Mickey Marbles – Taking the Michael

by Mickey Marbles

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
 

I hate that I do!

Introducing Mickey Marbles, a grumpy old Northerner who once had trials for Donacaster Rovers in 1965, he didn’t make it and has been bitter ever since. He remembers the good old days when footballers were real men, they could sink 10 pints the night before a game, could take a tackle and get by on 2 bob per week.

I hate that I do!

Eh up…

Seeing as I’ll be watching Rooney, Gerrard and all the others lining up for the National Anthem tomorrow, I just want to get this of my chest. Michael Owen, the one time boy wonder and darling of the 3 Lions gave me a heart a scare last week when he came out with this nonsense. He played something stupid like 20 minutes for the Geordies before stepping that foot onto the plane bound for the Fatherland in the last World Cup, but listen to this:

“With hindsight, I should never have gone. I rushed my preparations. My leg was half as strong as it should have been.”

So, when Erikson was picking his squad, consulting with team Docs and nurses, he didn’t think “Aah Michael, he is  only 50% percent, maybe I’d better take Defoe as well, just in case, seeing as I’ve already got Rooney (unfit), Crouchy (unduly tall) & Theo (under 5s).

Oh no, Sven didn’t think we’ll need another striker and Owen was quite happy to keep quiet about his true fitness. It’s just another example of that eras player power & pampering. Sorry Michael, that was taking the Michael.

Thank Hovis we have that nice Fabio in charge now.

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  • Stevie

    couldn’t agree more Mickey! I like the fact that Fabio doesn’t pick players on reputation alone. Owen has lost it simple as. When was the last time he played 10 games on the spin or even scored in more than 5 games in row?

  • Dexy Longshot

    “every time, Mickey Marbes is the new Hansen but with a curlier barnet”

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    True say, Mickey Marbles is the new Alan Hansen, with a bit of Victor Meldrew throw in. The old git does speak some sense!

    Like Sven before before him Capello doesn’t take any crap, I like that about him. Picking Owen would send out the wrong signals, the guy hasn’t been the same player since he Liverpool and that was years ago. The same thing happened to Robbie Fowler, he also peaked to young.

  • dexylongshot

    I can’t believe the way the press are saying he must be in the squad, he isn’t fit, simple as that, he’ll probably snap his leg after 20 minutes (see other 3 strikers). ANother thing taking up the headlines is this horse-racing marlarky. Does Fabio know something we don’t about St Michael. A closet gambler???

  • Bitter Arsenal Fan

    Owen is past it, I think it says a lot when he cannot get into a Newcastle side which is 18th in the Premiership. He has better options in Andy Johnston and David Nugent!

  • Tef1on

    Owen is past it, I think it says a lot when he cannot get into a Newcastle side which is 18th in the Premiership. He has better options in Andy Johnston and David Nugent!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    what I don’t get is if Capello is picking a squad based on current form then what the hell is Stuart Downing doing in there? 2 goals all season.

    Surely Ashely Young deserves a chance does he not?

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