest news ever by having NUFC empty. By all means go tomorrow and make your self heard, but don’t go to games after that. We have to fight this as it is our club not theirs. if we give in they have won.

  • Nickies Butt 1000

    Sep 12, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Not a happy bunnie jus came in soakin. Anil Ambani not interested in Toon our club is goin down the drain I have lost all hope. Literally lost it I do not see our club as I used 2 now its getting depressing. Oh and BTW Cheers Mike Ashley thanks a f*cking lot.

  • Nickies Butt 1000 F U Mike Ashley

    Sep 12, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh and wat time is the protest @ center start?

  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Who cares what you think JONAS THE LEG END.



  • mexi-toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #27

    what ever happened to tom_toon?

  • SD Toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Can we blame owen if he goes in January?……….Sure we can, we can blame him for all the money he has sucked out dry form the club in 3 Years while scoring a pathetic 25 goals – money which could have been used for other uses. Bye Owen i hope you do leave.

  • shaz

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #29

    yeah cos he really wanted to be injured didn’t he.Look at what these injuries have meant for his england is hanging in the balance right now.Just you remember that it was Newcastle who chased him when all he wanted to do was return to anfield.I hope owen walks away as soon as its possible.if it is on bosman,serves newcastle right.The guy sat at his press conference and said that newcastle weren’t his first choice.should have heard the alarms bells ringing then.

  • graeme

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Owen hasnt sucked a penny from NUFC. He was offered a stupid amount of money by Fat Freddy and accepted it – who wouldnt??

    He didnt try and get injured, he didnt stop trying to get fit when he was injured. He’s a victim of the circumstances he found himself in.

    I cant see him accepting a new contract at NUFC given the current fiasco, but then, who would?? He has the option to walk at the end of the season or stay – his choice – but he was put in this position by the idjits at SJP. KK has been on to the board for 4 months to get Owens contract sorted and they havent done it.

    Not MO’s fault, but NUFC’s failure to act!!!


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