Michael Owen attacks Newcastle fans yet again today and his ignorance is breathtaking.
The only other alternative is that he is cynically misrepresenting the truth as his greed as always knows no bounds.
Clearly Owen is no longer on speaking terms with Alan Shearer, as a quick call to his ex-Newcastle and England team-mate would have put him right, with the Geordie legend having been active this week in commenting knowledgeably about United’s problems.
Instead this Michael Owen rubbish below, has appeared this morning, with Owen pushing the line of what have Newcastle fans got to complain about and it is the supporters who create most of the problems and instability at St.James’ Park with expectations of challenging for the title when we win a few matches.
You can read the full piece at the Telegraph but here are some of the edited ‘highlights’, make your own mind up…
You’d want expertise in the scouting department, finding players at bargain who would then go for a premium, if sold. You would like a manager capable of getting you into Europe and who knew how to get the best from all his squad, you would like a commercial team that made brave and visionary ideas to raise cash to compete with the financial superpowers – and most importantly, a passionate fan base, who no matter how difficult the situation, always stood by the team and packed the stadium every week.
Surprising as it might seem to many, you would look at Newcastle United and think ‘that place has so much going for it.’
For any outsider looking at St.James’ Park it’s difficult to understand why there’s a feeling it;s gone wrong. I must admit there are occasions I have witnessed scenes of angst and thought ‘Are things really so bad there?’.
Newcastle deal only in the extremities of football.
They are either aiming for cloud nine or landing in a pit of despair. There’s no in between. When the team’s winning the idealists take over and the talk swiftly turns to recreating the era of Kevin Keegan, challenging for the title and establishing the club alongside those of Manchester, or at the vest least, Merseyside.
A few poor results later we are rapidly in the realms of anti-ownership protests.
The current owner, Mike Ashley, has never been able to win over the supporters but to say the club is in disarray seems patently untrue.
I think the key difference between being a player at Newcastle compared to Manchester United or Liverpool is an atmosphere around the north east club ensuring it excels at turning what could be a minor setback into a potential calamity.
At Newcastle the capacity for instability is ceaseless. Where some clubs see molehills, in Newcastle they rapidly become a mountain range.
The biggest issue for Newcastle is working out exactly where, realistically, they expect to be as a club. If we are completely honest when assessing the current balance of power in the Premier League, they’re simply punching at their correct weight.