Owen ready for agent role

Michael Owen spoke exclusively to Sky Sports News and underlined his ambition to become a football agent.

Last Updated: 25/03/13 at 21:54 Post Comment

The former England international was speaking a week after announcing that he would retire from football at the end of the season.

As he already holds significant horse-racing connections, many thought Owen would simply submerge himself in equine sport, but he insists that football remains his main passion.

"There are two main things I want to do, both in football. That is what I know, that is what I am good at, and I like to think I know what I am talking about," the Stoke striker told Sky Sports News.

"Firstly, in the media, I would like to do some TV work, maybe write blogs and different things media-related. The second would be to set up a management business that predominately looks after younger players, and see them throughout their career to take them from the start.

"It is a tough world and a tough sport and there are plenty of pitfalls and I think I would be good at passing on my advice.

"I have to say I was managed pretty well, and was really pleased with my agent. Agent is a scary word but they are a necessity for certain things in football and it is important you get the right one. I think there is a gap in the market for me and I think I can do well."

Owen, who began his career with Liverpool before spells with Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United, confirmed that he first decided to quit football some months ago.

"It has been coming for a while and before Christmas I knew this would be my last season," he admitted.

"I signed for Stoke at the start of the season and really wanted to have a good year and play on further but it has not quite happened and I wanted to go out at the top of the Premier League. It has been coming a while, but I am pleased with the decision."

He admits the highlight of his career was probably in 2001 when he was named European Player of the Year.

"My whole career is something I could not have dreamed of when I was a youngster and it has taken me to some of the best clubs in the world. It has been a fantastic career, and early on in my career was probably the high. When I won European Player of the Year, that was pretty special when I look back," he said.

At 33, Owen admits he could continue playing, but he is not keen to play beneath the top level.

"I have no doubt I could keep playing but it would not be at the level I would want, once you have played at the highest level it is difficult to drop down," he admitted.

"Many injuries took their toll and robbed me of my most lethal asset which was my pace early on. Some of those injuries hurt me - but I am proud of playing at the highest level at the death."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Iker Casillas confident he can hold off David De Gea at Real Madrid

Iker Casillas intends to stay at Real Madrid and is confident he can hold off the challenge of David De Gea at the Bernabeu.

Officials arrested in Switzerland ahead of FIFA meeting

Seven serving FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges, Swiss authorities have confirmed.

Danny Ings subject of £12m Tottenham bid - Sky sources

Tottenham are ready to bid £12m for Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

Who Is The Most Complete Striker Ever..?

...the answer is the original Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Cristiano or Alan Shearer, depending on who you talk to. We also have one signing per Premier League (and promoted team)...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company