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Man of Glass sums up Newcastle career

In a candid, but kind of self delusion, interview today with The Journal, Michael Owen basically summarised his whole four years at Newcastle into four short paragraphs. In what seems like a scene from Holby City, with more injuries than the D-Day landings, our current number 10 runs through the catalogue of criminal crockery he has suffered in the Black and White. Owen said:

'There is no hiding from the fact that injuries have been the bane of my time at Newcastle. It is frustrating. However, and people will probably laugh, but I know I'm not injury-prone. If you look at my time at Newcastle, the problems started when Paul Robinson landed on my foot against Tottenham just after Christmas.

Loads of people get metatarsal injuries but they are normally not as bad as mine. Nobody's foot would not have broken in that situation. I then rushed my preparations for the World Cup. I played half a game for Newcastle. After being in plaster for so long, my leg was de-conditioned and with hindsight, I should never have gone to Germany with England.

It's easy to say that now, but if I had my time again, I would still have gone because it was a World Cup. I'm not thinking what could have been, but with hindsight, my leg was half as strong as it should have been. Muscles support limbs and I twisted my knee awkwardly and that was it. All that came from someone landing on my foot, so I don't think it's my fault.

The one thing I have got a history of is taking one or two games to get into my stride again, but we haven't got time for me to do that. Hopefully my eye is in straight away and I start knocking the goals in again immediately.'




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The Journalist

Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 19 2009

Time: 10:39PM

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Don't think you will keep him playing in the Championship next year.
TeddyLyon
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20/03/2009 00:03:00

Don't think you will keep him playing in the Championship next year.
TeddyLyon
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20/03/2009 00:03:00

It's taken four years for him to tell Newcastle fans what Liverpool fans could have told them straightaway for free - Michael Owen's list of priorities = 1. England, 2. Anything else.
Twenty or even ten years ago it might have been a nice sentiment, but there's just no room for it in modern day football, when he's pulling in 90k a week to keep your physios busy.
Naoise
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20/03/2009 01:20:00

It's taken four years for him to tell Newcastle fans what Liverpool fans could have told them straightaway for free - Michael Owen's list of priorities = 1. England, 2. Anything else.
Twenty or even ten years ago it might have been a nice sentiment, but there's just no room for it in modern day football, when he's pulling in 90k a week to keep your physios busy.
Naoise
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20/03/2009 01:20:00

Commonly known as EMO - England's Michael Owen.
BaldEagle
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20/03/2009 19:28:00

Commonly known as EMO - England's Michael Owen.
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