Owen: Give me four months
Newly appointed Newcastle boss Michael Owen
has pleaded with angry supporters to give him some time to prove himself.
He addressed the fans in an interview with BBC Newcastle yesterday. "I know the fans don't want me here, and honestly, I don't blame them.
" he said.
The 5'8" former striker joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005 from Spanish giants Real Madrid
for a club record £16.8 million
, but his spell at the Tyneside club was plagued by injuries, and thus Owen only managed 71 appearances in the span of four years. When on the field though, he was often criticized by fans and pundits alike for a lack of effort
. In 2007 when the £10 million release clause in contract was revealed by the media, there were several reports of Owen wanting to jump ship and join one of the 'top four' clubs. Owen further damaged his reputation with the Toon fans when he refused to sign a contract extension as the club was relegated at the end of the 2008-09 season.
"I'll admit that during my time here I did not give my 100%. And not doing so is one of the greatest regrets of my career, and that's why I'm back here. To redeem myself, and to correct my mistakes. So I beg the fans, give me one more chance. Let me prove myself. Four months. By the end of November, if we don't get the results, I swear that I will resign.
The Newcastle's fans spokesperson has stated that the fans will give him time - but the protests will still go on. Only time will tell what will happen to the North-Eastern club.