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Michael Owen is at it again with vivid imagination on his time at Newcastle United

3 years ago
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Michael Owen is at it again.

The former England striker talking about his four years at Newcastle before walking away in 2009 after relegation as a free agent, without a backwards glance.

You wonder whether he actually now believes his version of what he says, especially when it comes to ‘forgetting’ so many negative aspects of what he did at the club.

Michael Owen has a habit of always trying to convince you that everything was beyond his control and it was only bad luck/injuries that prevented him being a massive success at St James Park – rather than his own actions (inactions?).

Michael Owen has been having his say once again on Sky Sports (a ‘Premier League Legends’ show dedicated to him):

“When I signed (for Newcastle), me and Shearer were banging in goals left, right and centre.

“Then we were playing away at Tottenham, I went in for a challenge with Paul Robinson – just trying to toeing it past him. It was never my ball to win really.

“As soon as I planted my foot all of his weight came down on it, I just felt the break straight away.

“That then just led to a nightmare 18 months.

“I was then basically two years into my Newcastle career (by August 2007) and I had only played six months, so you can imagine the frustration among fans, among chairman, amongst everyone really.

“Things happen in football…

“Obviously the club were compensated a lot of my wage (after injury at the 2006 World Cup) and everything else for being injured on international duty.

“In hindsight, the deal wouldn’t have gone through (ideally) because it cost the club a lot of money and overall it wasn’t a successful time.”

Just as a bit of background, Alan Shearer actually turned 35 on the day before the 2005/06 Premier League season kicked off.

So, after paying a massive £16m and ridiculous £6m wages per year, a LOT was expected of Michael Owen.

When he says ‘me and Shearer were banging in goals left, right and centre’, well actually by the time Owen got injured at Spurs, that was exactly the halfway point of the season (19th match) and Shearer had four goals and Michael Owen only seven. Not exactly tearing it up.

Owen had scored a hat-trick against West Ham two weeks before his injury but it had been almost three months since his previous one.

Plus, Newcastle weren’t going great guns as Michael Owen would want you to believe, as the new signings such as Owen, Boumsong (signed in the January) and Luque had disappointed, only a month after Owen’s injury, Souness was thankfully sacked.

The big thing when Owen was at Newcastle, was that fans were furious because they always felt the striker put himself first, especially when it came to England.

Paul Ferris recently revealed in his autobiography, how Michael Owen refused to play towards the end of the 2008/09 relegation season because he feared an injury might hamper him in getting a new club.

Likewise, towards the end of that 2005/06 season, Shearer had assisted new manager Glenn Roeder in a great late season run that sent Newcastle soaring up the table and an outside bet for seventh and an Intertoto place, which could lead to UEFA Cup participation.

Whilst Shola Ameobi delayed a much-needed operation to help the team, Michael Owen instead only had eyes for the 2006 World Cup that summer.

Owen only playing 30 minutes as a sub at Birmingham towards the end of that season and nowhere to be seen on the last day when Ameobi played and Newcastle beat champions Chelsea 1-0 to clinch that Intertoto spot.

Michael Owen magically ok though to then play for England and then knacker himself for Newcastle with yet another injury, as he gave his all for the national team…

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