Good interview with Michael Owen in the Mag. He talks about being committed to Newcastle and wonders why he has to say this constantly.
To be fair to Michael he’s never talked badly about the club but his poor appearances record has worried fans.
There was so much talk about him leaving during the summer that at one point it looked like he would actually leave – but Michael says that was never the case.
Michael Owen – says he’s always been committed to Newcastle
Some validity to Owen leaving was given by Sam Allardyce, who said he couldn’t keep him if indeed he wanted to leave, because of the release clause in his contract.
If Michael can regain his best form this season then hopefully we can extend his contract and take that release clause out â€“ but that’s dependent on Michael producing the goods for Newcastle. Certainly we do expect Michael to have an injury-free season as Sam will take no chances with him – as some have done in the past just to have him playing.
Michael told The Mag:
“I have only ever said positive things about Newcastle and always been 100 per cent committed.â€
“Whenever I have been doubted I’ve always responded the best way I know by scoring goals. But I’m stubborn and won’t be bullied into saying things.â€
“I don’t feel I should keep coming out every week and saying I’m loving this, that or the other.â€
“There was no speculation until various pieces came out in the media saying ‘if Michael Owen doesn’t say this, then I’ll tell him that Chelsea and Liverpool aren’t interested.â€
“My management company used to get phone calls from boardroom level saying I haven’t done this or I haven’t done that, or we want more interviews on this.â€
“But when I’m injured I just put up a shield and take the abuse and remember who said it.”
Good interview and a goal today from Michael (with a win and clean sheet) would have a lot of fans enjoying a drink in Newcastle after the game â€“ let’s rephrase that – really enjoying a few drinks in Newcastle