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Michael Owen ‘outvoted’ by family on Newcastle transfer

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Michael Owen joined Newcastle United in 2005 because he lost a vote, according to a new article on the former striker.

And that was that.’ Owen apparently remains puzzled at the criticism he gets from Newcastle United fans.

‘He also tells the remarkable story of how, with the transfer deadline looming in August 2005, his move to Newcastle United came down to a ballot among his inner circle — and that, while he and one of his associates rejected the motion, he was outvoted by his parents, his wife, his agent and his tax adviser.



Oliver Kay has written a fascinating article on Owen for The Athletic in which he attempts to understand a player – who did not have a bank account until he was 38 – who has been cast as an “oddball” and has been cast as a villain by Newcastle fans after admitting his heart was not in the club.

If you ask Newcastle fans, they’ll probably laugh their head off and say, ‘He did this wrong, he did that wrong.’ But I really don’t know.” Owen has clashed with his former Newcastle teammate and boss Alan Shearer in recent weeks but now says: “I could have written two books and been even more hard-hitting because I know how it was with some people.

“It’s almost irretrievable now and I don’t really know what I ever did wrong, honestly.

“What makes my blood boil is the adulation some are held in and you think, ‘Oh my God.
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