Itâ€™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 Shearerâ€™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.Â 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.