Why Owen will never be liked on Tyneside

By Lee Ryder on Apr 20, 11 12:48 PM

So Michael Owen has finally woken up to the fact that he will be one of the most unpopular players ever to return to St James' Park.

Well, if any player deserved such a rocky ride on his return to Tyneside then it would have to be Owen.

Let's be fair, when Owen was fully fit for Newcastle United his goal record stood up to the best of them at St James' Park.

Unfortunately, many people questioned just how much he wanted to be fit for Newcastle and how much he wanted to be fit for England.

There wasn't much he could do about getting injured in the World Cup in 2006.

But it was his insistence on being wrapped up in cotton wool in the lead up to the competition that annoyed most Toon fans in his first season with the club.

We barely seen Owen play in the 2006/07 and it wasn't the goals that kept coming it was the injuries.

During such time Owen's refusal to talk to the local media at length didn't do him any favours with articles about England appearing in the News of the World only rubbing people up the wrong way even more.

Good performances in a black and white shirt were few and far between.

He done well under Kevin Keegan, he didn't want to know under Joe Kinnear, refused to sign a lucrative contract and then left on a free transfer to pick up more money at Man United.

Booing should have came as no surprise to Owen.

Just to add to the debacle, Owen's new found fondness to communicate with fans via Twitter (something some PR hot-shot will have dreamed up for him) resulted in these comments: "From a personal point of view it was nice to get on.

"I got a poor reception off the home fans which was disappointing.

"I was desperate to score.

"I knew I would get booed as that's what a lot of fans do, but if they knew the facts then they may have a different opinion."

Owen added: "From what most of you Newcastle fans are saying you should be pleased I left the club.

"If I had known that earlier I could have left sooner.

"For the record I tried my best in every game for Newcastle.

"Under Kevin Keegan I played well and I'll never forget the two goals I scored against Sunderland.

"When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans they all respect what I've done for the clubs.

"In stadiums that changes - one boos and the rest follow. By the way I'm not looking for sympathy."

Sorry Michael, you're never likely to get an ounce of sympathy on Newcastle.


Cannyman said:

Poor Mikey...did he think he was popular?
If you want back all the wages for the times you couldnt be assed to play.....that would be at least 75% of your total pay. You even looked uninterested and embarrased the day you showed up at STJP......just S.T.F.U.and go back to your dark room at home and count your shekkels...
Even Fergie has sussed you.....

Gary Jackaman said:

I agree with you Lee. I was delighted when we first signed him thinking he would score the goals to get us back up the league. How wrong I was to assume that.

He looked uninterested and demotivated everytime he played. Under Kevin, there was an improvement in his game. He scored more and was even given the captaincy which I thought there were more deserving players at the time.

The season we went down really angered me. He did not seem to care. He was half-hearted and there was more passion in my little finger for the club then there ever was from Michael Owen for Newcastle United.

Our fans there on Tuesday night had every reason to boo him. Horrible bloke.

Ron Barrass said:

I agree with the comment on Owen. He never tried for United and certainly did not earn his money. He was always interested in England but not for the club paing his wages. T refuse a contract and then wait out his time to get a free was a pretty low trick. He diserves the boos he got at St. James Park. I've seen him on TV fot MUFC and am not impressed. I stood on the terraces when the great Jacki Milburn played for a lot less that Owen gets.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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