Michael Owen has used Newcastle United, its fans and legend Alan Shearer to try to sell a few extra copies of his autobiography, with excerpts from it being published in newspapers.
The striker, seen as a mercenary by many, after the striker was often injured and appeared to lack interest in playing for the club, has intimated that fans are deluded and Newcastle is not a big club.
And yet, Owen, despite claiming he did not really want to sign, was quite happy to pick up his huge salary from the Magpies every week, something that has been mentioned by Alan Shearer on Twitter.
Owen and Shearer have been embroiled in a feud that had lasted for years, over the BT Sport ‘pundit’s spell at the club while the local hero was manager.
That feud has intensified in light of Owen’s explosive comments, and has seen a back and forth between the pair on Twitter.
Shearer hit out at Owen’s comments when the former Liverpool striker said that he did not want to move to Newcastle, with a one line tweet that said: “Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k a week…..”
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 3, 2019
It prompted a sharp reply from Owen, who is trying to discredit Shearer, and his loyalty to Newcastle, when he said: “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.”
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://t.co/ZQBrlojeEv
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 3, 2019
It has led leading football journalist Henry Winter to comment on the “sad” exchange which “demeans Newcastle”.
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. https://t.co/7B8ZfZxHno
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 3, 2019
Alan Shearer has Newcastle fans on his side
It is not difficult to guess who the Newcastle fan-base will back, but inwardly, Owen will be lapping it all up, with it only doing more to promote his book.
I would not have thought book shops in the Tyneside region will need to order too many copies, as they will more than likely be left on the shelves.
Here are some of the fans’ responses to Shearer’s remark:
— ToonArmy.com (@toonarmy_com) September 3, 2019
The man is an uneducated clown 🤡 hasn’t got a clue what he’s talking about when he’s a pundit and it was always obvious he only signed for the money 💰 🤡🤡🤡🤡
— Wayne Gray (@skunkyboys14) September 3, 2019
Go on Al 🙋♂️🙋♂️🙋♂️
— Dell 💦 (@agbnufc) September 3, 2019
Liverpool fans don’t like him, Man United fans were never going to like him, Madrid fans weren’t that keen. Newcastle fans were all he had left apart from Stoke. He’s shot himself in the foot there! 🤦🏻♂️ #EnglandsMichaelOwen
— Adam Lee (@AdamLeeLFC) September 3, 2019
Most players would have dug in and responded to the criticism .Most players would have tried to justify their wage .There is a reason why it took years for Newcastle to smash their transfer record and this ENGLISH mercenary is it
— TerryWorldOrder (@TerryWorldOrder) September 3, 2019
He wasn’t worth one of your shinpads.
— Pipe (@pipehugger) September 3, 2019
Well said Alan, we all dislike him and what he didn’t do at NUFC but he has shown his lack off class with his comments to try and make money with his book. We will never forgive him for his attitude and lack of professionalism.
— Joelbyers (@Joelbyers14) September 3, 2019
Alan he’s not worth it. He’s just a bitter little man who can’t live with the fact his career was unfulfilled due to being a crock. Who cares about him he’s irrelevant
— AJ Dixon (@ajdixon1992) September 3, 2019