Michael Owen Wants Newcastle Mess Sorted Out

Newcastle captain Michael Owen has talked to The Sun this morning, and asked that the mess that owner Mike Ashley has created at the Tyneside club, be sorted out quickly.

Michael Owen – wants Newcastle mess sorted out

The Newcastle captain said:

“The sooner we get out of this situation the better, so we can concentrate again on football.” “There is lots of speculation and it unsettles fans and players alike.”

“I think you always respond best when you’ve a manager in place, a focal point you answer to, perform for and try to impress. We’ve not got that at the minute.”

“Even our caretaker manager Chris Hughton, who has done a fantastic job and steadied the ship, says the sooner we can get it sorted the better.” “Everyone knows that, the owner knows that and I’m sure he’s working as hard as he can to bring some stability to the club.”

“It’s not just the managerial thing, it’s everything surrounding it — who the owner is going to be, whether Mike Ashley is going to continue or sell to someone else, whether he’s going to appoint a manager before that happens or after. Nobody knows.”

“What we do know is it would be nice to have a stable ship, as we did at the start of the campaign when we were all really excited about this season.”

Michael has also called on the Newcastle fans to keep supporting the side, and it will be interesting to see what the size of the crowd is at tonight’s game against Spurs in the Carling Cup 3rd round at St. James’ Park.

Owen added:

“It is always important to have them backing you and it will be great if they are behind us against Spurs. It’s difficult but we are all in this together.”

There is no more new news on the Nigerian’s consortium efforts to buy Newcastle United, although The Sun reports this morning that Kevin Keegan would be interested in returning to Newcastle as manager, if the consortium are successful in buying Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Bungles Pocket

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s making good noises is Michael O.

    Perhaps with the right new owners and management coaching team in place soon – he’ll hang around.

    here’s hoping

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Of course Keegan would want to come back he’s skint and desperate for a job. He would probably go to the makems if they wanted.

    It’s in the sun so it’s bollox anyway. Although that won’t stop some from taking it as gospel.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Where in Owen’s comments does it say that he has asked for the mess that Mike Ashley created to be sorted out?

    You’re putting word’s into his mouth now.

    There may well have been rumblings going on behind the scenes, but make no mistake, all this cr@p strted when KK walked out the door.

    It was no secret that Owen never held KK in the greatest regard and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he is as pished off as I am with him for walking AGAIN!

  • eaststander

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    everyone go to kickoffnigeria.com and read the Keegan backs nigeria story. This has to be ashley trying to inflate the price of the club

  • Macas

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Nope, all this mess started when the Ashley and his cronies started undermining the manager and going above his head. Or perhaps it would be fair to say it all started when Ashley bought a football club without realising that you actually need to put some investment into the team otherwise they will struggle.

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6


  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7


  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    ah boo hoo kk4eva – the king is dead mate – get a friggin grip – and turn your bloomin caps lock off

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9


  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10


  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    you may be right kk4eva – but only because i’m here to wipe out little winnets like you

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    i’m sure you would kk4eva. shame you live in STOKE – haha – another Geordrie fraudster – just like your hero KK.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Although its not all KK’s fault.. He definately has to shoulder some blame.. But you can empathise with him and his reasons for leaving.. Anyway there seems to be the same stale argument on every thread..

    Onwards and upwards lads..

    Anyone actually attending tonight? Or are ‘fans’ using the old boycott excuse to just sit in.. I recommend following the team through good AND bad times..

  • Ericles

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    What sort of stuffing would you like Toon Chicken? Parsley and Tyne?

  • Ericles

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    What sort of stuffing would you like Toon Chicken? Parsley and Tyne? Or perhaps more wisely a Chlesea bun in the oven?

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ll crack the jokes eh ericles.

    The only stuffing I want see is the one the spuds get at SJP tonight!

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Dont be so foul..

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Alreet eric – very sharp – don’t give up the giro, sorry I mean day job just yet tho 😉

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Joking aside, I’m really glad Owen wants this mess sorted out. It’s a massive lift from my shoulders. I am now happy that the club will progress as it should.

  • Matthew Tom

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    I think everyone should stop taking cheep shots at each other.

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21


  • Ericles

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Jokes aside I really do hope Spurs get stuffed tonight. We all need a good win and progress in this cup run. Hopefully a place at Wembley after Ashley and co are long gone!

  • nando

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    ERICLES-I thought the carling cup was the mickey mouse cup and you didnt want to win it. never mind cos you will be out by tonight anyway.


    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Anyone interested in joining the supporter’s club register your interest for free on


    The more that register the less leaflets I need to give out on saturday !

  • jules

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Karltoon is right, everyone should get behind the team through bad and good times. A lot of the players have been making statements and trying to drum up support. Lets get people to believing again that we are the best fans in the country again.
    If it is truly our club then support it, no matter what Ashley does. Go to the match, cheer the team, but dont buy any merchandise, beer, food etc…. if you want to hit Ashley, but remember want makes NUFC a saleable asset is its fan base, if potential buyers dont see this then there will be no interest.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Why do you need to be part of a club to support?

  • jules

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Karltoon, what do you mean ?

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #28

    toonchicken-no offence mate but

    “The sooner we get out of this situation the better, so we can concentrate again on football.”

    for me, thats him asking for the mess to be sorted out! fair enough he doesnt make a direct plea to ashley, but fat mike probably hasnt spoken to owen in weeks anyway, so i doubt he expects him to read the sun! haha

  • JonnyToon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Owen sorted his differences with Kev, he has come out and said he and all the other players were upset to see him leave.

    Ex players of the club have described how keegan brings teams together, takes them out for meals & generally raises a great team spirit that makes them want to play for eachother. Look at N’zogbia now for a perfect example, Keegans strength is making the players friends.

    He didnt have the chance to do that as England coach obviously, so i reckon thats why hes best as a club manager. I also hope it is this team spirit he’s installed in them that they all keep alluding to which will stop our side from falling as it did last season when they were all shouting at eachother for being crap.

  • toonfan67

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #30

    hi everyone….

    if you havent already heard about this local group of north eastern business people, who along with a fan based stake in the club…are looking to revolutionize the way football clubs can be run. i am sick of the “sack the board” campaigns, McKeag then Fletcher. on top of that weve fought against being labelled as a “selling club” , or a “yo-yo club” add to that the swivel chair and revolving door antics of our managers (10 in the lasst 14 years…howay) well its crap innit….lets be honest….

    so take out ten mins to read http://www.savenewcastle.com and if that interests you then do plz check the NUFC forum at our local newspaper Evening Chronicle, http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/ the man with the plan is called MAD PETE i know wind up/scam/bull shitter …its an odd username, but Peter is one loyal and passionate business man whose commitment is second to none. heres the Vision of this consortuim, which is found on the http://www.savenewcastle.com webpage

    Top flight football clubs in England are becoming increasingly disconnected from their core fan bases. More and more clubs are being bought out by foreign individuals and investment groups which do not have any ties to the local community. Along with this disconnection between ownership and community rising ticket prices are pricing many of the clubs core supporters out of the stadium. Our foremost goal is to bridge this growing divide.
    Brief Plan Overview
    We are hoping to get 300,000 fans to purchase one share for £1,000.00 each. The proposed foundation would be set up similar to Barcelona’s with a European style President. Their would be a presidential election every 3 years. Each shareholder would have 1 vote in all elections. The fans would not directly run the club as qualified individuals would still be hired to run the club.

    Note: We are hoping to get backing from several corporations and rich individuals so we will actually be able to raise more than amount directly contributed by the fans. These wealthy individuals will not be given more than 1 share and 1 vote for their contributions.

    More Details Coming Soon…

    Want to Find out More?
    You can find out about the different levels of membership we plan to offer HERE.

    Check other professional sports teams that are owned and run by their supporters HERE.

    Supporting Fan Ownership of Newcastle United



  • Reb

    Sep 24, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed — did you get the title from the Sun, by chance? The comments don’t quite match that lead-in line, imo. There is also the general concern about the basis for anything in Sun, as I don’t think Michael Owen gives interviews to the Sun, certainly not any sort of “exclusive”. As a former Liverpool player, and a product of the Liverpool Academy, Owen refuses to give interviews to the Sun. At least, I seem to recall reading that somewhere (I think several products of Liverpool’s academy are similar). Even Rooney, who was an Everton lad, was criticised for serialising his book in the Sun. So, for everyone, bear this in mind when the Sun claims to have exclusives from players like Owen.


You must log in to post a comment.