Any past difficulties between Michael Owen and Kevin Keegan certainly seem a thing of the past.
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When Keegan was appointed on January 16th, it was pointed out gleefully by the press that Michael and Kevin had some trouble between them, when Kevin was the England manager.
But Kevin Keegan, in one of his master-strokes, immediately made Michael Owen captain at the club, and Michael has not only played his best football at Newcastle, but heâ€™s also scoring goals regularly, and has been pivotal in helping Newcastle escape the relegation threat.
Owen, who is now 28 and probably set to sign a new long term contract at the club, was singing Keeganâ€™s praises today:
â€œItâ€™s taken a bit of time to get his ideas across but now weâ€™re getting it together. Full credit to him.
â€œTo come and play an attacking line-up like he did at Tottenham and in the last couple of games has worked a treat.
â€œObviously heâ€™s positive. He instills confidence in everyone and now weâ€™re reaping the rewards.â€
We’ve been so impressed with Kevin, since he returned to Newcastle. Even when we had a bad start and didn’t register our first win for 10 games, Keegan was still upbeat. He kept repeating that the squad had quality, and that the players only needed a win to get their confidence back.
Kevin has been proved right in that, because once we beat Fulham, we’ve gone on to hammer Tottenham and Reading and scored 7 goals in the process.
We now face a stern test at Fratton Park on Saturday, which most Geordie fans thing we can win. But it’s against the high flying FA Cup finalists Portsmouth and it will be a solid test for the boys.
That’s just some of the magic coming from Kevin Keegan these days on Tyneside.