Michael Owen’s Retirement
The day Michael Owen first stepped onto out onto the St.James’ Park pitch in 2005, was basically the day he retired.
A club he never wanted to come to but who were willing to pay the most money, welcome to the life of Michael Owen.
Yes he suffered badly with injuries at Newcastle but we were never left in any doubt that his only focus was on being fit for England, he even admitted afterwards that he should never have gone to that World Cup in 2006 as he wasn’t physically right.
You can pretty much divide Owen’s career into two parts, before and after signing for Newcastle.
For Liverpool & Real Madrid he scored 131 league goals in 252 matches, since signing for Newcastle he has put away 31 goals in 102 league matches.
In seven years he has averaged less than five goals a season and when you also bear in mind he scored all but a handful of his 40 England goals pre-Newcastle it gets even worse.
Owen wrote on Twitter this (Thursday) morning: “The manager (Fergie) informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract. I have loved every minute of the three years I have spent at such a fantastic club.
I now plan to have a short holiday during which I will contemplate my next move”.
I think in terms of lack of self-awareness, Michael Owen runs Joey Barton awful close, a holiday from what exactly?
Injuries played a part but we signed a player in 2005 who never ever was going to earn his wages. In the time when he was injured, why did we not see him out and about on Tyneside making appearances to bring a little bit of happiness into the lives of those less fortunate and also repay the Newcastle United fans in some small way for their generous welcome and the even more generous way they filled his pockets with gold?
The last seven years will have certainly been the most productive for Owen in terms of making money but it is a different story for the clubs employing him and the fans who help finance them.
I wouldn’t mind betting that we see Owen turning up next in some nonsensical middle eastern league (like sunderland’s Gyan) where the level is atrocious but wages are astronomical.
That is if Michael Owen can be separated from his true sporting love, his racehorses.
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