- Owen and Alan Shearer publicly clashed on social media over his autobiography
- Owen’s time at Newcastle, when Shearer was manager, was one of tension
- Owen had claimed Shearer blamed him for the club’s relegation in 2009
Michael Owen has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Alan Shearer after the former England strikers had a public war of words over his autobiography in 2019.
Shearer had coached Owen in the final stages of the 2008/09 Premier League season when the Newcastle legend was sacked as manager in a desperate bid to save the club from relegation.
Newcastle were relegated by one point on the last matchday.
Tensions arose between Owen and Shearer, with ex-Newcastle manager Paul Ferris claiming the former was unwilling to risk his fitness as his contract expires in the summer.
Owen had denied the claims and insisted he was ready to play for the duration of the game against Aston Villa.
Michael Owen reveals he hasn’t spoken to Alan Shearer for four years after a public feud
Owen and Shearer had formed a strike partnership with both Newcastle and England
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The striker only featured in the final 24 minutes as Newcastle lost 1-0 and were relegated from the top flight.
“I told him (Shearer) I wasn’t fully fit but I was ready to play. “As I left his office that day, he made a hint that led me to believe that he thought I had half an eye on my next contract,” Owen wrote in his autobiography, “Reboot.”
“I’m not stupid – we both knew my contract would be up in a few weeks. It wasn’t until three months later that I discovered that Alan Shearer was apparently haunted by me.
“Moreover, it turned out that he was telling anyone who would listen what he thought of me.”
The tension had rekindled following the publication of Owen’s autobiography in 2019, in which he revealed he did not want to sign for the Magpies in 2005 and said Shearer’s record as manager was “dismal” as they were relegated in 2009.
Shearer hit back on social media when he posted a clip in which Owen admitted he hated the last seven years of his career and said he couldn’t wait to retire.
The Newcastle legend commented: “Yes Michael, that’s what we thought too, even though we’re on £120,000 a week…”
“I’m not sure you’re as loyal to Newcastle as you think you are, mate,” Owen replied.
“I still remember you being inches away from signing for Liverpool after Sir Bobby Robson put you on the bench. You tried everything to get out.’
Owen has revealed the pair have not spoken since their public feud in 2019.
“I haven’t spoken to Alan Shearer since he criticized my book, no,” Owen said in an interview with DAZN bet.
“Alan works at the BBC and I work for other broadcasters, so our paths rarely cross.”
“I would say hello and shake his hand, things like that, but no, we haven’t spoken since.”
According to reports, Amazon Prime had previously made the decision to send the pair into separate games during expert work for the streaming service.
Owen previously claimed Shearer blamed him after Newcastle were relegated in 2009
Owen’s autobiography suggested that Shearer chose to blame him for Newcastle’s relegation rather than take responsibility as manager.
“He was brought to St James’ Park as a rescuer, as a local boy,” he said. “It could have been a great story. But he failed. Newcastle United were relegated.
“Perhaps it was easier to blame Michael Owen than to examine his own shortcomings.” When you analyze it, it all makes sense.
“Shearer’s record as manager in the last eight games of the 2008-2009 season was dismal: lost 5, drawn 2, won 1. These are not godlike statistics.”