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Man from The Telegraph gets to heart of the Michael Owen and Alan Shearer debate – Bullseye

2 weeks ago
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It was no coincidence that this Michael Owen book was scheduled to come out during the international break.

No proper football and with the media and fans desperate for a distraction, the deliberately provocative serialisation snippets had a willing market.

Amusingly, Michael Owen even came out and apologised for these provocative glimpses we were being shown, saying that when they were being debated they were being taken out of context.

Well, only Michael Owen and his publisher (Reach – Who also publish the Mirror, Star, Express, Chronicle, Liverpool Echo etc) to blame, if the snippets don’t match up with the reality.

What is quite clear though, is that in a desperate attempt to get some interest in a person and book that has very limited interest for football fans whoever they support, there was a deliberate effort to use Newcastle United and the fans to get some publicity, by lauanching cowardly attacks on both.

Part of that, also saw Alan Shearer dragged into this shambles.

Michael Owen attacking Alan Shearer and quite rightly, the NUFC legend (Shearer not Owen…) not taking the unwarranted attack lying down, the media loving it!

Friday morning has seen Luke Edwards give the perfect summing up of, he was covering Newcastle United back in the Michael Owen/Alan Shearer days and has a good handle on it…

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph via Twitter:

“There is an important point I’d like to make about Michael Owen.

“While they may have fallen out and the relationship turned sour more than a decade ago.

“Shearer had never discussed it once in media or publicly criticised him until he was attacked in Owen’s book this week.

“He had never actually blamed Owen for relegation, or him failing as a manager.

“He had never said the things he is now being accused of.

“Certainly not in public and not in interviews with anyone.

“So who is gaining from all this?

“The man with a book to sell.”

Exactly!

If Alan Shearer had wanted to blame Michael Owen, it would only make sense if he had told everybody at the time!!

Instead, he said nothing. A dignified silence and at Mike Ashley’s request, put together a detailed plan on how to get Newcastle promoted and established back in the Premier League. To this day he has never heard back from the NUFC owner.

Michael Owen has as much credibility as Mike Ashley.

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