Michael Owen Ready To Help In Fight For Survival

Michael Owen talked today about Newcastle’s survival stakes in the Premier League this season.


Michael Owen – training with Habib Beye yesterday
It was Habib’s first day back in full training 😀

Michael told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We’ve always been flitting around three or four places off the bottom, but it’s only since we lost to Manchester United and results went against us that we have found ourselves in real trouble,”

“There is a determination to put it right. I don’t feel we are in the last-chance saloon yet, but it is getting damn important we start picking up points and fast.”

“We have to realise we are responsible for getting results above anything else. That responsibility filters through to the players, from the fans, the staff at the club.”

“Everyone’s backs are against the wall now and nobody wants to see Newcastle United not playing in the Premier League next season.”

Even by Newcastle’s standards, most fans agree that this season has been one of the worst in recent memory with the season not starting off too well with Kevin Keegan leaving the club after an almighty row with the Newcastle Board to do with transfers.

Then of course we had the fans protesting against owner Mike Ashley, who tried tos ell the club, while at the same time shutting up shop on saying anything to the players or the fans.

Then just before the Liverpool game Mike announced he was keeping the club and we don’t think it was a coincidence that the next day Shay Given said he wanted to leave the club. The favt we were wipped 5-1 by Liverpool that day, didn’t help of course.

Michael talked about all the disruption:

“I definitely think it has been a fractious season, even by Newcastle’s standards,”

“Looking at this club from the outside before I came here it always looked as though there was turmoil off the pitch, players fighting with each other, or managers getting sacked after two minutes. There was always something going on.”

“But from afar it also looked a fantastic place to play when things are going in the right direction, with the fans behind you, riding the wave of optimism which engulfs the place when things go well.”

“It has shown that when Newcastle have been really successful. There have always been two sides to the club and unfortunately this year has seen a lot of turmoil on and off the pitch.”

“Regardless of that, it’s just an easy excuse for players to make if they say this has happened off the pitch, and that has happened so that is why results haven’t been good.”

“I don’t care what has happened to the chairman, the tea lady or whoever, when you’re out on the pitch you’re focused on trying to win and that’s it.”

“Anyone who uses what has happened to the club this season at boardroom level, it’s just an excuse in my eyes.”

“Thankfully nobody here has been using that as an excuse.”

Those are good words from Michael because the players cannot and shouldn’t (and presumably don’t) use the calamities of this season as any kind of excuse. Well at least not since Joe Kinnear came on board in late September.

As Michael says, we have to start picking up points, and quickly.

Anything but a win today will not go down too well with fans, and you can bet there will be even more talk about relegation, and even more anxiety on Tyneside than there already is.

Let’s hope that just doesn’t happen today.

Howay The Lads – you can do it!

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Gonna be stuck to the radio from 3 today as at work and am bricking it.

    After the last 24hrs, some good news would be welcome and a 3 point whitewash of Hull would make my day!

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    is hull near the north east coz they were in the north east group for the respect the ref campaign

  • batty

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    beye its norht west m8 up from preston

  • batty

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    if owen stays fit till the end ov the season we stay up simple as

  • Sav

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Well someone has to feed in a through ball or put in some decent crosses, which we’ve missed most this season.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Beye – Hull is near enough on the east coast – east of York and north of Grimsby.

    Been there loads when my mate was at Uni down there.

  • batty

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Sav think oba can do that job m8

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    so why where they in our group for the respect the ref campaign

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    thanks tg

  • batty

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    i stand corrected

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    waasnt it voted 2nd worse place in uk behind boro

  • geordie jock

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    I am so sick of players, managers, coaches etc coming out and saying we have to do this and do that. Why don’t you all just shut up and just do it instead of putting pressure on the team with your stupid statements which every supporter knows anyway. You all keep saying we are wonderful fans so do it for the fans and keep your bloody mouths shut.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    C,mon toon time to stand up today and play for our survival.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    SJT – Agreed fella!

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!

  • Yellow Belly

    Mar 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    geordie jock

    we can not complain about the lack of communication then complain about to much. Just take it for what it is, a bit of bull, then smile

  • geordie jock

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Yellow Belly

    I think there is a big difference between communication from the club and coaches, players and managers spouting off to the press stating the bloody obvious. It is time they started putting all their energy into getting us out of a bloody great big hole.

  • Davy Craig

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #17

    I like the way Owen has come out and reflected on the whole situation with a sensible head and has also put a true perspective on things. He’s not brow beating or badge kissing but has shown his true sentiments.

    Hopefully he’ll come good for these last ten games of this season and I for one would love him to stay at Newcastle.

    Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #18

    If we go out and attack today,get stuck in and fight we can get the three points…simple FIGHT!

    If we go there,pass badly,don’t support each other it will be a sad day.

    Not been this nervous in ages not had breakfast my stomach in knotted!

  • clinta

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Can’t remember the last time i was this nervous before a game.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #20


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