Michael Owen has given a long interview today in the Newcastle Journal and he explains how living in Newcastle and playing for the club, have made him become attached to the Newcastle United club.
Joe Kinnear with captain Michael Owen
Michael Owen said today:
“I think there is a lot of rubbish that goes on in football with players kissing their badge the whole time, doing this and doing that to appease the fans.”
“The bottom line is we are all human. When I signed for Real Madrid I didn’t love the club, I thought it was a great club to play for and a good career move.”
“It has been said I don’t have an affection for Newcastle. It is also an accusation thrown at foreign players when they come over – that they don’t know what a derby is and so on.”
“To a certain extent it’s true, they haven’t come for the sunshine have they? They’ve come because it’s a good career move and that is the same for me.”
“I was an Everton fan when I was a kid and only wanted to play for Everton until I was about 12, but when you play football for a number of years you fall in love with another team.”
“I wasn’t a Newcastle supporter as a kid and there is no point pretending otherwise.” “But the more you are at a club, the more you know the area, the staff, the supporters and everything about it.”
“You develop an affection for the club and certainly, when I retire, there are two clubs whose results I will look out for and that’s Liverpool and Newcastle.” “It is only when you play for Newcastle and live up here that you realise what a special club it is.”
“The two clubs I’ve played for before, Liverpool and Real Madrid, both had a lot of history and expectations that went with it. But with this being a one-club city, everyone wants you to do well and they are either behind you, or they feel letdown by what they have seen.”
“You can either shrink under the pressure of it or you can use it to your advantage.” “Over the years, even in the four I’ve been here, you’ve seen both edges of that sword.”
“It has been too much for some people who have come up here with big reputations, but the flipside is, if you get it right and you do well, then the supporters will support you.”
“When they are like that, when you have earned that sort of support, God knows where it can take you.”
The rather obvious question that comes out of this part of the interview, is whether Michael will stay at the club beyound the summer, when his contract runs out. But those questions were off limits during the interview, which is hardly surpising.
We think if Newcastle can put a streak together and get away from the relegation zone, then Michael could surprise a lot of people, and elect to stay on Tyneside.
If he does that, we’ll just have to hope that his injury record in the next four years is a lot better than it’s been, since he signed from Real Madrid in August, 2005.
If he did elect to stay, it would be a huge boost to the Newcastle club, the fans and manager Joe Kinnear.