Michael Owen’s Recent Behavior is Bizarre

Michael Owen’s behavior – to Newcastle fans – since the news broke that he had an outclause in his contract – has been bizarre.

He refuses to discuss the situation and has made no statement at all to fans, as to what his intentions are.

Newcastle shouldn’t allow this nonsense to go on much longer – even if it means he will end up leaving the club.

The Newcastle club is more important than any one individual player – whoever he is.


Michael Owen

Michael would be well advised to remember the Newcastle fans pay his huge wages – and it’s not surprising they would like to see a little respect from Owen.

His unwillingness to make a statement about his future is little short of insulting – and we are not happy that Owen is out there playing for England again – after not appearing for Newcastle but for three games last season.

Why is that? – because this is how he got injured last year in the first place.

After he never played for Newcastle in 2006 at all – he magically was fit enough to play for England in the World Cup in June – and ended up getting severely injured. This ultimately deprived the Newcastle club of his services all last season – and meant he played just 3 games for us in 18 months. Because we were without our best player last season it certainly didn’t help us qualify for Europe – which we didn’t – and this event is what triggered the outclause in Owen’s contract.

If that sounds ironic to you – it certainly does to us also.

What happens if he gets injured again – playing for England? – we don’t even want to think about it.

If he has any doubts about playing for Newcastle next season – and it looks to us like he has – we’d rather see him announce that now – even it means he will leave the club.

It’s bizarre to think he can have this uncertainty hanging around at his convenience.

Owen’s announcement – one way or the other – will at least enable Big Sam to go out and a get a suitable replacement.

We simply ask that Owen make his intentions clear to the fans – as soon as possible – that is the bottom line.

We also expect some comments on this viewpoint. 😀


43 comments so far

  • steve

    May 26, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    it is disingenuous of owen to keep this silence. we can appreciate owen may not be delighted with spending the best days of his career pushing newcastle to be champions league qualification contenders instead of title contenters, but he made his choice two years ago, and with tiny playing record for newcastle in those two years, he morally owes the fans to see out the remainder of his contract. in absence of even that he should at least tell us whether he is here to stay or if he wants to go.

    personally i think he should f*&^%
    k off. i’m sick of this big star rubbish, putting his own career ahead of the whole club, big star style, disrespecting every one of us. toss off to liverpool and get wankered again and spend the rest of your career on the treatment table you ungrateful little shit.

  • chris

    May 26, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m quite convinced that Owen will not be here next season unless he picks up another injury. It would be the biggest slap in the face The Toon has ever felt. Thousands turned out to worship him at St. James’s when he signed for us. That should pluck on his heart strings but it won’t, because he wants to be playing at the highest level!
    Well I’ll tell you this Mr. Owen. One of the main reasons we didn’t qualify for Europe was because you didn’t play all season, and you would use an escape clause in that situation.
    That’s why he’s keeping quiet. He’s not committing to us so other teams know he’s available on the cheap. But if no one bids for him then it’s a case of ” Oh well, I’ll just have to play at Newcastle until someone shows an interest”. AND get £103,000 for his troubles.
    I’d sooner be rid of him anyway to be honest. Why the f*&^%k did he sign in the first place.

  • carl

    May 26, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    yeah id like to hear his intentions, we have a new manager in place – he knows what his plans are and the takeover shouldnt even come into it.cmon michael stop fooling the toon fans about

  • y_o_y

    May 26, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Owen played for us in 2006.

    Apart from that you’re about right.

  • carl

    May 26, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    steve-im starting to think that way ,it takes the p**s.all he has to do is come out and say hes committed to the cause or things havent gone to plan and he wants to hand in a transfer request.anything else is an insult

  • Terry

    May 26, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    This is exactly what he did to Liverpool when he went to Real Madrid “to win something”…..stalling…..stalling……then he went for a cut price….. 🙁

  • carl

    May 26, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    oh and another thing is that a couple of months ago i wouldnt of even thought about owen leaving but now we have big sam in place and a takeover more or less done individual players like this seem of no importance as i am pretty sure sam will put a top 4 challenging team together with the help of the good players we have and the hefty bank balance of mr ashley who seems very keen on building the biggest and the best!!

  • Phil

    May 26, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I thibk he should let us know his position but all these fans starting to slag him off will only push him over the edge if he has not made his mind up or wanted to stay.

    After all he has not said a thing and people close to him have stated he will be here next season.

  • Mick Gray

    May 26, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9


    Are you american? Your headline would suggest so – thats not the way we spell “behaviour” in Britian. Also this strange use of the phrase “The Newcastle Club” – whats that all about then?


  • pete

    May 26, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    he even tried to sell himself on the england prematch interview he is out of here i am afraid

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Phil – all we are asking is for Michael to tell his intentions – simple as that. He cannot be allowed to try to get a new deal elsewhere – and if all fails – stay with Newcastle – he should choose now – he cannot have it both ways. If he wants to stay – great – why doesn’t he tell us now – and mystery is over.

  • Mick G

    May 26, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    I found it galling in a interview the other day when M O said he probably got his injury ,whilst playing for England,because he wasn’t fit enough and his body wasn’t ready.Then he’s out for a season ,excepting the huge wages paid to him by NUFC.Then he doesn’t have the balls to say one way or another if he is staying.Michael either come clean or piss off out of it.

  • Ian

    May 26, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Isn’t this the same argument with the same comments from last week? As far as I can see not much has changed since then other than the Ashley bid giving Owen a bigger reason to stay and more fans and journos demanding he tells them his intentions giving him a resaon to piss off.

    Why don’t we play another game? Why don’t we try to list strikers who we could buy for £9m who would be better than Owen?


  • Lee Smith

    May 26, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree totally with all the remarks made in this article.Michael should also know how people across the board would view his leaving.I was speaking to a friend who is a Liverpool supporter and although Owen is still idolized by most scousers , they all admit he would be a “scumbag”if he were to leave now.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Ian – it could be – guilty as charged – it’s been on our minds so much – I’ll put something up in a day or two – on who could replace Owen at Newcastle – probably Monday.
    Hey – maybe Michael will make some statement before then 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Mick Gray – I was born and bred in Newcastle – then when 28 was moved to America by my company IBM. Retired a couple years ago but still over here – so still use American spelling. So yes color doesn’t have a u in it.
    BTW – we get a lot of Americans on this site – there is big following for Newcastle over here – and big following around the world – not sure the local fans realize this.
    The Newcastle club – is now – Newcastle (wasn’t meant to be about anything)

  • Phil

    May 26, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s stuff like this on the web that stops Michael Owen from saying anything to the media. I’m embarassed as a Newcastle supporter to read this garbage!

  • carl

    May 26, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    phil- dont read it then but your in the minority.if you care about the club you should care if a player is sponging shit loads of cash from the city and its supporters while sitting waiting for something better to come along and using us as his back up plan.we wouldnt be thinking this if any speculation was put to an end

  • Gary

    May 26, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #19

    I say we should get rid of him. The only way he could repay the wages for all the time he has been out is to finish out his contract uninjured, and have 20 goal seasons all the way out. And we know thats not going to happen. We should cut our losses and get people in that actually want to wear the black-n-white.

  • Lenny

    May 26, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Owen will lose respect from all fans and clubs alike if he went now….. it would be devastating for his image. If he’s got any sense he would at least stay for 1 season.
    In my opinion Owen looks like a puppet with his agent controlling the strings, he needs to grow a pair and say what he’s going to do!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Lenny – that’s all we’re asking – what’s his plans?

  • Lenny

    May 26, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #22

    For my sake I hope he’s staying because like a numpty I pre-ordered my home shirt with Owen 10 on the back….

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Lenny – Mike Ashley will give you a refund – on second thought he probably wont 😀

  • Jacob

    May 26, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #24

    A good article…right on the money. It is indeed an insult to the fans and the club for Owen to maintain this silence. I think he’s hedging his bets, waiting to see which offer suits him the most. Newcastle fans have idolised this man whilst he has lined his pockets sitting on his backside. I’d love to keep him…buy Torres with Ashley’s millions…then let England’s Micheal Owen rot in the reserves for a year as punishment for his blatant disrespect towards the good folk of Newcastle.

  • TinFinger

    May 26, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #25

    yes i would agree

    we should keep him,whatever he says, as a lesson to the rest of the squad.
    he will come or go on nufcs say so not his own.can you imagine this situation arising at manu?
    no he would be left on the bench and rot whatever his so called big name status.

    it seems to me his action are a culmanation of alot of this type of behaviour at newcastle over the years,and again see it as a perfect opertunity to put a stop to it once and for all.personally i think the price we have payed should be exacted on him for the duration of his contract.

  • Phil

    May 26, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t you numskulls get it? A story appears in the press that Michael Owen is leaving because of a clause in his contract. Now if he comes out and denies it. What happens when the same shite appears in the Sun next week! So every time a story appears about Michael Owen leaving he has to come out and deny it. What about if your blog here announced he was leaving? Would he have to deny that too to appease you so called fans? Who says which media outlet requires a denial and which ones don’t? Are you setting yourselves up as the arbitrators for this nonsense?
    Here we are with possibly the best goalscorer that England has ever had playing for us who will be bloody incredible in a Allardyce/Ashley revitalised team and all I can read on here (and this is not the only place) is that Owen can F Off, he is Sh**e, he is …. I look forward to your comments on here when he scores his 20th goal for us against Chelsea next season.

  • Scotty

    May 26, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey guys……. i can understand the fellings on little Mick but we have a lot more to look forward to now than we did 4 weeks ago. Now i feel there’s a real air of excitement surrounding the toon – something that hasn’t been felt sine BR took us to the CL; at least that’s the way i feel about it!

    Now with the prospect of the Ash the cash taken complete control of the club and the possibility of a massive summer budget, i feel that whatever MO decides it will not stop the club moving forwards. Which is the most important thing! Our club for some reason loves to have a talisman – in my opinion that’s what a lot of people are still holding on to MO for! There are strikers a plenty out there for the right money – who can do a better job and who would find playing at St.James an honour instead of a stepping stone.

    What will be, will be – but i’m quietly confident that we’ll have a team come start of the season that’ll make the fans look forward to matchdays again!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Phil – guess not. If the fans knew nothing about the new clause (i guess leaked by Shepherd) none of this would be going on. It’s the fact that Shepherd has said his agents are shopping him around – that’s there’s a concern – and Owen says nothing? He reads the papers as much as anybody I guess – so he knows there is a pantomine going on regarding him and Newcastle – so why doesn’t he stop it by saying something? He’s the one letting this thing fester.

  • joe

    May 26, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Phil – you’re well wide of the mark with your comments. Owen has had more than enough opportunity to say something. He only has to say it once. So no, he doesn’t have to do it every week. Once is more than enough. The comment above about our position being largely down to his injury is spot on. We threw all our eggs in one basket with Owen and he’s hardly kicked a ball. He’s talked of his ‘guilt’ toward Newcastle but he still takes 110,000 pound a week. No word of him saying ‘ tell you what Freddie, pay me £70,000 a week till i’m fit (still a mighty sum of money) and with the money you save, buy the club and it’s fans a replacement striker for around £5 million. That way, when I return, the club will be in a better position and hopefully still challenging for Europe’.

    No, instead, the club pay for undoubtedly the best surgery and rehabilitation package that money can buy. He finally gets fit and actually looks stronger than ever before, and what do we hear? His agent is offering him all over the place at half the money paid for him?! FFS was right to tell the media and demand an end to the speculation. The tens of thousands of NUFC fans who paid an extra tenner to get Owen 10 on their shirts might well be throwing them in the bin in a months time. £50 is a laughing matter to Owen who couldn’t buy a strand of hair on his latest stallion for that money but to a normal fan it’s another example of our commitment to the club.

    I don’t necessarily blame Owen for the speculation but it’s there anyway. Only one man can end it and yet the silence is deafening. One statement. That’s all we want. If he’s staying then EVERY fan of the club will be overjoyed and back him. If he’s not then we can move on with the right man at the helm in Big Sam. The paying public just want to know. It might just save an honest supporter the cost of a days graft to replace his shirt! I’ve seen loads of fans with Owen on their shirt – most of them kids.

    Come on Michael, make a statement.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 26, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #30

    The real message that was meant to be conveyed (and probably didn’t come over right) was not to slag off Owen – but to say that he is the one who can end this circus (which it is) that’s been going on for the last few weeks.

  • Gary

    May 26, 2007 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #31

    “possibly the best goalscorer that England has ever had” This, I am sorry, is laughable. We aren’t talking national team here, we are talking NUFC, Three Lions be damned. The national team is the reason we are in this shite situation. And I highly doubt Owen will break the goal scoring record of Mr Charlton, because his knees will give out long before.

  • Phil

    May 26, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #32

    How can ‘possibly’ be laughable? He is already the 4th highest scorer of all time and he’s only 27 years old. It is more than possible and certainly not laughable that he may go on to score 12 more goals in the 4 or 5 years he has left at the top. I’m not going to get into a futile argument about whether he is or isn’t better than Bobby Charlton that wasn’t my point and anyone with an ounce of brain would know it wasn’t . I won’t even bother to wonder how many he might have had already had he not suffered two very unfortunate long term injuries. I am also talking about NUFC and the fact that I would like to see the best players (preferably imho English ones) play for the club. Michael Owen doesn’t need to make a statement to me. He has a contract the same as everyone else and until anything suggesting that he may want to leave comes from Michael Owen himself and not the Sun, Mirror, Chronicle, Sky TV, Ed Harrison’s Blog then I for one (and I suspect many more) am prepared to leave the guy alone.

  • Gary

    May 27, 2007 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #33

    The fact that he hasn’t said anything to stop the rumours, is a statement in itself. If you can’t see that, you have bigger worries than footy.

  • Syd

    May 27, 2007 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #34

    The Owen story is (at this stage at least) nothing but a media fabrication. Any one who knows anything about Michael Owen understands him to be a person of honour and integrity. To that end at least, I have no doubt that he will see out his contract and do his best to achieve something at Newcastle.

    The “Owen is leaving” stories keep coming up every few weeks and doubtless keep the press and website publishers in business. In reality though, if Michael was responding to every time such a story appeared, he would be doing little else.

    It is clear that he has spoken with the new Manager (and Alan Shearer too) in the last few days and I am sure that both will have received whatever reassurances they need. Once Freddy Shepherd is out of the way and we have a new chairman (which will happen pretty soon whether he sells his shares or not), Sam can get on with the business of building for the future and we can get on with supporting the team we love.

    I think we should leave it at that and stop this constant questioning of Michaels integrity.

  • Rob Kirton

    May 27, 2007 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #35


    “If the fans knew nothing about the new clause (i guess leaked by Shepherd) none of this would be going on. It’s the fact that Shepherd has said his agents are shopping him around”

    – The real problem is that the story about his get out clause was not leaked by FFS, rather it was a Times journalist, who is also Michael Owen’s official biographer. Follow up articles have also repeated the claim about the get out clause. The only conclusion many including myself can draw, is that the leaked news of the get out clause and sum of £9 million pounds, has been sanctioned by Owen or his agent.

    FFS hasn’t handled the situation (in public) very well, however I agree with the sentiments he has expressed.

    By maintaining silence, Owen is leaving all options open, without potential damage to his ego. Imagine if he confirmed that he was considering his options and that there was a get out in his contract, and then the only phone call he had was from Roy Keane :0)

  • Ed Harrison

    May 27, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Rob – agree with you he’s leaving options open – there’s a story today that Spurs would be interested in Owen. Going to Sunderland would be bizarre!

  • bw positive

    May 27, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #37

    PHIL, Im with you 110 mate ! Well spoken. EVERY season, the premierships big clubs have their stars going through this problem. Henry to Barca, Drogba to milan, C.Ronaldo to madrid etc. Most times the players wont comment. Big players are used to this kind of thing, especially being hounded by the press. Newcastle hasnt really had a huge name star, since a younger Alan shearer. And I remember one time, shearer flirted with the idea of moving to inter milan prior to 2000 before coming clean that he is staying.
    I do agree that whilst Michael Owen should say something, the fact he has not doesnt/shouldnt be put into a context of negativity. Which so many of you on here are doing. Newcastle have had this problem for a while, when things are not how you would like, you look for blood. Facts are simple. The club recently has been incredibly unstable, manager going, newcastles season woeful, indecision at the very top. Why would Owen announce to the press, his intentions, if he had not held a meeting with the boss, which he only did wednesday night. The press are vermin, like I always say, best way to kill that threat is to starve them.
    Look at the positives in this. Close sources to sam, say that the meeting was great, very positive. Shearer himself, who sees Michael alot around the race courses says he will stay. Now obviously only MO can conclude this, but surely he would want to see the direction of the club, AFTER THE BOARD MEETING scheduled for next week, before Englands NUMBER ONE striker puts his heart into the club for the coming years.
    Dont be so negative, and stop compounding ammunition against the man. The lad hasnt done anything wrong. This is border line conspiracy mongering. The club has never been so healthy, EVER in my view. New 60,000 + stadia due, fantastic manager in sam and for once a REAL coaching team built around professional amptitude and not geographical relevance, a new multi billionaire ENGLISH businessman whoms main commodity is within sports, one whom understands the passion of our people and can relate to most owing to his youth. And to decorate a most perfect cake, we place the cherry, which is to see the release of the shambles once and for all.

  • Aussie geordie

    May 27, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Loan Owen out to Charlton for the season and pay most of his wages but get Bent on transfer in exchange. That’ll teach him to make a commitment and hve us a suitable replacement when hecks off.

  • bw positive

    May 27, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #39

    Theres fans and then theres Supporters.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 27, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #40

    bw positive – agree that the club has never been so healthy – and if Michael wanted to know the direction of the club before committing – it couldn’t be much more exciting.
    I think if we were all dreaming 4 weeks ago the scenario of Allardyce and Ashley would have been what we would have come up with – an English billionaire wanting to make Newcastle European champions – or close to it – within 5 years and winning the premiership within 3 years. I’m still having a problem taking all this in. 😀


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