Some Damning Stuff From Freddy Shepherd On Signing Michael Owen

As reported by the Chronicle, former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has given a damning interview to TalkSport, in which he has revealed that he thinks that he “never should have signed” Newcastle’s record signing, Michael Owen.

When he was asked about the importance of business acumen when running a football club, Shepherd said:  “You’ve seen it 100 times in football, that you throw money at it and it simply doesn’t work,”

“Certainly I did – I spent more than £300m on transfers and it didn’t work.”

He then went on to talk about arguably the most high-profile of all of his signings, Michael Owen, saying:  “Michael Owen was nearly £20m and I did get it wrong – I should never have signed him.

“But the crowd wanted him, the supporters wanted him, everyone did at the time.



“I was sort of swept along with the tide and I did it. I shouldn’t have done.”

6 thoughts on “Some Damning Stuff From Freddy Shepherd On Signing Michael Owen

  1. I can’t remember anyone wanting him. As usual you were just trying to be the big guy showing the world who you could sign, sod the consequences. Spending money before we had it. Just about single handedly ruined our club. Idiot!

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  2. He threw all Bobby Robson’s hard work down the drain!! Replacing Gary Speed for Nicky Butt was also a terrible decision. Also not replacing Woodgate and sacking Robson was just low then he sold out and gave us Mike Ashley!!!

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  3. Cannot stand this tosspot ,he was allways injured and only there for the money ,he tried for England got injured and her hardly played a game till he was released and went to Man U.who new he was faking it .good riddance he should stop with his horses and live in the stables as he was s — for toon .england should have paid mor compo for him.

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  4. Just listened to True – Faith Podcast and it’s a great listen – with George Caulkin. Clear that there are rumblings at the club under the surface regardless of what some fans think with their heads in the clouds. Just hope like them, that Rafa stays and he’s backed as it’s still a big question mark from people at the club.

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