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.