Gossip Paper Should Be Sued Over Owen Retirement Report

Here they go again, the gossip press have out done themselves today with a rubbish report in the Daily Express saying that Michael Owen will retire at the end of the season.


Michael Owen – not retiring – not at just 29 years old

A report on Friday morning has claimed the Newcastle and England striker will become a full-time racehorse trainer and owner after quitting the game of football in the summer.

This is complete nonsense, and it continually amazes us that these papers get away with writing thus nonsense – they need to be sued, so they’ll think twice about some of the things they do write.

The Wasserman Media Group that represents Michael issued this statement this morning:.

“Any suggestion or unfounded speculation that Michael Owen has any intention of quitting football is totally untrue and wrong,”

“Michael remains as committed to his football career as he ever has been and is deeply and professionally offended that anyone should suggest otherwise.”

“Michael Owen has instructed lawyers to take action against any publication which he feels inaccurately or unfairly suggested he is quitting football and is damaging to his professional reputation.”

That’s a very good response, and let’s hope they take legal action, because some of these stories are beyond the pale in terms of rubbish and complete irresponsibility.

And of course a lot of the stories this season have been published with the intent of destabilizing the Newcastle club, and the club could also sue. Hey, we should sue and then use the money to buy a player or two – that would work – we can just see the headlines “Daily Express Bankrolls Newcastle’s Top Players” 😀

And in retrospect this may work to Newcastle’s advantage tomorrow, because if ever there was a time for Michael to show he still has a lot more football in him,  it’s in the next couple of games, starting tomorrow afternoon. Wouldn’t a hat-trick from Michael be something tomorrow – his name would be all over the place again!

Michael has had a tough season, like the rest of us, and he has his critics, but he’s a good lad and a better player.

Let’s give the lad a break – after all he’s one of the best strikers England has ever produced, and nobody can ever take that away from him.

You know Michael can still come good at Newcastle, especially with the great Alan Shearer at the helm.

Howay The Lads!!

5 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    May 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed – day before an important match. Ooh the timing – why not Tuesday or Wednesday!

    We’ll see what happens on Saturday.

    True story – there was a bloke where I sit kitted out in Everton gear on Monday night.

    We joked that he was a talent scout checking on Owen – turns out his mother was from Newcastle and he always attends our games if he can – asked him in the drinks cue – lovely fella – broad scouse and hard to understand but hey what can you do.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    …more of the muck-raking we’ve come to know and hate over the years.

    …”this may work to Newcastle’s advantage tomorrow, because if ever there was a time for Michael to show he still has a lot more football in him”

    ….very good point Ed. Shop window or not, it’s a good chance (albeit another) for him to silence his critics. I’d like the same line-up, substitutions AND scoreline as our last game please!

  • pk08

    May 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    i dont think its that unlikely he’d retire, definitely earned enough, has plenty of other interests outside football – particularly horses. and watching him, appears to have fallen out of love with the game and in truth probably not going to find it again with this club.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s still only 29 ‘pk08’, and hardly had a game for two years. He must want to finish on a high, surely. Although I can see him ‘doing a Beckham’.

  • Incognito

    May 15, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I really hope he does sue. The more these scummy rag ‘journalists’ are punished for fabricating stories for their own cause the better.


You must log in to post a comment.