Owen to Manchester City – What Nonsense

There’s news exclusively in the Sun today that Manchester City manager Sven Eriksson would like to sign Michael Owen in January from his current club Newcastle United.

The report says that Owen is unsettled at Newcastle and it opens the door for Eriksson, who has always been keen on Owen as a top class player.


Michael Owen – Sven Eriksson wants him at Manchester City?

The Sun isn’t exactly a newspaper that can be relied on for reporting the truth and it looks like this story is completely made up. It even quotes a fee of around £15M that it would cost City for Owen and says that may be too much for Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

This story is complete nonsense.

We would not be surprised if Sam has been on the phone with Michael to make sure all is OK with him, because the press is blowing this unrest out of all proportion. Owen needs to understand that Newcastle fans are justifiably unhappy that Owen has played few games for Newcastle and almost as many for England in the 26 months he has been at the club. That’s a fact.

But that doesn’t mean they are unhappy with Michael at Newcastle. They just want to see him play more games and score goals. These stories on Owen are getting out of hand but we trust Sam, who is known to be an excellent communicator with his players, is in contact with Michael.

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • richupindisbiatch

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    jus a lilttle story to fill their 99% red bullsh1t newspaper

  • Bill F

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Richup……etc., wow is that a political comment, can I bad mouth religion as well Ed? not that I disagree as I see most politicians in the George Orwell aspect.

  • gjdevon

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    just makes you sick the fact that a newspaper can just make something up like this (and other stuff) and people actually believe it !!
    Must be hard for the players and managers concerned, cos if they make a statement denying it , the papaers the next day would read something like “Micheal Owen turns down £15million move to man city “shock horror

  • Phil The Blue

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Owen wants to go to a bigger club.

  • Unbroken1

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    This is all related to this club/country dispute ‘story’ which the press seem determined to make stick…

    Owen has denied it, Allardyce has denied it, McClaren has denied it.

    Chances are it’s all BS, but despite what these fellas say, they do read their own press and it isn’t long before paranoia sets in and sometimes the press can create a genuine situation out of nothing.

  • Lee

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Of course its rubbish, to say 15million is too much when we had 27million deal accepted at the start for torres, is ridiculous. if we wanted to bid 15million for owe i dont think we’d be scratching our purses. I’d like to see Owen arrive but in all fairness to lad he’s never stated anything other than his commitment to newcastle and to prove his worth to the geordie faithful. what ever happens with owen and big sam, if the sun reports its rubbish, that much is true!

  • Colin, Always Blue

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    He wants to get away from Barton…..

  • richupindisbiatch

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    owen wots to go to a bigger club is dat rite phil even though uve never been in euerope or champs leag n plus u nearly got relergated last season lol wot a chump.

  • Will

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Flog the midget crock

  • paul p

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    paper talk paper talk paper talk. why cant they find something else to talk about eh. i am sick to death of hearing michael owen this, michael owen that caus the truth is, he will be at newcastle for a few years yet let me tell you. talk about unsettling the player, the club, the countries plans before a big big 5 days worth of football is just utter rubbish. i wish the press would get the facts right before they start blabbing their mouth’s off at fabricated stories.

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Going to play Devil’s Advocate here…would it really be so bad if we sold Owen to City for £15 Million? That’s a lot of change for a player who, although world class on his day, has simply not played enough games for us. I like MO but I just wonder whether we should take the money now rather than allow his escape clause to come into affect next summer and he leave for a lot less than that. Of course at the same time MO might say no to City knowing full well he can go to any club he wants come the summer for a lot less. Just a thought….in all honesty I would like to see him sign a new deal before January to loose that clause and dispel any transfer rumors about the lad.


    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:07 AM

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    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:09 AM

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  • chris

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    If the Toon could get £15m for Owen then I think we should take it. I’m fed up with the whole media reporting on Owen this and that. It’s always negative towards Newcastle aswell.
    I know the story is bull, but I’m sick of hearing story’s that a 3 year old could make up, and the fools that actually buy the papers in the first place, and pay these idiots wages are just as bad.
    Owen is a world class player no doubt, but when he plays his next 2 games for England he will have played more for them than he has for us. We have every right to feel aggreived, it’s not Owens fault it’s just coinsedence sp. that he’s always fit for England, but the press love it and a day doesn’t go by without some negative report concerning Owen and Newcastle.

  • hadrian

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    you lot keep telling yourself he will be here next season ….

  • Steely

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    It may well be all paper talk, but just watch this space in Summer ’08 if Man City have had an amazing league finish (i.e Top 4).

    And if they are going to offer £15 (I doubt very much that would be the case though), then let him go.

    There’s too much controversy surrounding Owen every bloody week – whether it’s unfounded or not – and it’s unsettling for a club and its supporters. Will NUFC ever have a season without a major issue cropping up?

  • Jack

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    As a City supporter I think that this story is just another Sun ‘news’paper filler. Much as SGE might like Michael (as do I btw) I can’t see MO letting down a club that has stood by him through his injuries. He’s a pretty straight guy from what I can see. And just as an aside, he’s probably at the top end of the age range for City who are building a very young team.

  • Jerry

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    £15m for Michale Owen???? We should be biting their hands off!!!

  • cheese

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    He wants to play in a team with a creative midfield who can supply him with the ammo to score goals. Just you wait ’til you see Barton’s full range of passing. LOL

  • ssdd

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    if i’m Sam , i will let him go for 15 millions!
    his wage is ridiculous if compare with the number of game he played for us
    fragile player hmmm

  • Rocky

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    “If there is truth in this which I seriously doubt surely this would be briliant news for the Magpies. Getting 15mio. pounds for one of the most injury prone players in the world and getting rid of a player with a +100.000 wage deal is surely a dream come true. Additionally it would also help Mighty Sam to finally settle on a strikeforce i.e. Viduka and Martins and allow these to gel. Smith would then be a good backup, allowing Emre more games in midfield and adding some much needed creativety. However that said I cant really see any club wanting to buy Owen. I certainly wouldnt want to touch him with a pair of iron thongs before he had completed aleast one season without injury. “

  • DGB Blue

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Everyone knows Newcastle will not do anything special while That bung taking long ball merchant manager of yours is at the helm. Im not saying we would want Owen but it terms of playing total football that only Arsenal can better with a complete squad assembled with a net outlay of £50m quid I know who I would want to play for and I can only feel sorry for you poor Newcastle boys who will have to suffer crap football and average results for seasons to come. Sounds like our last 30 years but this dog is having its day

  • Bill F

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    The thing about Michael Owen is tha………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • ToonKing

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I seriously doubt the sanity of people who say we should let Owen go.
    Owen is our best player and a different caliber then our entire team. He is crucial to our success, nobody can score goals like him. Everton game perfect example, i mean i like Martins but how many chances can the guy miss?? He’s not ready to lead the strikeforce just yet and neither is Viduka. Where would we be right now if Owen wasn’t with us??? What would have been the score against Everton and Wigan ?
    We need him and can’t afford to let him go, i can’t even think of a suitable replacement who can get the same amount of goals.

    As for him leaving us for City ?? i say hahahahahahhaha, it’s the same like saying he will leave for Everton , there is only 1 club in each of those city’s. 😉

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    lol Bill by sentiments exactly

  • bluecore

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #26

    I can understand Owen wanting to leave for a bigger club but what makes you think we want him?
    Look at the quality Sven has bought and the prices we’ve paid – we could get 3-4 great players for that much money and still save on wages.

    This is just media journos playing 2+2=64

  • leo

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27

    who would we replace owen with

    imagine we got shot of shola and took in anelka

    either get someone else in for owen or keep him

    id love to see kertzakov from sevilla

    keep oba martins

    and andy carrol. thats not a bad strike force i say

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #28

    who are city??? i have heard of united, but who the f**k are city!?!? l0l

  • Andy C

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29

    I think its really sad that the papers are putting so much effort into causing a rift between NUFC and Michael Owen, and i must admit it seems to be working, judging by his interview the ther day he definatly seems to think the Newcastle fans have got it in for him.

    I think what we are pissed off about is the fact that the media attach no importance to him playing for us and loads to him playin for England.

    I must admit i was angry that he didnt commit himself over the summer but he’s back now, commited and scoring goals. And the way Oba has been finishin lately we need Michael Owen, so lets all get behind him at the Spurs game and show him we support him. In turn this will stick a big two fingers up at the wankers writing these stories.’Theres only one Michael Owen’

  • Andy C

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Youve only played a handful of games so far this season and all of a sudden your lording it about thinking your big boys again. Give us a break you losers, as soon as Ferguson has retired Sven will be straight down Old Trafford seeing if that job he wanted so badly a couple of years back is still up for grabs. Then he’ll rape you for yor best players and all of a sudden your a small club again.

    Then its back down to the Championship for you!!!!!!

  • Andy C

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #31


    comment above aimed at Man City fans, obviously!

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    wont be long until micah leaves for Arsenal, and exactly how long do Man City fans expect to hold on to players like petrov and elano??? one maybe two more seasons if they are lucky. let’s just let the city fans have their moment because we all know it will not last long, they have NEVER been a top side and they have no chance of entering Champions League

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Andy C – but you’ve got to give Sven some credit though – it looks like he’s done a great job so far. Quite honestly it wouldn’t upset me at all if Newcastle and Man City both did great this year.

  • toonUSA

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #34

    I would take 5 mil plus Elano from City for Owen 🙂

  • Ossie Ardiles

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Fat sam missed out on elano, don’t make me laugh. that fat headed pie muncher couldn’t spot a player of elano’s quality, that’s why he’s signed Faye, Smith and this is the funniest 1, Joey Barton.
    Don’t worry if you do sell Owen, i’m sure potato head will spend the money wisely, perhaps Kevin Davies and Jardel are at the top of his shopping list…..
    Face it Owen only signed for you because no one else was stupid enough to pay all that money for an injury prone softy..

  • ChrisCity

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    As for the guy saying Owen leaving for City would just be like leaving for Everton…I must point out that both City and Everton are bigger clubs with more tradition than yourselves.

    City manage to get crowds in the 40,000’s despite having not finished in the top 6 since the early 90’s, despite having not played in a cup final since we battered you in 76 and despite being a mile down the road from the most successful team of the last decade and a half.

    If Owen left for City he’d be playing in a higher quality team which play better football. The north east clubs are just so materialistic.

    ps You’ve got Joey Barton, You’ve got Joey Barton HA HA HA HA

  • Paolo

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Hahaha…Newcastle fans having a go at City’s lack of success…..that really is priceless….

  • Hadji

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #38

    For 15 mill i would definetly go for it,as a replacement for him i’d go for Pandev from Lazio.That could save us 3 mill and we’ll get a much better player than Owen.
    I have never ever seen Pandev injured.
    Plus we wont need a huge salary for him,maybe around 50k per week.
    Don’t forget that Barcelona was after him 2 years ago offering 10 mill euros,and Wenger addmited that he would love to see him in Arsenal aswell.

  • Phil The Blue

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #39


    Not so very long ago: average NUFC gates;

    Season 1988/89 22,815
    1989/90 21,579
    1990/91 16,879
    1991/92 21,012
    1992/93 29,048

    1999/00 36,333
    2000/01 51309

    Fair weather supporters. The toon army is a myth, always has been. You are the new Bolton, even Alan Green said he wouldn’t pay to watch them. As for Man City and Newcastle, one European trophy each but we lorded it between 1968 and 1979 winning stuff along the way. Since you beat us to win the FA cup in 1955, one Fairs cup and nowt else.

  • Colin, Always Blue

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Dragoner – we’re the team that beat you 3-1 a couple of weeks ago – you know the team that has a far superior midfield than you do. I can’t wait for Barton to get back playing – you’ll have an even worse midfield then, and your set pieces’ll be dire too. Did you know he has it written into his contract that he must take every corner, free-kick, throw-in etc etc…… And as for Micah – you can only dream that you would have quality kids coming through the ranks like we do —- muppet!!


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