Happy Newcastle Dessing Room After Game – Owen

Michael Owen seemed happy to get all 3 points on Sunday, and said the Newcastle dressing room was a happy one after the game against Portsmouth, with Newcastle players punching the air.

Michael Owen – happy dressing room after game

Michael told nufcTV today:

“Points wise the win at Portsmouth lifted us a few places.” ”

There are a few teams on 18 points and our win took us to 19 and above them so psychologically that was nice.”

“Now we are going into the Christmas period and we have some tough games to play.”

“Tottenham at home is a big game for us. If we can get three points again then it will be a nice way to celebrate Christmas.”

Owen took his goals for the season up to 9 in just 15 appearances, and of course he got the all important first goal from a great pass from Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, who had intercepted a wayward Portsmouth pass in midfield.

Michael now has 29 goals in 62 appearances while he’s been at Newcastle, which is even more impressive since he’s been in and out the side with injuries. Just think what he could do with a full season at the club, with minimal injuries.

Michael added:

“It was a happy dressing room at the end.”

It’s always great to go in after winning at a tough place and everyone has a smile on their face and is punching the air.”

“It brings everyone together.”

Another win against Tottenham next Sunday, will also have the Newcastle fans very happy, because a winning streak over Christmas is exactly what we need to take us into the January transfer window.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Sometimes he frustrates me when he is just gets bullied out of the match completely i.e. against Arsenal this season.

    But his record speaks for itself and is the bes goalscorer around and we need to keep hold of him. Rumours are saying his basic wage is cut to 80k or so and the rest is made up of add-ons which could exceed his current contract. Doesnt seem a bad deal for him to be honest.

    Although i cant see Everton or Spurs being able to pay the 105k a week. The only team that could that would take him would be Man City.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Sign your contract Please.
    Cheers Micky : )

  • Northern Rock

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope MO signs new contract asap

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Does everyone think he will sign or not be interested in the comments..I think he could go to man city.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully this will be the start of another good run like what happened after Fulham at home last year and we 7-8 games unbeaten or something. The only way is up 😀


    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    off topic…paul ince has been sacked. ahhh i was hoping blackburn would keep him to that another relegation place would have been occupied

  • Steeley

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Has anyone seen the quotes attributed to Kinnear admitting that he was after Riise, but that Riise changed his mind about leaving Roma. Kinnear went on to mention that has happy to lose players if he got like for like or better, and that if we had got Riise that we could “have done something” with Jose Enrique.

    Hardly confidence building stuff for Jose is it? Cant believe he would come out and admit that, unless fo course he has another LB all tied up before the window opens and is set to sell the young Spanish lad!

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    £80K is pretty much out of reach for Everton who he seems heavily linked with, but it’s only the base salary what we’re offering him!

    What I would have put in his contract is –

    3 year deal
    £80k base salary
    + £20k for a goal
    +£15k for being fit for the game.

    That means if he started a game and scored a goal, he would get £115k for that one game. It’s only £10k over what we’re paying him now but it is an improvement, and no stupid loopholes or clauses where he can leave if he does this or that or anything dodgy please. We need to give him the contract of his career, his goals are vital for us.

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #9

    I think it all depends on if Man city can get the 50 million pound stars they want. I think the only teams he would go to are the top four or Man city, and the top four dont want him.

    I think its a mistake making him captian because that confirms to himself that he is better the the rest of the team.

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Just a thought….if we closed all our games of at 2-0/2-1 up under Kinnear we would be 7th in the league table.

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Then again RobbyBobson, he’s our most consistent goalscorer, and needs to feel valued. Butt isn’t good enough for captain and I don’t believe keepers are effective in the role either. Nobody else really qualifies for it apart from maybe Beye, but I think the captaincy should be in the spine of a team (striker, centre mid, centre back).

    He needs to feel loved here, otherwise, if we’re not that fussed, why would he even bother staying?

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    paul ince has been sacked do you think shearer should get the job

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #13

    andynufc, that sounds along the same lines i was thinking too. 80k base rate, then another 10 k if he plays puts him on 90 base, then 20 k per goal. if he gets to goals in a game he is on 130k, 1 goal gives him 110k a week. plus a decent re-signing fee plus i think we should give him a free release if relegated clause. in that way, owen has nothing to loose. its a win win for him. all we go and keep MO. that way, we get what we want and ashley gets what he wants in reducing the wage bill by getting shot of two players that simply never ever play anyway. i have fingers crossed but i am not sure.
    Mind you, we had this every single time with shearer if you cast your minds back. this is no differrent, i am hoping for the best!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Off the topic but I see Blackburn sacked Paul Ince. Lets hope that de-stabilises them even more and they loose their next few matches so we can pull away further.

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    There is no doubt whatsoever that Shearer will become Newcastle United manager – some day. The one thing that remains to be seen is how he is going to come about it. Will he stroll in with no experience, will Blackburn take him on, will he go lower league and build his experience up, or does he even want to manage anywhere else before Newcastle? He’s had 2 great opportunities now from very experienced managers to come and learn the trade by their side and has turned them down.

    I’d like to see how he does if he went to Blackburn.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    cackburn are idiots, there’s no point sackin’ ince just yet!..
    …Shit, football clubs & their silly ways!..

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17

    If Shearer wants to manage let him have a stint at Hartlepool first, although I see Wor Peter is being mentioned for the job. I would love to see that.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Pedro at the monkey hangers, ouch!..

    …Pedro at the Toon, yay!..

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Craig, thinking about it again, I reckon Owen wants something along the lines of £150k a week because of our position (even though he doesnt deserve it). The relegation release idea is great btw.

    I say we go anything up to £150k, but not raise the base salary past £100k, then after that, Ashley should say, right name your price, and if he’s taking the mick then he isn’t worth it.

    After all, Ashley wants a wage structure set up properly, Arsenal model and all that.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Punk, just till he gets a managerial grounding, then back at the Toon. How about a Shearer/Peter double act at the Pool for a couple of seasons. That would be interesting!!

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    yeah andy, we jsut could not go as high as 150k – where did you get that figure from btw? i think owen is awesome nad our best by a mile, along with given , he is our inspiration and our whole team lifts when he plays. 150 base would be mental though i agree. we must have a structure, even ronaldo, the best payer in the world gets 125 k a week and he is younger. a high base rate with additions is the answer, without a doubt. no-one else will give him as much as 100k a week and also the captains armband i am sure. we will have to wait and see, i hope he stays.

  • Newckie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Guys divn’t blow your foot off! We need this guy,big time!
    Yea ok we have put up with the pain (money /injury) now we are getting the gain.
    Good to see him make the vital break through at a difficult place to win let alone 0-3 win (way beyond my expectations.)
    The scumbag landing strip for flies media of course are up to their usual anal pontificational indulgence.

  • Partizan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Craig Crisholm…..I dont like those goal bonuses tbh…..makes them look selfish on the pitch like Zarate in Lazio.

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #24

    I suppose it could have a negative effect Partizan, but if he is motivated by money, we need the goals, put the 2 together and it’s a loving relationship 😀

  • Joe Aussie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Michael Owen is a very intelligent bloke who always plays his cards close to his chest as we have seen in the past.He isn’t going to make any promises to Newcastle till he sees who is offering what.He has never been given much credit for showing any loyalty and is always accused of chasing the money.He doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve like some players do, but I think he has formed a bond with the club and fans on Tyneside and wouldn’t be surprised if he signed on for another three years


    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #26

    He will want a good contract as everyone knows that a players best years are between 28-32/33
    Wolud be nice if he signs and just gets better n better,would be great for us.

  • Piers

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #27

    I can’t wait for this weeks game….its gonna be a cracker!!


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