Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has issued a reminder to England striker Michael Owen, that he owes the Newcastle United Football club big time, for all they have done for him over the last three and a half years.
Freddy Shepherd – Owen owes Newcastle big time
Freddy talked to the Daily Express this morning and said:
“The fans are not bothered about pay-cuts or anything like that,” “They are interested in seeing Michael Owen and they have not seen enough of him.”
“He has been injured a lot of the time since I signed him and he has barely played one in four games that he could have done had he been fit. He owes Newcastle another year.”
“He should remember what the club did for him, especially after his World Cup injury in 2006 in Germany. We looked after him and ensured he had the best care for the next year.”
“ I personally went to Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, and as a result we got the international insurance changed to cover not just £50,000 of a player’s wages but £100,000.”
“Michael won’t want to hear what I am saying but that’s the way it is. They say there is no loyalty in football any more but this is an extreme case.”
“He has been very well paid, handsomely paid, for four years and there should be some return for Newcastle. There should at least be a thread of loyalty.”
“Morally, Michael Owen owes Newcastle another year.”
Newcastle have played around 162 games since Michael arrived at the club on August 31st, 2005, in front of almost 25,000 fans who packed St. James’ Park for an event that was shown on TV and reported around the world, as an indication of fan loyalty.
25,000 at the ground and it wasn’t even a game!
But Michael has started in only 52 of those games (63 appearances) and scored just 29 goals, which has cost the club around £1.3M for every goal he’s scored.
That’s terrible value by anybody’s measure, and while it hasn’t been Michael’s fault, they are still the facts, and if he doesn’t sign for Newcastle in the summer, his deal on Tyneside will represent one of the worst returns on an investment by a club in football history, that’s for sure.
We don’t expect Michael to stay at Newcastle, once he gets offers next month, he may even sign a pre-contract agreement with some other club.
If Newcastle United are smart, they’ll be planning for life without Michael next month, and it’s the old cliche – we just don’t want any players who don’t want to play at Newcastle.
Why? Because there are plenty of players who are honored to wear the black and white shirt, and since we now have a manager who’s more than proud to be at this famous club, why would he want players who are not just as loyal and passionate, including his captain?
The Newcastle club comes first, and is much more important than any one player.