Michael Owen Just A Hopeless Captain With No Leadership

One of the many things we can learn from our nightmare season, is that we need a good captain, and a good  captain must be a real leader – which is one reason Michael Owen was worse than hopeless for us last year.


Michael Owen – thinks – I wonder when I’ll play for England again

As most of our readers know, while lots of people were responsible (we were always taught never to use the word “blame” in IBM maangement school) for the Newcastle demise and capitulation to relegation, we identify as number one public enemy our overpaid and pampered players – and we’ll be very happy to wave goodbye to at least 11 of them soon – in fact the sooner the better.

Yes we know Ashley made some horrendous decisions and blunders, but when you are shelling our £74M in wages, you have to expect better and the players let Mike, the club, the fans and themselves down. The only one they will not agree with is the one about  themselves – because most of then don’t give a hoot about the club – except to pick up their wages.

And at least Ashley has apologized to the fans, it seems for everything that’s ever gone wrong over the last two years – but we’ve yet to hear the same thing from the players.

And what about our captain Michael Owen – he was our captain wasn’t he – but you have never believed it.  We’ve heard not a single word from this lad since relegation – but there again we didn’t hear from him when the going got tough either – some captain!

And he would have been one who left Newcastle yesterday – he would have left in his private helicopter – maybe he passed Mike Ashley in the air, as Mike was coming to meet with Alan, and doesn’t the captain epitomize everything that was (is) wrong with our hopeless squad?

As we said earlier it was like the team going into battle and wondering where your top general had disappeared to – this lad is no leader, and believe us – we know a little about leadership.

Michael Owen’s time at the club is over, and new young strikers like Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll are the future at Newcastle, and they both love the club too.

As you can see we still haven’t got over our anger at the players – but yes, we know, we’ll need to start putting that all behind us – and look forward to a better tomorrow. 😀

47 comments so far

  • SirTitusBramble

    May 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    i dont rate owen at all. not since his injuries have entered his career he has been a joke. not speed, no strength, no playing time.

    he plays on reputation alone.

    by far the most ineffective captain i can remember.

    i dont know who i want as captain, maybe we havnt got him yet

  • stjames

    May 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Ed.

    If you really want to “blame” (sorry) the players you might also want take some time to think about the people who recruited them And the people who recruited the recruiters.

    That would be Mike Ashley who recruited 6 managers in the last 2 years!

  • Aza9

    May 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Anyone remember his hat-trick against West Ham a few years back? How times have changed…

    Lacks any communication on and off the field. I think Keegans philosophy towards appointing him as captain was he would lead by scoring goals. Which obviously didn’t happen that often this season.

    Lets get Shearer signed up today please! End all of this uncertainty.

  • NorthernPaul

    May 28, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    The headline says it all. No further discussion needed.

  • ArtyH

    May 28, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    2 Captains spring to mind instantly, and deservedly so!
    1) Beye
    2) Bassong if he stays.
    At a push I would go for Taylor, Steven that is as I don’t think there is a place for Ryan at the club don’t know why he was bought.

  • ginkoh

    May 28, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    He should be captain for Liverpool not Newcastle at all.

  • nufc1818

    May 28, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    is shearer at the training ground today?

  • Whumpie

    May 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Owen gets a lot of unfair stick… but this isn’t it.

    Won’t miss him, or paying for his helicopter. I never understood why he got the armband in the first place.

    Could do worse than Steve Taylor – he’s young, but he’s done a fantastic job for England, so why not?

  • lesh

    May 28, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Sad to say, Owen has been a real disappointment both as a player and moreso as captain.

    Not an ambassadorial appearance on behalf of the club, no leadership when he was on the pitch and not a squeak on relegation!

    All this over four years and at the less-than acceptable cost to the club of £1.3m per goal!!!

    If he had any conscience at all, he’d be offering to play a season for nothing! but at £1.3m per goal.

    We may just hear him make such an offer, but like many, I shan’t be holding my breath.

  • nufc1818

    May 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    i cant face to turn on sky sports as all they will be talking about is the champions league
    and random chats to david craig saying he knows nothing

  • Macas35

    May 28, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Actually Ed he did make a few statements in the press about our situation, but to me it’s not Owen’s fault he’s quiet and doesnt speak to the press much, it’s the man who made him captain who is to blame. Owen didn’t deliver enough when he was here due to injuries and loss of form, but it has to be remembered he kept us up last season when we were destined for the drop. The players can take the blame for the mess we are in but for me there just wasn’t enough quality in certain areas, and not he fact the players weren’t trying, and that’s why we got relegated.

  • komfort

    May 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    goal poachers wont score goals without the service..but what the hell it’s now time to move on..

    i hope we get some news regarding AS today.

  • Incognito

    May 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    My thoughts exactly komfort – and Owen didn’t assign himself the captian role.

    I don’t understand why, when it’s open for all to see, that it has been our midfield that got us relegated (aside from the fact Ashley is ultimately to “blame”).

    Would Gary Lineker have been such a great goalscorer with a rubbish midfield? I very much doubt it.

  • sahota

    May 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    The thing which will pinch us is: Owen will go to other team and will score goals. If that happens then you won’t be able to justify point made in this article as far as Player is concerned. I don’t think anyone will make him a captain.

  • workyticket

    May 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Ernest Bevin was right. Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Bored of Owen,
    Please go.

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #18

    workyticket // May 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Ernest Bevin was right. Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.

    Can you be anymore boring?

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 28, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t know what happened to Owen.

    If we look at last season, his goals played a pivotal part in saving the club from relegation under Keegan.

    But Owen’s performances have been a disgrace this season and he should take some of the rap, but others are responsible too.

    He’s the sort of striker that relies on decent service from the midfield and he hasn’t been getting that – none of our strikers have.

    And we also have to look at the managers who haven’t been getting the best out of him, yet refused to sell him.

    Keegan got the best out of him so I can understand why he wanted to hang onto him, but Kinnear and Hughton seemed to struggle to get anything out of him, yet Kinnear particularly wanted to hang onto him.

    He hasn’t really performed for Shearer either, although to be fair 8 weeks isn’t enough time to find out (it too Keegan 12 just to kick-start the team) and I suspect we never will find out now.

    I won’t miss him anyway.

  • Micky Toon

    May 28, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Personally I don’t think Owen will score for fun at another club. I think he’s had it. Why else were we the only ones interested in signing him from Real Madrid? The Michael Owen that set England alight would have gone to one of the top four, easily. They didn’t want him because he was trading on his past reputation. We got him because Fat fred wanted another marquee signing to get everyone buying season tickets.

    I’ve got nothing against Owen as a person. He seems a good lad, but his best playing days are over and have been for some time. Shame.

  • Dragonera

    May 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Why do people always claim Owen will score a bag of goals for his next club!? He won’t and i am very confident of that. What Owen has is unbelievable positioning, which is class, but the fact is he still needs 3 or 4 chances before he puts one away. Not good enough.This talk of Michael Owen being a world class finisher is just that, talk. He has never been a one chance one goal player and his finishing has gotten progressively worse as the seasons have gone by. He has no leadership qualities and his career is well and truly finished imo.

  • Ericles

    May 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Mickey Toon is right. As far as I am concerned Owen had no interest in NUFC whatsoever. Good news is, if it is true, that Al has slapped a 15,000,000 price tag on Bassong and will be seeing about a much improved contract offer. As it stands the only candidate we have for captain is Beye. Al is supposed to be talking to him too – and he has pledged himself to the club. Up to the hierarchy to get their fingers out and let Al get on with the job fast!

  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #23

    komfort // May 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    goal poachers wont score goals without the service..but what the hell it’s now time to move on..

    i hope we get some news regarding AS today
    <<<<spot on m8

  • Rodzilla

    May 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    ….what’s wrong with Steven Taylor as captain? He does a fantastic job with the U21s, probably covers more of the pitch than most others, he’s very vocal, passionate, tireless, alert, defends AND scores – and he’s a GEORDIE!

  • Ericles

    May 28, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Rodzilla may be right. Perhaps the championship is the place where Steve Taylor must win his spurs as captain.

  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    ROD ur spot on m8

  • serene0380

    May 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    What I feel is that MO should apologise to the club…

  • Micky Toon

    May 28, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Ericles for a split second I read that as spurs captain. I thought we’d sold one of our better players for a minute there!

  • lesh

    May 28, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #29

    To avoid misunderstandings, my post @ 9 was meant to say
    “If he had any conscience at all, he’d be offering to play a season for nothing!”

    WITHOUT the rogue insert of ” but at £1.3m per goal”.

  • Rodzilla

    May 28, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #30

    …ouch Micky Toon, that’d be a REAL sickener that like. Fortunately for us, there’s more chance of the mackems not being dirty thieving tramps than that happening.

    On an Owen tip, I think one of the main reasons he was made captain might’ve been coz he was supposed to be our Shearer replacement – and Big Al was a fantastic captain. I know there are a few Steven Taylor critics on this blog but I think ST has many of Al’s qualities.

  • Rodzilla

    May 28, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    lesh, those darn rogue “but at £1.3m per goal” inserts. They get everywhere! I knew what you meant though.

    The old pre-post mind-changing copy and paste text-edit syndrome. Always a bugger! 😉

  • punk skunk...

    May 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Super-annuated yawnamundo excel micro ultra plus!..

  • Rodzilla

    May 28, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #33

    …multiplied by an omlette cardigan, I’d imagine.

  • reillers

    May 28, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #34

    I’ve said for years that Owen is past it.
    He’s over rated, over valued and overpaid.
    He doesn’t deserve to be captain, he’s just a big name has been who thinks he’s better then us. He thinks he’s doing us a favour, and has looked for every oppurtunity to squeeze the club for more and more money and privileges.

    He hasn’t done it for us, he never has. He’s no interest in playing for this team. He’s been waiting all these years to jump ship as soon as a better offer came along, but with all the injury he’s used the club well. I’d love to see the look on his face when he discovers that no top 10 club comes looking, he’s deluded to think that he’ll ever play top team football again, never mind the top 4. And I wouldn’t be surprised if no Premiership club came knocking.

    He hasn’t and doesn’t lead this team. He’s never done it for us.
    Keegan made Owen captain for one reason only..to settle the past history. He apologised to Shay, most peoples favourite at the time to get it, and he said Shay understood, which is typical of the lad.
    Keegan left, Shay took the captaincy for a few matches if I remember right, when Owen was injured.
    Kinnear came, he considered changing captains, but again stuck with Owen over Given, apologising to Given again, why?
    Kinnear made him captain for one reason and one reason only..to keep him at the club.

    On neither occasions did he deserve it. Or had worked for it or had earned it for that matter.

    His attitude reflects Newcastle lately.

    Your captains lead by example and the rest follow. Owen was brought on and I think touched the ball once. He looked like he’d rather be with his horses at the races. As per usual.

    He’s lazy, he doesn’t care, he’s not interested. He doesn’t try. When he rarely scores goals it’s off other peoples hard work, yet he always takes all the plaudits.

    He is well and truely past it. And I’m ashamed that he captained the club, I am, because his attitude sums up this club completley.

    In it for the money only, not bothered, no fight, no heart, no passion.

    When they conceded against Villa, in the second half, they didn’t look bothered at all. They didn’t even put up a fight. By looking at them they all looked ok with the fact that they were going down, and believed they were all ready, despite the fact that there was another 45 minutes to play, and despite only needing a draw in the end.
    So they did nothing, and went out with a whimper..that is, Owen in a nut shell.

    The sooner he’s gone the better.

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 28, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #35

    “…. little waster ….”

    I bet he was fiddling his expenses an’ all. Flipping his helicopter, duck island, jobs for ees bairns, mortgage payments, free board an’ lodgings for ees brother.

    Still. he does a lot for charidee. But doesn’t like to talk about it. The Little Waster!

  • longman

    May 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Owen is just a parasite and basically stole from Newcastle. Owen joined Newcastle to kick-start his England career and that is all Owen was interested in. He bled Newcastle of millions.

    If Owen was half a man, we would play for Newcastle next season for no wages to repay some of the faith the Club and Fans had placed in him.

    No, this mercenary player will go off to another club and take them for millions as well. Owen is past it; as he no longer has the speed which made him good and has lost his sharpness in front of goal.

  • Geordie Matriarch

    May 28, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #37

    I agree with Reillers – Keegan made Owen captain because journalists were bringing up lots of past bad history between the two, and Keegan was trying to create decent morale at the club. I thought it was a good idea at the time, but I was definitely wrong – along with KK.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 28, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Michael Owen must not have a conscience !
    I wonder if he realises how unpopular he became ?
    He probably does not give a monkeys about that too.

  • Macas35

    May 28, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I expect loads of stick from this post but never mind. The first 24 games of this season Owen started 15 of them, and came on as a sub 4 times. He scored 10 goals. Now I know he tailed off the second half of the season, but to me that’s a damn good scoring record! So to say he did nothing for us is a tad harsh and I’m getting a bit sick of the Owen bashing campaign, its getting very boring to be honest. People can say he’s lazy, but if it wasn’t for other people’s hard work then there would be a lot of strikers who would never have become great players. His game has always been about poaching chances but we never supplied him with very many the second half of the season. I admit he has been poor of late, but his stats for the first half of the campaign were very good indeed.

  • sohica17

    May 28, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #40

    what is the point of criticising him now?
    he is leaving anyway, and newcastle is “already” relegated!!!!
    adjust ur attitude and dont be so optimistic and overconfident next season,
    thats something helpful.


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