Owen: Big Al used me as a scapegoat.
THE feud between Michael Owen and Alan Shearer shows no sign of letting up with Owen now accusing Newcastle's all-time record goalscorer of using him as a 'scapegoat' for the club's relegation under his management in 2009.
Owen, who broke the club record set by United to bring Shearer to Tyneside, admitted that the fall-out from his time at Magpies, and now his book, Reboot, has been 'sad'.
The pair played together for England, and Owen admits Shearer was a major reason for him joining Newcastle.
However, when Shearer took over as manager in April 2009 with the Magpies staring relegation in the face, the relationship began to sour.
Injuries cost Owen a run in the team when Shearer and Newcastle needed his goals the most.
The final game of the season, against Aston Villa, in which Owen was only fit enough for the bench, seemed to be the final straw for the pair's relationship.
Shearer reacted to a sentence from Owen's book in which the former Liverpool man said he didn't need to 'justify' himself to Newcastle fans - with Shearer pointing out Owen was getting paid PS120,000 per week at United.
Owen discussed the feud again on TALKSPORT.
"It is sad," Owen said while on The Alan Brazil Show.
"I have got no problem with Alan. I like the guy, we have great history, but sadly he has this view of myself that I didn't want to play in this game.
"I went into his office the day before the game and said if I were him I would put me on the bench, I am still a week away [from full fitness], but put me on the bench if we need a goal with ten minutes to go. I will loiter around the box for 10 minutes and try to nick a goal. He took it in some way that I didn't want to play.
"It is sad for everybody. I felt like the scapegoat. Why on earth wouldn't I want to play? "Football is about being a hero and scoring goals... if I could have scored a goal that kept Newcastle up I would be absolutely buzzing!
"Why wouldn't I want to play? "If it was any other game I wouldn't have been on the bench, but it was the last game and I put myself on the bench. I said to Alan, 'I'll do whatever you want'.
"It is a shame because I have nothing but respect for him - his career, him as a person - but I just feel really sad that he almost uses me as a scapegoat for what happened in his managerial career at Newcastle."
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 11, 2019|
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