Advice to Michael Owen – Keep A Diplomatic Silence

33 year-old Michael Owen announced at the beginning of the week, that he will retire from football at the end of the season, and there’s no argument that Michael was once a world-class striker – but not since at least 2006, when injuries interrupted his career at Newcastle, Manchester United and now Stoke City.


Michael Owen while at Newcastle – shown with Viduka and Barton

Michael was at his best at Liverpool, where he was simply brilliant, but that’s when he picked up some serious hamstring injuries, and after leaving Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004, after six seasons on Merseyside, he was never the same player again.

One year after joining Real Madrid he left in a massive £17M deal for Newcastle United, and the Tyneside club also paid out £110K/week in what would go down as one of our worst transfer deals ever – although at the time it looked a fanatic acquisition for Newcastle, with 25,000 fans turning up at St. James Park, simply to welcome Micheal to the club.

Owen played only 79 games for the Tyneside club in four years, and scored only 30 goals, at a total cost to Newcastle of around £39M.

And Micheal left Newcastle in his helicopter only two days after we were relegated on 24th May, 2009 and he was basically never heard from again at Newcastle.

Some would even say they never heard from him while Newcastle were fighting relegation in those dramatic months leading up to our relegation, because he gave no interviews, and wasn’t even a first team choice at the end of his Newcastle carer.

And he was the Newcastle captain at the time. 🙁

After appearing on the BBC’s Football Focus, when he talked about his four years on Tyneside, the striker had to tweet the following words – simply to defend himself:

“Newcastle fans, following my Football Focus interview, plenty of you tweeting me saying you don’t blame me for getting injured but for leaving when we got relegated.”

“Despite the club saying they did, they didn’t ever offer me a new contract despite them putting it in the press that they did. How could they when they had just been relegated? It would have been financial suicide.”

“I’ve seen it a million times, a club will blatantly lie to their fans to take the moral high ground leaving the player with no leg to stand on. I’ve taken the stick for years which is fine but you really don’t know half of it. All will be revealed one day.”

But this all completely missing the point – Michael is right say we couldn’t afford him in the Championship – but we didn’t want him anyway – and we did very well in our next season, when we ended up as winners of the Championship with a massive 102 points and 30 wins in 46 games – and thanks to gentleman manager Chris Hughton – amongst others – Newcastle came storming back.

Michael was world-class while at Liverpool, but after he left the Merseyside club, mainly due to injuries, he rather quickly became little more than an ordinary player.

Our advice to Michael would be to keep a diplomatic silence – sometimes less is more – and the lad was world-class at Liverpool but nowhere near that performance level after only one year into his contract at the Tyneside club.

Leave it at that Michael – because you simply cannot win the argument – whatever it may be – not at Newcastle anyway.

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39 comments so far

  • rasul

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #1

    F u Owen 😀 And i wont buy ur book “”!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #2

    @ Krul

    Don’t count on it. I’m half cut already 🙂

  • Krul to be Kind

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #3

    even better BPC haha

    I’m just starting


  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Greedy little two faced parasite.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Michael Owen may have scored a decent amount of goals for Newcastle but his heart was never in the club and he never tried to maintain any kind of rapport with the fans. In fact he eventually seemed to regard the club with some disdain.
    His only two loves ever were money and England in that order and he was the club’s biggest ever drain on finances. Never a footballer,or indeed a person, for whom the average fan could identify, he will never be remembered with any degree of affection by the Tyneside faithful. And that’s his loss.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed that should read
    Advice to Owen- count ya money keep ya fcuking mouth shut and p1ss off quietly into retirement because nobody is interested in your story, especially the last 7 years of your career in which every line of your story must open with “as I watched from the bench/physio table”
    Bell end

    Previous post spot on mate, they need to gel into a consistent unit yet and I’m sure the performance’s will soon follow
    Think this season we just needed them to come in and get some points on the board
    We have all pre season to get some fluency into our game and hopefully we will get buisness done nice and early!

    I’m still on the fence with ash i think the good he’s done is equal to the bad atm, hopefully all will be put right in the summer and the club can really push on next season!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    The only thing I hold against him is he didn’t care one bit for the town. Coming from Madris he sen himself as above us.

    He never wanted to come to Newcastle but was forced to as fat freddy the clown outbid every other team by miles and paid him much more than anyone else would, so much so that he was impossible to sell.

    It’s not his fault he cost us £40m or that he got injured. Blame Freddy for paying £40m on an injury prone player past his best who never wanted to join. At least he did better than some of the other disinterested crocks we bought like Kluivert, Marcelino or Luque.

    Fat Freddie was the Souness of the chairman world.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #8

    The way Owen goes on you would think he was one of the all time greats. Yes for a period of time he most probably was but as soon as he went to Madrid his career has been on a constant downward spiral and he was living on his reputation rather than skill for a good few years. Now that his playing days are over, beware, lock up your horses 🙂

  • JackButler

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #9

    One of the papers today claim that Owen wants to become an agent……………….. he should be a good one has he knew how to get money for nothing at Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester and Stoke

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #10

    @ JB

    You sure it wasn’t for a conman 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike Williamson,
    I was one of the few people who defended him because of all the reasons you pointed out,but his bad mouthing of us since he has left and that nonsense about sitting on the bench at a big club and the joining Stoke,just a shame he wont get one last chance to play at SJP so we can give the greedy little tw@t a proper send off.

  • robin

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Toondownsouth, it would be great if you offered some intelligent views you moron maybe this is because, you are from down south. As you come across like a right Tool, just like that big bell-end Krul, another intellectual free zone.

  • JackButler

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Could well be mate, all I know is that he’s made a ridiculous amount of money for someone who’s spent half his career either on the bench or on the treatment table

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

    @ robin

    Its funny that you claim to be a superior intellect yet call someone a “big bell-end” . How many years of advanced training did it take for you to come up with insults like that ? 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Living down south doesn’t mean I’m from down south
    Wouldn’t expect an inbread mackem like yourself to understand the concept of travel, or work or that some people even travel for better work
    Beats claiming benefits from me bedsit in pennywell ya scumbag
    Oh and it’s toonARMYdownsouth, toondownsouth is a completely different poster, perhaps you should learn to read before spouting off about intellect you complete idiot!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s funny that he never actually offers any form of football related opinion at all other than the usual boring pardew out sh1te that he spouts over and over but never offers a viewpoint as to why

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    I think robin is joe blog/beardo and all the other names he went through a stage of using.

  • aidantoon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Owen never done the job for us because of injuries!
    But also he never seemed to want to play for us anyway.
    A shame because if you give your all for the toon us fans will love you forever.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #19

    How many split personality nutters can there be on one blog!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Owen says it would have been financial suicide for NUFC to keep him.

    I guess it never occurred to him to take a pay drop to compensate for his non-stop injuries when we covered his £110k a week wages.

  • Graeme

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Some interesting ambitions of Mr Wenger – evidently he fancies signing Krull, Tiote and Cisse in the summer!!!

    Somebody said he had a “war chest” of over £100 million to improve the arse – I’m sure our Illustrious Owner would remove most of that for those players, but I could only see Tiote of those three having any chance of becoming an arse player!!

    Dream on Mr Wenger!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22


    I think Robin has outlined several times his frustration with Pardew. I think the main problem being we now have a lot of ” purple ” players but not a purple manager to match them.

    A bit like Hughes at city. Same players were going nowhere till Mancini got there

  • elpaso_geordie

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #23

    I like Cisse however big bids for him come in we snap that up straight away.
    Cisse is a scorer of great goals not a great goal scorer

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #24

    I have no problem with Owen.

    The lad was fantastic at Liverpool and England and had a good record at Madrid just never settled into the side.

    When at us he was amazing until he twisted his knee on England duty and lost his pace. That was his game and without it he never came back.

    I know it’s no excuse to not work for the team but when he signed he was in brilliant form then when he returned from his lengthy injuries he was not the same player and in a struggling team.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #25


    Cisse has a great record wherever he has been. I genuinely though this year he would keep scoring the simple goals from last year and not the spectacular but it’s been the other way round.

    Not sure how he manages that really haha

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Sell Cissed.

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27

    kaput Cisse kaput…sell

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Billson I dont think we are anywhere close to top 4 …the 3 or 4 players we buy had better be very good for that to happen. We have good days ( only at home ) but are quite an uncreative side, over reliant on Cabaye, who himself is probably overvalued, along with the very so so Tiote and the underachieving often injured HBA.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #29

    we paid 39 cool millions for 30 goals from owen . jesus H christ im sure i could fire in 30 goals for half that. what a bandit he is

  • Lucky Les

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #30

    We should always remember the first rule of becoming a successful club namely you do not sell your best players.In modern times and taking into account the current size and wealth of our club a proviso could be added “unless they pay stupid money”Krul Cabaye Tiote Colo and Ben Arfa were in my opinion our big 5 players at the start of the season.We seem set to lose Colo for domestic reasons so I would be very reluctant to lose any of the others and indeed we should , as in January, be looking to improve the squad by adding good quality players at a reasonable price.If we can survive this season add a couple of players in the Summer there is no reason why we should not be a good premier league side next season.

  • carl

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Why 5 players? Particularly at the beginning of the
    season at a time when Cisse’s goals per game was
    phenomenal !

  • Lucky Les

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Cisse was super last season but I like to see a player for a year before making up my mind.A striker is often found out in his second season by top coaches who have been hurt by his display on his arrival.Having said this I confess that my heart ruled my head and I had a little wager on his being top premier league scorer in the hope his form would continue!I still like Cisse and his ability to score out of the ordinary goals. Big season next season for him and of course for a number of others.


    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #33
  • Lucky Les

    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Never seen the lad play so cannot comment on his ability but whilst he is top scorer in Holland I wonder where that puts him in the European strikers pecking order.The Dutch league is below the Italian, Spanish, English, French and German leagues.I suppose this means that Big Andy will not be signing for WHU and may fuel speculation of a return to the Toon.Can’t see the Americans at Liverpool continuing to allow in the region of £80k a week to be paid out for the next few years to a player who never plays.Whilst his signing would not be universally popular he would add to our style of strikers and thereby increase our ammunition.There are, of course alternatives but would they move to Newcastle if London was available to them?


    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #35

    I would have andy Carroll back if we bought him for no more than 10 mil and he halved his wages, a typing more pricey than that I wouldn’t have him.
    I think we may just be co used on PEA if I’m honest, watched him against psg the other night and he looks fantastic, good change of pace, good shot, and quite skillful.

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Just watched the Owen interview on BBC. Genuinely staggered by the amount of hubris on display by he man. He hasn’t been at the top of his game for the better part of a decade. I don’t blame him for the injuries, I don’t blame him for the relegation. I do blame him for being handed the captain’s armband and often looking utterly disinterested when playing for Newcastle.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #37

    I’ll never forget that when Owens’ wife found out he’d chosen Newcastle she started to cry.

    It’s not his fault we threw money at him nor is he to blame for his fitness record with us.

    Good player, unlucky with injuries, playing for a shambles at the time.

    I remember being over the moon when he signed. Not unlike when we signed Shearer.

    Didn’t work out, that’s life, but don’t see how he’s to blame.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #38

    Caveat- yes, he was a shit captain.

    Probably just not suited temperementally to the role though, and again not his fault, unless you argue he should have recognised his own limitations and declined it.

  • mkhalaf

    Mar 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #39

    30 goals in 79 matches is a good record.. Don’t blame him for getting hurt,, seems to happen to a lot of players in Newcastle


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