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.
“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.