Michael Owen has rubbed many people up the wrong way with comments from his autobiography which were published by the Daily Mirror, in particular Newcastle fans and club legend Alan Shearer.
Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark has suggested if he did not want to be at Newcastle, as he said in the book, “he was probably better staying at Real Madrid”.
Writing on the Tribal Football website, Clark said: “I was very disappointed to read Michael Owen’s comments about Newcastle, but it’s not something I’m surprised over after sharing the dressing room with him for what was my final season as a player.
“He didn’t look like a player who was particularly happy at the club and he didn’t look like he really wanted to be there.
“By the sounds of it Real Madrid weren’t exactly forcing him out the door, he was quoted as saying that the owner and the president had accepted a bid from Newcastle but they weren’t pushing him out. If he was really feeling like that then he was probably better staying at Real Madrid I reckon!”
As a lifelong Newcastle supporter speaking from the heart, Clark’s sentiments will be echoed by most Newcastle fans.
Owen’s attitude has been questioned by Alan Shearer – which started off their Twitter spat last week – and the majority of Newcastle fans.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 3, 2019
Surely everyone from Newcastle cannot be wrong?
Although Owen denies claims he did not want to play, most notably at Aston Villa in Shearer’s last game as Newcastle manager, it is hard to believe that so many people in and around the football club at that time who have all said similar things to the Newcastle record goal-scorer, can be wrong.
And Clark’s further comments reinforce the theory of disinterest from Owen.
Clark added: “He never caused any problems to anyone when I was there, he just looked like a teammate who didn’t really want to be around the football club, he didn’t really embrace the club at all in any way so it wasn’t much [of] a shock to me with the comments he made in his book.”
That last sentence says it all really.
Newcastle may not have the best squad in the world right now, but what they have got, is a group of players who all want to play for the club.
They all take pride in wearing the black and white shirt, and try to do justice to the badge on the front of it.
If only players from the past, like Owen – among several others – had the same attitude while they were here, they could have been idolised in the same way Shearer is.