Owen, who had a disappointing career plagued by injury on Tyneside after being signed by Graeme Souness in August, 2005, complained that his reception was “disappointing”, later claiming that he played well under Kevin Keegan, and that both Newcastle and Liverpool fans “respect” what he’s done for their clubs when he meets them. Amongst other things, fans chanted “There’s only one greedy bastard” as he made his late entry as an 82nd minute substitute in the game.
To be fair, the pint sized assassin did give credit to the Newcastle side for a good performance against the League leaders. In his first post-gane ‘tweet’ he wrote:
“Disappointing result but credit to Newcastle, they played well and put us under plenty of pressure especially in the first half an hour.”
In his subsequent tweets he then adds:
“From a personal point of view it was nice to get on. Got a poor reception off the home fans which was disappointing. Was desperate to score!”
“Knew I would get booed as that’s what a lot of fans do but if they knew the facts then they may have a different opinion.”
“From what most of you Newcastle fans are saying you should be pleased I left the club! If i had known that earlier I could have left sooner!”
Then, referring to his better moments at the club he goes on:
“For the record, I tried my best in every game for Newcastle. Under KK I played well and i’ll never forget the 2 I scored against Sunderland.”
Once again, to be fair, he did play something of a pivotal role in saving the club from potential relegation in 2008 under Keegan, when ‘Special K’ played him slightly behind Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins in a triple pronged strikeforce.
Getting back to Owen’s tweet rant though, he continued:
“When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans they all respect what I’ve done for their clubs. In stadiums it changes, 1 boo and the rest follow.”
Finally, he concludes with:
“By the way, I’m not looking for sympathy. As long as my family don’t boo me when I walk through the door I couldn’t care less!!!”
Give it time, Michael!