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 – 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.