Kevin Keegan has addressed the news yesterday that Manchester United were after Owen for Â£7M.
Michael Owen – not going to Man United
We didnâ€™t report on that news yesterday, because we werenâ€™t at all sure there was any truth in it.Â But it does seem the news that Owen will need to take a pay cut to stay at Newcastle may be true.
Keegan has asked Chairman Chris Mort to sort out Owenâ€™s situation, and is disappointed that no progress has been made. But Kevin would be delighted if Chris manages to keep both Michael Owen and Steven Taylor at the club. That in itself would be good news for next season.
Money isnâ€™t everything, and in the cool light of day you have to be committed to Newcastle to stay at the club. So it will be a big test for Michael.
We hope we can keep Michael at the club, and after all he is our captain, and seems to have taken that responsibility to heart.
Kevin was asked about the Owen-Manchester United reports and Kevin told the Evening Chronicle:
â€œDonâ€™t believe all that you have read.â€
It turns out that the 4 changes Kevin made yesterday were all enforced. We knew Mark Viduka (Achilles) and Barton (bail conditions) couldnâ€™t play, but we were surprised that Martins and Geremi were also missing.
Obafemi Martins had apparently limped out of training a few days ago and didnâ€™t make the trip to Liverpool.
Geremi was given compassionate leave by the club after the death of his sister.
At least the club have their priorities right, and weâ€™re pleased Geremi was allowed to miss the game in those sad circumstances.