Let’s Hope Keegan and Owen Get On

It’s going to be interesting to see how the Owen Keegan relationship develops at Newcastle United.


Michael Owen – Keegan didn’t think much of me as a player

When Keegan took over as England Manager in 1999, to try ensure England qualified for Europe, Michael Owen was a hero after breaking into England’s team at the 1998 World Cup under Glenn Hoddle at the age of 18. He played great in that tournament in our loss to Argentina in the quarter finals (when Beckham was sent off), he scored a fabulous goal, and looked world class.

But Kevin says in his autobiography he feared the worst when Keegan took over to revive the ailing Euro 2000 campaign. Later, writing in his autobiography, Michael recalled:

“I really started to resent him – not as a man, but as a manager,” “For me, the warning signs were all there on the training pitch.”

“I assume the manager had conveyed to his staff what he thought of me, and plainly it wasn’t complimentary.”

“I felt I was being singled out, not just by the manager but the whole coaching staff.”

A 3-2 defeat to Romania put England out of the European 2000 Finals, and that turned out to be Alan Shearer’s last game ever for England.

Now Michael and Kevin find themselves at the same club and we should remember that all happened about 8 years ago. So we’d hope that’s water under the bridge now, as Michal has gone on to score many goals in his career for England.

But Owen has not been at his best at Newcastle United these last few years, yet looked a new and rejuvenated player last night and scored an early goal for the Tyneside club.

But Alan Shearer said today he doesn’t think it will be a problem at all, and of course he played for England at the time Michael was having his difficulties.  Alan told Radio 5 Live today:

“I’m sure what he said in his autobiography will be brought up but they’re grown adults.“They’ll get over that, it won’t be a problem at all I promise you.”

So maybe the two of them have already decided to let bygones be bygones. We hope so – for the good of Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • wsq

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    get on with it..

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    The press have dragged up a story from 8 years ago about Euro 2000, in order to burst our bubble. None of them report that Keegan changed his mind of Owen after the 5-1 in Munich under Sven, and has been a fan of him ever since.

    Keegan will make sure Owen gets all the service he needs to bang the goals in for the Toon.


  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    i wonder IF, when or WHO we are going to buy in Jan??????

  • Craig F

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Keegan hates Owen… So do I!

  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    aye its all piss, the media trying to put us down. ignore it coz its bin taken out of context to make things look bad when there in fact exceedingly great!!!!

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Trying to unsettle us its not gonna happen.:P

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Midjew – The papers said today Keegan will buy Wes Brown and Defoe. This is obviously not true because Keegan hasn’t even spoken to the media yet.

    He is doing a press conference tomorrow at 2pm.

    Giovanni Dos Santos (Barca’s new wonderkid) only has 6 months left on his contract – shall we bid?

  • Gilly

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Seemed to be a different Owen last night, listened on the radio, tons of movement and appetite for the game…..never seen under SA.

  • ross

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    What is it about the Toon that has the papers digging up crap. Why dont they just let us get on with it.

    Keegan is king and watch out for Berbatov signing for £30 mill before the end of jan :-0

  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Who gives a stuff about Owen. Mercenary. I’d like him out – he thinks he’s too big for the club and we’ll do better without him.

  • paul p

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    i was at the game last night and a tell ya, thats the best owen has played for newcastle for a very long time. he was running about all over and really looked up for it. I know it was only stock city, but we had 10 men and we played them off the park last night. no long balls, just lovely football and we created a host of chances, it could have been alot more than 4.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12


    ****REALITY CHECK****

    We played Stoke last night!
    Granted some thought it was a game we could lose. Maybe 2 days ago we would have.
    The result has suddenly made us think we are contenders and not bums.
    We are now linking ourselves with the future Ronaldinhos and Ronaldos of world football.

    Never mind the reality check-

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    i wonder if we will get anyone in.

    There are so many players i like but i can see anyone being signed or even contacted till next week. Many other things to sort out which is a shame.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    From The Current Bun-

    ‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has pledged a mega transfer kitty to new manager Kevin Keegan.

    The Sun says the ex-England chief, who has been running his soccer school in Glasgow, landed the job following a final round of talks yesterday and will be given a £50m war chest by owner Ashley to spend now and in the summer.’

    WOW- a war chest!
    Does that go next to the trophy cabinet?

  • MattyDread

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Owen and Martins are going to be fookin mint for King Kev. As are Charlie and Jinky Jimmy Milner. Sign one centre mid player with bags of creativity and flair and we’ll be back playing the right kind of football. Rock on Kev.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Midjew –

    KK would surely have indicated during the negoiations the type of players he wants to be brought in.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    I was a bit disappointment with last nights performance-

    KK didn’t arrive by helicopter!
    That would’ve been the icing on the KKake.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    MORE GRAVY- (teamtalk.com)

    Coleman in running for Magpies post.
    Former Fulham boss Chris Coleman is reportedly in the frame to be named as Kevin Keegan’s assistant at Newcastle.

  • Leo*

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    sloop jon b dont try and give reality checks. that is the main thing that we can take from our club, the lack of reality that surrounds it, the feel good factor alone will help the players in up and coming games, so maybe its just be but i doubt it, people will begin to look forward to the matches now

    But KEVIN says in his autobiography he feared the worst when Keegan took over to revive the ailing Euro 2000 campaign. Later, writing in his autobiography, Michael recalled

    typo kevin… maybe you meant michael?

    michael and keegan, its all smoke and mirrors, in the past, owen will love keegan is he gets the team playing the ball on the floor like last nite and attacking, because the amount of space he was given with a stocked defence was brillient, considering we only had 10 men for most of the match…

    andy carroll looked strong when he came on too, jumping for the ball and spreading it to the players running on, just like shearer, but looked more like crouch because his height

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    I think there will be ALOT of players that will thrive under King Kev INCLUDING:

    AND MAYBE even Enrique??

    But apart from them we need all new players.

    SO a NEW:
    2x CB
    1x LB


  • bashinexile

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    I have to be honest I would be happy to see Kev kick this whingeing little scrote into touch.

    Once upon a time he was the most deadly forward in the world, now he is just a little fat lad with a chip on his shoulder.

    I’m willing to review the Opta analysis stats to see if I am right but I would guess that the club physio has spent more time on the park this season than this poisoned little moan of a human being. He’s a fraction of a man compared to Shearer.

    Mike Ashley could do us all a favour by dragging Michaels arse into his office and telling him to get on with Kev or F**k off back to his stables. If he wants to spend his life spreading horse sh*te thats fine by me but he doesn’t have to do it at SJP.

  • cooldj

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    i’d say we need another:

    RM – milner the only one!
    AM – creativity a must
    DM – replace barton and buttcheeks
    2x GOOD CBs
    1x tall strong and quick striker who can head.
    1x LB
    1x RB to replace carr.

    ameobi can leave too (if he’s actually still there!)

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


    Was watching the highlights from the game on youtube at:


    Go to it and flick to 3mins and 50secs

    This is milners goal, then look at the reaction of Chris Mort on the Right of Keegan he looks like SUCH a nancy boy from london who only started watching football when he came here. He looks so excited ha ha ha ha ha ha have a look and tell me what you think!

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    cooldj – i agree with you.

    Lets hope these MYTHS of LOads of money is true! WE REALLY NEED IT!

    Woudlnt it be great if we got a REAL WORLDCLASS player this year?

    When was the last owen? nah probably Shearer

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Owen is world class – Keegan’s style of football will prove that once and for all.

    Having watched Enrique loads last year for Villeral, I think he is the best left footed crosser of the ball we have. He was always getting down the flanks for them and whipping the ball in.

    In terms of new blood in attack, Owen, Duff and Nzogbia last night were all electric. Streets ahead of the other outfield players.

    Viduka was lazy as hell and Owen was constantly having to cover his work as well as his own. We still need a better foil up front for Owen. Someone like Ashton.

    Not sure who Keegan will sign because he hasn’t watched any games for 3 years. So he has no idea about European players or who is good in the PL. He will need advice on this.

  • valle

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    I agree, Owen didnt exactly look unhappy yesterday so i dont think we should put much into this.

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    James – I Agree with most of your comments especially the Ashton one i really rate him although i still think viduka is BRILL with his feet.

    BUT i dont know how you can say Keegan hasnt watched footie for 3 years, HOW DO YOU KNOW?? he could of scouted all the players he liked.

  • Steve

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    In Owen’s defence, I thought he showed enthusiasm and passion last night for the first time in a long time. If he gets a run going, he becomes very difficult to stop… Have faith people…

    If I was a world class striker under 180cm and had a manager ordering a bunch of hacks to hoof it up to me on the edge of the area, playing for a club sitting in the bottom half of the prem, I wouldn’t exactly be thrilled either. All the managers Owen has had to deal with at the toon have played rubbish long balls (Souness, Roeder and Sam). Lets just wait and see if he thrives with the ball on the deck, played to his feet…

    Was very impressed with his enthusiasm last night, especially in one of the goal celebrations…

  • Steve

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #29

    In response to transfer targets, lets hope Kev takes a call from Shearer and Sir Bobby… They can manage the clubs transfers vicariously through Kev…

    Who was it the Shearer recommended? Ashton, Carrick and somebody else?

  • GM

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #30

    I’d get shot of vidooka, he is too fat, too slow and doesnt offer the team anythin…if he is that good with his feet he should go on celeb ballroom dancing or whatever it was called, anyone got any ideas as to what target man would do a job alongside owen/martins?

  • Elliott

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Keegan only meant he hadn’t watched a match live, in the flesh in the stadium. Ya get meh?

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #32

    Shearer is a big fan of Podolski who was recently linked with a move to Man.City.
    Klose is apparently rated by him too.

    Maybe he’ll sign the most expensive defender and striker in the world like he did last time!?

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #33

    Steve – I agree, Owen has been frustrated and unhappy with the style of football and service into him, not with the club itself. He wants to stay at Newcastle. Shearer has said this a number of times.

    The way he constantly pulled defenders away from the box to allow Milner and Duff space to run in to was a masterclass in centre forward play.

    He even ran 40 yards to celebrate with Duff when he scored the fourth. Like us, Owen just wants us to play the football he knows we are capable of with the right manager.

    Midjew – Keegan gave an interview to BBC at the end of last year and told them he hasn’t watched a game live or on TV for 3 years. Here’s the link :


  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    Steve – Shearer said on MOTD at Christmas that he would sign Bentley in a heart beat if he was manager.

  • Leo*

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    viduka… you mean vodka? thats what people call him down my local haha. he has got good feet once he has the ball but he has to get the ball first but he is slow

  • paul p

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    CF – Dean Ashton, Samuel Eto-o, David Villa
    AM – Diego, Quaresma, Michael Carrick, Mancini, Arsharvin
    CD – Jonathan Woodgate, Wes Brown, Richard Dunne, Martin Laursen
    RB – Alan Hutton
    LB – Nicky Shorey, Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines (cant get a game for everton as lescott is playing left back)

    Some of these names you will all be thinking dream on yeah yeah, but hey, we are under keving keegan again, with possibly alan next to him, so we can attract players like this to our club so why not. any of these al be happy with. He will have gave his list of footballers who he wants, I think we will bring 3-4 in before the window shuts.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    Should we put so much purchase on new signings?

    If we’re honest, most of us were happy with the signings made at the start of the season. I was surprised that I thought Smith was the worst of the lot.

    Few have shone since then, but even Geremi could return to the player he was at ‘Boro in the right environment.
    How much of last nights performance was directly linked to KK?
    Not much.
    How much of last nights performance was directly linked to the crowd being positive?
    Most of it.

    And therein lies the link- KK making the crowd support the team, rather than berate them after 30seconds.

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    I would love to have bentley, carrick or ashton,.

    Look how many goals bentley has scored this year and how many assists.

    and WHAT a DM carrick would be for us.

    any ashton and owen up front?? WOW!!

    3 GREAT Signings

  • dragoner

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #39

    If people on here get annoyed with the media trying to burst our bubble then you should hear other fans calling up radio shows, they really want us to fail so bad, i wonder why they hate us, jealousy maybe

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40

    paul p-

    send your CV to Saint James Park.
    Please get a job bringing these boys in.
    Probably in the summer, but tomorrow would be fine.


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