Alan Shearer blasts Michael Owen for admitting he couldn’t wait to retire while at Newcastle

27 Aug

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has slammed Michael Owen for admitting that he ‘could not wait to retire’ during the last seven years of his career.

Owen, in a revealing interview with BT Sport, said he did not enjoy the tail end of his career due to persistent muscle injuries.

Shearer and Owen were team-mates at Newcastle

“I was quick, running in channels, beating people,” he said.

“That’s who I was – compared to the last six or so years when I turned into the only thing I could.

“I was petrified of running into a channel. I just knew I was going to tear a muscle.

“For six or seven years I hated it. I couldn’t wait to retire. It wasn’t me.”

However, Shearer was not impressed, tweeting: “Not sure NUFC fans, team-mates or employers will want to thank him.’

Another former Newcastle striker, talkSPORT’s Micky Quinn, sided with Shearer.

He argued: “You’ve got to think of the club’s he was at during the latter stages of his career and the money he was earning – those club’s weren’t getting value for money.

“The supporters weren’t getting value for money by watching him, i.e Newcastle.

“He was never going to give them value for money in his own head.”

Owen remains Newcastle’s record signing after his £16.5m move from Real Madrid in 2005 and he was club captain when Shearer temporarily became manager in 2009.

Owen missed the penultimate game of the relegation season – a 1-0 home defeat by Fulham – and former physio Paul Ferris recently revealed in his autobiography that ‘he didn’t want to risk his groin because he was out of contract in the summer and was saying, “I’ll not get a contract at another club if I’m injured”.’

He failed to score a single goal under Shearer’s tenancy.