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Carroll Situation Similar To Michael Owen’s In 2005

2:15 pm, Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

In 2005, Liverpool were interested in signing Michael Owen, after he had spent a year at Real Madrid, but they didn’t want to pay more than the £8M they had received from Real Madrid the year before.

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Michael Owen - while at Newcastle

Then Newcastle moved in and offered a staggering £17M ( money Newcastle didn’t have as it turned out) for the Real Madrid striker, and one of the reasons for that high bid was they knew Liverpool would be unwilling to pay that amount to get their striker back.

25,000 Geordie fans welcomed Michael to St. James’ Park that summer, but the next four years were to be a list of injuries that kept Michael from playing for the Magpies, and at the end of his contract, Newcastle had been relegated in 2009.

Owen played only 79 times for Newcastle and scored 30 goals in his four years at Newcastle, and that was not a lot for a player getting £110K/week.

The situation with Andy Carroll seems similar to what it was in 2005 with Owen, with West Ham bidding a sky-high £15.5M for the striker, partly because they don’t want his former club Newcastle coming in for him.

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Andy Carroll at West Ham

It seems that West Ham have been successful, because Newcastle will not pay that amount to get their striker back, although the Hammers still have to persuade a reluctant Gateshead lad to sign on at the east London club, as it seems he would love to come back home.

If Andy does sign for West Ham, for their sake, we hope he does a lot better than Michael Owen did at Newcastle.

Andy currently has an injured heel and will be out for four months.

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Tags: Andy Carroll · Michael Owen · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours




17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Spoof // May 23, 2013 at 2:08 PMI just hope this newly formed team don’t become too successful, I would hate to think that we would have nothing to moan about lol

    283Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:14 PMSpoof… and with that world class quote you are promoted head of PR! You will work closely with G on media and press reputation!

  • 2 Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Tsunki…. how does “Catering Executive” sound?

  • 3 Griff-toon // May 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I take it that I am alowed to use agressive marketing.

    My new strategy is to single you out 3 at the time:

    Tsunki – Your position as head of pies gives you free season tickets. Just because i like pies.

    The rest of you need to pay, we need the money! Us beeing on the 20th richest club list is missleading. Have you not heard about agent fees?

    Ruddy, Markaccus and TDS

    Have you renewed your season ticket?

  • 4 AMEOBI // May 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Just sign Carroll he’s what we’re looking for…

  • 5 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Griff

    If we’re talking hypothetical blog club season tickets then yes, yes I did! :D

  • 6 Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Griff…. i am a rugby man first. Therefore an armchaor fan ( as i believe the term is)
    This makes me.an ideal owner of a football club. Abramovich and sheik rattle-n-roll or whatever cities owner is called, are both basically filthy rich armchair footy fans.

  • 7 Spoof // May 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Ed, there is another striking resemblance between AC and Owen, you never get a full season out of either of them

  • 8 Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    So therefore i dont need a season ticket :D

  • 9 JP...from The Rock // May 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Ed give this Carroll talk a rest will ya!?

    He is not what we need anyway. We need pace upfront!

  • 10 martoon // May 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Does my dirty dekka role include dirty women?

  • 11 Rainrix // May 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Markaccus… Can i have a role? Preferably where i insult as many rival football teams and players as i can. Thanks cv can be found at http://www.blatantlyfakewebsite.co.uk/

  • 12 Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Spoof…. in reply to your last question. It is exactly that kind of in-your-face attitude that brings success…. whether you want it or not :D

  • 13 Consett Mag // May 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    There are difference between the two – Owen was interested in one thing only – his England caps.

    I think AC has a bit more depth towards this football than that.

  • 14 Markaccus // May 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Martoon…. it depends if the shower is broken or not ;)

    Rainrix… Your role is clear then. Blatantlyfakewebsite.com is genius.
    You are therefore our new website executive and will also be responsible for pasting abuse about other teams all over the internet :D

  • 15 catchy in norway // May 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    240Tsunki // May 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    i think your a fool if you think i only come on here to slate the manager,
    what is the point of watching something you dont enjoy? i see no point to wasting my time with it,
    does it make you a better fan to sit there and be quiet and put up with them just taking your money with nothing to show for it, so you can come on places like this and say iv been a supporter for 50 years,

    what do they say , a fool is easly parted with his money,

    i guess im not a true fan then , , but over this last season iv really had my eyes opened to how much crap ppl can put up with,

    these ppl who sit and watch and accept it, have no right to ever slag the clowns or the players off, not even if they pay money to watch the game,

  • 16 Tsunki // May 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Catering Executive it is! Here’s my first job, the dirty work of giving out the bad news…

    C.E. – I know you’ve been here many years, and have served us well in the past, but we’ve had quite a few complaints about you recently. These wouldn’t be so bad but now we are being threatened with an investigation by the Health & Safety executive, and you now that we wouldn’t be able to defend you. You’ve caused too much damage for us to just cover over. Were going to have to call it a day, sorry. You’re being replaced

    Chicken Balti Pie – What? Replaced what by?

    C.E. – We’ve got an almost identical clone to the greggs Steak Bake lined up.

    C.B.P. – I can change, I…can.. be a …a… Korma Pastie…or a…er…

    C.E. – Please don’t make this any harder than it already is…

    C.B.P. – Its because I am Indian, isnt it? ISN’T IT?

    C.E. – …………………………………………………………. Forget everything I said, I didn’t mean it ha ha ha just a joke ha ha ha got you there – right back to work enough of this joshing around ha ha….

  • 17 Graeme // May 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Hopefully West Ham sign up AC very quickly – do you think we would have to pay them much to take bambi as well??




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