Michael Owen – It’s Been Difficult For Everybody

Michael Owen has today admitted it has been difficult for everyone connected with Newcastle United over the last few weeks.

Michael Owen – it’s been difficult for everybody

But Michael seems quite confident the fans will be behind the team in tomorrow night’s Carling Cup tie with Spurs at St James’ Park.

Owen said today:

“Yes it is difficult for everyone at the minute, the players included. But it is always important to have the supporters behind you and it will be great if we have them behind us against Spurs tomorrow night.”

“The supporters know what position we are in, and we know what position they are in, and really, we are all in this together, and we are trying to get the results for not only them but everyone connected with the club.”

“I think that fans and the players both appreciate each other’s situation. It’s a difficult situation but more than ever we are in it together.” “We are paid by the club to perform and we are not going to do certain things the fans do – that’s not our job.”

“And whatever feelings the supporters have, we know that they will always give us fanatical support out on the field and that is so very important to me and the rest of the players.”

Michael Owen has shown some decent form this season, and his goal on Saturday was a text-book demonstration on how to score from just outside the penalty area. and it was pure class.

Michael scored when there seemed little danger and he turned Aussie Lucas Neil inside out, and then placed the ball beautifully past goalkeeper Robert Green, who had no chance. That brought Newcastle right back into the game and another goal then and anything could have happened.

Owen added:

“You almost become immune to these happenings in football nowadays and I have seen plenty in my time.” “I had three managers in the space of a few months at Real Madrid.”

“It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes.” “But players are paid to play and we have got to go out there and perform.”

Michael joined when the club when Graeme Souness was manager, so he’s already seen 4 managers at the club in his three seasons on Tyneside – so that’s 7 managers in last four seasons, if we include Real Madrid.

Owen also talked today how the players were disappointed to see manager Keegan leave a couple of weeks back:

“We all liked Kevin Keegan and we were sad to see him go. We are all feeling it at the moment.”“But we have got to snap out of the doom and gloom and try and get some confidence and results, and at the minute not picking up the results is hurting the players.”

“We are as much in the dark as the fans as to the next move, and it does not make it any easier as Kevin Keegan was very popular with the players and the fans.”

Good words from the captain, and we need some of Michale’s goals tomorrow night, if we are going to get through to the next round of the Carling Cup.  We have to be in with a decent chance, against an under-performing Spurs side.

What we need is a win tomorrow night, and then the Nigerian Consortium to announce they have actually purchased the club, and have subsequently reappointed Kevin Keegan as manager. Then we need Michael sign an extended contract at Newcastle.

That would all be good, very good, to say the least – but there again it may be a big hard on the old heart and the blood pressure.

But we can all still hope.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Nacho Man

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    just seen jorge andrade has been released by juve. he would shore up the defence, plus he played with coloccini for years. give him a pay as you play deal and he will be happy. then if he proves his fitness offer him a 2 year deal.

  • Yorkie dave

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    good call nacho. would be one step towards a more solid defence!!!

  • Nacho Man

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    dave, was that slightly sarcastic by any chance#??

  • Ben-Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    off the subject but did you read the article in the journal about KK pulling the plug on Per Ciljan Skjelbred last day of window. I hope this is not true cus he would have been so vital for us at present.

    He his surly the type player we should have brought to club, young, not overpriced and he was a fan.

    Gutted if this is true,

  • Yorkie dave

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Just think that Ashley had the right plan just got the set up wrong. He should just get rid of Lambias sign David Dein as Chairman!!! Let wise and co sign youth players and scout the world for the up and coming youth. Then reistate Keegan in charge of all first team affairs and then name the East Stand “THE SIR BOBY ROBSON STAND”. Hey presto all the problems resolved! Wise and Money to sort out our youth policy and Keegan and Dein to sort out the First Team, stick to a budjet and the rest will take care of itself!

    OOPS i just woke up

  • Yorkie dave

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    no i was been serious always liked Andrade

  • ToonKing

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    bad call Nacho Man, Andrade had 3 knee surgeries last year and last month i think he broke he’s kneecap again.
    he needs another operation and he’s completely out for this coming season. No way back for him now i think.

  • Nacho Man

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    fair enough. i really thnk i do a good job as newcstle manager. had enough practice on FM 08. hahaha

  • Nacho Man

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    never know, he might be ok. how about a pre contract? wait until hes fit. have to say though he cant be any worse that geremi. you say he has no legs!!

  • Yorkie dave

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    likewise Nacho!

  • Yorkie dave

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Butt Geremi Duff Viduka Ameobi have all lost their legs

  • ToonKing

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    he won’t be fit Nacho, not this 2008/2009 season anyway. That’s why Juve released him.

  • Yorkie dave

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Shearer lost his legs and changed his game to suit but none of the above have, they are stil trying the same crap that they did when they were youngsters!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I take it owen has not signed a new contract yet?

    And WTF is Shola Ameobi on about Focus..he in the most unfocused striker on our books,Muppet !

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Jorge Andrade is immense when fit, if he was always fit he would be Portugal captain.

  • Ben-Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    the x bolton winger is on a free aswell, Hull were looking at him, I know he is not the quality we are after but surly we just need squad players at the mo.

    Where did mbia end up ?

  • Carter smith

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Great comments from Michael, cant ask anything more from him. He’s doing the best to drag us through this. Thanks Michael.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #18

    On another note.. I just won 2 tickets for the match tomorrow! So.. Im not paying the fat man anything.. Yet am still going… mwahahaha

  • samthecat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Ironic but the players may also find it difficult with an uncommitted Owen as captain.
    Stelios signed for Hull but at 34 he doesnt fit into our transfer model.

  • Tom

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Why not grab him and Appiah. Give them pay as you play deals with a view to permenant ones if they prove their respective fitness, it can’t hurt!

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #21

    samthecat – The guy who owns easyjet? I thought he was older than 34. 🙂

  • toooooonfan

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    just seen a couple of nigerians walk into the holiday inn
    they look very businesslike and were speaking about someone named derrick

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom Toon……How about Tosic from Partizan and Milijas from Red Star Belgrade.Both of them are the best players in the Serbian League atm.

  • Nick 69

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #24

    i think the people who are buying a football club could afford somewhere better than a holiday inn

  • toooooonfan

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    they’re saving money to raise the other 50million

  • k k forever

    Sep 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #26

    rasko is partizan ur team cos thats 3 comments u made today about them just wondering

  • nacho man!!

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    dont you mean josip tadic. or is that another players. after close opservation on what people have been saying andrade isnt worth it. i didnt know about the injuries. on appiah, i thought he was a cripple aswell

  • Turkish magpie

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    whats evryones team 4 2moz with 5 subs

  • Turkish magpie

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #29

    mine is



    —–geremi—-butt—-guthrie(is he available for cup games)——–duff


    if guthrie isn’t available

    this team





    subs.– beye,edgar,gonzalaz,ameobi,butt,harper

  • micepie

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Just some wild card ideas for interim manager –

    David Ginola

    Eddie Izzard

    Tony Blair

    Nigella Lawson

  • fatmick

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Whats owen goin on aboot difficult for everyone, he’s on 100 grand a week. He’s not worth half the money we paid for him. prima donna not fit to wear the shirt.

  • samthecat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Interim Manager-Gordon Ramsay.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #33

    KK forever……I breathe for Partizan since i was born cos i’m half Serbian.
    But i’m also a Newcastle fanatic since 1998.
    Toon Army and Grobari(Undertakers) are my life cos they’re all black and white.

  • Heavy hitters

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Turkish Magpie my back four exactly we should have played that lineup on Sat.

  • Heavy hitters

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    If Beye was fit I would play him RB and drop Taylor to the bench though.

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Mr Owen, we don’t ask a lot but please just do your best and gee yourself and your fellow players up on Wednesday, stuff Spurs and help Wise to make his mind up to go.

    Not a lot to ask is it?

    The crowd’ll be cheering you guys on and if they shout for Keegan, it’s really a shout against Wise and the rest.

    Kev’ll be with you so do it for him and more importantly, for the shirt you wear, the City you represent and most importantly, for your own pride.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 23, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Nacho…..Zoran Tosic

    Watch this free kick gainst Tom Toon’s Pantilimon(goalkeeper)


    And check this goal from 35 meters


  • Scary

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #38

    ” .. . . .we are not going to do certain things the fans do – that’s not our job”
    IE. . . We are as p*ssed off with the club as you are.
    Its clear the players felt the loss of KK as much, – if not more, than the fans, which proves we were justified in taking on MA
    They would be as happy as the rest of us if, or when, KK returned

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Aye, i have mnetioned Tosic on here before, left winger? Never heard of the other fella though.

    Rasko – What do you think of Igor Burzanovic?

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #40

    ED ! What makes you think that the Nigerian consortium will be good for the club? Just I suppose because they have said they will reinstate KK. Is that really a good reason and is KK really the man to take us forward? I doubt it myself


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