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Newcastle United and Michael Owen – Shameless

10 years ago


If ever there was a film made of Michael Owen’s life/football career, I can think of no better title than ‘Shameless’.

Never has so much been paid by a football club to a player, for so little in return.

In an extensive interview in the Mail which you can read in full here, one particular sentence stands out –

“I’ve played for Liverpool, Real, Newcastle, Man Utd. I won 90-odd caps, scored 40-odd goals and don’t need to work again – so I’m not THAT unlucky!”.

No Michael, you are not unlucky, you are a parasite who fed on the corpse of a slowly dying Newcastle United.

In this very long interview in the Mail, Owen waxes lyrical about every aspect of his football and horseracing life and how he’s had to put up with the unlucky injuries and so on. The only mentions Newcastle get is a listing in the clubs he played for and his statistics whilst at St.James’ Park – 30 goals in 79 matches.

Not too bad unless you remember that this was over four years, each goal costing between one and two million pounds each and obviously he doesn’t bother recalling how Newcastle were relegated without him hardly lifting a finger/toe.

I’m not surprised Michael Owen doesn’t need to, “…work again”, none of us would have to if we’d earned just a fraction of what he screwed out of Newcastle United, money from our pockets.

The ironic thing is that Michael Owen will have made more money out of Newcastle United than any other club.

Not one word of remorse or regret though for his part in Newcastle’s decline and relegation, while his only thoughts were of England glory.

If ‘Shameless’ doesn’t float your boat as a title for Michael’s film, what about ‘Couldn’t give a toss – The Michael Owen story’.


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