His career has been plagued by injury after injury. It’s safe to say that Michael Owen is no stranger to the treatment room, although the 33-year-old striker, currently at Stoke City, will have plenty of highlights to look back on; most notably with England and his first club, Liverpool.
His record of 40 goals in 89 games for England is impressive, but a handful of pundits, including Gary Lineker said that were it not for his horrendous injury record, it could have been even greater. Meanwhile, his record for first club Liverpool was fantastic too, scoring 158 goals in just under 300 games.,
Moves to Real Madrid, Newcastle United and then Manchester United proved to be frustrating for Owen, while appearances at Stoke City have been hard to come by this season. His impending retirement will leave him with quite a bit of time on his hands, but what could he do once he hangs up his boots for good?
Like many footballers coming to the end of their careers, Owen could contemplate a move into coaching. As for management his inexperience will make many clubs reluctant to place him in the hot seat.
Owen’s involvement in horseracing may offer him an alternative route to coaching, and given his connections to the sport, it’s not entirely inconceivable that he could focus all his energies on becoming a trainer. He wouldn’t be the first to make the move from football to horse racing, and might not be the last.
Owen has many friends in the sport including trainer Tom Dascombe, who rents out Manor House from him. But what could happen if Owen decides to provide him with competition?
To date, former Southampton star Mick Channon and ex-Coventry City ace Micky Quinn have moved into training, while Owen’s experience, as a racehorse owner will stand him in good stead. He also likes to watch races from home or at racecourses in person, and regularly gives tips on his Twitter account.
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