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Michael Owen says he hasn’t got a clue why Newcastle United fans don’t like him

1 year ago

An interesting new twist in the Michael Owen saga.

He now says that he doesn’t have a clue as to why Newcastle fans didn’t/don’t like him.

I often wonder whether Michael Owen is simply a serial liar, or has some kind of personal quirk that means he filters out reality when it suits him.

Owen declaring in an interview with The Athletic (see below): ‘I tried my heart out every game and I really am perplexed by the view of them towards me when I finished. And now it has got worse. it’s almost irretrievable now and I don’t really know what I ever did wrong, honestly.’

Ignoring for the moment the extra stuff, fuel to the fire, Michael Owen has added in trying to sell a few books, here is a bit of a timeline of the Michael Owen contribution to Newcastle United, he might pick up a few clues…

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, Paul Ferris explaining in his book how Owen said he didn’t want to play in case he got injured and risked not getting the best club possible in the summer…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.

Oliver Kay interviewing Michael Owen for The Athletic:

‘He says his “whiter than white” image during his early career was a commercially-driven fabrication that he never felt comfortable with. He also tells the remarkable story of how, with the transfer deadline looming in August 2005, his move to Newcastle United came down to a ballot among his inner circle — and that, while he and one of his associates rejected the motion, he was outvoted by his parents, his wife, his agent and his tax adviser. And that was that.

More seriously, it meant reluctantly joining Newcastle when, as he provocatively puts it now, he was “undoubtedly lowering my level” by leaving Real Madrid for a “club that had never won anything”.

…he suggests history has been rewritten in the search for a scapegoat for relegation in 2009.

Owen apparently remains puzzled at the criticism he gets from Newcastle United fans.

“I never said anything bad about Newcastle’s fans or players (while he was there),” he says.

“I tried my heart out every game and I really am perplexed by the view of them towards me when I finished. And now it has got worse.

“It’s almost irretrievable now and I don’t really know what I ever did wrong, honestly. If you ask Newcastle fans, they’ll probably laugh their head off and say, ‘He did this wrong, he did that wrong.’ But I really don’t know.”

Owen has clashed with his former Newcastle teammate and boss Alan Shearer in recent weeks but now says:

“I could have written two books and been even more hard-hitting because I know how it was with some people.

“I mentioned one (Shearer) on Twitter the other day and I could say a lot more things.

“What makes my blood boil is the adulation some are held in and you think, ‘Oh my God. If only you knew…’”


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