When it comes to Michael Owen, I didn’t think anything would come close to the abuse heaped on him by Newcastle fans.
Stealing a living from the club on £110,000 a week over the course of four years, with very little in return – apart from getting him fit for England.
However, I knew a lot of Liverpool fans weren’t keen on him but I have really had my eyes opened this week.
Considering just how many goals he scored for the scousers and trophies won, it is astonishing what vitriol so many of them have for Michael Owen these days.
Liverpool made the decision this week to appoint Michael Owen as the club’s first official international ambassador, to ‘engage’ with fans around the world, as well as representing the club at various supporter and commercial events.
This was the reaction from Liverpool fans in the local media on Merseyside after the appointment was made public:
‘Not only is he boring but the guy is a simpleton.’
‘Apart from his disloyalty to Liverpool Football Club, he is the worst football commentator I’ve ever had the misfortune to hear.’
‘I genuinely thought it was a wind up at first.’
‘He deserves everything that comes his way from Liverpool fans. Have no sympathy whatsoever. he never give us a second thought when running his contract down.’
‘He was never loved by us like Fowler, Rush, Dalglish etc’
‘I hope they don’t let him talk as part of his duties, he’ll bore them to death.’
‘Get this f***ing revoked! We don’t want him. Scandalous. Whoever signed off on this also needs to go! Unbelievable!’
‘Why would Liverpool do this to us? It’s utterly unacceptable. We don’t want him. And i won’t change my mind. Go be ambassador at Manchester United!’
‘There are plenty of other players from the past who would be far more deserving of a job like this and who fans past present and future would appreciate…..’
‘What do you think they’re smoking over there at Anfield with this decision?’
‘His appointment is an insult to all loyal supporters.’
‘It doesn’t divide opinion at all, as that would mean some people would be happy with the appointment.’
‘As long as it keeps him away from the commentary box that has to be a good thing surely.’
‘Strange decision, always smile when I think he joined Madrid to win Champions League.’
‘Unbelievable. When he left I remember him saying he was going to the biggest club in the world.’
‘Hope he doesn’t pull a hamstring getting off the plane.’