Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Owen hits back at media for negative press

Owen hits back at media for negative press

Departing forward Michael Owen has slammed the media for 'writing him off' for much of his career, and for unsavoury comments published over the past few weeks.

The 29-year-old made these comments while speaking to Sky Sports News about how the press has equated Newcastle United's relegation to a murder, and how he wishes that people would for once say nice things about him.

'There is a lot said and written about me in last few weeks and not many nice things, but that is life!' he said.

'I have got skin thicker than 99.9 per cent of the population. I get used to it - people write you off but when I scored a goal in the World Cup at 18, people were writing me off six months later. Then I was scoring a hat-trick in Germany and winning trophies with Liverpool and then they write you off again.

'Somebody will always criticise you no matter what, so if you let that affect you, I wouldn't be where I am today.

'Yes I prefer people to say nice things about me as it is not as if I have murdered someone, but you get more criticism as a footballer and you have to be thick skinned.'

Lil Mickey leaves the club on 30 June, 2009 after four abysmal years on Tyneside. If anyone wishes to shed a tear for the departing striker, now would be the appropriate time.



For the very latest Championship odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mehzeb Chowdhury
Date:Monday June 22 2009
Time: 3:18PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Rafa And Hughton Neck And Neck

Rafa goes into the 50th game of his Newcastle stint tomorrow against Bristol City on a similar win percentage to Hughton

Gayle's Psychological Boost

Rafa made a thing about Gayle's psychological state in regards to the injury

Yedlin Welcomes Anita Return

The injury-enforced absence of Vurnon Anita - who suffered an ankle injury against Brentford - has allowed former Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin to enjoy a sustained run.

Benitez Confident Ahead Of Championship Run In

With Bristol City up next this weekend in the Championship, and with games against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading to follow, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez...

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Newcastle United v Bristol City
Suggested By:
Newcastle win84%
Bristol City win16%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
14 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
15 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
16 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 5:30PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 8:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot140
2.CuckFan113
3.PieMag83
4.Mcnamee6744
5.keggy_keagal37
6.Finn_the_Dog21
7.billybobcat21
8.officemonkey19
9.daftladguy17
10.McCreery17
Write for Vital Football