We saw Michael Owen’s attempts at rewriting his Newcastle history yesterday, when he said that Newcastle had never offered him a new contract, and had even lied about it, and our advice to him at the time was to keep a diplomatic silence.
Michael Owen – while at Newcastle
This is what Michael had tweeted about what really happened at Newcastle yesterday:
“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.”
And it seems that day was today.
When we were relegated there was no way we could afford Michael, and the real reason Newcastle fans were and are upset at him was as captain he said nothing for those last five months of the season, and that for £110/week in wages, he couldn’t even make the side in the final crucial games of the season – when he was fit.
After we were relegated and without even uttering a word, his helicopter was seen leaving Newcastle for his home in Chesire – and he was gone – and to a lot of Newcastle fans it’s been good riddance.
Michael has been forced to restate what he rally meant yesterday, as obviously a certain Mr. LLambias has been in touch with him about what really happened.
This is what Michael tweeted today to clarify things – like the truth:
“Just to clarify. My tweet yesterday referred to no contract offer after Newcastle relegation. Which I said was understandable.” “Newcastle did make me an offer to extend in 2008 when Joe Kinnear was manager.”
“Apologies to the club if there has been any confusion.” “I just didn’t want the fans to think I had deserted the club after relegation. I didn’t.”
Michael doesn’t want Newcastle fans think he deserted, but it’s the way he conducted himself when things were down to the wire, and after all he was the captain, that was why Newcastle fans criticized him.
Remember the way then manager Alan Shearer was completely and utterly devastated after the Aston Villa defeat as he seemed in a daze walking aeound the puitch, we never saw that kind of emotion from Michael Owen at Newcastle – ever,
As we said yestreday, sometimes it’s best to keep a diplomatic silence, especially when the real facts are not on your side.
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