Michael Owen has revealed that he asked Amazon to remove him from punditry duty at a latest Newcastle house match as a result of he feared for his safety.
The former England striker was the membership’s file signing when he joined for £16.8million from Real Madrid in 2005.
He left 4 years later after the Magpies have been relegated underneath interim boss Alan Shearer, and the one-time mates have since turn into concerned in a public falling-out.
Michael Owen (left) admits he did not need to cowl Newcastle as he feared for his safety
Michael Owen performed for Newcastle for 4 years earlier than leaving after their 2009 relegation
Owen has been speaking to Sportsmail this week to mark 20 years since he gained the Ballon d’Or.
And the 42-year-old spoke emotively when it got here to the topic of his relationship with Newcastle’s supporters, admitting he would love to return to St James’ Park.
’As quickly as I left, everybody hated me. But I by no means, ever felt that once I was there – I felt love, be that across the metropolis, the pub or wherever,’ says Owen.
‘I was supposed to do the game against Norwich last month. I phoned Amazon and said, “I don’t actually need to go, I’m scared for my safety”, in order that they modified my sport.
‘I wish it was different. I would love to ask the fans, “Why don’t you want me?”, and have the possibility to give my facet.
‘Of course, I get some of the reasons. The worst thing I did was buy a helicopter for my family to travel up and down. It’s a s*** notion.
After a promising begin at Newcastle, Owen’s profession at the membership was impacted by accidents
‘People had this impression I was flying home after training each day. I wasn’t. I cherished the world. But notion smart, it was an personal aim. I might change that.
‘Then there were the injuries. I never wanted to be injured, but the one that set it all off was putting my boot in for Newcastle at Spurs on New Year’s Eve in 2005 and breaking my foot. I then went to the World Cup and did my knee. It was a nightmare – for me, the followers, the membership.
‘I was gutted, because when I first signed we were flying. We were bottom of the league but shot up the table. Me and Al (Shearer) were scoring loads of goals and loving life.
‘I know I’ve stated I wished to be part of Liverpool as a substitute of Newcastle. I did, I gained’t disguise that. The identical manner Alan wished to signal for his crew, Newcastle, forward of Man United.
Alan Shearer accused Owen of not placing himself via the ache barrier in Newcastle’s closing sport of the 2008-09 season
‘But if I didn’t need to go to Newcastle that a lot, I wouldn’t have bloody signed. I nonetheless selected Newcastle over Real Madrid. I wished to play with Shearer in entrance of these followers, and I’ve some nice recollections. Scoring two in opposition to Sunderland, banging them in with (Mark) Viduka and (Oba) Martins underneath Kevin Keegan.
‘But the last season was a disaster, for everyone. It could have been so different, and I really wish it had of been.’
Owen has nonetheless not spoken to Shearer since buying and selling barbs on social media two years in the past.
Shearer believes Owen didn’t put himself via the ache barrier to begin in Newcastle’s closing sport of the season at Aston Villa on the day they have been relegated. Owen maintains he would have began however was being trustworthy when telling his boss he was restricted by a groin harm.
‘I know what Alan thinks and he knows what I think,’ says Owen. ‘But he’s cussed and I’m cussed. I lived in his home once I first signed for Newcastle, we performed golf day-after-day. I used to be massive mates with him. But he began one thing that I believed was flawed.
Owen and Shearer haven’t spoken since exchanging phrases on social media again in 2019
‘I like Alan, as it happens. I know what would happen if we were in a room. We’d shake palms, have slightly stare at one another.
‘We’d want 10 minutes to every say our piece and he would nonetheless imagine what he believes and I might nonetheless inform him you’re barking up the flawed tree. We’d stubbornly agree to disagree and have a pint collectively.
‘But if he thinks I was pulling out of a game against Aston Villa… I was born to play big games. I know why he thinks that. Do you think he’s going to look within the mirror and say, “That was my fault, I was a bad manager”?
‘He has to blame somebody, I might be the identical. I used to get within the automotive on a Saturday with my dad once I hadn’t scored and say my team-mates have been at fault.
’I don’t blame Alan for pondering Newcastle being relegated was nothing to do with him. Find scapegoats, it’s nice for the thoughts. I used to do it on a regular basis.
‘But deep down I think he knows he’s flawed to suppose that. He simply gained’t admit it.’