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Ray Parlour condemns embarrassing Michael Owen behaviour

2 years ago

The Michael Owen plan to shift at least a few books, appears to have centred on Newcastle United.

All a bit embarrassing considering that he played for Liverpool & Real Madrid, as well as Manchester United. Although saying he ‘played’ for Man Utd is a bigger stretch than claims that he actually played for Newcastle United.

Trying to belittle Newcastle United, the fans and a legend such as Alan Shearer, has certainly got Michael Owen plenty of headlines  in this international break…but I’m not convinced that this interest will translate into many, if any, book sales.

Who is the target audience? There doesn’t seem to be that much for Real Madrid, Stoke or Manchester United fans. Whilst as for Liverpool fans, they appear to despise Owen just as much as Newcastle supporters do.

Maybe Michael Owen believes that in some twisted way Newcastle fans will be desperate to give him money to read for themselves more stuff where he is slagging them off…?

Ray Parlour is the latest to point out just how very embarrassing Michael Owen has been, both in his actions when at St James Park and now when he thinks it is something to be proud off when recounting that embarrassing behaviour, as some kind of badge of honour.

Owen said that he never ever wanted to be at Newcastle and Parlour says in that case ‘Why did you sign for them then?’…

The former Arsenal player says that when you go to any club ‘You have got to put your heart into it’, no doubt if Michael Owen reads Parlour’s comments he will be shaking his head wondering what that is all about.

Owen one of those players where it was always about him and how much money he could make, as opposed to what he could/should do for the club he was at.

Ray Parlour stating: ‘It’s not all about money, you’ve got to perform week-in week-out, which he probably didn’t do in a Newcastle shirt.’

Safe to say that Parlour has hit the obvious nail on the head, though in Michael Owen’s case, it was often a struggle to even get him on the pitch, as he was only thinking about England and which club he would go to once he’d got every last penny he could extract from Newcastle United.

Ray Parlour speaking to Talksport:

“(For Michael Owen) To say you didn’t really want to be at the club…

“Why did you sign for them then?

“You have got to want to play for a club.

“You have got to put your heart into it.

“No one wants to leave a massive club like he was at – Liverpool and Real Madrid – but you have got to embrace the situation – play for the shirt, play for your teammates, play for yourself and enjoy it.

“When I signed for Middlesbrough I made sure I moved up there.

“You can’t keep coming backwards and forwards and I loved it, it was fantastic to live up there for a couple of years; great people, nice surroundings, it was great.

“Plus, whether Newcastle was the last option for Michael or not, £120,000-a-week is not a bad contract to have is it. That was a huge contract in those days.

“But it’s not all about money, you’ve got to perform week-in week-out, which he probably didn’t do in a Newcastle shirt.

“When I retired, I had a chance to go to Southend United in League One, but would my heart have been in it? I don’t think it would have been.

“It would have been taking money for the sake of it and you probably weren’t going to see my full capacity and grit every single week.

“So I think Michael Owen has probably looked at it and said, I don’t really want to go there but it’s a good contract, so let’s just go and see how it goes.

“But that’s not the right way to look at going into a football club because you are never going to do well.”


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