More jaw dropping nonsense from Michael Owen, as he seems to want to challenge Mike Ashley for the title of most hated man in Newcastle.
After moving on from Alan Shearer, he targets our “deluded” fans and recalls the day his relationship changed forever, after going off injured in 2007 away at Watford.
Owen also plays the ‘you’re not a big club’ card, saying we don’t have a successful history and instead just ‘a lot of fans and a big stadium’.
Here’s his frankly unbelievable take on all of the above:
“When I got home, I switched on Match Of The Day to watch the game and I could hear Newcastle fans, my fans, singing ‘what a waste of money!’ as I’m being stretchered off. I can’t deny their actions that day changed things for me. No longer was I even going to attempt to ingratiate myself with the fans.
“Instead, I flipped it in a slightly more resentful way thinking, I don’t need to justify myself to f ****** Newcastle fans”.
“And I have a long memory. As much as there were some good times to follow at St. James’ Park, my relationship with the fans was irreparably impaired that day at Vicarage Road. The love affair, if you could call it that, was almost over…
“Freddy Shepherd came out with the line that he would happily “carry Michael Owen back to Anfield himself”.
“Being a huge fan of the club also, Freddy was only doing what all the fans constantly do at almost every football club: they believe that their club is ten per cent bigger and that their team is ten per cent better than it actually is.
“This kind of blind delusion is especially true of Newcastle United – which, as I reach for the nearest tin hat, is only a big club in the sense that it has a lot of fans and a big stadium.
“They’re historically not successful off the pitch, in fact quite the opposite mostly. And they’ve never really won much on it in recent times”.
Wow. It isn’t about justifying yourself, but maybe a little bit of respect considering how little he had played and how we stood by him?
As for the “I don’t need to justify myself to f****** Newcastle fans” comment. Erm, I think you do when you’re our club captain, record signing and on £120,000 per week, Michael.
Maybe there was a bit of delusion back then, but to be honest, I don’t want to know a football fan who doesn’t get a little bit giddy or cocky when their club signs one of the world’s best strikers from Real Madrid for (what was at the time) astronomical money.
Also, if we’re such a poor unsuccessful club, why did you sign Michael? Oh yeah…I can think of 120,000 reasons a week.