Shearer questioned whether Thauvin was good enough for the Premier League during his spell with the Toon.
Speaking to La Provence, the midfielder recalled: "I am not a vengeful person. I do things for myself, for my family. But I think I was not allowed time. I stayed there for six months, but I had three or four games. At the end of the second match of the Premier League, our striker is sent off and I find myself in the attack ... which is not my job!
"There was no miracle or madness. I worked, though. The coach made me doubt things, we talked together every two weeks, he told me that I was close to starting. But at the weekend, he only brought me back three minutes ... I have regrets, because it went wrong, but I especially feel that I was not given my chance or the time I should have.
"The press was not cool with me and a club legend (Alan Shearer) spoke about me. And since he's a legend..."