Eriksson Not After Newcastle’s Michael Owen

Sven Goran Eriksson has ruled out making moves for either of his ex England stalwarts Michael Owen and David Beckham. Sven – who was confirmed as Manchester City’s new manager on Friday, is actively looking for transfer targets to bolster his squad for the coming season.

Eriksson has said he will bring in new faces soon, but he says he is not planning any moves for either David Beckham or Michael Owen – who could both be playing for Newcastle come January – with a little luck.


Sven Goran Eriksson

Certainly the next couple of years will be a testing time for Eriksson after not doing as well as expected for England in the last two world cups. He will need to repair his damaged image. However his record at club level is impeccable and Sven has now managed 10 clubs since 1977 Рthose clubs being Degerfors IF, IFK G̦teborg, SL Benfica, AS Roma, ACF Fiorentina, SL Benfica, U.C. Sampdoria, S.S. Lazio, England and now Manchester City.

Michael Owen’s future at Newcastle has been the subject of intense speculation all summer because of Michael’s ₤9M buy-out clause in his contract. Beckham will join up with second bottom MLS side LA Galaxy this month. The Galaxy have only 13 points from their 12 games in the West division of the MLS. David has been linked with a possible loan move when the season ends in America in November. Beckham will need this to ensure his England place – and of course Newcastle are once club interested in potentially taking David on loan in January.

However, Eriksson insists he has no plans to sign the two who played so well for him during his time in charge of England.

Sven Eriksson told the News of the World today:

“I didn’t even know that there was any possibility of Beckham being available on loan, but no, no, no. I haven’t thought about it and won’t think about it,” “He was a big favorite of mine [with England] but at Manchester City we are trying to build a great team, and when you’re trying to do that you don’t take a player for a couple of months.

“As for Michael Owen – he’s available? I didn’t know that. Michael Owen will always score goals for you…but I don’t want to read that I’m interested in signing him either.”

Well that’s at least one team not after Michael Owen – but as we’ve said before we think both Owen and Martins will be with the team next season. It will also be very interesting to see how our attack force does next season – it certainly seems deadly with Owen, Viduka, Martins and Ameobi vying for places.

Comments Welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Phil

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    If you believe that he does not know about Owens get out clause you would have to be very nieve. You would have to of been living on the moon not to here about it.

    I think it is more likely that he knows Owen would not take a sideways move like that. (possibly backwards?)

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Phil – wasn’t he living on the moon when he managed England?
    Oh sorry – they just played like he was. 😀

  • Brian Strand

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Managers never tell in public which players there are after anyway. Manchester C. cant give Owen anything that Newcastle cant offer. Only if a player gets injured from the “big four” in august a offer could maybe come, but with Owens bad injury, i dont think they (top four) are that interestet.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    brian – agree.

  • Craig

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘wasn’t he living on the moon when he managed England?
    Oh sorry – they just played like he was.’

    Ed, he achieved:

    Improved England’s FIFA World ranking from 17th place (Jan 2001) to 5th place (July 2006)

    Managed to reach the quarter final in three consecutive tournaments (WC 2002, Euro 2004, WC 2006). No other European country achieved this during this period, and on an international level only Brazil. England was also, apart from Sweden, the only European country that did not suffer elimination from group play or failure to qualify during this time (2001-2006).

    Achieved the highest point percentage in Major Tournament Matches of all time for an England manager.

    He is statistically England’s second best manager. I get annoyed when people give him unfair criticism, the media made him a scape goat, its that simple.

    The truth:

    England’s squad have been living on the moon for the past ten year.


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