Monday, 15 June 2009

Gissa Job

It was just over four years ago that Michael Owen was apart of the famous Galactios era at the Bernabeu, playing alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldo, but today the former England striker is more like Yosser Hughes, with his catchphrase “Gissa job.”

The fictional character from Alan Bleasdale’s 1982 television series Boys from the Blackstuff was well known for his low class approach for employment and today Owen took the same route. One of the most prolific goal scorers to have ever worn an English jersey, today sent a 30 page begging brochure to Premier League clubs in a desperate attempt to continue playing at England’s top level.

Owen 29, will be hoping that the brochure will do the trick as his four year contract ceases at the end of this month, meaning the Newcastle number 10 can leave St James Park on a free transfer. His current £120,000 a week deal is surely not going to attract much attention, with Owen expecting to take a huge pay cut to play in the Premier League.

The 30 page document claims that: ’Were it not for an unhappy spell at Real Madrid and two injury scarred years at Newcastle, he would be spoken about in the same breath as Torres and Ronaldo and valued in the priceless figures that only match winning goalscorers ever justify’…but to be blunt that isn’t the case and never will be.

It is easy to suggest what might have been, but it doesn’t change the fact what has actually happened. With Owen’s best bargaining tool being a 30 page booklet reminiscing on the past, which even includes a section devoted to a recent medical report, it looks like the former Ballon d’Or winner faces a period of limbo as he waits anxiously for a club to declare their interest.

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