In his excellent autobiography which came out earlier this year, Paul Ferris confirmed what all Newcastle fans think/thought of Michael Owen.

Ferris was a physio at Newcastle United back in 2009, as Newcastle vainly fought relegation.

As Ferris’ book revealed, Michael Owen certainly wasn’t focused on that particular fight…

Former Newcastle physio (and player) Paul Ferris included this in ‘The Boy on the Shed’:

The doctor and the three physios were sitting to my right in the medical office. Opposite me sat Michael Owen. I liked Michael and regarded him as a good professional. He’d complained of a ‘feeling’ in his groin after training, ‘like it was going to go’. He’d had a career ravaged by muscle injuries so I fully understood his caution. We’d had a scan on the area and it had picked up nothing. That was good news. Whatever it was, it wasn’t a muscle tear, which would’ve ended our best striker’s season and our best hopes of scoring goals in the last two games of it. The doctor relayed the positive news to all in the room.

I spoke to Michael first. ‘In light of the clear scan results do you think you’ll be fit to play against Fulham? It’s the most important game of the season. A win might be enough for us.’

Michael placed his hand over his groin. ‘Not sure, to be honest. It doesn’t feel too bad. But I’m out of contract at the end of the season. What if I rip my groin on Saturday? I’ll not get a contract at another club if I’m injured.’

I was a little taken aback by his reply. I didn’t share his reasoning. ‘But you already have a contract, Michael. You have a career here now with us.’

He didn’t like mine either. ‘I want to speak to Alan (Shearer) about this.’

I leaned forward and pointed at my chest. ‘You’re speaking to Alan, he’s here.’

He looked behind me and pointed. ‘Is he in the cabinet?’

It was getting silly now.

Moving forward to the present day and this conversation has now taken place on Twitter on 3 July 2018:

Fan Michael Phillips writing (with also an image of the page above from Paul Ferris’ book):

“All the sharing of Michael Owen goal against Argentina in the last day or so.

“Never forget what he is, as shown by the Paul Ferris book.

“No pundits or journalists ever challenge the golden boy on this. Disgraceful.”

Another fan Jason Miller commenting:

“If it wasn’t true then Michael Owen would have had Ferris up in court for libel.”

Michael Owen replying:

“I’ll have my time very soon, don’t worry.

“And the dozens who have been led to believe this rubbish and slaughtered me for it ought to hang their heads in shame.”

It will be interesting to see what Michael Owen will do, if anything.

It seems very strange to wait five months or more to do anything, or even reply to the claims, why not back in February when the book was released?

Also, it is surely very doubtful that Paul Ferris would open himself up to any kind of legal action.

As a qualified barrister, I find it very difficult to believe, especially when it isn’t just a case of one person’s word against another, Paul Ferris saying another four people were in the room when this conversation took place.

The Twitter conversation above saw the two fans include Michael Owen so that he would see their comments on his timeline, so maybe simply a case of bravado from Owen in his reply to them.

One thing for sure anyway, whatever Michael Owen does or doesn’t do, it won’t change one little bit most Newcastle fans’ opinion of a player who was an absolute disgrace at NUFC, only one person should be hanging his head in shame.

Back on 21 February 2018 and article on The Mag came up with these timeline ‘highlights’ of the depressing ‘contribution’ Michael Owen made to Newcastle United…

24 August 2005 Michael Owen signs for Newcastle United, a club record fee of £16m, receiving a reported £110,000 per week (£5.5m per year, plus bonuses…)

22 December 2008 (After only 47 Premier League starts in three and a half years and around £20m in wages so far) Michael Owen refuses to sign a new contract offered by Newcastle. Owen also states that he will not be seeking a move in the January transfer window and instead intends to postpone talks over his contract situation until the end of the season (when he can leave for nothing and be in a stronger position to demand higher wages from a new club…)

11 May 2009 Newcastle have a must win game against Middlesbrough in their relegation struggle (third last game of season), Michael Owen starts but contributes little. Boro take a shock lead before Steven Taylor scores an equaliser. Owen is subbed on 70 minutes with the score still 1-1, his replacement Obafemi Martins scores within seconds of coming on and Lovenkrands adds another for a 3-1 win.

16 May 2009 If Newcastle can beat Fulham at St James Park they would be hot favourites to now stay up. Michael Owen nowhere in the squad, as per (Paul Ferris explanation of) reasons above…Newcastle lose 1-0 as chances go begging after their best striker opts not to play.

24 May 2009 Newcastle go to Aston Villa needing a result, Michael Owen is only on the bench. NUFC go 1-0 down through a Duff own goal, Owen comes on with 23 minutes to go but contributes nothing. If Newcastle had got a goal/point they would have stayed up. Later (in 2013), Michael Owen responded to claims that he had decided not to make himself available to start that all or nothing Villa match: ‘I was hurt and it’s ridiculous to suggest anything else. I had a lot of pride and I wanted to do it for the fans and the friends I had made up there.’

14 June 2009 Reported that Michael Owen’s management company, Wasserman Media Group, had sent out a 34 page brochure advertising Owen to several targeted potential clubs.

22 June 2009 Michael Owen confirms he has no intention of helping Newcastle get promotion after being one of those chiefly responsible for the relegation. He says that, rather than showing any loyalty to Newcastle, he is looking for a move to a Premier League club, or a top foreign club.

30 June 2009 Michael Owen’s contract comes to an end. He has started only 58 Premier League matches and scored 26 goals. He has been paid at least £22m in wages…you do the maths.

3 July 2009 Michael Owen signs a two year deal to go and sit on Manchester United’s bench (starts 6 PL games in total for Man U).

So a £16m transfer fee and £22m minimum in wages, plus whatever other associated costs (agents, bonuses, whatever), we are looking at £40m wasted on Michael Owen, the return being 26 Premier League goals in those 58 PL starts, and relegation.

Michael Owen also ensuring Newcastle received not a penny in transfer fee either, as he ran out his contract.

  • FatParosite

    Odious toad nowhere to be seen as a pundit during the WC speaks volumes about his character. Mo has no shame or class, but neither has our owner or the one previous.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      “Odious toad nowhere to be seen as a pundit during the WC speaks volumes about his character.”

      He’s not my favourite NUFC player but to say that he’s nowhere to be seen as a pundit during the WC just tells me that he’s not great on TV rather than speaking volumes about his character. I’ve not been on TV during the world cup and my character is in check.

      • TheFatController

        I agree Bobi Davro that you can’t say one determines proof of the other, but he’s still an odious toad.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          He certainly made his money from NUFC but I still think Shearer should have been able to get him to play. Shearer was his mate and influenced him to come in the first place.

          • Mark Potter

            Shearer couldn’t get the team as a whole to play. Fxxx Owen, we had other strikers. He only had to win two games from eight, but won only one, and one draw. It was a dreadful record. And bearing in mind that a change of manager nearly always causes at least a short-term improvement in players, the record is even worse. IMO appointing a manager who had never managed before was the biggest mistake Ashley ever made. Despite Shearer being my hero as a player, I couldn’t believe the appointment at the time. Yet, a long line of his mates toured the media giving interviews about what a great appointment it was. Rob Lee in particular sticks in my memory, claiming on Tyne Tees that Newcastle wouldn’t lose another game with Shearer in charge. We lost six of eight.

            It always appeared to me that Owen was a scapegoat. Not that he deserved no criticism, but many fans were desperate to find someone to blame other than Shearer. Anyone else appointed manager, winning only one in eight, and getting us relegated, and we would still be hearing about it every day now. Most were too easy on him, “he tried his best, the players were against him, it was too late”. Contrast with the dreadful record at the start of the season when Gullit was sacked. It took Bobby Robson only two games to steady the ship, and we never looked back that season.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Sadly Shearer split the dressing room, owen, Duff etc were his mates, Barton, Nolan and others were not.

            He did that as a player too

  • robbersdog

    Old news. Who cares? Move on.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Paul Ferris will be telling the truth as Owen was only interested in playing for one team only England. Good guy Paul bought me a pint in a nightclub in Whitley Bay once and was a modest man.

    • TheNutJob

      Sangria & paella with Rafa next i suppose

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        No but I booked my mates to go to Germany last year the Deleval and Cramlington lads and Rafa saw them in the street and invited them in the hotel to meet the players. Bobby had Perez on his shoulders and the bouncer threw him out only for Rafa to let him back in again.

        • Peter C

          Didn’t realize you had a sense of humour

        • TheFatController

          Saw them in the street? With the money you make on the season ticket price freeze at least buy them hotel rooms …?

    • panther

      you must have some scrapbook

    • Billmag

      Why are you not in Russia with your mate Gareth you seem to keep very good company Monk.

    • Peter C

      Not like you !

    • Peter C

      Not like you !

    • TheFatController

      ‘Here’s that pint. I have to go and wait in reception for my limo, nice chatting…’

      One for spinal tap fans, sorry!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        We have the photo; s if you want to meet me at the Spurs game to prove it.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Sorry that relates to the comment below re Rafa.

        • TheFatController

          I would love to meet you, but I’ll have to go and wait in the reception for my taxi I should imagine …

    • SuperDesHamilton

      First time I can totally agree with you. Apparently when we got relegated 4 players were on to agents talking about moves. Martins Owen Taylor and I can’t remember the 4th one

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Sorry to fall out with you but Taylor would never desert his club. At one time Liverpool were wanting him and decided to stay. He was part of a back four which conceded only three goals in eleven games a record and would die for Newcastle. Went to see him in the reserves against Sunderland in his early days and he got taken off with an injured foot at our place. However as his dad was over the limit and I cannot drive drove us back to Monkseaton where he was brought up .

        • SuperDesHamilton

          He was one of them trying to get a move but apparently we asked for too much & he stayed, sure it might of been spurs. Steve Harper was saying at a talk in

        • TheFatController

          He did well to recover from both the foot injury and the mental scarring of being in a car with you.

          • panther

            his football went downhill

      • panther

        think it was Duff

    • Mirandinha9

      Paul Ferris cannot stand your hero Cashley. With that knowledge (it will be affirmed if you read his autobiography), is he still a good guy in your eyes?

      • Danimal

        He just likes people who buy him drinks or food. See his views on Pardew.

  • BillytheFish

    It’s common knowledge, and if he brings legal action he better include Alan Shearer who publicly called him out for this both at the time and many times after….

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Alan Shearer was the manager at the time, he should have got him to play then.

      • Ram Kishore

        U can’t force a player who doesn’t want to play.. right?..
        Shearer may have tried

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          A good manager can get a player to put everything in for him.

          • Ram Kishore

            We may never know if Shearer was a good manager or not but I know Owen was not a kid and can’t wake up someone who’s not sleeping but acting

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Owen should have been one of the players that Shearer could motivate, he helped get the player in the first place.

          • Tino11

            bobbi you reveal your true identity with your constant digs at Shearer. Every Toon fan with half a brain loves him and knows that the squad was in a right mess when he took over with 8 games to go, it was the previous manager (JFK) and Ashley who upset the squad that season and they had all downed tools, Shearer was never going to save us. But of course you like to have a dig because he didn’t sign for the club you really support!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman


            I’m not a massive fan of Shearer as a few things have happened that don’t put Shearer in the best of lights.

            I’d have personally preferred we bought a good centre back in 1996 than Shearer although he is a great player, he didn’t improve us.

          • Mark Potter

            He absolutely did improve the team. We were unstoppable after he signed, once Keegan worked out his best team. Only a couple of hernia ops that season which made him miss two chunks, stopped us having a serious go at the title again. Nevertheless, we were runners up, and that would never have happened but for his goals.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ok, fair argument but we finished 2nd without him, struggled to finish 2nd with him and then disappeared.

            I thought he was better than Les but still think we could have concentrated on other areas

          • Reggae86

            Think you mean hypnotist or druggist

          • Damon Horner

            You’re right but with 8 games to go, a good manager gets a working system and put in participants ready for the cause, they have to be more proactive, they don’t necessarily put every effort into players who are looking at their next contract.

          • panther

            not true

  • Leazes.

    The million quid a game man was a mistake from the start, the whole idea of ‘trophy signings’ is silly, he knew he was a star in a poor squad and even Shearer had better players around him at Blackburn which United never tried to emulated.

    • Fisherking


      • Leazes.

        Nutter with a button…. blocked you.

        • benton mag


  • Peaky

    He’ll probably rupture ligaments in his wrist writing his story….

    • Peter C

      He’ll probably rupture the ligaments in his wrist, whilst his ghost writer, writes his story

      • Peaky


  • Peter C

    Another money grabbing self serving footballer, which has become the norm, especially over the last 10 years. Absolutely no regard for anyone else but himself.

    Don’t forget the expose by the News of the World, when he was surreptitiously recorded in conversation with Sven Goran Eriksson, when Eriksson was manager of England. Eriksen, asking him why he had joined Newcastle, Owens’ reply, only for the money.

  • 1957

    A young player at the club during that time suggested Owen wasn’t the only player who said they had injury problems and didn’t want to play. He said the team spirit got worse once Dowie arrived, the dressing room split in two and some players were totally focused on where they could move to next.

    • Peaky

      Dowie was always an odd choice……very divisive I could imagine.

      • panther

        tht face probably gave them nightmares

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Absolutely pathetic human, he’s everything that’s wrong with football

  • Peaky

    I’ve also heard he’s not as popular with Liverpool fans as he would like to think… where near held in the same regard as the likes of Rush,Fowler,Gerrard,etc….

    • Steven05

      I have a very good friend who is a Liverpool supporter who would testify to that

  • Warwick Hunt

    Yep he’s a self serving non committal tory chancer . If he was playing now ashley would snap him up . Just like Dennis wise and Joe kinnear. And any of the offended parties can sue me for saying it

    • Danimal

      Is he a Tory? I didn’t know that but seems a very good fit.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      If it wasn’t such a terrible disease I would say drop the “H.”

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    That little toe rag can say what he likes but everyone knows exactly what he is.
    I believe Paul Ferris and his account of events because that is exactly the attitude Owen would have taken.
    The words Ferris uses in his book are exactly what would have came from Owen’s mouth and that is why he is not lying !
    You hear other accounts of him in regards to his England career so it is well within his M.O when you see the words written down that it is him uttering the words.

    He got wealthy in his time at Newcastle for doing very little and it sticks in the craw when you see the stables he has and his poncing about on horseback trying to be a jockey.
    The little mug can say what he likes about getting his day in court so to speak but no one will believe him.

    I just wish this club would one day stop attracting thieves, Charlatans, Con men, and all other assorted malcontents who come to rob the place.
    It has been going on for years and I wish it would stop once and for all !

  • wheyayeman

    Such a shame ! Everyone was so excited at his signing, me included! I remember how hard Shearer had worked at bringing him here as he sought to find his own successor (Owen had really looked up to Shearer in the past, I remember him being interviewed while at Liverpool and he said Shearer was the player he looked up to most) he obviously had options after Real Madrid including going back to Liverpool. In his time he had been an incredible poacher and Ballon D’or winner and in fairness started really well here at the Toon – having Shearer and Owen up front was brilliant. If only he had developed half of the same desire and passion Shearer had for the club. He could have done and been so much more and while in some ways he couldnt have helped being injured, his response and effort meant he lost everyone’s respect and perhaps Shearers personal disappointment hurt or cost him the most. Certainly they are no longer close. If her did make £30m at our expense for 28 goals I wonder how much that 2 years at Man U cost per goal after us?!

  • Nut

    There are no other players who have played for us or any other club who I actively dispise but Owen is the one and only!

    From the time he arrived he came with an agenda, to use us as a springboard to rejoin a top side here in the UK.

    As soon as he joined he was trying to engineer a nove to Arsenal at the 2006 world cup, it was by all accounts a done move until his injury in the Sweden match scuppered things.

    More recently a few years ago i came across a picture on his twitter feed….. him holding up proudly 2 snakes he had dispatched in his garden. I would have loved the rspca to see those pictures as the UK only has the following snakes smooth, grass (2 different subspecies now) and the adder. Incase anyone wonders the slow worm is a legless lizard as such is not a snake.

    All species mentioned here are protected species and as such it is illegal to kill, injure, sell or advertise any.

    Michael Owen broke the law.