Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Sir Bobby on EMO

Sir Bobby on EMO

I guess over time a man`s achievements start to look even better when you compare them to what is happening in the present. That`s certainly the case with Sir Bobby Robson`s time at NUFC. Watching the teams with verve and flair he took to 4th, 3rd and 5th seems a very distant memory already compared with some of the Souness and Roeder dross served up so far. Anyway - enough of the misty eyed memories and back to the here-and-now. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sir Bobby has again come out in defence of Newcastle and recommended an overhaul of the way the FA handle a club`s player:

"I`m going to watch Newcastle play Chelsea today. It`s the sort of occasion made for Michael Owen, but of course he`s highly unlikely to play, a legacy of the knee injury sustained at the World Cup.

Newcastle have been deeply frustrated their £17 million star hasn`t played this season. While the FA`s insurers are paying half of Owen`s wages, the governing body don`t appear to have contributed towards his estimated £150,000 medical costs. The best surgeons in the world don`t come cheap.

On the Owen issue, my sympathy is largely with the club, who have lost a valuable servant through no fault of their own and who, quite reasonably, want compensation.
The bottom line is that we haven`t got an England team without the club`s players, and if the FA don`t show goodwill on matters like this we`re heading for problems.

I`m fervently pro-England, but the FA mustn`t lose sight of the problems clubs face. Poor West Ham have been without top striker Dean Ashton all season after he was hurt at an England training camp and they could get relegated.

Owen has had to go to America more than once for treatment to a nasty injury. I would regard it as fair for England to contribute towards the costs of that. Unlike some national associations, I think they can afford it.

It`s most important for the FA and top clubs to enter dialogue about this. I understand they have their own interests to protect but they shouldn`t forget the fans, who support their club and England.
Everyone would love to see Owen play for England against Brazil in the opening match at Wembley but you couldn`t blame Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd for having doubts.

He`ll be half-thinking: 'What happens if he gets injured again?' I`m told if he injures the same knee, Newcastle won`t be entitled to compensation.

Club v country is always a delicate balancing act but, on this occasion, I believe the clubs have a reasonable point."



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Saturday April 21 2007
Time: 9:59PM

Comments

0
Great stuff by a great man. Barwick and co - listen up!
Roy4Triggs
21/04/2007 22:05:00
0
The blokes a legend. Noticed he was with Shepherd again in the crowd. At least that seems to be sorted out. Hate to see him in conflict with the club.
SirLes
23/04/2007 12:26:00
0
agreed lads, another feck up by our club forcing him out. he should have had a youngster brought in under him to coach him to take over in time.
GeordieBoy
23/04/2007 13:27:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Ingle Talks Brook

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Defender Looks To Have Quit International Football

Paul Dummett has withdrawn himself from availability for the national side.

Atsu Confirmed As First Summer Deal

Newcastle eventually confirmed the news that we all knew.

United Pair Miss Out On Crucial Qualifier

Scotland announced their squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against England

Attentions Turn To NUFC Planning

Another training camp in Ireland may be in the works.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How Many Players Do NUFC Need To Survive Next Season?
Suggested By: Talk of the Tyne
None2%
1-31%
4 or 531%
6 or 742%
More than 724%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot118
2.CuckFan76
3.keggy_keagal52
4.PieMag47
5.billybobcat27
6.Mcnamee6720
7.McCreery18
8.Rytoon17
9.Neppos16
10.The Pyrry12
Vital Football Comment