The soon to be retired Michael Owen has used his Twitter feed to thank Newcastle fans for their kind messages while hitting back at the club itself for the manner in which they portrayed his departure from the North East.
He said: “Newcastle fans, following my ‘Football Focus’ interview, plenty of you tweeting me saying you don’t blame me for getting injured but for leaving when we got relegated. Despite the club saying they did, they didn’t ever offer me a new contract despite them putting it in the press that they did. How could they when they had just been relegated? It would have been financial suicide.
“I’ve seen it a million times, a club will blatantly lie to their fans to take the moral high ground leaving the player with no leg to stand on. I’ve taken the stick for years which is fine, but you really don’t know half of it. All will be revealed one day.”
Earlier, speaking to BBC Sport, he said of a career curtailed by injuries: “If the first injury hadn’t happened, the torn hamstring, I have always wondered what would have happened to my career. I reached the top of my profession. But in relation to my main injury, back 15 years ago, medical advice was a lot different and that compromised my career.”
As a youngster he could have signed on at Old Trafford and Owen alluded to the belief that had he been playing for Manchester United when young, at the same time as a younger Ryan Giggs was not being sent out to play every game; he would not have picked up so many injuries. He clearly believes the management at Manchester United, namely Sir Alex Ferguson, would have looked after him better than certain managers at Liverpool
“But” says a reflective Owen, “it’s been a fantastic journey.”
And he is right on all fronts.
I saw the young Michael Owen play and he was one of the most exciting new prospects I have seen in my lifetime. In those days he reminded me of Jimmy Greaves.
Owen was sent out by club and country when injured. Far too often. His treatment was a throwback to earlier decades when players were just given an injection of cortisone and told to go out, play and run off an injury.
Were Owen playing today, that would not happen. He would be protected and wrapped up in cotton wool.
Had that been the case when Owen was developing as a young player, and his skills peaking, we would have seen much more of Michael Owen on a football pitch.
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