Former Newcastle United chairperson Freddy Shepherd has revealed that Michael Owen was the worst signing he engineered for the club.
“The worst? Owen. It never worked out.” Shepherd told the Independent. Owen joined the Magpies for a club record £16.8 million after failing to establish himself at Spanish giants Real Madrid and earned wages of £103,000-a-week.
The Liverpool great displayed flashes of brilliance during his spell with the Tynside club but due to a series of foot and knee injuries, only managed 79 appearances during the four years he spent at St James Park.
After Newcastle were relegated in May 2009, Owen went on to play for Manchester United and Stoke City, before he hung up his boots in 2013. Sheppard also went on to claim that signing Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers in 1996, was the best business deal that he had made for the Magpies.