Pending Disaster For Michael Owen And Newcastle

Alan Shearer has come out today and said it’s still possible for Newcastle to stay in the Premier League, but that’s his job, after all.


Michael Owen – hey I just missed another chance!

The truth is we are doing nothing to help ourselves and threw away a golden opportunity last night to do something to help ourselves – like actually win a game.

Alan said after the terrible and frustrating defeat of his team:

“I’m disappointed we haven’t take three points – for 65 minutes we forced the game without any success in front of goal,”

“I can’t fault the effort or commitment – I asked for them to start from the first minute and they did that.” “We created enough chances to win the game, that was pleasing. But it was ironic, the three players I wanted up there all got one chance but they didn’t score from them.”

“I don’t know whether that’s going to be a good point or a bad point. What I can guarantee is that there will be a lot of twists and turns before the end – we have to stick in there and keep fighting, and we will. Four games in football is a hell of a long time.”

“We’re relying on other people. Results went for us, apart from Blackburn. It’s going to be a tense end of season but we’ve got to make sure we’re still in there fighting by the last game of the season.”

We have to say one of the things we’ve been disappointed in over the last several games is that the players have not been as inspired as they often played when Joe Kinnear was at the club. Joe seemed to have the knack of getting the players to play above themselves, like when they came from behind with 10 men against Man City and almost won that game.

Alan has to tow the party line of course, which to be we can still stay up, which is very true, but also very unlikely.

Alan was asked if he thinks the lads can stay up, and he continued:

“Absolutely I have seen enough to suggest we’ve got a chance,” “You won’t get anywhere without effort and commitment and we showed plenty of that.”

“Probably the last ten minutes we were dead on our feet but if one of our chances had gone in we’d have been picked up again.”

“We’ll all be looking at those chances thinking ‘If one of them goes in’ but that’s the difference, isn’t it?”

Owen’s miss, when released well by Viduka in the 63rd minute, was the big miss of the game, and you would expect a top striker to put a chance like that home, but he didn’t, and now hasn’t scored in his lat 9 games, and has but one goal this year.

And the big guns of Michael Owen and Oba Martins both had good chances to score in the second half, but missed both their chances, and once again the £110K/week captain failed to produce the goods when it mattered.

Unfortunately Michael could turn out at the end of the season to be the worst transfer  deal ever for any Premier League club, as his goals have cost Newcastle over £1.5M each over the last four seasons.

And he could even trump that by seeing his team relegated and failing to produce the goals to save the club, when it mattered. We are angry more at the players than anything else, as it looks like this bunch of pampered and overpaid stars just don’t have the guts when it matters – that’s what upsets us the most.

They can change our minds by going out on Sunday and beating Liverpool, and then maybe we’ll believe in them again.

A pending disaster indeed for Michael Owen, but even more so for Newcastle United, a once very proud football club.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • Kanusti

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    EMO is worst captian and player ever in NUFC history

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I wonder if anyone will offer him a contract in the premiership after his is up with us?

    I’ll be honest – I dont care!

  • stevep

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Martins miss was probably the worst, he panicked from six yards out when it would have been easier to stick it in the net than balloon it over.

    The team put a lot of effort in last night but in truth they just aren’t good enough, I think it was Lee Dixon who said on motd2 that you can pack your defence against lower teams and come away with a point but the better teams will open you up and score – thats exactly what Portsmouth did and unfortunately we are the former without the guile or the skill to open them up.

    Sad to see the collapse after Butt and Viduka went off, two of our oldest players who’s best days are def behind them and yet they still looked the best players on the park last night ( Butt looked like he was playing with an injury for most of it)

    I’d list the player sthat we need to get rid of but it’s almost the whole team so pointless

  • beamish

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley should make an example of him and terminate his contract now! I feel sorry for whoever he joins next. He is happy to pick up his wages while he lives off his former reputation.

  • batty

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Kanusti stop writeing shite

  • batty

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    benny toon be honest how many goals do you think spurs would score if you had our midfeild and be honest

  • tooneskimo

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Where do you start…. I tried loads of different links to watch last nights game just for the broadcast to freeze after abot 10 seconds, in the end I gave up, which is quite appropriate really as this appears to be the current attitude to be sweeping through the first team squad, I’ ve never been lucky enough to be a season ticket holder but if I get offered a ticket I’d take it and used to go to odd cup games work permitting.
    I’m 40 now and grew up watching such superstars as Anderson, Cunningham, Reilley, Whitehirst, Wharton, Mcdonald (not Malcom) all players while not blessed with great skill, al least gave their all for the toon and we were grateful for it.
    Back to the present day….
    Jackie Milburn must be turning in his grave at the sight of this dross turning out in a black and white shirt.
    We’ll get relegated for sure, and we’ll not be back anytime soon.
    Thanks for the blog Ed.

  • Mikeflame

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    He’ll be at LA Galaxy or something next season! He does not deserve to have the captains armband or even be in the team! I know Martins hasnt been up to scratch either but he runs and is still recovering from injury unlike Owen! 110k a week when players on not even 1/4 of that are saving other teams from relegation is not good!
    Liverpool match he plays even worse…Drop him and bring in Ranger! He cant do any worse than Owen can he?
    I bought Setanta to see that dam game last night thinking it would be the start of something special but nope! The midfield 3 didnt work, Guthrie made a big difference he needs to start! Jonas needs to start too!
    I still think we are safe, Hulls run in is shocking, Sunderland seem in freefall and West Brom and Middlesbrough are looking out of it! On the other hand tho thats what people are saying about us! We need to win our home games now its a big big must!
    Bloody hell im angry today!

  • ArtyH

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Well the brown stuff is all over the fan now. I’m just suprised there were so many thinking that the players on the pitch were going to be any different! I love the club. The players and management are rubbish. We will get relegated but it will be the only way to get rid of all the baggage. The club will be sold and then we will need someone with a football mentality or a large cash injection to take over. The sale will be different this time for many different reasons.
    If we do manage to avoid relegation which I doubt ( I am a realist ) there will be no change next season and we will go down then, its just delaying the inevitable.
    We must be like the Pheonix and rise from the ashes with a new owner and new money. Don’t think for one minute I am a part time supporter, I saw Pop Robson blast the Toon to glory when we won the Fair cup, so no one can say I’m not patient for success.
    Only my H.O of course.

  • Nick D

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    My only problem with Shearer is his loyalty to his best pals (Owen, Butt, Duff, Harper.)
    I thought his ruthlessness would sort us out, but the aforementioned get played no matter what and Edgar and Lovenkrands ( admittedly not world beaters) are out in the cold again after some decent performances.

    I know Allardyce is largely responsible for the aging sick note obscenely over paid has – beens, but it defies belief how many we have accumulated.


    to be going on with.

  • Rorycn

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    If last night didnt scream creative midfielder i don’t know what will. Hopefully this nacho lad remembers how to play. And barton will give us some drive. I reckoned we needed seven points before last night. Same situation really just got to hope for something off fulham and villa and our goal difference doesn’t take a hammering of liverpool.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    He’s a fckin disgrace!

    Shearer could do better if he played now.

    Owen misses chance after chance!

    I for one wouldn’t miss him and I wouldn’t pick him for the last few gmes.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13


    Fckin spot on!

    Relegation will be the best thing that’s happened to this club for 15 years!

    It will get rid of that poor, fat bas*ard and we WILL rise from the ashes!

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Game Over.
    Shearer was a bad appointment as well..picking someone with no experience with 8 crucial games is laughable.

    The team are like strangers,no method,skill,craft,they are goal shy and have no spine.

  • DevonMag

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    if we stay up ashley will stay, is this really what we want? How many more mistakes can he make? Trouble is..who’s gonna buy us when we’re in the championship in the current economic climate as well?

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16


    Sorry ya talking sh1t!

    No manager could make the likes of Butt, Nolan, Guthrie or Taylor be able to pass the ball and create chances!

    You cannot make a silk purse out of a sows here!

    The fact is the players aren’t good enough. That is not Shearers fault!

  • beamish

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    batty- your midfield is no worse than the one at stoke that creates very few chances for beattie. You could put owen in a top 4 team and he would still be found out.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    DevonMag // Apr 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    There’ll be plenty of wealthy people wanting to buy NUFC if it’s at the right price!

    It’s a potential goldmine if worked right, they will know that and if they can get it for 100m they will take it quick sharpe!

  • beamish

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    sirjasontoon- i remember you being delighted when shearer was appointed. I was a lone voice on here saying it was a terrible appointment.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    I am not blaming Shearer I am saying that a manager with experience would have been a better option.

  • batty

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Stuart79 agree m8

  • DevonMag

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    tbh i think a manager with experience probably wouldn’t have been a better option as the players needed instant galvanising. Stuart that’s reassuring to hear you say I hpe someone with a footballing brain invests.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    sirjasontoon // Apr 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    I am not blaming Shearer I am saying that a manager with experience would have been a better option.

    Like who? Harry Potter? He’s the only one who could do anything with the bunch of players we’ve been saddled with!

    Sell Given on tick!
    Sell Nzogbia and replace him with R Taylor!
    Sell Emre and replace him with Nolan!
    Sell Milner and replace him with Gutirrez!
    Sell Faye and replace him with Collocini!

    All the midfielders that left had pace, skill and where creative!

    Those who replaced them are slow, poor and have no creativity!

    That’s why were were we are!

    Money in the bank from transfers means fck all when we lose millions in the fizzy!

  • batty

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    beamish you didnt anwer my question

  • komfort

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    batts , i’ll answer it for him…zilch.

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Its going to get even tighter now that we didnt win but i still think we will stay up ( by the skin of our teeth )

    And two players i would try for us in the summer ( and beamish will prob laugh at this ) would be daren bent and tom huddlestone if they were available

  • scrotty

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Not as inspired as they often played under Joe Kinnear, are you winding me up????

    I think Shearer managed to at least get 90 mins graft out of them the fact they’re sh**e is hardly his fault

  • beamish

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    batty- yes i did. go back and look mate!

  • Ericles

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #29

    What a treacherous performance against Portsmouth. A proud, honourable and expectant crowd of loyal fans were kicked in the teeth. My heart sank when I saw that Butt and Smith were in the starting line-up. Let alone the fact that Riley was the ref – another headless chicken running around like our midfield. As for Owen? What sort of captain is he? Jonas should have been on from the start – Owen was and did nowt. Is Shearer really running this team or is it dour Dowie. I am beginning to wonder. OK, Martins fluffed too many chances but I do think he tried as he had to run after too many long ball punts up field from those has uninspired and uninspiring has-beens in the middle of the park. Still think Bassong did his best and the disappointment on Enrique’s face when he could not carry on spoke many things about his determination to do his best. Last night some of our overpaid divas JUST DID NOT CARE – that sadly is the rub. Shameful. Give the lower paid a chance AL!

  • Mikeflame

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    I dont blame MA, Wise, Keegan, Shearer, JfK I blame Newcastles old regime for the crisis! The players we have at the moment are not a team, theyre a mix of many many managers put together! we dont have players for specific purposes we just have a mishmash of random players! The youth coming through are a team, if Shearer stays in summer he will be given the chance to create a team and that is what we are missing! we have some cracking individual players but thats it!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Mikeflame // Apr 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM


    Beye,Enrique,Collocini,Bassong,Guthrie,Barton,Nolan,R Taylor,Gutierrez,Viduka,Cacapa,Geremi have all been bought under this regime!

    It was this regime who has proceeded over 4 managers in less than two seasons.

    Explain how that is the previous regimes fault please?

  • RyanToon

    Apr 28, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    before ive defended micheal owen but the last 4 games he has been a fcking disgrace to the club imo. cant wait until he leaves us!

  • stevep

    Apr 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #33

    We’ve been on the relegation road ever since FFS sacked SBR, Ashley has just helped us on our way.

    Surely Wise has to take the blame, he was the one who picked these players (although BSA bought in qa load of tosh as well)
    Our chickens have come home to roost and we’re well up the creek, the championship is a very hard league to get out of, unless of course you’re talking about relegation – just ask Norwich, Charlton, Southampton, Watford, Derby all of which were fairly recent prem sides !

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #34

    “We’ve been on the relegation road ever since FFS sacked SBR, Ashley has just helped us on our way.”

    Agreed. We’ve just been putting off the inevitable ever since, papering over the cracks with crap like Kluivert and Owen who were “hollywood” signings designed to pacify the fans and get a full house for the coming season. It’s a shame that it’s taken something as bad as Ashley’s tenure for a lot of fans to realise this.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 28, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #35

    I’ve been saying it for over a year now:

    MO is a little waster!

  • jamie

    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #36

    nickey butt should be told to have a roy keane role win the ball break up play foul when the time is right, he should not be charged with making any forward pases at all he is f’in brutal how many balls did he hit out over hte end line side line last night, guthrie was the same is there noplayer out there who can make a telling pass, or are the runs into the channels not being made we were poor last night and last night was a major chance major 3 shoking misses from 3 “top class strikers” MO should be shot when did he get castorated and become a bitch, the duke tried and tried to make some telling passes god bless his cotton bandages, oba i love you man but jesus christ i could have put that in the back of hte net, i’m still believing but im beyond worring

  • Nick D

    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Stuart 79.

    Shepherd = Souness = 17m on Owen for starters

  • Stuart79

    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38


    What’s ya point?

  • Nick D

    Apr 28, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #39

    The rot set in with Shepherd,we were a 5th place club. Hhe sacked SBR and appointed Souness, Roeder and Allardyce. Agreed ashley has ballsed it up big style , but we would probably already be in administration if shepherd had stayed.

  • chuck

    Apr 28, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Little Mickey IS a disaster, fraid he has lost it completely.
    There`s no excuse for his missing a gimee last night , put that one away and it would have been three points, what can I say, Shearer knew it but was too kind to say it.
    Since his arrival its been one injury after another,plus a gradual decline in form, some games he is totally missing and if it was`nt for the program you would`nt know he was on the pitch.
    Time for change, cant take another season like this, aaaaaaarrrggghhhh !


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