Following Newcastle’s relegation being confirmed on Wednesday night, Michael Owen says that he finds it ‘bitterly disappointing’.

Judging by what we saw and heard when Michael Owen was at Newcastle United for four years and hardly lifted a finger/toe whilst the club sank into the Championship in 2009 and then walked away guilt and financial penalty-free like it was nothing to do with him, plus everything we have seen and heard him utter since…

I have to say that when I hear him use the phrase ‘bitterly disappointing, it doesn’t provoke a mental image of Owen crying himself to sleep every night because of Newcastle’s plight. It makes me think that it is on the same level for Michael Owen as when one of his horses finishes 5th rather than 4th in a race – he has a very momentary flash of ‘bit of a shame that’ but then ‘oh well, what kind of biscuit will I have with my cup of tea?’.

Owen says that he is ‘convinced’ Newcastle will be back in the Premier League ‘at the first time of asking’, which is more than most Newcastle fans feel given the uncertainty hanging over St James Park.

Michael Owen though does share in one thing with every Newcastle fan, saying he hopes Rafa Benitez can be kept at the club on a long-term basis.

Ironically, the club (Everton) that Owen supports has been widely put forward as a possible alternative destination for Rafa Benitez, though you only have to read what Everton fans have to say about that if you wrongly think there is any possibility of that happening.

Michael Owen predicts a draw when Newcastle and Spurs meet on Sunday but the only result United fans are interested in now is whether Rafa will stay and oversee better times at the club.

Michael Owen speaking to BetVictor:

“It is bitterly disappointing to see my old Club in the Championship but I’m convinced they will bounce back at the first time of asking…

“Hope they can hold on to Rafa Benitez who didn’t quite have enough time to turn things around.

“Spurs have had a magnificent season but they may have to settle for a point which will be enough to see them finish as runners up.

“They deserve to end the campaign in second place in the table.”

Michael Owen prediction – Game to finish in a draw