Michael Owen has talked to the Evening Chronicle today and says it’s about time the Newcastle players started to repay their fans, and that starts at Goodison Park tomorrow.
Michael has also urged the fans and players to get right behind our interim manager Joe Kinnear, and we think that’s been made easier this week, by Joe’s obvious commitment to the cause, even though he’s only at the club for a short time.
It’s a long time since we’ve heard anybody talk so glowingly about our club, and that’s a welcome change from all the terrible stuff that’s been going on since Kevin Keegan left. So we think Joe has made a good start, certainly with the players and fans.
Michael has done a good job since Keegan left, and he’s been willing to stand up and be counted, and he’s been a good role model for the rest of the players 0- and that’s appropriate for the captain of the club.
Michael said today:
“The crowd want to see a spark and they want to see some effort. We need to do that at Everton. That has to be the bare minimum.” “We need to show much more as a team and that’s me included. We need to roll our sleeves up and want the ball.”
“You need confidence to do that and it can be a vicious circle. We now need to stand up and be men and all want the ball and get involved.” “It’s a tough trip and they won’t want to do us any favors, but we need to roll our sleeves up. That is the minimum the fans deserve.”
“They clapped us off because of our second-half performance against Blackburn, but deep down we know that wasn’t good enough.” “The first half was awful, but the second was better because we showed we wanted to get back in the game.”
Michael Owen has now worked under five different managers in his three years at St James’ Park – (Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan and Kinnear – and before that he saw quite a few managers during his season long stay at Real Madrid.
Michael talked about our new manager Joe Kinnear, whom he has supported well this week by all reports:
“We have to cling to that hope. He is experienced in the game. Hopefully, he can help us with the situation we are in.” “Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job given the situation we are in. But we have been thin on the ground with players and thin on the ground in staff.”
“The one thing we need at the moment is a bit of confidence in the lads.” “When Kevin Keegan first came in as manager we were having a bad spell. We didn’t win any games for five or six weeks when he first took over.”
“Gradually we got better and better and finished off the season with four or five wins on the spin.” “We were really, really good.” “Then we started the season off very well with a draw at Man United and beat Coventry in the cup.”
“It was going well but it was turned on its head and the lads lost all of their confidence. It’s a big job for Joe to restore confidence.”
That’s the job Joe Kinnear has taken on, and he’s shown in the past that not only can he restore confidence in his players, but he also expects them to fight and give 100% in every game.
We are looking forward to the Everton game tomorrow, and we see some fight, spirit and pride in the players, and we’ll be disappointed if the lads don’t perform a lot better than in the previous few weeks.