Owen Impressed With Alan Shearer Professionalism

Michael Owen has spoken out in the Mail today, and says he is happy the last two weeks are finally over.

Michael Owen gets little attention from Alan Shearer (right) or Iain Dowie

Michael Owen – being substituted last night

 Michael has said he’s had a terrible two weeks and talked about things this morning, seemingly to get some things off his chest:

“On a personal basis, I am glad the last fortnight is over,’    ‘I was angry with myself for missing that chance against Portsmouth and then disappointed to be left out of the starting line-up against my former club.”

“I have known our manager ever since I started in the game and consider him to be a friend but there was no old pals’ act as far as his decision-making was concerned,”    “Though I was upset and felt that he was wrong.”

“And  only last week the press pointed out that, even though I had only scored eight league goals this season, my conversion ratio was the best in the Premier League – what I can’t fault is the way he handled the situation: strong, up front and honest. Just the way a top manager should be.”

“I also appreciate that rotation is part of today’s game and any number of top players were left out of the Champions League semi-finals for tactical or other reasons.”  

Owen put in a solid shift last night in the crucial defeat of Middlesbrough, and he was unlucky in the first half, with a great glancing header from a Mark Viduka center, that was brilliantly turned over the cross bar by Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones.

His 70th-minute replacement, Obafemi Martins, scored after being on the filed just 55 seconds and Oba ran to the dugout and jumped on Shearer, who was then nearly knocked over by a jubilant Damien Duff, who put in another solid display as a left back.

The win lifted Newcastle out of the bottom three and Owen pointed to the spirit that Newcastle’s interim manager is trying to instill on Tyneside, and believe us, it was there for all to see last night, with a stunning performance of commitment and courage from the side.

Michael continued:

“Professionalism and discipline are important requirements in football,’ said Owen. ‘Look at established managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Fabio Capello – they build their success on enormous respect from their players.”

“Apart from trying everything he possibly can to keep Newcastle in the top flight, the manager is also trying to instil good habits.” “He wants you supporters to be proud of this club for its achievements and standards both on and off the pitch.”

‘I wish you were able to see how professional and focused we all are. The management team have made certain that we are in the right frame of mind and each of us knows the job we have to do as individuals and as part of the team.”

We noticed that Nicky Butt was our captain again last night, so we don’t know if that’s an official change Alan has made, and whether Owen will want to stay on at Newcastle in the summer.

However, when he was substituted on 71 minutes last night the Newcastle crowd gave him a generous ovation, as much for his professional conduct over the last few weeks than anything else. But the fans have never really taken to the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England striker.

Yes, it’s been a difficult time for Michael over the last few weeks, but it’s been even worse for the club, and last night hopefully was the big turning point that can save our season.

A couple of goals from Michael on Saturday will no doubt lighten his mood.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • bowburnmag

    May 12, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    So easy for people to dismiss him as we’ve pobably never seen anything like the best of Micky Owen but I’ll thank him for the part he played in our survival last year. Hard to begin justifying the costs/return ratio but nobody will convince me this kid is anything other than professional and dedicated. Bad luck, circumstance and injury have conspired against him and it’s a shame he never became the hero we craved. This year his mood seems sombre but then who can blame him? I don’t think he’s playing to get away but it’s hard to watch his frustratingly barren performances of late. Still see him as professional and dedicated. I’ll have no ill-feeling when he goes. Just a wish that it could been different for him up here.

  • carsoninho

    May 12, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think Butt was captain, he was listed as captain on Setanta when they were showing the line-up, but I’m sure Owen led them out and had the armband on.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, Mo passed the captains armband to Oba when he came off and Oba gave it to Nicky Butt.

  • FatmanJoe

    May 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    This is part of the problem for me. I appreciate the last few comments about professionalism but how much of that was Michael Owen talking about Michael Owen again!? Newcastle are still in trouble and the club should be focused on pulling together as a team yet Owen still feels the need to point out to everybody that he’s still good, being dropped etc etc etc. The lad needs a goal soon or else I feel he may never stop talking about himself.

  • shearerbliss

    May 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    MO has crumpled under the pressure of being a captian of such a great club in trouble of relegation. As said before we need fighters to get us out of this mess and butt is a good choice for the remainder of the season.
    MO good luck in he future (horses also :D) but I cant wait to see the back of you, so we could move on.
    Thanks for the memories!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    A lot of people are convinced Owen is going to walk away in the summer, and I’ve never been convinced of this.

    He will only leave Newcastle if he gets an offer from a top 6 team (so Villa or Everton). He won’t leave us for a team like Wigan.

    And it is utter nonsense that he does not care about the club. He’s spent 4 years here. He knows the back room staff well, the staff at the ground etc, and like the rest of us he wants us to stay up. When Taylor scored last night, Owen was jumping up and down like he had scored. He was excited and pleased (like a true fan).

    If anyone can get the best of Michael Owen it’s Shearer.

    People forget that there is already an offer on the table for 3 more years and Owen said it was a good offer that he would consider at the end of the season.

    You simply cannot fault his score ratio or professionalism. Bad luck and 8 managers in 2 years hasn’t helped him at all.

  • Johno Toon

    May 12, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    I though Owen was very poor last night , other than his header i cant remember him doing very much ,

    He is a good player and is still an excellant finisher but the wages he would be looking for i think he should go in the summer

  • Natureboy95

    May 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    i’v always liked michael owen and have defended him on this site before. I’ve got to conceed that he hasn’t scored for a while and has not always taken the chances presented to him of late against portsmouth for example. He works hard, and does alot of things that i thing go un-noticed by fans, sure he’s not as fast as he was,but i think with a more creative midfield, he would still do the job for us and bag a load of goal, If we stay up and shearer stays I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michael owen stay.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    @Johno Toon – reports are that the offer is £65K a week for 3 years (bringing him in line with the others).

  • shearerbliss

    May 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    What everyone seems to forget is that he has been a drain on our resourses and to be fair he is well passed it. With him on the pitch we are to one dimensional. The amount of times dukes had the ball for a flick and MO was yards off the pace. Dont get me wrong like the guy but why give him a contract to the end of his carreer when we should be looking to the future! If england can look forward why cant we. I would be very upset if shearer makes the same mistakesas the past mangers. Why cant we look for a new MO?

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #11

    I remember people saying Shearer was finished due to injuries, then Bobby Robson came in, put together a pacy creative team around Shearer, and he scored loads.

    If you put Michael Owen in a team that creates lots of chances every game, he will score lots of goals. It was only last week that Butt was saying Owen scores more goals than anyone in training.

    The biggest problem is at this point in his career he is a fox in the box. Outside of the box he isn’t going to offer much. But Shearer has proved he will use him when needed. So if he takes a pay cut to half his current salary (which he will have to do if he moved to another club) then I’m more than happy for him to stay. Because as a club we are not in a position to attract proven goalscorers. So we should get the best out of the ones we have.

  • shearerbliss

    May 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    James agree on some points but he is just get in the way of the development of others. Wehave some great future strikers at the club and I just would like to see us move on. Alot of fans know he is passed it and he does not creat enough goals for HIMSELF therefore I would like to give oba the chance he has been waiting for, before we lose him!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 12, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13


    Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying he should stay, just that I don’t think it is a given that he will leave. I still believe he has a lot to offer a team that creates lots of chances (and yes that will probably be someone else next season).

    If it was me, I’d cut the lot of them; Butt, Viduka, Duff, Smith, Cacapa, Coloccini, Geremi, Nolan, and Harper.

    Yes they were excellent last night and will do enough in the two remaining games. But when the dust settles it doesn’t excuse 2 seasons of average performances and effort. Get rid of the “has beens” big names and bring in youth with creativity and pace.

    Viduka was class but is one game per season enough for 3 million in wages?

    Harper has been so indecisive in the box all season. Get Ben Foster on loan from Man Utd next season, or give Krul a chance.

    Butt’s effort is excellent but he’s so far past his best now. Shearer will keep him, but hopefully he only plays the last 20 minutes of games when we need someone to come in and protect a lead.

  • Michael12

    May 12, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Seems like he realises he has two games left at the club and there are not an abundance of clubs knocking on the door for his signature.

    It is sort of like not realising what you have until it is going or rather gone and then lamenting it.

    It is easy to dance when winning and complain about the smallest faults i.e Arsenal fans suggesting Wenger should go as a result of the CL exit at the hands of united and the comprehensive defeat to Chelsea over the weekend. Wenger said himself the year in which they achieved their unbeaten run: “We are spoiling the fans” referring to too much success that even one defeat would have them accuse the side of having lost the plot.

    Nothing brings a team or fans closer to their team than a relegation scrap. It should hardly attract fans as the games are always scrappy and not very pretty. Nothing solidifies the connection between fan and team indeed player and team. MO perhaps realises this. He has had what 3/4 years with us and that is no insignificant time in a footballer’s career.

    Arsenal think they have problems, Many times would pay for the problem they have, CL every season and competing for the League and every cup in which they are involved.

    there is no doubting what a relegation scrap can do for the loyalties between fans/players and the team.

  • ian

    May 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Dump Owen and get Cisse, he likes the North East, Cisse has scored more goals, makes up, like Martins, for a budget midfield and puts cross after cross in to the box as well as scoring, again in their last game he put another cross which two Sunderland players could have reached bit didnt, he keeps putting the ball at their feet and on their heads and they cannot score, Martins, Lovenkrands and Guthrie would love to get the chance at balls like that.

    Cisse is the man, Martins and Cisse together would do the shotgun approach, loads of attempts and some would score. Carroll is equally as good at the final touch if it is a poachers goal and better with his head.

    Cisse is the player we missed last Summer other clubs want him but we should sign him.

  • Graeme

    May 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Surely its time to say “Goodbye and thanks MO” We need to be playing Andy Carrol, Nile Ranger, Lua Lua and more of the up and coming youngsters, much more often.

    They and their ilk are the future of the club, just as MO is the past. He hasnt had the best 4 years at SJP, being constantly injured, but he is still a class finisher when fit and eager. I wish him well and have no problem if he decides to stay on a “pay as you play” type deal.

  • cjcox88

    May 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    hey guys, was at the game yesterday, and owen was 100% captain and passed the armband to nicky butt when substituted!

    everyone gave a good show of themselves yesterday except for another sloppy goal conceded!

    anyway other thing is i have never seen at atmosphere like last night it was absolutely incredible and if we can produce the same noise against fulham i think the players will be able to go on to win the game!

  • steven-king

    May 12, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Michael Owen is the best and the king and captain nuf
    It will always remain in the King of England

  • cupiddstunt

    May 12, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    MO is only late twenties and no where near past it.

    KK had him playing deep linking with front to good effect.

    the youngsters learn more and quicker by playing with the likes of MO.

    A fit MO is still a lethal scorer, the off season could be all he needs to get on top of his injury problem, and if he comes into line with the pay scale and stays he might just show us what he came here to do in the first place.

    Fingers crossed. 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    May 13, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #20


  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2009 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #21

    The problem here is DO we need MO?

    Every player is different, Michael is the kind of players that needed alot of services from the midfield and the different kind of services we can provide current isz suitable for him?

    Young MO – Liverpool
    When Michael was younger, everyone knows that is was those kind of long ball player.

    – Pump a long ball from the back to him and he will run and score (Pace + finishing)

    Older MO – Newcastle
    When Michael gets Older, he try changing his style of play to a more center foward kind (Holding + Placing + and tends to head the ball more often)


    – Everyone can see that, he’s holding skill just can’t compare to M.Viduka, or even tevez of the same height. (Mark.V will best for his Size + Skill for this role, or Shearer)


    With midfielders that likes to play through balls, it might be a different story for Owen.
    Remember: Again For the TRUTH newcastle fans around the world

    For Good Spiritual All around the studium, Please PRAY for our team Newcastle Utd to win on home soil against Fullham. OK!

    Once again, I’ll be sayin my prayer in SINGAPORE.

    IT will helps.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 14, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #22



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