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.
“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.