Michael Owen cost Newcastle United around £17M back in August 2005 when we signed him from Real Madrid after he had left Liverpool one year earlier.
That’s when Rafa Benitez took over as manager of the great Merseyside club, and Rafa won the Champions League in his very first season.
Newcastle were willing to pay way over the odds and a lot more Liverpool (make that Rafa Benitez) were prepared to pay to get him back to Anfield, and so and he ended up at Newcastle.
Now Michael has written his new book Reboot.
In it he says he never wanted to sign for Newcastle – well that’s a good start!
Michael wants to sell as many copies as possible, and he has embarrassed himself greatly in the last week or so by criticizing Alan Shearer in particular and Newcastle United in general.
What a cheek!
It shows no class at all.
Michael Owen – fans never took to him
Usually, when you do this, you can back it up by having done well at the club you played for.
But he was a complete and utter disaster at Newcastle and was always injured.
In the final year of his contract at Newcastle, we were relegated, and he couldn’t even make the starting line-up when Alan Shearer was the manager.
He then disappeared from Newcastle within a day or two and hardly said a word – some leadership there!
Michael was nearly always injured at Newcastle and was way past his best – due to the many injuries he had picked up already in his career.
He didn’t always put Newcastle first in his priorities and at the time he was (too) keen to play for England.
We’ll not go into details about Michael’s exposes about Shearer and Newcastle in his book.
They’ve been very well-publicized; other than to say he has proved he has no class or dignity as a person.
You should never burn your bridges when you leave a club or job.
As a comparison of commitment and talent, in 10 years at his home town club, Alan Shearer played 405 times for the Magpies with 206 goals.
His 206 goals is a Newcastle record, beating Jackie Milburn’s 200 goals.
That’s an average for Alan of 40 appearances a year and about 20 goals a year over 10 years.
At £15M he was one of Newcastle’s best-ever buys – maybe the best.
Michael Owen signed 9 years after Shearer had signed (he signed August 2005) and in five years at Newcastle – half of Alan’s tenure – he scored 30 goals in 79 appearances.
That’s an average of about 16 appearances a year and about 6 goals a year.
At £17M he was one of Newcastle’s worst-ever buys – maybe the worst.
Michael Owen should stop criticizing Newcastle and show some dignity – he comes over as selfish and even a victim in his own mind while at Newcastle.
He would be well advised to shut up – at least about his time at Newcastle.
Well, that’s what we think.
What do you think?