Shearer Scoffs At Retirement – Unsure Where Owen Will End Up

Alan Shearer has today completely slammed overnight reports suggesting that Michael Owen is ready to retire from football at the end of the season.


Michael Owen in training as Shearer looks on

 Shearer has this morning scoffed at reports Owen is quitting, and has backed his captain to have the last laugh by doing what he does best and scoring those goals:

“The reports are totally untrue and Michael has laughed them off – it’s totally ludicrous.” “Michael is a very big name because of the places he’s been and the things he’s achieved.”

“He will always be a major talking point.” “I have been in that position myself.” “But I’m telling you that given the chances Michael Owen will score goals.”

“He’s got the chance to have the last say out on the pitch by scoring those goals – the player always has the chance to have the last laugh.” “And I’ve still got every confidence in him.”

Owen, who is now 29 years old, which is the same age Shearer was, when Bobby Robson took over the club, and of course as we all know, Michael is a free agent in the summer.

But Alan Shearer still thinks Michael has what it takes to continue scoring goals:

“I am 100 per cent certain he will have a future in the Premier League.” “As to where that will be, here or elsewhere, that’s for a discussion at the end of the season.”

In fact if we do survive Alan Shearer and the Newcastle Board have lots of decisions to make on contracts with our players, but that will only come when we know which league we will be in next season.

If we stay up, then there are decisions to be made on Owen and Mark Viduka, both of whom are the highest paid players at the club, and the club has had little return from them at Newcastle.

Other players will already be on their way whatever happens, including players like Cacapa, Geremi, Barton, Xisco and others.

But once we know where we are at the end of the season there will be big news on contracts and big news on new players who will be arriving at the club under the Alan Shearer regime.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • JJJ

    May 15, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope Owen doesnt retire – as I think he still has something to offer the Wigans and Fulhams of this world.
    But I certainly hope he isnt here next season.

  • tdt

    May 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    He is good, i think the style we’ve been playing this season (crap!) has made his scoring suffer. how many times did u see him hanging past the last defender, waiting to spring the trap on monday night? that is his position, not helping out the midfield. Once we get a good midfield in the team, i guarantee he’ll be putting them away again.

  • Ericles

    May 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Lot of sense in what tdt says my lads!

  • simon376@work

    May 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Got to agree with tdt. Our midfield and general play has been shocking. If we could have supplied the ball to Owen’s feet or have somebody who could cross, he would have put at least another 10 away this season.

    As for next providing we stay up, I think if tehy are willing, we would be mad not to offer Owen & Viduka new contracts. Yes maybe at a lower rate, but when they play and score it perhaps takes them back up to what they are on now, would be the best bet. We know they can do it and we already have them. Why pay out millions on what could be a flop.

    As for the contract, my cousin who is a lot older than me (same age as my mother) used to play for Charlton. His first contract was a set amount each week then that was doubled if he played and extra depending on win/draw and score or setting up. Thats whats wrong with the game now. All clubs should go back to that kind of arangement.

  • JJJ

    May 15, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5


    He’ll score more goals without doubt if we have a better midfield… thats obvious…
    But so will Martins, so would Lovenkrans, or whoever plays.
    And I seriously doubt that Owen will ever score the amount of goals he used to. There is no doubt he is a good finisher but there is also no doubt that he is on the decline and not worth the wages we pay him.
    For what we pay him we could get a far better all round striker. than Owen. Someone much younger and with more heart and a better future.
    For me if he stays he has to be on no more than half his current wage packet and certainly not an automatic name on the team sheet AND definately not captain…

    Hopefully this press attention will put enough fight in him to try prove them wrong and he adds something to the team for the rest of the season.

    * Also, you say Owens role is not to help out in midfield, well its not a problem for better strikers in better teams like Tevez and Rooney and Drogba and even Anelka etc, so why shouldnt Owen add that aspect to his game???
    Is he too good for that? Certainly not… If he was a Torres contanstly harrassing the defense, creating something out of nothing then I’d agree, but he is slow and weak of finished…
    Im completely agree with the article, he needs to reinvent himself somehow to offer something more… If he cant then he should retire with some dignity in tact.
    Anyone who cant see that needs to pull there head out out EMO’s arse…

  • JJJ

    May 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Im sorry, Im in total shock people still want to offer another contract to Owen worth 100k a month so he can leech our club of another few million?

    I’d agree with giving Viduka a one year extention because he is still class on his day.

    For anyone who still thinks Owen is worth 100k a week… You clearly have never played or know anything about the game…

  • tdt

    May 15, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Who said give him the same terms? he should be offered a new contract at a lower wage in my opinion, with goal scoring bonuses. same with viduka. performance based pay.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    @JJJ – Viduka is on £80K a week for doing nothing. Want him gone. One game of craft a season is not worth £4 million in wages. No pay as you play either. Out the door.

  • pk08

    May 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    jjj if it keeps us in the premiership it will have been worth well over £4m, to the tune of £30-50million

  • pk08

    May 15, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    that was for jamesthefirst actually!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 15, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Be interesting to see where Owen ends up at the end of the season.

    We have had 4 years and it’s been painful so I say get rid…got a funny feeling he will stay even if the worst comes to the worst to maintain a high salary that no other club is prepared to pay.

    Rather have Lovenkrands than Owen and Ranger should be given a chance as well.

  • Widowmaker

    May 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t think keep Owen would be something worth doing in the summer no matter what his wage demands will be. He can’t be used as a impact player and he is too slow for counter attacks….

    The only team that could “march” his style is perhaps AC Milan. 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    May 16, 2009 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #13



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