The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting that Kevin Keegan has told Michael Owen he intends to keep him as captain of Newcastle United, at least for the time being.
Michael Owen – captaincy will be confidence boost for England striker
So Michael Owen will be Newcastleâ€™s captain when they visit Arsenal at the Emirates for Saturdayâ€™s FA Cup fourth-round. That means we have had 3 captains in the last 3 weeks with Alan Smith having recently been appointed captain by Sam Allardyce, after Geremi held the position from the beginning of the season.
While this will be good news for Owen, and will hopefully inspire him to some better displays, and more goals, on the other hand itâ€™s bad news for Alan Smith.
We really wonder whether Alan is Kevinâ€™s kind of player. He certainly isnâ€™t in midfield or out wide, and he doesnâ€™t score enough goals up front.
Alan Smith – may find it difficult under Keegan
Keegan said he had spoken to Shay Given after making Owen captain against Bolton, and Shay had no problems at all with Kevin’s decision. 😀
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle this morning:
â€œI looked at the players I had got, and I honestly believed Michael was the most experienced player on the pitch, along with Shay.â€
â€œI told Shay I would like Michael to lead it from the front, and he said â€˜Fine â€“ I fully understand. Iâ€™ve got no problems with that.â€
â€œI think weâ€™ll leave it with him at the moment, and if he comes to me and says he enjoys it, then we can look at it longer term.â€
Let’s know what you think about Michael as captain, and whether you think Smith has a future under Kevin at the club.
Comments and opinions very welcome – just keep the language decent for the bairns. 😀