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Michael Owen has hit back at Newcastle fans after they chanted “there’s only one greedy bastard” at the Manchester United striker last night.

Owen left St James’ for Old Trafford as a free agent in 2009, following a largely unhappy and injury-hit four-year spell on Tyneside during which he scored only 26 goals and reportedly earned £110,000-a-week.

After his every touch was greeted by chants and catcalls last night, Owen posted on Twitter: “From what most of you Newcastle fans are saying you should be pleased I left the club! If i had known that earlier I could have left sooner!

“For the record, I tried my best in every game for Newcastle. Under KK I played well and i’ll never forget the 2 I scored against Sunderland.

“When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans they all respect what I’ve done for their clubs. In stadiums it changes, 1 boo and the rest follow.

“By the way, im not looking for sympathy. As long as my family don’t boo me when I walk through the door I couldn’t care less!!!”

Later, Owen became involved in a Twitter conversation with Daily Mirror chief sports writer and MirrorFootball columnist Oliver Holt on the nature of tabloid football coverage.

Owen had alluded to other reasons for his departure from Newcastle other than money and Holt wrote: “Honest question then Michael: why don’t you tell them the facts?”

The following is a tarbscript of what happened next…

Owen: “I try to answer most questions Ollie but can’t be arsed being a back page story so some things don’t need to be said!”

Holt: “Fair enough, Michael. But I think sometimes if fans and journalists knew facts, there would be more sympathy with players.”

Owen: “Fair point. The relationship between players and media is poor and needs improving as the people who suffer are fans.”

Holt: “Probably worse now between media and players than back in 97-98 when you burst on to scene. More contact then, I think.”

Owen: “If papers printed what is actually said then i think players would talk to you more openly. I know I would.”

Holt: “You have spent a lot of your career writing for our newspapers, though Michael, both tabloids and broadsheets.”

Owen: “It’s the sensationalising of headlines that annoys most players. It makes us look like clowns when most lads are normal.”

Holt: “Headlines are a problem for a lot of writers, too. Comes down to trusting a journalist to look after you, I suppose.”

Owen: “But I made sure I had headline approval! My point is, the articles are fine, it’s the headlines that make us look stupid.”

Holt: “Agreed. Think we are at a point where writers need to fight for right headline to ensure bit of trust with player spoken to”

Owen: “And there is my point. The trust just isn’t there hence the relationship between players and journalists is non existent.”

Holt: “Players and media stuck in bad cycle now. Understand why trust has broken down but less contact is making things worse. Part of problem is no contact. GNev (Gary Neville) said journos should stay in England hotel so we’d have to face you after bad piece.”

Source:  Mirror

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