Michael Owen recently revealed his poor relationship with Keegan during the Keegan’s time as England boss manager, and his words could have come back to haunt him this week. But Keegan, in a master stroke, will make Michael the Newcastle captain today.
Michael Owen – will be delighted to lead the team out today
But Keegan insisted yesterday he has absolutely no problem with the club’s Â£17M record signing from Barcelona and Kevin will have the 27-year-old captain of the side today, as a new era in the club’s history begins.
Keegan said yesterday:
“Not only will he play, I will make him captain. He is the right guy to lead us – and that tells you what I think of him.â€
“I know people will try to make something of the stuff in his book, but people who know me know it will not bother me – any more than it will bother me if it is right to bring Alan Shearer here as number two.â€
“Other people might say, ‘He will be a threat to you’. It won’t bother me.”
This is a master stroke by the man who has legendary skills as a motivator. It signals to everybody, not least of all to Michael, that any problems they had between them 8 years ago, has been ended – completely.
We also cannot wait to see the effect Kevin has on the players today, and usually it’s much easier to inspire the youngsters – so we’ll see how Taylor, Milner, N’Zogbia and Enrique respond. We think they’ll play very well today.