Michael Owen lays into Alan Shearer and ‘deluded’ Newcastle fans in explosive new book – The Sun

ALAN SHEARER brilliantly hit back at Michael Owen after the former striker opened up over their ongoing feud.

Owen didn't hold back in his explosive new book revealing how his relationship with Shearer deteriorated rapidly despite once being "very good mates."

The former England striker also sensationally slammed the club describing his club-record move as "one of the major regrets" of his career.

The former Liverpool striker hit out at "f***ing" Toon supporters for their lack of sympathy when he was stretchered off in a game against Watford in 2007.

Owen admitted how he had no choice but to leave Real Madrid for Newcastle in 2005 despite pining for his dream move back to Liverpool.

They offered him a contract worth £120,000-a-week – a staggering amount of money for a player in 2005.

But after feeling like "a hero" at his unveiling in front of 20,000 supporters at St. James' Park, Owen revealed how the relationship with supporters hit rock-bottom after being knocked out.

He wrote in his book: "When I got home, I switched on Match Of The Day to watch the game and I could hear Newcastle fans, my fans, singing ‘what a waste of money!’ as I’m being stretchered off.

I don’t need to justify myself to f ****** Newcastle fans

"I can’t deny their actions that day changed things for me. No longer was I even going to attempt to ingratiate myself with the fans. Instead, I flipped it in a slightly more resentful way thinking, I don’t need to justify myself to f ****** Newcastle fans."

He also took a dig at the Toon army by claiming they are "deluded" and not a "big club."

His last season for Newcastle was a disaster for both player and club.

Heading into the final year on his contract, the club were locked in a relegation scrap when they appointed club legend and friend Alan Shearer for the final eight matches.

Owen revealed how they were once "very good mates" on and off the pitch until Shearer was handed the managerial role.

Needing a point against Villa on the final day, Owen suggests Shearer questioned his professionalism to keep Newcastle in the top flight.

He added: "I told him that I wasn’t fully fit but was prepared to play.

"As I left his office that day, he made an insinuation that led me to believe he thought I had half an eye on my next contract. I’m not stupid – we both knew I was out of contract in a few weeks.

"It wasn’t until three months later, I discovered that Alan Shearer was apparently seething with me. Not only that, it transpired that he was telling anyone who’d listen what he thought of me."

Shearer took to Twitter to respond with a video that aimed a cheeky dig back at Owen.

Speaking to BT Sport, Owen revealed: "All I did at the end of my career, the last six or seven years, I hated it.

"I couldn't wait to retire for most of it."

Shearer brilliantly left the caption: "Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k a week…"

Owen added that the feud is still ongoing to this day and they haven't had the chance to speak face-to-face about their differences.

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