Rob Lee – Players Should Accept Responsibility – What!


Rob Lee, who is being widely reported as ready to join Alan Shearer at Newcastle, along with former Assistant Manager and local lad, John Carver, has urged the Newcastle club to get the deal done with the Newcastle and England legend.

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Rob Lee – while at Newcastle United

Rob talked yesterday about Alan Shearer and Newcastle:

“I certainly think Alan should stay, I think it is the only appointment Mike Ashley can make with the club going down. It reminds me of the situation when I joined in 1992 under Kevin Keegan when we were in the old first division,” .

“The club needs rebuilding, it has needed rebuilding for many years. Mike Ashley takes a lot of the blame, but it has been coming for a long time.”

“It’s disappointing for the club, but in the long term it might be a blessing in disguise, to take one step back to get two steps forward. I hope Alan stays in charge with a long-term contract because it is a long-term thing.”

“The players should take responsibility, I have been relegated myself and you have to accept responsibility and take the blame, as the manager can only put the players on the pitch and it is up to you to win games,” “And Newcastle should be winning more games than they won last season.”

Those are good and true words from Rob, and he really epitomized the skill and spirit in the team we had under Kevin Keegan in the 1990s – and think how far we have fallen from those heady days.

Was I the only daft Newcastle fan on Wednesday night, who had the aberration of seeing the Manchester United players actually walking out in black and white stripes?  

I had to rub the old eyes several times, before the strips were seen as actually all white – without the intervening black stripes. 😀

Oh my – hope spings eternal and we’ll nor even say we’

We’d love to see Alan leading out a Newcastle team in that final,  before some of us depart this earth – but fat chance that looks like right now, but there we goo – delusional again.  Barcelona were just great on the night – a joy to watch – what a team!   Wonder if Alan can get us playing like that next season – and by the way Lionel Messsi has no right to be that good at just 21.

Back to Rob’s statement – and it’s hard to think Newcastle players will take any responsibility now – after having taken none during the season, but this sqaud will now be remembered with disdain by Newcastle fans – as one where big names and big wages mean nothing, if they don’t have big hearts, and are puff pastry people.

Have we heard anything – anything at all – from captain Michael Owen since Sunday – he’s probably hiding out in a bunker somewhere. 

There’s a little thing called courage that Owen has shown nothing of this year, including since last Sunday.

And it wouldn’t surprise us if he feels no responsibility for this at all – this supposedly (former) world class player on £5.5M a year, leads his team to relegation – – leaves Newcastle in total demise, says nothing at all, and is now probably trying to line up the next sucker club – Everton, Man City, Aston Villa.

Screw Newcastle – they are no longer any use to him now.   Is it surprising Geordies just never took to this man?

And finally, as you may have noticed this week – we are just so furious with Michael Owen – and we know we will need to move on and get over it, sooner or later.


22 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 29, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s all stop moaning about the Little Waster!

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  • Stuart79

    May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    I take it Owen won’t be getting an Xmas card from the Harrison family!

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  • Macas35

    May 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    That’s Owen the top scorer this season.

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  • Davies

    May 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    To be honest, if Owen said, I’ll take a pay cut and sign on for another year to see if I can help get you back up, I’d take it. He may not have shown much of his poaching skills in the latter half of the season, but he’s hardly had the service. He doesn’t have the legs to make his own goals like he did when he was at liverpool.

    Reckon he’s score a lot in the championship. Doubt he’ll ever play in the championship, but I’m not going to slag him off for it. He kept us up last season and was (tragically) our top scorer this season.

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  • Stuart79

    May 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Noticed the club have already made redundancies.

    Director of operations Dave Williamson is one of them

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t want to knock Owen too much he might have though OK I owe Newcastle and will fight to get them up next season…we may be putting him off if he reads this stuff.

    I am not his biggest fan,he has not lived upto expectations (who has?)but if him and Martins leave as well as the Duke…where does that leave us?

    Players like Ranger etc will struggle in the championship it will be too rough for them…we need a goal scorer and right now Owen is probably the best out of a bad bunch.

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  • reetpetite

    May 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    its being reported on a few on the spurs websites that harry has made contact with newcastle over signing Bassong.He would be good cover for king and woody. That should please you lot.

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  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    To be honest, Ed – I think you have a point and Owen has dropped a bollock by failing to apologies or comment. It does seem to confirm his lack of care in the matter.

    BUT he was our top scorer and had almost twice the strike rate of any other player. Mind you a certain centre-back got 4, so what does that say about our strikers?

    Also, his goals may have cost a lot, but he still cost less per match by far than Joey Barton.

    And lastly:

    1. He saw out his contract
    2. He never did or said anything to drag the club’s name through the mud.

    Compare that to some of the wasters we’ve seen – N’Zogbia being a good example.

    So yes, his recent form and conduct has been poor. But we aren’t in the fizzy league because of him.

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  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #9

    SJT – agreed on the Owen stuff – and I think Ed should stop writing about it now!

    Not so sure about Ranger… have you seen the size of the guy??

    I think with Carroll and Ranger plus perhaps one more striker purchased we should be ok.

    I’ll be more than happy to see our entire midfield swapped out, although someone with experience in there is needed.

    Back line is already looked after even if Bassong goes. With Taylor and Beye staying (assuming deals on salaries can be struck) then we should be ok, given this brilliant news, which has the quotes to back it up for once:

    http://www.setanta.com//uk/Articles/Football/2009/05/29/Premier-League-Enrique/gnid-54962/

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  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Hi Benny. Good luck with Bassong – you’ll need it. “COVER”??

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  • Stuart79

    May 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    reetpetite // May 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    its being reported on a few on the spurs websites that harry has made contact with newcastle over signing Bassong.He would be good cover for king and woody. That should please you lot.

    Do you have £15m to spare like?

    Thought you’d wasted it on Bentley and Pavlychenko ect…

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  • reetpetite

    May 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    spurs always have money to spend. with bentley, bent , zokora, rocha and possibly chimbonda being shipped out we will again have money to play with.

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  • reetpetite

    May 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    wonder if pompey will snap up owen if erickson takes over?

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  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    I reckon he’ll go to the Arse for about £8m. I hope I’m wrong, but £8m would buy the best defence in the fizzy league.

    That said, with Shearer in charge, and pretty much all the other players we’d like to keep already pledging allegiance, who knows?

    Tayls, Beye, Enrique, Duff. All we need is Shearer’s signature and I’ll be looking foward to going to Cardiff.

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  • reetpetite

    May 29, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    8mill would buy you a good defense in the fizzy pop league. shame you will need to replace 5 or 6 players so that money wont go far. Probably get wasted on 3 weeks of your wage bill.

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  • stevep

    May 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    8 million quid – no chance – he’s going to arse for 12 million unless the crook at spurs comes up with 15 million

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  • Robiatti

    May 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I couldn’t agree more about Owen. What an absolute disgrace he is as a captain. I wish the national press would pick up on this & tear him to shreds. After training a captain should be doing his duties like portraying a positive image of nufc, giving interviews to the press, inspiring and bringing everyone together in the fight against relegation…what does Owen do? He can’t wait to get in his helicopter and off he goes. Let’s start a campaign for Owen to publicly apologise to the Newcastle fans.

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  • komfort

    May 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    ah the daily clobbering of owen continues..

    his inability to make and score his own goals has got us relegated for sure .. and of course he should be flogged in public for not coming out and admitting it..

    ..nowt to do with the complete mis management of the club like was it !!…a regular kick in the town halls of our great leader would be more appropriate..

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  • leehal

    May 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    To me the biggest mistake Owen made was that he didn’t ever give an opinion on whether he loved playing for us, was enjoying his time with the club etc.

    The only time I can remember him passing comment on anything was when the press said he was going to retire and concentrate on his horses, he was certainly quick to defend himself then.

    I think he was never happy at Newcastle, hardly ever fit and when he did play he suffered from a lack of service into the box. Unlike Shearer I don’t think he was able to adapt his playing style following injuries to remain an effective striker.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #20

    ….agreed Komfort, yeah Michael Owen never performed as well as we expected him to (while fit), but he never injured himself or made himself captain either. He had a sh1t season, and I’m COMPLETELY apathetic over whether he stays or goes. I’m just sick of hearing his bl00dy name. There was a full squad that got us relegated. Get over it. All this victimising sh1te gets on my t1ts.

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  • komfort

    May 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #21

    rod , i’m moonwalking .. £20 straight win.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 29, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Good luck!

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