Why Owen will never be liked on Tyneside
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.