Joe Kinnear is not worried one little bit about Michael Owen’s contract situation and will continue to have Michael as captain of the club.
Michael Owen – quality player – no doubt about that
Michael’s been playing well in the game he’s played and he’s obviously trying all he can to turn the situation at Newcastle around.
Joe Kinnear said yesterday:
“Michael is a quality player, no question about that. With the experience he has got he has seen it and done it. I would like to get similar players around him. He’s a Newcastle legend, an England legend and a Liverpool legend.”
“There’s no reason why he won’t continue to be my captain. He is a very good voice in the dressing room. He has been there and done it and we need more players like that.”
“I am not aware of anything to do with his contract. You will have to ask him or anyone else about what his long-term plans are. I don’t know anything about his contract. It is not running out in the next eight games, so it doesn’t really bother me.”
Not sure he’s a Newcastle legend, having only scored 25 goals so far, but he has scored five goals in just seven appearances and is still one of English football’s best goalscorers.
And as Kevin Keegan found out, the squad has a lot of quality when players are fit, and Joe has no worries that this side can do well once their confidence has returned.
“I don’t think Newcastle will go down.” “I was delighted with the second-half performance against Blackburn and with the players they have got – and when they get them back in the team – we will be okay.”
“I can’t see any danger of Newcastle going down. None at all. I accept confidence is the biggest thing in football. Big teams in the past have gone down, but, no, Newcastle won’t go down at all, no danger whatsoever.”
That’s Joe’s biggest challenge this week, to get the confidence back in the lads, and have them play going forward at Everton. Even if we go a goal down heads must not drop, and it would be great to get at least a point on Merseyside this weekend.
Since there’s a two week gap after Sunday until our next game, Manchester City at home, a good result becomes even more important for the club.