Michael Owen And Alan Shearer Get Into Twitter Feud Over Newcastle United Comments
There is clearly no love lost between Michael Owen and Alan Shearer with the two former Newcastle United strikers taking shots at each on social media.
Owen caused a stir on Tuesday morning after extracts of his new book, 'Reboot,' were serialised in the Mirror. In one comment the former Liverpool striker talked about his rivalry with Shearer and blamed the Premier League record scorer for their issues, writing, "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."
Shearer hit back on Twitter, commenting on the story about Owen regretting his move to Newcastle with a video of the former Manchester United player talking on T.V about how he'd wanted to retire whilst in the north east.
Owen hit back with his own reply, suggesting that the Newcastle born forward wasn't as loyal to the Gallowgate End as most thing, saying that Shearer tried to force a move out of St James' Park.
Ironically it was Owen's admission he wanted to return to Anfield and never really wanted to move to Newcastle which was partially to blame for Shearer's initial criticism.
In the section about his former Newcastle and England teammate, Owen did say the whole feud made him sad, writing, "It's sad that my feud with Alan Shearer rumbles on to this day - we used to be good mates.
"As I've been at pains to mention throughout this book, as far as I'm concerned, my relationship with him throughout my time at Newcastle was great.
"I'd lived with him in the early days and we saw each other socially when we both lived at Darras Hall.
"In my eyes, he was not only a strike partner on the pitch from a playing perspective; he was also a good mate.
"...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.
The book certainly threatens to be quite explosive if this is the type of honest that we can expect from the rest of it.