Michael Owen is the gift that keeps on giving.

What he doesn’t seem to appreciate is that especially when he is talking about Newcastle United, anything he says will be reflected back on him and how he carried himself when ‘playing’ for Newcastle.

No need here to recount his lack of loyalty and commitment to NUFC when he was at St James Park but for him to take the moral high ground and say to any Newcastle player that ‘He needs to have a good hard look at himself before he puts on the famous black and white shirt again’, takes some gall.

Michael Owen was talking about Jonjo Shelvey and his red card against Tottenham and whilst it was a pathetic way to be sent off, Shelvey has given Newcastle far more than Owen ever did.

Always putting England first and seeing Newcastle as an inconvenience, Michael Owen then walked away without a backwards glance when the club were relegated in 2009. After picking up around £20m in wages over a four year period, he had no intention of staying and helping to redress the disaster, whereas Shelvey did exactly that and was key to last season’s promotion.

As for Sunday’s match, Michael Owen sees Newcastle picking up their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw.

The former NUFC player thinking Rafa’s players were ‘well in the game’ before that sending off.

After a tough start against Tottenham, games against the likes of Huddersfield and West Ham in the next eight days will give us a decent idea of how tough this season is going to be.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“Hard to know what to say about Jonjo Shelvey’s latest red card against Spurs last weekend other than he let himself and his teammates down.

“He needs to have a good hard look at himself before he puts on the famous black and white shirt again.

The Terriers could not have dreamt of a better start to their first PL season, but they may have to settle for a point against the Magpies who were well in the game against Spurs at St James’s Park until they went down to ten men.”

Michael Owen betting recommendation: Game to finish 1-1 at 11/2

For all betting odds on Huddersfield v Newcastle go HERE,

Newcastle to win at 9/4 looks inviting, whilst Dwight Gayle 6/1 first goal also catches the eye.



  • TheNutJob

    against Spurs we were poor, our ball retention was poor & even before the nutter was sent off they ran rings around us in midfield, 11 players or not we were never going to win that game and it`ll be backs to the wall on Sunday again
    sorry lads but we just haven`t got the quality to make a go of it in this league.
    survival is the name of the game this season

    • TheFatController

      Don’t be sorry, it’s not your fault

  • Leicester Mag

    The minute Owen damaged his knee playing for England his time as a top striker was over. Yes we paid over the odds for him and he was shocking value for money. Neither Newcastle or Owen could have foreseen this though and without the injury things may have been different. He is right about Shelvey his actions weren’t fit for a Pub team. Suggest he is at a crossroads one more incident and he becomes toxic. Every opposition targeting him every ref watching him if not there already

    • MadMag83

      Don’t allow the facts to get in the way of a sly dig at a former player!

  • Simon Ritter

    Typical Owen cliche. How revealing he didn’t say: “Shelvey let down the supporters.” Such a thought would never occur to the world’s most boring “TV pundit”. Loyalty is a two-way street, which is why so many fans despise Michael Owen. As for the Spurs match, at half-time it had 0-0 written all over it. Two teams who still seemed to be in pre-season mode, neither goalkeeper extended, a disjointed showing from United partly because of the substitutions, Spurs looking nothing like the second-best team in the Premier League. Atsu was the brightest spark on the pitch until the red card restricted his ambition. Remember, this season is a marathon, not a sprint, as Owen will probably say next week.

  • Jezza

    The hypocrisy. I doubt there has ever been a Newcastle United player who needed to take a “Good hard look at himself” more than that wee shight Owen.

    • Ken

      Too right Owen and Sissoko never earned the right to comment on Newcastle

      • Leazes Ender

        We did make a huge profit on Sissoko though.

        • Ken

          Indeed but not enough to make up for what Owen cost in wages and fees

    • Albert Stubbins

      Lol. Shot jezza. Nail on head.

  • Steve Pearce

    Thanks Jezza – you must have read my mind and nicked my comment even as I was thinking it! As you have obviously spent some time in there I have to tell you that I bear no responsibility for any damage incurred to your mental health although as you appear to be a fan of heavy music maybe you’ll be OK. By the way I agree with you!

  • East Durham Mag

    Shelvey gets too excited and is full on committed and as for Michael Owen he doesn’t really seem to understand eff right off does he?

  • Kneebotherm8

    As said,at least Shelvey was on the pitch to get sent off,we couldn’t get Owen on the pitch in his years here and he probably played more times for England than us in his time here.Waste of space.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Who gives a flying what Jason Manford sorry Michael Owen thinks,this irrelevant little man was at the heart of when it all started to go wrong under Souness and couldn’t wait to jump ship as soon as we went down,funny how he wasn’t injured then.Cant bear to listening to him as a pundit and the way he jumped around when Barcelona made that dubious comeback in the champions league was wrong for loads of reasons especially been an ex Real Madrid player.

  • Rich Lawson

    No mirrors in your house then Michael ?