Newcastle Are A Well Run Club – But Fans Have Big Ambitions


It seems that Michael Owen has joined the Newcastle United Admiration Society (NUAS), and in his interview with Lee Ruder in the Chronicle today he’s saying things like Newcastle are a stable club, well run, and that other clubs are envious of Newcastle’s very stable financial condition.

Michael Owen London marathon

Michael Owen – after finishing London Marathon last month
Good for him


That is all well and good, but of course what Newcastle fans want is a successful club challenging for a top six position, and we haven’t had much of that at all over the least seven years, with Mike Ashley owning the club.

This is some of what Michael has said today:

“Unless you are one of the big boys, every season starts off and relegation has to be a worry for 13 or 14 teams in the league.”“You are always thinking one bad season and things can go wrong.¨

“Newcastle had that one bad season and look what happened.¨ “They also had last season when they were in the Europa League and at one point you were thinking about relegation. Now it looks like the ship is steady.¨

“They are a well run club in terms of not outspending. From the outside it looks fine.¨ “That’s not enough for a lot of fans because we all want to be the champions or be in the Champions League.” “There’s nothing wrong with having ambition like that.¨

“Newcastle fans still have that and they want the big signings, and they want to just be getting behind their team again which is what they are renowned for.”

It’s not unusual (Tom Jones number one hit – early 1965) for former players to become big fans of Newcastle United, and we see a hint there that Michael seems to have taken a shine to Newcastle, and it helps that his head boy at his stables is  a Geordie – and he probably hears about Newcastle all the time – that’s good.

Certainly a lot of the things he has said about the Tyneside club are very positive and also accurate, and he also explains why Newcastle fans are so frustrated right now – we may be doing great in the financial stakes – but we want a (very) successful team on the field.

On the positive side of things, maybe Mike Ashley will see Michael’s comments and put big money into the club in the summer, so that Newcastle can strengthen their squad in a big, big way.

That would help the fans’  frustrations lift – just a little bit – and miracles do happen now and again.

Don’t they?

Comments welcome.



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172 comments so far

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    May 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    3 owen articles?????? get off this twerp.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, Real stable .

    I mean its not as if we were almost relegated last year and would have been in it weren’t for Bosingwa FFS .

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  • jazzyp

    May 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Financially stable maybe but well run…… I don’t think so !!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    W@nker.

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  • AndyMac

    May 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Sicknote, or Paycheck as he’s sometimes known, has as little knowledge of what is really going on at SJP as the Fatman has of appointing top class quality managers !

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  • carl

    May 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Catch
    There were reports yesterday that Allardyce would be sacked straight after Sunday’s Premier League title decider at Manchester City.

    Sullivan the largest single shareholder is dissatisfied with the way things have gone this season and is said to be particularly unhappy with some of Allardyce’s signings, such as striker Modibo Maiga, who joined from Sochaux for £6million but was then subsequently loaned out to Queens Park Rangers.

    Sullivan, who heads up the club’s transfer dealings, was also said to be less than impressed by Allardyce’s insistence last summer on signing Stewart Downing from Liverpool rather than striker Wilfried Bony, who has since scored 21 goals at Swansea. Pardew is admired because he’s operated on a shoe string budget. There is a growing swell of support to get Allardyce out and Pardew shoe horned in. Stranger things have happened buddy.

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  • blew

    May 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    The Poison Dwarf seizes any opportunity
    to stick a knife in the fans. I am amazed
    the Chronicle gives him reading space.

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  • guvnor

    May 10, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail you shouldn’t print things like that about yourself!

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  • lochinvar

    May 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Owen is a Yesterday Man ( Chris Andrews song 1965 ) and apart from a few good goals did little to show any loyalty to the toon. Don’t need his opinions which are more about ” me me ” and seeking attention for himself . Better suited to the Big Brother house that this blog. Nuffield said.

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  • toonking

    May 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    when i watch afootball match and support a team i do it for 1 of 3 reasons and those reason are for entertainment, progress and to be pride and passionate.
    each has got a different team that i follow.

    1. the team i watch pure for entertainment is the big teams like barcalona real madrid and liverpool. here i don’t care about results i just want to see lots of goals, basically watching matches for the entertainment purpose alone is what i do as a netrual.

    as a supporter the thing i want to see most of all is a team that is making progress and getting results not to just see lots of goals and not being put in the state i see my favourite club in right now.
    we have had no trophy for about 50 years
    we have an owner who is putting the club in a crisis
    we have a manager and players just don’t care about us at all.
    finally we have a stadium atmosphere which is so quiet that i could here a pin drop. the only time i hear noise from the crowd is when we screaming you fat c0ckney b@stard get out of our club, wanting HBA to get game time shouting shoot when ever tiote has the ball. that is just making us fans look more and more arrigent and spitful to the world.

    the 3rd thing pride and passion alone is where the local teams in the north east are considered.

    those who live in newcastle why not go across the type and support gateshead for now.
    me i might give more support to spennymoor next season.

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  • GeordieDan

    May 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Lee Ruder Ed???

    Was that a typo or a dig? Haha

    Funny though

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Owen comes over quite well, I agree with Jazzyp, financially stable yes, well run no, a well run club doesn’t usually have 82% of its fans wanting the manager sacked and a far greater percentage wanting the club to be sold, but from a fans point of view Owen has summed it up quite well in fairness to him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Lochinvar,
    Really don’t know why the chronicle would pay him money for his drivel, surely any sekf respecting Toon fan wouldn’t buy the paper just because if him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Spoof,
    You speak up for Owen and Pardew, is judge of character on your CV 🙂

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail, in fairness I do want Pardew sacked, but what has Owen said which is wrong, I am not talking about his playing time here, I am on about his interview only, don’t forget that Owen has said that when he retires he will retire up here as he loves the area and he still has his house up here, which he is currently renting to Hatem Ben Arfa, however he still loves his football and when he retires and is living up here he will possibly have a great interest in our club, I don’t see anything wrong with that and by saying that he understands why we are so unhappy and giving his reasons as to why which are correct then I fail to see how that is bringing my character into question, should I be full of hatred and spite because Freddie Shepherd paid him a kings ransom which he did not deserve to get to show a good character, think about m8, it’s not my character which needs to be looked at as I am level headed.

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  • lesh

    May 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry Michael, you’re wrong when you say that fans want big signings.

    Speaking for myself, what’s wanted are quality signings that will be part of a first class squad – cost doesn’t necessarily come into it.

    And, more importantly an owner who shows some ambition to move the club to a position where we’ve a realistic chance of being up there among the top six, at least, and mounting realistic challenges for honours.

    But key to achieving that is having coaching staff who can play to players’ strengths when applying some tactical nous.

    We’re a good way off getting there and success hinges on Ashley and a manager with potential to take us forward.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    I am thinking about watching the game tomorrow just to finish off what I started (it sure ain’t for the kick of it 🙁 )

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Spoof,
    Just jesting with you, but the bloke has said some very unsavoury things about us in the past and I don’t believe he has any moral justification on commenting on us.

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #19

    jesper, are you sure you want to watch it, it may put a dampener on your summer lol

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  • toonking

    May 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    JFA
    what the chronicle has done here is choosen to see the views from a netruals perspective rather than a newcastle legends perspective. the last month has seen people now aiming abuse at a former legend, peter berdsley because of the simple fact he has to say things in a manner that would not annoy ashley.

    if you said to an everton fan that we are just as good a team as everton are they would tell you to get lost right away because everton fan will view themselves a much better team than us both stability and player quality.

    players like shearer shepard and kevin keegan are all big fans of the club so they will never want to sound like a pardew or ashley lover as they know it could see fans turn on them too.

    players such as owen and the sky sports pundits are netruals so they look at things from a realistic angle.
    basically newcastle are nothing more than a mid table team the only way we can join the big teams is by doing the same thing that was done by city and chelsea- get a big money spender.
    or do the everton route and accept the boring stuff for now and wait for the moment to arrive because at the minute we look like a bunch of fans who will not accept mistakes and act like spoil sports.

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  • mag

    May 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail considering he played for and was employed by the club, he probably has more right than the fans to talk about the club you berk!

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail, in fairness I would say that everyone has a right to an opinion, even more so if that opinion is backing the fans with their frustrations towards the club,( yes I know that is wrong and selfish, but so what, who cares) which is basically what Owen is doing here, well said and thank as far as I am concerned, you never know, he might be suffering from a guilty conscience.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    If anyone on here plays Sky Super6, can I be nosey and ask what you put for the toon game?

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  • mag

    May 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    2-1 the Toon!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Lesh,
    We could have finushed ninth or tenth and still had a good season, some exciting football and good signings would have had the fans content, ToonDarnSpreadsheet seems happy to say the season wasn’t too bad simply on league position.

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  • guvnor

    May 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon tang Newcastle to draw 1-1

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon Tang, Chelsea 3-0 win, Fulham 2-1 loss, Everton 1-1 draw, Man City 3-0 win, Arsenal 1-1 draw and us a 2-0 loss.

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  • guvnor

    May 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail what a muppet!

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  • Toon Tang

    May 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Haaha mag you never know eh, I got 4-0 pool to be awkward. Pards may have been saving a seasons worth of tactical genius for this one game!

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  • Toon Tang

    May 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #30

    spoof, guvner. cheers. To tell you the truth I sometimes type in lawro’s beeb predictions and they are often not far off believe it of not

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  • validator

    May 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Well considering that Newcastle United, are never predictable, and Liverpool are imploding, I think that Newcastle, could cause an upset tomorrow, by 2-1

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon Tang, I usually forget to fill it in, I’ve only filled in about half a dozen or so, chances are I will be bottom of the league.

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #33

    TT,you copy Lawro, boy that is desperate lol

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  • jazzyp

    May 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Valentin stocker anyone ??

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  • Toon Tang

    May 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Spoof, truly desperate hahaa i used to put my own but never even got a correct outcome let alone an actual score. I turned to lawro in my hour of need Not many have said that I bet.

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  • Spoof

    May 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #36

    validator, and pigs might fly, seriously though I just can’t see it, Liverpool can only adapt an “its not over till it’s over” approach and hope for some sort of miner miracle from West Ham, as a result I feel they will be well up for it, if City are 3/4 up by half time and we are still in it then perhaps their heads could drop, then again it could be us3/4 down by half time ?

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  • validator

    May 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Mr Lawrenny, is only as reliable with his predictions as anyone else’s, he may also allow his heart to overrule his brain on this occasion.

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  • validator

    May 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Did you see the Palace result or the Gerrard slip up occurring?

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #39

    guvnor

    Stop pinching my words, I’m the only one on here who calls people muppets

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #40

    3-3 tomorrow with shola getting a hat trick

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