Michael Owen is the gift that keeps on giving.
After a week of publicly embarrassing himself and insulting an entire city, club and picking an online fight with Shearer, you would think he’d let sleeping dogs lie and not leave himself open to more embarrassment…..thankfully he hasn’t. Far from it.
In a self serving attempt to justify himself, he’s given an interview to Mark Ogden of ESPN. It simply has to be seen to be believed:
Where to even begin. The simple fact Owen believes Shearer blames his failure and Newcastle’s relegation on him, shows how self absorbed he is.
One line particular stands out: “If that’s how he’s overcome his disappointment of not being a success as Newcastle manager, then that’s fine in a way.”
It absolutely begs belief.
Also, it’s worth pointing out, he’s never actually denied it has he? Where’s the legal action you threatened Michael? He’s basically saying he’s fine with it because that’s what Owen has always done, blamed other people for his shortcomings and never accepted responsibility.
Alan Shearer didn’t and does not solely blame Michael Owen for his failure to avoid relegation. What Shearer did and still has, is a right to be disgusted and feel let down by Owen. He had and still has this right on four different fronts. As a fellow professional, as a manager who needed his captain and main striker, as a friend and as Newcastle legend.
It’s these values and principles that separate legends like Alan Shearer, and cowards like Michael Owen.