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.
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