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Owen – I Wasn’t The Same Player Newcastle Signed

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 27, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Aka drinking buddies.

  • Bearsize

    Oct 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone think that remy hates playing on the wing?? He knows thats the position mostly he will play here, goals are drugs to strikers, look at demba ba. Just saying though, might hold some weight!

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 27, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    What’s the difference between Sunderland’s squad and a puddle?………..A puddle has more depth…

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 27, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    How can you tell that the Elephant man is a Mackem ?………Because he look’s like one.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning all so excited today.it’s3:35 am here in Lima so better have a bit of shut eye. The pond life are going to need more than a blessing from the Pope today.Wish I could be over there to experience the build up to it all. 4-1 to the Toon today.

  • scout

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m watching it down south, the pub will be practically empty. It’s not quite the same but still woke up buzzing the thought of it.

  • scout

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Clattermole is gonna get punished by mr T today.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    another PR stunt today saying QPR have put a 10 million price tag on Remy, please guys don’t listen to this he still has a contract clause just over 6 million and Remy hasn’t been offered a new contract from QPR so it won’t go up to 10 million for us.

    imo this could be a kind of tactic to put MA off paying that kind of price.


    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    You could say Michael Owen was a good signing for us at the time.

    But you could also say that one signing made him more money than he knew what to do with? He spent more time on the bench injured than he did on the Pitch !

    I had the feeling that he basically only came to Newcastle to make money ?

  • 70TWO

    Oct 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Talking about cheap signings; some fans say those running the club lack ambition, I think they are more motivated by keeping the club financially stable. However, I do hope the money that is being generated is not being diverted away from the club and there is a steady improvement in the quality/price of players coming in to the squad. This would be a more long term plan and not instantaneous, but should establish the club at the top of the table on a permanent basis.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    This guy is just a kunt. Trying to makes excuses for the fact he could not give a shit about the club bu saying he never felt like one os us. Trying making a facking effort. I really hope someone just hits him with their car.


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