After this week’s series of excerpts from Michael Owen’s forthcoming book, the disastrous Newcastle signing seems to have upset a lot of people in and around the game.
He has criticised a number of players, had a public row with Alan Shearer, derided Newcastle United and its fans, yet all the while lapping up the publicity created from the hullabaloo.
It has even led to Tyneside sports memorabilia store, The Back Page, refusing to stock the book – the first time they have done so in their almost 16 year trading history.
It has led to Owen taking to Twitter today to claim he is not enjoying the excerpts being published, claiming it is “not my style to criticise people”, while adding he is looking forward to the book release so people can read the comments “in the context they were written”.
I can’t really pretend to be enjoying the serialisation period! It’s not my style to criticise people. I’m counting the hours now until the book launches so people can actually read my views in the context they were written. #Reboot #HurryUpTomorrow
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 4, 2019
Well excuse me for not believing a single word of it.
Regardless of the context they were intended, criticism is still criticism. If it his not his style, then simply do not write it.
But of course, if it had nothing explosive, it would not sell, and if there is one thing Newcastle fans know about Owen after his spell at the club, it is his apparent love for money.
Stranger also, how his Tweet still contained #HurryUpTomorrow and making sure people knew it was on sale tomorrow.
Fans should not fall for Owen’s hollow comments
I am sorry, but I believe he knew exactly how this week would play out, and his public relations team have actually pulled a masterstroke, as the book is now almost certain to have increased its sales as a result.
But that will not be the case in Newcastle, however, where it is likely to be left on many shelves of stores that decide to stock it.
His hollow attempt to disassociate himself from the comment he wrote, is a pathetic attempt to diffuse a situation that he solely created.
I almost called my son Owen, after him, when he was born just a couple of days before he signed. I am so glad I did not.
The thought of thinking of him every time I spoke to Alex [my son], would turn my stomach now!