Michael Owen has given an exclusive interview in the Chronicle today, and it’s a little surprising how accurate he is in the things he says about why Newcastle fans are so frustrated at the moment.
Michael Owen doing his media duties
This is some of what Michael has said:
“Every fan wants the same thing. Everyone wants great signings.” “And obviously Newcastle fans have been given that over the years.” “Maybe the stardust is what’s missing at the moment. I can totally understand their frustration.”
“They have made money on Cabaye. From a business point of view obviously from afar you are looking in and seeing Newcastle have spent very little on a lot of players.”
“They have bought extremely well. You look at Sissoko, he was fairly cheap.” “Cabaye and Tiote weren’t expensive – the list goes on.”
“They have bought really well over the last few years.” “Newcastle will be the envy of a lot of clubs as I say.” “They haven’t spent big amounts but are making big amounts.”
“Obviously that doesn’t help the supporters!” “My head lad of my yard is a massive Newcastle fan and we are always talking about the club and how they sell their best players and don’t buy anyone.”
“You can totally understand that. That’s what Newcastle fans expect over the year.” “Every fan wants those stars and signings.”
“It is a balance between putting yourself out there and spending a lot of money then putting the club in financial difficulty or keeping it all tight and running well and having a sustainable business.
“Obviously football fans don’t see it as a business.” “They want to be passionate and see their team playing good football.” “All I would say on the whole situation is that I’m sure Alan Pardew would want an open cheque book like most managers.
“But for what he’s got and what he’s had to play with, with a small squad, to get ninth in the Premier League is a pretty decent return.
“I wouldn’t suggest it’s all doom and gloom at all, but I understand the frustrations of the fans.”
We are surprised how Michael hits the Newcastle situation on the head (or should that be the nail on the had?), but that’s probably due to his head lad being an avid Newcastle fan, and that’s where he’s getting all his good information.
Michael seems to have a decent future in the media, and when we’ve seen him on TV he’s come across well – and certainly he seems to understand the fans’ frustrations at Newcastle at the moment.
OK – it’s 5;30 am over here and time to take my dog Milo for his early morning walk, and it’s a nice 70 degrees F – must keep my priorities right .