Michael Owen was asked this week about Kevin Keegan, and his response may surprise a lot of the Newcastle faithful.
Michael Owen – we think he’ll stay at Newcastle United
Michael Owen was asked this week by Newcastle World TV, about the impact Kevin Keegan has had on the club, and Michael was glowing in his praise of his new manager:
“He’s had a massive impact,”
“It was never going to happen straight away, not only did we have some tough games, but a lot of the lads were low on confidence.â€
“When you lose a manager the only reason you lose them is because results have not been good.â€
“The confidence wasn’t high, but if you could ever ask for a man to pick players up and get the best out of them then it’s Kevin Keegan, and I think there’s more improvement to come in that respect.â€
It doesn’t seem to us when our captain says there’s more improvement to come, that he’s thinking of leaving.
We think Michael may be ready to commit to Newcastle, and that may surprise quite a few Geordie fans, who may have thought he was just in it for the money, and nothing else.
While he’s like the rest of us and has to get the best deal he can for his family, he’s obviously enjoyed not only the extra responsibility he’s received under Kevin Keegan, but the growing respect and support of Newcastle fans, these last couple of months.
The Newcastle faithful are starting to believe Owen is more than fully committed to the Newcastle cause.
“We all enjoy training and playing alongside each other and he has brought a real feel-good factor into the club.â€
“Everyone is enjoying coming in to training every day and when you do that you do it better.â€
“He knows his stuff and he can see a player, he can see if something needs tweaking or changing and tactically he’s very good.â€
“It’s been a fantastic appointment for us and we’ve all really enjoyed his time so far.”
Let us be the first to go on record to say we think Michael will sign a new, extended contract at the club.
What better than for our captain to set an example to the rest of the squad, and be willing to take less wages in the hope that club can be really successful once again under King Kev. That would be a tremendous example being set by Michael.
Not only will it absolutely delight Kevin Keegan, but if he does it soon, it could give Kevin and our club the momentum they need to tie down Steven Taylor and others, and bring a lot more top players into the club during the summer.
We really do think Michael is now fully committed to Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan, and we expect him to sign a new contract, sooner rather than later.