We had reported last night how Newcastle’s acquisition of Michael Owen from Real Madrid in August of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager turned out to be a bit of a disaster for the club, and Michael played only 79 times for Newcastle over that four year period with 30 goals, and it’s one of the worst deals ever made in the Premier League.
Michael Owen while at Newcastle
Michael had hamstring injuries while he was at Liverpool, and maybe the Reds played him when he wasn’t fully fit at times, and once he turned about 25, Michael had various injuries that continually interrupted his career, and his decline seemed to start when he arrived on Tyneside. 🙁
But Michael is open and truthful about this and he had this to say today:
“I’d had injuries and wasn’t the same player they’d signed four years before.” “I only saw Mike once or twice at the training ground in two years — that was it. He seemed a nice chap, smiled and said hello. But I never sat down and had a conversation with him.”
“Geordies are Geordies, they like their own. They either want a big name like Kevin Keegan or a local hero like Alan Shearer. Kinnear was a surprise appointment as manager when I was there, and when he came back as Director of Football. “
“You can only assume Mike Ashley and his team want to surround themselves with people they know.”
Michael was the last really big signing Newcastle made, and under Mike Ashley Newcastle are always after bargain buys one way or the other, and Newcastle always know which players are coming on the market as free agents, who they can sign for very little, since they don’t have any transfer fee associated with them, and therefore can be brought in ion the cheap.
But it’s a far cry from the great ambition Newcastle used to have when John Hall and Freddy Shepherd were running the club.