Tensions Coming To The Boil At Newcastle

There is news today that Michael Owen was none too happy after the game on Saturday night, and is reported to have stormed out of St. James’ Park, refusing to speak to the press, after the game.

Michael Owen – frustrations boiling over?

Newcastle’s club captain was frustrated after spending more time on the bench, and of course not being selected for the England squad for their game in Berlin against Germany on Wednesday night.

Kinnear described the first-half performance by his Newcastle side against Wigan as the worst of his short reign, and we weren’t much better last week against Fulham.

Kinnear said:

“It is a difficult decision, he is one of the best players in the world and I am going carefully, carefully with him,” “I could have taken short-term decisions, but I haven’t. “

“He has got to go slowly, slowly. I could have taken the easy option, put him in the team straight away and pleased everybody two weeks ago. But what if we got beat and he broke down again at the same time, you’d have a field day with me.”

“Michael is a big player, but it would have been disrespectful to the strikers we have got who have been scoring goals every week. He needs to be brought back gently.” “We know what Michael is capable of. No one asked these questions when we beat Aston Villa.”

“Michael Owen is the best player at the football club. I have to make these decisions. Whichever decisions I make are never right. I took off Spiderman (Jonás Gutiérrez) and you will have a field day with that. It is a difficult job making decisions isn’t it?”

Joe is talking there about how lonely it can be when you are in a leadership position, it’s just so easy for others to second guess you and criticize.

Criticizing is the easiest thing in the world to do, and many do it – making difficult decisions is not.

We don’t know if this story is even true, but we would not at all be surprised if Owen is frustrated right now. After all, his club future is shrouded in uncertainty, with the Newcastle club unable to even offer him a new contract, given the ridiculous situation we find ourselves in.

And his England career is now uncertain, to say the very least.

But only the Newcastle Board can handle some of these problems, not Joe Kinnear, or anybody else for that matter.

But the Board have been derelict in their duties, and have been absent without leave for over a couple of months now.

This club needs some firm leadership, and the sooner the better.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Toon Olly

    Nov 17, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Bartons out for eight weeks. it just keeps getting better

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 17, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Leaving Michael out for the last 2 games is the reason we have only 1pt from 6, you dont leave your N01 Striker on the bench when fit especially against the teams you expect to beat…..

  • Spyro

    Nov 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    ED please do an article on Steve Bruce and him possibly being the NUFC manager soon. I would be happy enough with that.

  • kk forever

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    stop talking bollocks agen oba martins and spyro get off this blog u southern knob spyro the spineless

  • Karltoon

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    hehe.. the irony is delicious

  • Dan13

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Spyro at the half time highlights at the match he was quoted as to saying that he wouldn’t rule out being the newcastle manager one day, the club he loved as a kid.
    I would love him here along with Palacios, Zaki and Valencia!
    Good shout mate!

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    i think that jk is leaving owne out on purpose under orders from ashley and its all desgined to make owen leave as it will save ashley half a million a month. the fact that he is our only big name player and match winner and captian and a draw for future players and sponsors does not bother the fat knacker ashley.

  • Barcode

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    We should play 5 in midfield against Chelsea and a lone striker.
    Butt,Jonas,Guthrie,Duff and Zoggs.
    Lone striker Martins as his workrate and pace can give us a slight chance of a goal.
    Owen can’t do the work involved, Shola out of his depth against Chelski and 2 up front (like idiot KK did against Arsenal) would mean we would rarely have the ball.
    Owen has a very big ego but he is not the player he was and not worth£100K. In our situation a big,strong,quick striker is what’s needed to pressurize the opposition eg. Marlon Harewood,Heskey etc.
    This is just to stay up and forget about any pretence of what club we are, we just need to stay up and reevaluate at the end of the season.

    If Ash stays get some Geordie investors in, new Chairman (not Mort as he’s got a proper career and i’m sure we wouldn’t take it), new manager, bulk up the scouting system.

    BIG problem is that Ash only wants Londoners at the club and i’m sure Hughton was their idea and not KK’s.

    If Ash stays he must change his team and bring in non-Londoners as he has a total lack of credibility. If we’re sold at least the buyers won’t be getting any bank loans for the deal as that is not available anymore.

    Back to Owen we had the same problem with Shearer who refused to be a squad player and wanted to leave if he wasn’t playing. If Robson had sold him to Liverpool (allegedly) could we have released ourselves from the shackle and made the club bigger than the player?

    Don’t want Shearer as manager, mentally tough but can he think of the team,tactics etc. etc. ?

    Rant over

  • Karltoon

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Heskey? Shut up man.. and change your name

  • sweendog

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley the fat B .. its obvious what he’s doing and fair play to MO for highlighting it .. don’t let him get away with it.. we need a 3 pronged attack like last season…
    Owen (playmaker), martins and Ameobi ..without this we’ll not get the crucial wins we need, our defense isn’t good enough so at least make the attack good FFS.

  • Spyro

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11


    It definitely sounds as though he is interested. Bruce has good ties with Arsene and the frenchman often passes on information about quality players to the Wigan manager.

  • Sav

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Its time for Ashley’s Plan B.

  • NE1

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Owen should be the first name on the team sheet.

    No questions asked.

  • NE1

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    … and if he had been against Fulham and Wigan from the start – we’d have got 6 points.


  • sweendog

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    NE1 . .agreed .. does ashley want us relegated .. it looks like he does.

  • MDS

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16


    No doubt. Owen is our best player-no question.

    He had more chances in his first 5 mins then we had the whole game. Kinnear’s proving a mediocre to poor coach in my opinion

  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Owen is our top man. He should be playing – not warming the bench.

    Get the finger out JFK and do a proper manager’s job. Not playing him makes it appear as though JFK is under orders to keep him injury-free for a January sale.

    Do you pick Shola or do you pick Michael Owen? Get to grips JFK – that’s not a difficult choice to make.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Since when does disrespect of another player come into it.

    We need the points Owen is class whenever he plays so play him.

    Kinear is trying to keep MO fit to sell, I feel it in me bones

  • malaysia magpie

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    my formation for the game against chelsea:

    beye taylor coloccini bassong enrique

    gutierrez butt duff

    owen martins

    i rather draw n get a point better den 0 points

  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    had he brought MO early enough,{60 minute}we could’ve beaten wigan,JFK is havin hard time in decision making because he’s never managed such a big club,cant wait for his tenure to end.
    He should pick the following line-up against chelsea


    geremi beye collocini bassong

    duff guthrie gutierez zog

    owen martins


  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    There is absolutely no point what so ever in goin’ to chavski to play defensively…Do what we did at manure, try & play them!..
    …Bollox to sittin’ back & waitin’ for them to kill us!..

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha…………….FOR F@CKS SAKE MAN BARCODE!!!!! Did you really just suggest we sign marlon harewood?????? The rest of your post is pretty much spot on but howay son your clutching their m8! Haha mint crack and at least that made me smile (wouldnt mind heskey tho)

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #23

    The club is a mess on so many fronts and i take my hat of to Joe for the fire fighting hes done so far.

    Shame on the fan or fans having a go at a man in the WORST position in football, at the moment!

    Many bottled the position, including Keegan (and i am a fan ) but Joe just went in guns blazing and settled us to a degree.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Aye entertainers,
    fair point man!..

  • Nick

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Punk skunk is right.

    Just sitting back is hopeless. We couldn’t defend against 10 men in the 92nd minute !!!!
    Take it to them and we might be pleasantly surprised. Throw in Ranger annd have a go at them.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    That’s the spirit Nick!..

    …We usually do better v better teams, sad but true!..

  • michael12

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #27

    I must agree with Kinner, There are 38 games in a season, and we need Owen for more than just the Fulham and Wigan games.

    This said, we should have won the game on Saturday but were simply unlucky. I could not have written the script to have Bungling Bramble getting an equaliser. the stuff of nightmares.

    We need Owen for the next 6 to 10 games assuming he is here after January.

    We need to think of the season rather than on a game by game basis.

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Maybe someone upstairs wants Michael upset and not playing for the Simple reason >>>>£££££ in the transfer window……PS Spyro do you Know anything about football and please be Honest ???

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Owen is just gettin’ back to full fitness ffs…
    …Remember, all we’re gonna get from the rags in the next few weeks is: Owen not happy at Toon, does Owen need to move on to preserve england career, etc, etc…Watch this space!..

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #30

    owen has just said he has been ready for weeks nad that it was only a small knock he had, he said he could have been playing full games for age now!! so its as we thought, transfer window approaching, fat twat ashley knowing already that he is going to sell him for a couple of million so he is telling the lapdog jk to bench him unless we are loosing etc and which case bring him on to save us. ashley wants to try to win games without using our captain and only world class superstar just so he can make it look like we can do it without owen. thing is though……we cant. we need him, he is sheer class and we are crap without him. i hope that we sell up and owen stays, failing that, if ashley is staying i hope we go down to the coca cola league and that ashley looses all his money on us, i really am at that stage now. i do not want our club to stay in the prem with an owner like ashley just so he cam treat us like dogs and skim all the profit off constantly.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Can’t remember readin’ anythin’ referin’ to that craig…Or is it just your opinion?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Owen rarely, if ever, goes against what his coach has said in the press like!..

    …But, i’m sure there are a few versions of events we could suppose!..

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #33


    Owen wrote: ‘I have only played as sub in the last couple of games. The manager has preferred to bring me gradually back in – but it was only a small injury and I’ve been ready to play for a couple of weeks.’

    these are owens quotes today in the daily mail

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    they are his exact words punk

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Fair enough mate,
    but it is the ‘mail’…Probably the most reactionary, anti-Toon rag out there & that’s sayin’ somethin’…Personally feel they have plumbed below the sun’s nadir!..
    …& they’ve probably took it out of context…Not to mention the fact that he was tryin’ to get picked for england, so didn’t want Capello to think he was proper crocked!?!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    i did say at the time he was ‘injured’, that it was a ‘tactical injury’, if you know warra mean?..
    …JK wanted to try another system & you’re not allowed to rotate ‘top names’, they have to be ‘injured’…Just look at all the manure, liverpoo, chavski ‘injuries’ that happened at the weekend, only to miraculously to clear up for the next round of prem games!?!..

  • Chris C.

    Nov 17, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    OWEN can score goals he shoould start every game if declared fit I feel very much that he owes us a lot I hope he don’t step out of St James Park.

  • dan

    Nov 17, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Team for Chelski,

    Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
    Jonas Butt N’Zogbia
    Ameobi Martins

    I think we just have to go for it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #39


  • SpartanChris

    Nov 17, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Owen’s quotes in the mail were actually lifted from the match day program. So they are his own words.


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