‘Good to see you’re still the only thing on your mind’: Alan Shearer’s former agent SAVAGES him on Twitter for posting about work on the ‘anniversary of the worst day of my life’ – nine years after the death of Gary Speed, a close friend of them both
- Alan Shearer posted a link to an interview with Frank Lampard on Friday morning
- His former agent criticised him on Twitter and accused him of being self-centred
- Melissa Chappell had an acrimonious split with Shearer after years together
- The talent agent was unhappy that it was the anniversary of Gary Speed’s death
- The former midfielder was one of Chappell’s clients when he committed suicide
- Shearer was friends with Speed and acted as a pallbearer at his funeral in 2011
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has been the target of an extraordinary outburst by his former agent on the ninth anniversary of his ex-team-mate Gary Speed’s death.
Melissa Chappell, who worked with Shearer for over a decade before an acrimonious split last year, took to Twitter to accuse her former client of only thinking about himself and his work on ‘the anniversary of the worst day of my life’.
Former Leeds and Everton midfielder Speed was a client of talent agent Chappell when he committed suicide on November 27, 2011 – exactly nine years ago.
Alan Shearer’s former agent Melissa Chappell (pictured with the Newcastle legend) has accused of him of only thinking about himself on the anniversary of Gary Speed’s death
Shearer celebrates with Speed during their time together playing for Newcastle United
Replying to a tweet from BBC pundit Shearer about an interview he had conducted Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, Chappell wrote: ‘Good to see you’re still the only thing on your mind.
‘Happy anniversary of the worst day of my life.’
Chappell deleted her tweet soon after but did reply to presenter Helen Chamberlain with a kiss emoji after the former Soccer AM star wrote: ‘Thinking of you today Mel.’
Although Shearer is yet to tweet directly about the anniversary of Speed’s death, he did retweet an image of himself with the Welshman and former team-mates Warren Barton, Shay Given and Rob Lee – which was posted by the latter – after his initial post about his interview with Lampard.
Talent agent Chappell, who split with Shearer last year, took aim at the BBC pundit on Twitter
Shearer retweeted this picture of himself with former team-mates Speed, Warren Barton, Shay Given and Rob Lee (from left to right) on the ninth anniversary of his friend’s death
Former England midfielder Lee tweeted: ‘Is it really 9 years since we lost speedo??? @alanshearer @No1shaygiven @warrenbarton2’ alongside the image of the smiling quintet.
Shearer played alongside Speed at St James’ Park for six years between 1998 and 2004. They twice finished as runners-up in the FA Cup before the midfielder left to join Bolton in a £750,000 deal.
The pair became close friends during their time together in the north-east, with Shearer acting as a pallbearer at Speed’s funeral in December, 2011.
Chappell, who runs the I Will Know Someone agency, has worked with a host of stars including former footballers Lee Dixon, Robbie Fowler and Owen Hargreaves.
Shearer (left) poses with his then Newcastle team-mate Speed before a PFA awards dinner
Shearer was a long-time client of Chappell but a falling out ended in him finding a new agent
Shearer and Chappell enjoyed a close relationship for many years but Sportsmail understands the pair fell out before parting ways on bad terms.
Her outburst on Friday was not the first time she has taken aim at the Premier League’s all-time record goalscorer on social media.
On Shearer’s 50th birthday earlier this year, Chappell tweeted a collage of images of her former client on holiday – including one of herself posing alongside him – and accused him of lacking loyalty.
She wrote: ‘Loyal, faithful, generous, funny, kind, honest…… You are none of these things but happy birthday anyway @alanshearer’.
Chappell posted these photos of Shearer on his 50th birthday and accused him of lacking loyalty and not being funny, kind or honest after their professional relationship ended
The message prompted a response from one user who told Chappell to remind him never to upset her. ‘Nothing wrong with the truth! Well from my POV (point of view) anyway,’ Chappell replied.
Chappell was praised by Speed’s family for her help in the months following his tragic death in 2011.
In a statement following an inquest into Speed’s death in January 2012, the family said: ‘The practical help given in abundance by Melissa Chappell, whose support and friendship has been so much more to us than simply Gary’s professional agent.’
Sportsmail has contacted Chappell for comment. Shearer had no comment to make when contacted by Sportsmail.