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The Sooner Michael Owen Shuts Up – The Better – He Shows No Class

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?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Sep 10, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope everyone is having a great day!!

  • carltoon

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    He was always a little creep.

  • Bring back benitez

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Irish Rob

    I’m not the police, my views are not everyone elses

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    What do I think Ed? I think you’re bang on the money in everything you say above.

    I also think you shouldn’t allow yourself to get too riled up by this waste of flesh.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Owen was better than Shearer #Ketsbaia

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m in total agreement with Ed – all we’re doing is giving a failed jockey oxygen, as he tries to grow his book sales.
    Here’s the deal Ed. I promise not to mention him again if you don’t.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    The trouble with Michael Owen … DOH!! 😀

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Michael who?

  • lochinvar

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Wonder if Owen gives space in his book to the reported tragedy surrounding his house builder or the poor unfortunate immigrants building the glass tower blocks for the clients he was fronting up for in the Middle east alleged building scandals that were the subject of TV documentary investigations and press reporting ?

    It’s irrelevant really, as is his book.
    What a waste of paper and space.
    Might be useful for bedding for the horses stables in the winter but that’s about it.

    What with him and Corbyn whinging on moving the other side of Hadrian’s Wall might be a good move and less painful on the ears, even if Nicola takes over. At least you’ll get free Irn Bru on prescription.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Not falling for that either OP. 😀

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #11

    There was a article on the horrible hobbit I read yesterday.

    Should and could’ve been a hero and legend at liverpool Real Us or Manuire but instead most fans dislike him.

    With his comments like “I dont have to explain myself to Nufc fans” shows the guys true colours, when he gets a thick lug of a Nufc fan (Shearee) there’ll be no explanation required there.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #12


    I dont know why anyone cares what Owen says, I’d guess they don’t and all this noise is to promote sales.

    I bet he’s only sold books to family, his fan club probably consists of friends and family and he’s the chairman.

    First love horses second love himself third love not football, I doubt he’s been to a dozen matches since retirement.

  • toon22

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13


    Agreed Ed

    It would have been better for both parties if he had just not joined the toon

  • Bring back benitez

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    The more people talk about Owen. There more exposure he gets

    Think of him like a troll!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Imagine the next match BT Sport cover involving us. *He who shalt not be named* and Rio trying to give their fair and evenly balanced opinions above hammers being banged on the reinforced glass – and that’s just from the MOTD suite next door.

  • Bring back benitez

    Sep 10, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #16


  • Just a fan

    Sep 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Op re mo
    His first love was money?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 10, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Just a fan

    You are correct sir, I forgot about the money..

    Wasn’t he the face

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 10, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19


    Patronising and condescending again I see. Anyone who doesn’t share your odd views is apparently thick are they? Oh dear…! Thing is we know after being told over and over and over again how you so bravely questioned Rafa on everything.

    You thought it was great Bruce was doing great long runs in ”old skool” training, completely disregarding his appalling record on injuries and lack of use of sports science. You also thought beating spurs with Rafa’s tactics was great.

    Well I may be thick in your opinion, but surely it doesn’t take a genius to realise that Rafa is a man with towering credentials, whereas Bruce is a renowned journeyman for his long ball game, dreadful injury record and -133 GD.
    Despite this you and Bills keep persisting in and enjoy denouncing a great manager in favour of a total non entity who no other PL team would ever entertain employing.

    If I am stupid in the belief that Rafa is so much, much better than bruce then I embrace my idiocy 100%.

  • JohnJ

    Sep 10, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    The last time THAT “little boy” was talking about Newcastle on BT Sport I pressed the mute button and left it like that until he was out of the way. What a whimp he is!

  • Bring back benitez

    Sep 10, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21


    Give over! Rafa has won a lot of trophies.

    Bruce has won a lot of …..?

  • mindcompressor

    Sep 10, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #22

    How many times did he injure himself during writing this so-called-book? Pencils and laptops can be lethal 🙂


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