“If Alan Shearer has come to the conclusion that I didn’t fancy playing in the last game against Aston Villa because I was worried about getting injured and subsequently worried about my next move then, if that’s what’s in his head and that’s how he’s overcome his disappointment of not being a success as Newcastle manager, then that’s fine in a way,” Owen told ESPN.
“It’s almost like a grieving period and sometimes you’ve got to blame someone else. I’ve done it loads of times in my life.
“Do you think I’ve come off a pitch and said, ‘I’ve been rubbish today, it’s all my fault?’ No way. You’ll never be a footballer if you’re like that.
“You think ‘well the right-back can’t pass for toffee, the midfielder is not creative enough, my strike partner is not seeing my run’, whatever you think.”