Alan Shearer and Michael Owen in furious spat over explosive Newcastle United claims
Michael Owen and Alan Shearer have been embroiled in a furious spat on Twitter today – after England legend Owen slammed his former Newcastle United teammate.
The pair played up front together for England and the Magpies, striking up a formidable partnership for their country from 1998 onwards, and were close friends.
Shearer then managed Owen at Newcastle at the end of the 2008/09 season but their relationship has massively deteriorated since, it would appear.
Owen’s autobiography, ‘Reboot’, hits the shelves this week and features a number of explosive revelations about his time at Newcastle.
Shearer, and former club physio Paul Ferris have been critical about Owen and his injuries, as well as his desire to play for Newcastle during the relegation run-in of 2009.
Owen has now responded to both of those claims, and also claimed he never wanted to join Newcastle because it was a step down, said he did not have to justify himself to ‘f*****g Newcastle fans’, was critical of Sam Allardyce’s tactics and much, much more.
But his criticism of Shearer and his ‘un-Godlike’ record at Newcastle has set tongues wagging.
He said: “To put it simply, there has been a lot of lies, bulls*** and general mis-information surrounding the end of my time at Newcastle.
“Sadly, this feud has continued to the present day.
“The more I think about it, the more I understand why Alan behaves the way he does and continues to spread negativity about me whenever he can.
“He was brought in at St James’ Park as the saviour, the local boy. It could have been a great story. But he failed. Newcastle United were relegated.
“Perhaps rather than examine his own shortcomings, it felt easier to blame Michael Owen.
“I was a week away from fitness for the final game of the season that saw Newcastle needing a point at Aston Villa to avoid relegation.
“I told him that I wasn’t fully fit but was prepared to play.
“As I left his office that day, he made an insinuation that led me to believe he thought I had half an eye on my next contract.
“I’m not stupid – we both knew I was out of contract in a few weeks.
“It wasn’t until three months later, I discovered that Alan Shearer was apparently seething with me.
“Not only that, it transpired that he was telling anyone who’d listen what he thought of me.
“When you analyse it, it all makes sense. Shearer’s record as manager in the last eight games of that 2008/2009 season was dire: lost 5, drew 2, won 1.
“These are hardly God-like stats.
“The truth is, the damage was done long before we went to Villa Park needing to draw.
“I feel a little sorry for him. I’m gutted for him that it never worked out at Newcastle, Alan Shearer and I still haven’t talked this out face to face and that’s a shame because, as I’ve said many, many times, we were very good friends.”
Shearer quoted a video of Owen saying he couldn’t wait to retire for the last six or seven years of his career, with a brutal response today.
“Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k a week,” he tweeted.
Football writer Henry Winter tweeted: “Really sad seeing Shearer and Owen, two of England’s greatest strikers and two genuinely likeable, intelligent individuals, arguing like this in public. Their dispute demeans both, demeans Newcastle and demeans England. Please get together, sort your differences and call a truce.”