Strange Comments From Chris Hughton On Michael Owen

Chris Hughton decided to leave Michael Owen out of the Newcastle starting line up yesterday, and the striker has only just come back from injury. 


Michael – during better times with England 

Yet  Chris Hughton says he hopes for Michael’s sake, he’s selected by Fabio Capello for the England squad – but there’s just no chance of that happening.

Hughton admits Capello’s expected decision to leave Owen out of England’s next two games is to Newcastle advantage, but Chris has also said he is keen to see the 29-year-old back playing for England.

So why did he leave him out of  the Newcastle starting line-up yesterday, which almost certainly will have Fabio leave Michael out of the England squad – very strange reasoning.

This is what Chris said regarding Michael Owen:

 “One bonus of him not being included is that we get a good two weeks of training from him, he’s ours for that period of time,”
“Michael’s no different to any other player. Having been an international player, every single one of them wants to be involved. But in some ways I’d prefer him to be here for that training period.”

“But I would be absolutely delighted for him if he was back in the international set-up.” “He’s missed a fair amount of football but he is a goalscorer, he’s a quality player. Given the opportunities in the right positions he will score goals. Everybody around him is always confident of that.”

“There are two types of fitness, one is physical fitness, the other is injury fitness. What he is at the moment is free from injury.” “The fitter that he gets, the more training and games he can get, the more able he is to get into those positions on a regular basis.”  

Those words seem to suggest that Michael should have played yesterday from the start, so we find the comment strange.

We had football pundits all last week  saying  there was one man, Owen, who could get the goals to save Newcastle this season.  And what does Chris do – drops Michael.

And Oba wouldn’t have even taken that penalty yesterday, if Owen had started, and goals change games – don’t forget that – so Chris’ selection immediately back-fired on him yesterday.

That goes with Chris’s strange choice of team last week at Hull, where Peter Lovenkrands wasn’t even used, and we missed several half chances that Peter may have been able to put home.

But that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now, but some of  Hughton’s team selections have been strange to say the least, and that’s maybe why his record of 10 games in change at Newcastle this season, has a zero win percentage. 🙁

We’ve lost confidence in Chris’ ability to get Newcastle any points, and we think Mike Ashley has to take some drastic action, if Newcastle are to be saved. Get somebody in right now, so they have 2 weeks to prepare for the Chelsea game, because only then will we have a chance of survival.

If Chris is still in charge in two weeks,  it’s very likely we will also lose to Chelsea, let’s face it.

There was news that Chris kept the players in the St. James’ Park dressing room a full hour after the game last night, and that Mike Ashley was furious and had gone down to address the players – but that last bit seems a made up story.

However, make no mistake – crisis grips the Newcastle United club, because relegation would be an unmitigated disaster for this club.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    ive NOW lost faith in chris hughton and colin calderwood.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2


    Did you have faith in him in the first place?

  • The Original Todd

    Mar 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #3

    What’s even stranger is that earlier in the week Chris told the press that HE thought Owen had the goals in him – and then he drops him.

    It’s sad b/c he seems like a decent guy, but he’s making bad decisions that are pushing the club down.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4


    i did before the bolton game but ive lost respect for the bloke

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    We are royally f*d can’t see us getting the 13/13 points we need to stay up. Ashley should have replaced Kinnear as soon as he knew he needed heart surgery the team looks like a rudderless ship the only players to come out of this who can hold their heads up are Harper, Steve Taylor, Bassong & Butt. The rest especially Collicini are not good enough or like Owen & Viduka injury prone. They can all f off in the summer

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    I have had no faith any any of Ashleys appointments apart from KK..The whole club is deep in the 5hit now..that will hopefully Hurt Ashley’s pocket so badly he will sell up and GO !

  • toonarmyuk

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

    What’s all the fuss about? Owen was dogsh!t when he came on yesterday anyway. I think we should leave him out for a while because he’s a disruptive influence.
    I understand he’s a proven goalscorer, but I dont think even he can save us now.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Firstly I’d like to apologise to anyone I may have offended or insulted yesterday, I had a veritable skin-full and may have acted out of character. All I can remember is air-guitaring on my garden table and don’t really want to check last night’s blog to see what sh1t I was spouting.

    Secondly. Sorry to state the obvious, but we really are knee-deep in dog-egg now. Ashley looked a frightened man yesterday. I know it’s a bit late but he must be thinking about bringing someone in now. Surely?

    What a shocker.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9


    Really I lost my faith in him when he took over after Keegan left

  • Girth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    briefly flicked through the other posts and some people are really simple, could see it a mile off! Ashley’s fault!!! hahaha can i just remind those with short memories that we have been flirting with relegation for what??? 3-4 seasons now and we have only saved ourselves with a few games to go! Was that his fault also??
    I have this mind set, were relegated! Therefore, i wont be as disapointed if we do, cause i already knew it, but if we stay up, bonus!!!
    Give it a try!

  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Rodzilla you p:ss head ha

  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    girth your talking shite

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13


    Any Mike Ashley fan should be shot!

  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #14

    shoot the GIRTH

  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15


  • komfort

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17

    batty , the bookies have the toon favourites to go down… over.

  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #18

    fckin act now you fat c0nt

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    ! > > > > > > Girth
    _________ !

  • Girth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #20

    hahaha you guys are great! both creative and whity! anywhooooo
    what part of what i said was shite?
    We have been around the relegation zone for a few season and only secured safety with a few games to go! Simple realities, this has been coming for years, its just never been this bad!

  • murvar

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #21

    When a team is at the bottom nothing goes its way. I’m not a fan of CH but the game plan was working and we were making chances …THEN we miss a pen, and lose Bassong. Then we lose Tayls. I find it hard to blsmr CH for any of that – except maybe the wait before subbing Tayls, during which we conceded as the team became very unbalanced. His real mistake was bringing on Shola. I would rather have had Tim Krul playing up front than him!

  • cooldj

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    If owen had started the whole game would have been different and we might not have even got a penalty. in fact probably wouldn’t have even got one. when he came on he was non existent. he will be useful against teams like stoke and fulham ect, but against the bigger teams we can’t afford to waste a player on someone who is only good in the box.

  • ArtyH

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #23

    If we are all surprised by the result this season with the way things have gone then all is lost. The writing was on the wall when good players were sold and replaced ( that’s a joke ) with chanpionship journeymen. The crew in charge at NUFC are a joke. The finances of the club may well have been terrible when the sale was made, but who’s fault was that? As a club now we are no where near where we were under Sir Bobby, that is when investment should have been made. It has been one crisis after another. I believe no one knows what to do and the fans/club is suffering as a result.
    We will go down, thats a fact. The club will loose at least half its value, there will be a sale. Heaven knows who would but at this time….hopefully some benevolent multi billionaire… cos that is what will be needed… a complete and utter clear-out from top to bottom!
    Finally when was the last time anyone on the forum was genuinely excited about a game and thought we can’t loose cos we have bla bla bla * bla. Yeah think hard.

  • beyeisgod

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    You just have to look at Owen close up to see how unfit and even overweight he is. He was woeful yesterday, not playing him didn’t cost us the game, injuries to Bassong and Taylor cost us the game.
    Oba and Love should start every game from now on, why play someone who will DEFINITELY be gone at the end of the season?

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #25

    You were, ummm, a bit different to your usual self Rodzilla, but then who isn’t at the moment. Wish ‘d had a skin full now…

    Chris Hughton is a reasonable coach. Nothing more, nothing less. I’ve no problem with him in that role, but he’s clueless as a manager. Let’s be honest, I think Stephen Fly’s a clever lad, but I wouldn’t put him in charge of a football team.

    We need an experienced manager. And we need him in now.

  • Ross

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Girth the simple reality is the fact that there have been numerous occasions on which Mike Ashley has had the chance to try and rectify the situation, because lets be honest everyone has lost out with the credit crunch yet he still has the money to do it.

    Just two that scream out to me and i imagine everyone else, apart from yourself somehow.

    -Our very own Newcastle players coming out and stating (the obvious) that a decent number of new players were needed in the January transfer window, as the squad was already paper thin. What did we get? 2 players leaving, 3 in. one of them on a free.

    -The fact that a new manager was needed when it was clear Joe Kinnear needed bloody heart surgery. It is too late now to bring in someone else. What he should have done is thank Joe Kinnear for everything he has done thus far, but let it be known that he feels his health is far more important than the job as Newcastle manager and inform him he was bringing in someone else, purely for the good of Joe’s health.
    What did we get? A coach who has admitted managing isnt his game. A coach who has already bloody proved, managing isnt his game just a matter of months prior to him being appointed in the same role, once again.

    Yes, we have been flirting with relegation in the past and yes this is the season that we are in it deeper than we have been before. HOWEVER, the chances were there to even try and rectify the mistakes.
    See if Ashley had braught in a decent number of players in Jan like it was needed and they were all just playing shocking football-could we blame him? Had he acted sensibly upon the news that Joe Kinnear had serious problems with his health and the new mystery manager was also doing terribly, could we blame him? I dont think so.
    The fact of the matter is, he’s sat back and watched it unfold. Whilst having a laugh with his mates sitting around him at the match, of course.

  • jimnufc

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #27

    did the toon not win in houghtons first game in charge against wba ?????

  • workyticket

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    ArtyH // Mar 22, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    “We will go down, thats a fact. The club will loose at least half its value, there will be a sale.”

    Why would there be a sale if we were relegated Arty? Wouldn’t Ashley rather wait until we’re promoted again so he can get his investment back?

  • heavyhittas

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    I doubt we will be relegated but its arguable whether or not it may not be a bad thing. The problem is some players will be able to see their contracts out on big money with limited funds coming in via the Championship. Whatever, the club is in dire straights and is going nowhere.

  • nufcc

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #30

    beyeisgod , i think oba cost us the game with is spineless penalty shot. owen came on when the rest of the team stopped playing and after obas goal so did he. Need to get off owens back.

  • workyticket

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #31

    heavyhittas // Mar 22, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    “I doubt we will be relegated but its arguable whether or not it may not be a bad thing.”

    No it isn’t. Relegation from the PL is catatrophic even for a small team. For a team the size of Newcastle United, it would be much worse still.

  • heavyhittas

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Perhaps you’re right workyticket, I dont know the full implications in financial terms but the club without MA and the rest of his cronies with a decent manager and a good clear out doesnt sound too bad a thing to me.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #33


    Is “catatrophic” worse than bad then?

  • ArtyH

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #34

    @ Workyticket, it is only my opinion that the club will be sold as I do not believe there will be any funds available from the owner to build the team. Some where along the line it will be obvious he cannot continue as owner, fan pressure or sick of it or some other reason. I doubt very much if there will be enough season ticket sales to keep him interested and public opinion will be against him. Apathy cannot reign for much longer, there must be some reaction. So I think the result will be a sale. That is just my opinion, but who would buy is another matter. I am just really pi**ed off mate thats all.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #35

  • Don

    Mar 23, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #36

    those of you who think that relegation might be a good thing need a reality check, Niall Quinn was saying the other week that relegation would cost them at least £36 mil, and theyve got clauses in their players contracts for wage cuts, I bet we havent.
    How much do you think it would cost us?
    It would take years to get out of it

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #37

    I think at end of it MA will need to put our club on eBay. As nobody will buy us once we are in championship.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #38



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