Owen Has Total Confidence In Manager Alan Shearer

Michael Owen knows that Newcastle need to win against a decent and well organized side in Portsmouth, tomorrow night at St. James’ Park, to have any chance of staying in the Premier League.


Michael Owen – we need captain’s performance from this player tomorrow

The 28-year-old is going through a poor spell right now, and has not scored in his last eight games, but that tells us he’s due a goal and generally after a poor spell like this, the goals come in bunches – just like bananas and buses.   😀

Michael last scored in January, and it would be a great time to get back to his scoring ways tomorrow night, where we need a captain’s performance from the England striker.

Michael talked today about his former playing partner, Alan Shearer, at Newcastle and England:

“It’s great to see him back. He has brought a new lease of life to the fans and to certain members of the playing staff,”

“We are obviously desperate for a win. He came in – a bit like when Kevin Keegan came in and we had Arsenal away in the first two games in the cup and in the league – and we have had a couple of tough games since the manager came in.”

“But this is a game on Monday now that we are probably expected to win, so it is probably our acid test.” “We need to win, there’s no two ways about it. We need to get three points.”

With Mark Viduka threatening to be fit again, to play for Shearer, and Oba Martins just raring to go, Alan will have a number of choices as to who to play up front tomorrow night.

But it appears he would love to rekindle the 4-3-3, with Martins, Viduka and Owen up front, that Kevin Keegan had so much success with last year at this time.

Michael added:

“It remains to be seen what the manager does, but the results are there for all to see,”

“At the end of last year when we reverted to that (three up front) we went on a great run, pulled away from the relegation zone and ended up quite comfortable at the end of the season.”

“The results are there for all to see. We played some of our best football when Kevin Keegan changed to that formation.”

It would be just a terrific story if the same thing happened this year, that indeed the 4-3-3 was played, and we started scoring goals – and winning – again.

Newcastle fans have tasted relegation this season and we don’t like the taste of  it one little bit.  So if we can pull away and survive, things will be upbeat in the summer in the City of Newcastle, we can be sure of that, with Alan planning how to make Newcastle United great again.

Howay The Lads!!

115 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1
  • BT9MAG

    Apr 26, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Regardless of whether we stay up or go down, if he stays or leaves Owen NEEDS to improve in the final 5 games of the season – otherwise, he’ll simply move from mediocre team to mediocre team!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Get innnn 2-0 to arsenal

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Owen’s confidence in Shearer is one thing – a bit of confidence in his OWN ability wouldn’t go amiss though.

    …from what I’ve been reading Martins is gona play through the pain of his groin injusry until the Summer, and won’t be taking injections before the game. I’m expecting Martins to be used as a sub, maybe the 433 will be Carroll, Viduka and Owen (?).


  • Rodzilla

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5


  • simon376

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Owen talked about when Keegan first came back and it got me thinking. Last summer when there was all the talk of players Keegan was hoping to sign (no doubt just paper talk) and lots of the fans were slating him wanting to get the likes of Henry, Beckham etc. I know it didnt happen and probs was never going to, but do the same fans still feel the same? Bet it would have been a different season if we had been able to get that type of player in.

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Simon – I was one of those fans, i’ll be honest, although I didn’t fully believe it was true, more media bullsh@t….Obviously I didn’t expect us to perform (both on the pitch and in the transfer market) like we did – but throwing millions at big names wasn’t what I wanted….Having said that, who wouldn’t swap our current predicament for a few overpaid stars?

  • simon376

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #8


    I wasn’t keen on the Beckham one at the time, would have him now, would have done in Jan with the way things went. But Henry was the one I really wanted, if he could have come, things would have been so much better. But hindsight is a wonderful thing as they say. All we need now is 5 or 6 more Bassong type players, cheap and skilfull, if we can find some of those and we just stay up, I’ll be happy

  • Nick D

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    trouble is will shearer have the balls to ever drop his pals butt, owen, duff and harper, regardless of form. we are already a safe haven for has-beens.

  • DanToon

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #10

    v Portsmouth…

    Baye – Coloccini – Bassong – Enrique
    ………Guthrie – Nolan – Jonas
    …………..Viduka – Martins

    Subs: Krul, Carroll, Butt, Duff, R. Taylor, Edgar, Ranger.

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    wtf. Man this site is going to the dogs. adware every were. Couldn’t post because there was something about nba basketball covering the comments box. Good team Dan toon but i would still drop colo to the bench and use Edgar.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #12

    / \ ?/

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #13

    blackburn has scored damn

  • mcvicar

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    our strikers clearly believe in the 4 4 3 formation so we need to use that system and doing that should give them abit confidence and i know this wont go down tn well but i think gerami played a big part in that formation as far as i can remember

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Not good news at all. I do agree Geremi would actually be good because although he hits rubbish balls 9/10 that 1 or 2 crosses a game could score us the goals that keep us up. And occasionally he hits the free-kicks well!

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Dont want to sound negitive here but on the last day of the season Hull have got Man United and if Man U have already won the title by that point then they wont have field all of there big players and Hull could easily won. Same goes for Sunderland, Chelsea might do the same. So we really really do need to win most of our games

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Thats a good point Toon Factor

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I can see why you say that, but they will both want to give the fans a good end of season game… How pissed off would you be if you where a united fan and paid alot of money for a ticket, only for them to field there reserves? I think United will put out a strong team regardless.

  • toonoholic

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19


    beyethe great is the game automatic ?lol

  • chuck

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    4-4-3 is it MCVICAR?
    Thats a novel approach playing without a goalie, however this is about opinions.
    Just read on BBC rumors section Ashley would possibly be willing to sell for 150m. should we drop out of the premier league, what does that indicate and any opinions on it ?

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Yep 433 for me. Whats the blacburn score?

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Blackburn are going to win. That means its between us , Hull and the Mackems. If the Smogs survive we are definitely in trouble. Hull will win one game (they have to play another crap team at home, I think its Stoke who are safe, so they will end up with a win and a couple of draws, a total of 39 points. We need to win our three home games to relegate Hull on goal difference. Oops, I think we will get relegated. Sick to death of the players talking to the press about what they need to do and what a great guy Shearer is (1 point out of 9). You would think they would be ashamed to open their mouths. Go on, kiss the badge.

  • toonoholic

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #23

    2-0 up, screw them we will take hull and sunderland down

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Blackburn have ruined the perfect weekend 🙁

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Would we be in this mess now if we had kept Big Sam as manager? I think not but we fans have to share some of the blame for the mess. We are as fickle as hell. Shouting abuse at Allerdyce whilst saying nowt to Hughton who could not run a pub team. Long ball is too good for us. Not any more its not!!!

  • toonoholic

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #26

    jimiley with all due respect, shut the hell up.

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I desperately hope we stay up but the way this club has been managed by the owner, you cannot disagree that we, sorry the owner, deserves relegation. Total mismanagement since the day Ashley arrived.

  • chuck

    Apr 26, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Hmm, apparently its 120m not 150m. however there is a 100m interest free loan payable on demand, which increases the price to 220m, still not an easy sell considering the present wage bill and the large loss of revenue.
    Where did it all go wrong ?

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #29

    The first priority is to get rid of Ashley and if that takes relegation, bring it on!!! Relegation would mean that players like Duff, geremi, Owen, Duff, Viduka, Colo, Butt and a few other hangers on bleeding the club dry, would hopefully be moved on. Survival means Ashley staying and the same old crap players as above staying. Nightmare scenario.

  • toonoholic

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #30

    yes jimiley , but right now instead of pointing fingers, i think we shld just lick our wounds for now and look to support the team for the end of the season. i have supported the team for 8 years and when i say i mean it but tomorrow is the biggest game of my life. and the next 5 games the biggest game of any season we had. i am 22 and i refuse to see my team go down, and if they will. i will cry like a little girl who lost her barbie doll. however just support the team and forget ashley for now, we have the whole of summer for that ! but the next 5 weeks definitely not

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Ashley has run the club like his business. Bring em in cheap and stack em high. No quality and no respect for other persons at the club, whether they are managers or players. Can you blame players who do not try for him when he tried to sell them all in Jan? They are probably laughing behind his back as the nightmare unfolds and MA is choking on his pint.

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ve been watching the team for 45 years and what gets said on this blog does not affect the support in the ground. Ashley’s days are numbered. He knows it. His control of the club is shameful. Criminal. He has turned a great club into relegation fodder in two years. If we get relegated he could not face the fans and will sell at a loss. Thats the silver lining of relegation.

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimiley – can you not see Ashley’s problem though…you said yourself we’ve got a ridiculous wage bill which is tying up too much cash! Therefore we either keep adding more over-expensive, over-payed, over-rated flops – OR – try and do something about it….I’m not saying what he did was perfect, but I can understand why he tried to bring in cheaper players!

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #34


    45 years? tough break

    though to be fair to ashley we have been heading this way before he came to this club

  • Paul141726

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Martins playing through his “problem” doesn’t surprise me too much, but will he last the whole game if he starts? I know he’s young with no first team experience, but does anyone think Ranger might be a sub for Martins’s especially if we get a lead?

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #36

    The toughest of breaks. I cannot see them winning the league in my lifetime. Maybe one of the crap cups. 1927 was the last time we won the league. Shocking really but the champions league has turned the Premiership into a totally uncompetitive league. Scotland Mark 2. It will take a megarich Arab eg Man City to break the stranglehold. MA could have sold to the same Arabs who bought Citeeee but we are blessed that he turned them down!!! Good on yer Mike.

  • geordie deb

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #37

    jimiley I know you are frustrated but virtually every post I have ever read from you has been negative either about the players or Ashley. If you’ve supported the club for 45 years you will know we’ve had many other dark times and survived them. I don’t think Ashley has deliberately gone out of his way to destroy NUFC. I think he has been naive and made some very poor decisions but there you have it. We are where we are. Our focus needs to be on supporting the lads over the remmaining matches. The summer will no doubt bring a time for plenty of words and actions

  • chuck

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Dont agree ! there`s no positives in being relegated, dumping those with large salaries is just as difficult in either league.
    The exception are those with international ambitions, who have to be in the public eye and will probably want away.
    The problem will be loss of revenue and it`s a tough grind getting back to the PL and most promoted clubs seldom last more than a couple of seasons unless serious money is spent .
    An astute manager is essential, that combined with a good scouting system can result in a club rebuilding at a reasonable cost, not cheap, reasonable.
    Without good management a club will never be successfull, look at the managers (can hardly remember them all) we have had, only Bobby Robson had any degree of success.
    No sorry there are no positives from being relegated.

  • workyticket

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    chuck // Apr 26, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    “Just read on BBC rumors section Ashley would possibly be willing to sell for 150m. should we drop out of the premier league, what does that indicate and any opinions on it ?”

    Chuck, I read that NOTW story. It’s made up piffle from a “city source” (ie it could be anyone in Newcastle, or indeed, anyone who lives in a city!). Even the ubiquitous “club source” is better than that. They couldn’t even be bothered to get facts that could be verified in seconds correct. Also, stuff that they made up before, which were subsequently proven to be lies (for instance, that Ashley was once attempted to sell the club for over £300 million), they still reported as fact.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #40

    so then fellas, blackburn won. im not to bothred as i feel it will be outa us, smoggies, hull, and mackems to go down.

    iv done the predictor and i have us to get 7/9/10 points from the next 5 wich all lead to us staying up wich has put me in a good mood about things.

    im for once really anxious/nervous about the game tommorow, with a huge feeling of excitement. would love to be there tommorow, alot of my family and friends are going but i just cant make it.GUTTTTTTTED.

    This work businss is really overrated.


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