Michael Owen & Alan Shearer: New book sparks Twitter row

Michael Owen’s new book has ignited a row on social media between the former England striker and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.

One of the more cutting lines in the book includes Owen’s claim that his transfer from Real Madrid to the Magpies in 2005 was a “downward step” and the one move he “really regrets”.

The pair exchanged barbed tweets as the story broke on Tuesday – but what is the background of their feud?

In Reboot – My Life, My Time, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror, Owen also goes into detail about his relationship with Newcastle’s fans during an injury-hit spell with the club, which ended with him joining Manchester United after the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship in 2009.

“I should have followed my gut instincts, I didn’t want to go there – my heart was set on a return to Liverpool,” said Owen – who had left Anfield for Real in 2004 – of his move to St James’ Park.

The 39-year-old former England captain also claimed Newcastle were “only a big club in the sense that it has a lot of fans and a big stadium”. Ouch.

Match of the Day pundit Shearer, the Magpies’ record goalscorer, responded on social media.

Tweeting a clip of Owen telling BT Sport in 2018 that he “couldn’t wait to retire for the final six or seven years” of his career, Shearer posted: “Yes, Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120K a week.”

Alan Shearer

@alanshearer
Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k a week….. @nufc https://twitter.com/mirrorfootball/status/1168809121933660161 …

Embedded video
Mirror Football

@MirrorFootball
“I don’t need to justify myself to f****** Newcastle fans”

Michael Owen opens up on Magpies spell and why he still regrets transfer https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/michael-owen-opens-up-newcastle-19171658 …

View image on Twitter
27.3K
10:30 AM – Sep 3, 2019
Twitter Ads info and privacy
6,195 people are talking about this
Report
Enter Owen again, questioning Shearer’s loyalty to Newcastle….

michael owen

@themichaelowen
Not sure you are as loyal to Newcastle as you make out mate. I distinctly remember you being inches away from signing for Liverpool after Sir Bobby Robson put you on the bench. You tried everything to get out. https://twitter.com/alanshearer/status/1168818634568994818 …

Alan Shearer

@alanshearer
Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k a week….. @nufc https://twitter.com/mirrorfootball/status/1168809121933660161 …

Embedded video
51.8K
10:47 AM – Sep 3, 2019
Twitter Ads info and privacy
18.3K people are talking about this
Report
That retort certainly got people talking, but where did this bad blood start?

Newcastle’s relegation in 2009 appears to be the catalyst for the pair’s strained relationship, according to Owen’s book.

Shearer was interim manager at the time and, going into the final day of the season, the Magpies needed at least a draw at Aston Villa or their 16-season spell in the Premier League would come to an end.

Owen claims he was not fully fit but, with Villa 1-0 up through Damien Duff’s own goal, the striker came on as a substitute in the 66th minute.

Newcastle could not find a response and were condemned to the Championship, and Owen alleges Shearer was “seething” with him and insinuated the player “had an eye on my next contract”, with his existing deal about to run out.

 

No Thoughts on Michael Owen & Alan Shearer: New book sparks Twitter row

Leave A Comment