Souness Expects Owen To Walk Away from Newcastle

Graeme Souness, who would hardly win any popularity contests on Tyneside, has said today that he believes Michael Owen will walk away from Newcastle United next year.

Michael Owen – Souness expects him to walk away from Newcastle

Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has today said he is convinced that Newcastle United captain Michael Owen will seek a move away from Tyneside next year.

Of course things at the club are the worst they’ve been for many a year, and that’s saying something, so it’s hard to think the players right now have a positive view on the mess that’s Newcastle United Football Club right now, through no fault of their own .

Graeme Souness, who spent 16 months managing Newcastle United before he was sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, told the Daily Star today:

“I don’t think Michael Owen will be alone in thinking that he should leave the club as soon as he can.”

“Kevin (Keegan) was an extremely popular manager at St James’ Park. Michael will be one of a number of Newcastle players who’ll be looking at the situation very closely.”

“All the players will be looking at their futures at the club in the light of what’s happened.”

We don’t disagree with what Graeme says in this particular case, becasuse the situation at Newcastle United right now is completely untenable.

But we live in hope, and that hope is that the current regime will sell up and move out very quickly, as they have promised the fans. Then if the new owner can bring Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott and Adam Sadler back into the fold, things will improve dramatically.

The situation would become even better if the new owners keep whatever initial promises they make to Kevin, and even give him some transfer money to spend, to boost the threadbare squad.

That’s exactly what the current regime have not done, and as far as Newcastle United fans are concerned, they are history – and the quicker they become history the better it will be for everybody really concerned with the club.

Wishing and Hoping.
Comments very welcome.

48 comments so far

  • hitman

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1


  • 51times

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d call him a w*nker, but he’s probably right.

    Screw it, Souness is a w*nker. Brilliant player, horribly outdated manager.

  • Toon_Phil

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Tbh if we get taken over by rich Arabs then Owen can leave.

    If we got major money like man city the only players i would wanna keep are:

    Given, Taylor, Coloccini, Beye, Gutierrez Martins and ofcourse the youngsters. (Maybe keep Guthrie as well)

    The rest could easily be replaced by better players.

  • 51times

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie is only 21, I know the tackle was a bad one but he needs to be given his chance.

  • Bungles Pocket

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Who cares what Souness thinks??

  • I Made 1000

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #6

    fk off souness u scottish basket

  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #7

    TONPIPES, TOON CHICKEN , MICHAEL Aged 12, SPYRO, Boater……………..

    They all care what Souness says, they think he done a cracking job and should never have been fired in the first place!!

    In that right kids??

  • k3v

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #8

    if he wanted to stay he would have signed by now. hope he does go, wages way too much, just hope we cash in on him. lets face it his not the player he was at liverpool, and for £120,000 a week thats just ridiculous.

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Owen would have been walking away anyway, just now he has a great excuse….

  • Graham

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Not subject matter but we could all do with cheering up…

  • MT

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    This guy is annoying.

  • Gordon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    I hate to agree with Souness but he’s probably right.

    I think we’re likely to lose a lot of players unless we get a new owner soon and bring some stability to the club.

  • Dave Atkinson

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Let Owen go. Massively overpaid, even though he’s a great predator – when fit.

    If the money comes in with a new owner, there will someone to replace him soon enough – maybe on less wages – and without the constant speculation about whetyher they’re happy or about to join a top 4 club, blah blah blah.

    I’m much more concerned about Keegan coming back than I am about England’s Michael Owen.

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    I like Souness. I just think he’s a horrible manager (cheers for Luque). Did he have to state the obvious? When these lads are asked daft questions, I’d prefer that they said something like “Look at what’s going on, i.e the sh*t state of the gaff, make your own mind up, you don’t need me to spell it out for you. Nor do the Geordie public”. Of course papers I’d probably be no good at flogging a red top.


    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    graham hows that goin cheer us up its takeing the pss out ov us just like every one else is u half wit cnt

  • neeraj

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #16

    and souness thinks

    ali dia would be next george weah

  • Graham

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #17

    KK Forever – cheer up you miserable bastard! Get over your delusion and wake up.

  • laurent32

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #18

    bowburnmag – souness didnt want to sign luque, or owen for that matter. he wanted to sign anelka but he was told he was not allowed any more sulky players after what happened with robert, dyer, bellamy etc and it was shepherd that bought luque and owen.

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #19

    * the word “papers” seems to have sneaked into my previous post of it’s own accord.

    Ali Dia could have been a world-beater given the chance, or perhaps I’m thinking of carpet-beater. Him and Luque would have made a great strike force. Either in the Sunday Leagues or whacking rugs.

  • REm

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    He has scored in over every other game. how is he not good.

    If he wasnt injured he would be top scorere in legaue

  • mcn0ble (Finland)

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Keegan, from Messiah to Martyr. KK can go teach football basics to kids in his beloved Football Circuss.


    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    AngryMan – you forgot Tom Toon (post 7)

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #24

    laurent32 – point taken. Sounds about right, now that you mention it. I’m sure he waxed lyrical about Luque though being, strong and powerful and bullish. He must have been talking about darts or golf because I didn’t see a shred of that on the pitch. Anyway, I digress – that’s probably why I have it in my head that it was Souness’ choice.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Owen would have left anyway, regardless.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Does anyone remember me saying Ivelin Popov was one of the best talents in eastern europe who we could get? Well I remeber that, he has scored v Villa and is picking them apart with his passing.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Of course MO is off….

    Sorry to be real guys. But he will jump ship.

  • Tom

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Let him go. Good goalscorer when fit, but not fit enough, and his wages are a disgrace.

    Also, whats with this idea that Keegan coming back will solve everything!? Keegan isn’t coming back, and he should not be brought back either. Lets move onto a better manager.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Born Again Geordie thinks Souness is a Wa*ker!

    lol – there is a headline for you

  • Davies

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Wait and see what happens. I’d rather we get over the current problems before we all start speculating about what will happen in January.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Davies – you make a good point there TBH. I for one am sick to death of all the negative stuff we are hearing about the toon !

    Can’t wait to hear some good news !!!!

  • Jóhann

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Owen should have been sold this summer. We don´t need a player who doesn´t go along with the group. Maybe he would be in the right if he was a player who could make something out of nothing, but he isn´t anymore. He´s just a mediocre player and I think it´s time for people to realize that. He´s a good finisher most of the time, but that´s it. Nowadays he even needs a lot of chances to score. Stop the worshipping pleeease 🙂

  • Carlos V

    Sep 18, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d like to keep Xisco, I think he can go on to great things, and who know, perhas we have a Fernand Torres in the making.

    I was reading the Depor forums, and they were even more gutted than we were when we lost milner.

  • Dave Atkinson

    Sep 18, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #34

    TOM – who is this ‘better manager’ than Keegan. Pray tell.

    When KK was here last time, common consent – around the country, not just Newcastle – was that KK was THE best manager, bar Ferguson. His record speaks for itself – here, at Man City and at Fulham.

    And before anyone says he’s past it – when Ferguson himself, Bobby Robson, Wenger, Scolari (?), are/were all older than him managing top clubs?

    There’s plenty of years in top flight management left in Keegan. He’s done it here before and it’s well within his capability to do it again, and again, and again. All he needs is management support.

    His net spending of £44m over five years – thats £29m if you take out Shearer (and don’t forget, we finished 2nd without Alan) compares well with any of the larger clubs. Most of players he brought in were unkowns but he turned them into great players.

    I’d love to have Keegan back and so would most of us.

  • bruTOOON

    Sep 18, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #35

    What Souness said is true, Owen WON’T retired in a black and white shirt. this guy is a great goalscorer but he personally need to win some medals for himself. same case with shay given.

    we got martin which is better than owen(from my opinion). plus owen wages can pay 2-3 good players…so i can what souness said to come true

  • Ruby

    Sep 18, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Leave Owen alone he is a nice clean well spoken player who scores goals when he gets the service more than can be said for other players in the team who should have been thrown out as an
    example to other young football hopers.

  • whitey

    Sep 18, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #37

    as much as souness is a cock, i think unfortunately he is right. the only way to prevent this is if we look like being a team that can challenge over the next few months. given the absolute uncertainty surronding the club at the minute, this does not look likely


    Sep 18, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Angryman .. not as far as im concerned .. i think he did a s hit job .. almost as detrimental to the toon as Keegans latest walk into the wonderland ..

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 18, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Of course he’ll bloody leave Souness, don’t you think we already know that?

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 18, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #40

    you can always rely on positive imput from our good friend graham.

    useless tw@t.

    saddest thing about this is the fact he’s right.


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