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Newcastle Captaincy Good For Owen

2:05 pm, Friday, January 25th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Michael Owen has always said he would love to be the Newcastle United captain, and we think there are many benefits to Michael staying captain at the moment.

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Michael Owen - good thing to be Newcastle’s captain right now

Kevin Keegan has given the captaincy immediately to one of England’s best strikers, and Owen has made no secret of the fact he wants to remain the Newcastle skipper.

Keegan has also told reporters he could offer Owen the captaincy on a long-term basis, if Owen wants the arm-band, so we think things are all set for Michael to continue in the job, and we’re just fine with that.

Michael has spoken to Newcastle World TV today, about his pride in leading out the Newcastle team:

“The gaffer came to me before the Bolton game and asked if I wanted to be captain,” “It was a surprise to be honest but of course I said yes.”

“It was a tremendous honor and, at 28, it’s a role I’m ready for and I’d love to continue.”

We think the captaincy can be a good thing for Michael, because it gives him some responsibility at the club, and can also help him regain his scoring prowess, which the club badly needs right now. If he can return to his form of old, the stage is all set for Michael to sign an extended contract at the club.

Michael has already said he doesn’t want to go anywhere, with Kevin Keegan at the helm of the Geordie Nation.

A goal or two tomorrow against Arsenal would be a good place to start for Michael – that’s for sure.

Comments very welcome.



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    At Christmas, Owen gave an interview and said he has 3 ambitions left as a footballer:

    1 ) To win a trophy with Newcastle

    2) To win the world cup with England

    3) To break Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record for England

    Many years from now, when your grandchildren ask you about this Owen figure heading the all time goal scoring charts for England, they will ask did he play for Man Utd or Barcelona, or someone like that? And we’ll say no, he played for the Toon.

  • 2 Gordon // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    No Shearer as assistant manager – can’t say I’m surprised. Think he should go to Southampton and get some experience.

  • 3 Stami // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    yeah i think this is a good thing for Owen! lets hope it will help him regain his confidence and get him back to his old ways if terrorising defenders with his blistering pace and keen eye for goal!!!

    c’mon Owen you beaut, pull a number on the Gooners on Saturday!!!

  • 4 nufctj // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    A repeat of the 2001 final against Arsenal would be very nice indeed! Down 1-0 Owen scored 2 to win it for the scousers.

  • 5 Obafan // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    I hope he keeps playing and reaches his level from his Liverpool days. But to be captain, I rather think of a defender as captain and IMO Beye should be ideal to lead our troops (after the ACN off course).

  • 6 Toon Al // Jan 25, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    owen’s strike rate was amazing at madrid as well, he scored more goals to minutes than any other player in their squad, he could still do it, but he has lost a yard coz of his injuries

  • 7 James // Jan 25, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Toon Al – he doesn’t need a yard of pace. He thinks quicker than any defender. He is in the space before the ball has even arived. One of the best aniticipators of play I have ever seen play the game.

  • 8 ChrisL // Jan 25, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    I hope it is good for Owen, but more importantly the club. He’s not the man I’d pick. Apart from a very few (one obvious) exceptions, I don’t think forwards (or goal keepers/wingers) make the best captains. The captain needs to be involved in the thick of the action (either a MC/DC), while a poacher has the responsibility/glory of putting the ball in the back of the net. A keeper is basically stuck on the spot & who’s going to listen to some bloke shouting from 90 yards away? Wingers have the same problem, they can often be to far from the action.

  • 9 Eve // Jan 25, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    ChrisL .. I think you underestimate the influence a keeper has.

    Anyway, captaincy, good for Owen’s ego, bad for the rest of the team. That means he’ll have to be played most of the time.

  • 10 George // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    While you have the captaincy then Mr Owen, how about the performances that warrant you getting the captaincy. Also we hope you will put NUFC before England as from this area NUFC have had a very raw deal.
    Its a new era on tyneside, lets see if you can live up to it.

  • 11 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    lets hope that he can get a goal tomorrow and get the fans on his side well and truely.

  • 12 Eve // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    George, ya like surely I thought that you actually had to earn the captaincy. Not just be you, have a big name and be given it by the manager to “smooth things over.” Sure like he’s been a wee bit off to say the least.

  • 13 Tom Cairns // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    To be honest i cant stand some of the stick owen gets. He has been unlucky with injuries and it has never been his fault. We never blamed any of our other players for playing for england, it just happens that they didnt get injured, would people have jumped on their backs if they had been so unlucky too. Maybe its the constant rumours of him leaving which unsettles fans makes people lose trust in him. Its not his fault the media never got over the fact he came to us. He well start banging the goals in again and would should think ourselves lucky to have someone of his quality at the club. He desperately needs some service though and i can see with time keegan giving him that.

  • 14 Mike // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    There’s Only One Michael Owen!!! One MICHAEL OWEN!

  • 15 evildick // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    I’m happy to have owen as captain, beats alan smith thats for sure. owen is a model professional, get him some service and he will be banging in the goals again.

  • 16 kagthemag // Jan 25, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    tom cairns I agree with you, I think some of the people that slagg him off were the ones hailing his arrival. He’s a great player, I think sometimes because he doesnt mouth off at the press the press read in to things & make up stories. He’s had a hard time with injuries & I for one will support him but he needs service so milner & zog or duff need to beat their man & get some great crosses in for either smith or viduka to knock down for owen. Or for emre to thread some great balls through to him from midfield – that’s his strength hanging on the the last man & beating the offside trap.

  • 17 Eve // Jan 25, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Evildick last time I checked you’d to earn captaincy, Smith has done more to earn it (God that’s saying a lot) by basically touching the ball on the pitch.

  • 18 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Eve get over the fact that Given wasnt made captain, ive lost count on how many times you have said Owen isnt good enough blah blah blah, just sour grapes. Kev made his decision now stick by it




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