Michael Owen reveals he asked Amazon Prime to remove him from his expert post for Newcastle United game because he was « afraid for safety » as the former striker opens up on hatred of fans and Alan Shearer spat

Michael Owen has revealed that he asked Amazon Prime to remove him from their roster for a recent Newcastle United game as he reportedly fears for his safety if he returns to St James’ Park.

The former Liverpool and Magpies striker opened up about the hatred he still elicits from fans over his terrible plight at Tyneside, and how he still hasn’t worked things out with his former teammate Alan Shearer.


Michael Owen withdrew from a recent return trip to St James’ Park

Owen was one of the most talented strikers English football has ever seen but unfortunately for the former hitman most fans would rather not remember him that way after burning more than a few bridges.

Things like this iconic exchange with Everton legend Neville Southall certainly didn’t help…

He would be remembered as a Liverpool greats and one of their all-time best players if he hadn’t joined big rival Manchester United in the later stages of his career – an unforgivable sin for many Reds supporters… although he still plays in legendary matches at Anfield.

At Newcastle, Owen arrived with great fanfare when he joined Real Madrid in 2005 for a club record of £ 16.8million, but his injury record, his conduct and the manner in which he came out ensured a bitter memory to his career at Magpies.

He left four years later after Newcastle were relegated to interim boss and club legend Shearer, with the former teammates for club and country then caught in a rather public falling out years later.

Michael Owen has scored 26 goals in 71 Premier League appearances for Newcastle

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Michael Owen has scored 26 goals in 71 Premier League appearances for Newcastle

Now Owen says he’s so afraid for his own safety that he doesn’t dare return to St James’, even as an expert, telling the Daily Mail how he recently retired from his job for the Newcastle shock in the Premier League against Norwich at the end of November. .

But, the 42-year-old insisted he would like to return to Newcastle someday, admitting he regrets many of his actions during his time at the club – including his notorious helicopter purchase.

In an interview to mark 20 years since Owen won the Ballon d’Or – the last English winner of the award – he said of his broken relationship with the Toon: “As soon as I left, everyone hated me. But I never, ever felt that way when I was there – I felt love, whether in town, at the pub, or anywhere else.

“I was supposed to make the game against Norwich last month. I called Amazon and said, “I don’t really want to go, I’m scared for my safety,” so they changed my game.

“I wish it was different. I would love to ask fans, “Why don’t you love me? And have the chance to give my opinion.

Michael Owen leading Liverpool to the FA Cup final victory over Arsenal is one of the club's big moments, but the forward tainted his legacy by later joining Manchester United


Michael Owen leading Liverpool to the FA Cup final victory over Arsenal is one of the club’s big moments, but the forward tainted his legacy by later joining Manchester United

“Of course I get some of the reasons. The worst thing I did was buy a helicopter so my family could travel up and down. It’s a *** perception.

“People felt like I was coming home from practice every day. I wasn’t. I loved the area. But from a perceptual standpoint, that was a target against him. I would change that.

“Then there were the injuries. I never wanted to be injured but the one that started it all was putting my boot for Newcastle at Spurs on New Years 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 fans, the club.

“I was disgusted because when I first signed we were flying. We were at the bottom of the league but climbed the rankings. Me and Al [Shearer] scored lots of goals and loved life.

“I know I said I wanted to join Liverpool instead of Newcastle. I did, I won’t hide it. In the same way Alan wanted to sign for his side, Newcastle, ahead of Man United.

Shearer and Owen haven't come to an agreement since their public social media chat

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Shearer and Owen haven’t come to an agreement since their public social media chat

“But if I didn’t want to go to Newcastle so much, I wouldn’t have signed. I still chose Newcastle over Real Madrid. I wanted to play with Shearer in front of these fans, and I have fond memories. Score two against Sunderland, hit them with [Mark] Viduka and [Obafemi] Martins under Kevin Keegan.

“But the last season was a disaster for everyone. It could have been so different, and I really wish it was. « 

Owen also admitted that he and Shearer had not spoken since their argument on social media, where the couple fought two years ago because of the striker’s injuries and – Shearer claimed – the lack of desire to play for the famous black and white jersey.

“I know what Alan is thinking and he knows what I am thinking,” he added. “But he’s stubborn and I’m stubborn.

“I lived in his house when I first signed to Newcastle, we played golf every day. I was big friends with him. But he started something that I thought was wrong.

“I like Alan, in this case. I know what would happen if we were in a room. We shook hands, we looked at each other a little.

« We would need ten minutes to each say our song and he would always believe what he believes and I would always tell him that you are on the wrong tree. » We would stubbornly agree to disagree and have a pint together.

“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 at himself in the mirror and say, « It was my fault, I was a bad manager »?

“He has to blame someone, I would be the same. I used to get in the car on a Saturday with my dad when I hadn’t scored and say my teammates were at fault.

“I don’t blame Alan for thinking that Newcastle were relegated had nothing to do with him. Finding scapegoats is good for the spirit. I used to do this all the time.

“But deep down inside I think he knows he’s wrong to think that. He just doesn’t want to admit it.

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