Michael Owen and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer got into a war of words on Twitter last week, as excerpts from the former Liverpool striker’s book were published in some newspapers.
In the segments published in the Daily Mirror, he had a go at Newcastle United, the fans and Shearer, which prompted the Newcastle record goal-scorer to question Owen’s motives for the move, and lack of commitment to the club.
All the exposure the social media spat got is likely to have done wonders for book sales, but any hopes that the availability of the autobiography might bring an end to Owen’s tirade against all things Newcastle, were dashed today, when the player – seen as a mercenary by Toon fans – appeared on talkSPORT.
He also denied Shearer’s alleged belief that he did not have the appetite to play in Newcastle’s crucial last game of the season at Aston Villa when Shearer was manager, which resulted in the club being relegated.
Newcastle fans will always side with Shearer
His claims will sound hollow to Newcastle fans who have a similar belief to that of Shearer, and Twitter lit up with comments firmly letting Owen know who the supporters would believe.
Here are a few of those comments:
Utter nonsense, trying to rewrite history
— John (@ukgolfpro) September 10, 2019
Hope you guys give @alanshearer a chance to respond
— Adam Duda (@Ad4mDuda) September 10, 2019
You literally told Alan you didn’t want to play and should be on the bench….🤦♂️
— jimbob (@jimbob19244982) September 10, 2019
Difference in attitude and motivation I’m afraid. Shearer would have started at 70% Owen not wanting to risk apart from being an impact sub but I’m sorry he should have started. Got the goal which could have set the game management.
— Sean Robson (@Seanrobson18) September 10, 2019
Nothing he says is honest! Also I think I’ll believe the doctors and physios who say he was not injured and he was fine to play, yet all he cared about was leaving in the summer. Disgusting when we were paying his wages at the time
— ꫝꪖꪗꪶꫀꪗ ꪶꪖꪊ𝕣ꪖ (@LilHay) September 10, 2019
Read the paul ferris book , he was physio at the time and they couldn’t find any groin problem including scans etc…
— Russ Dowling (@Dowlas35) September 10, 2019
Maybe he came to the conclusion he did coz he could see right through you Michael.
— Michael Hood (@mickthehood) September 10, 2019
If Shearer was in his position he would have demanded to play…
— Lewis Bowden (@Lewis_Bowden1) September 10, 2019
Book still not selling Michael?
Maybe KBA can script something for you
— Paz (@ianparry9) September 10, 2019
Do we really trust a player who bleeds Liverpool but signed for their biggest rivals or a player who turned down guaranteed silverware to play for his boyhood club.
— Bri Naylor (@briannaylor8) September 10, 2019