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.