Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear has admitted he never dreamed he’d one day manage Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – great lad and great player
Michael Owen made his debut as Kinnear managed Wimbledon as 17-year-old at Selhurst Park back in 1997.
In that game Michael scored his first goal after just 17 minutes, as he raced through on Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and slotted the ball coolly into the net.
It was just 10 months later that he would be starring for England in the World Cup and score that sensational individual goal against Argentina in the quarter final – the game David Beckham was sent off in, early in the second half.
Joe told nufcTV:
“Michael wasted no time in reminding me of that goal,” “But I was equally quick to remind him that actually won 2-1.”
Now, more than 11 years later, Owen is captain of a Kinnear led Newcastle United when they go into – what we should call a real battle – at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Joe is obviously delighted to have a player of such world stature as his captain:
“I met with Michael earlier this week and we had a good chat,” “He really is a great lad and a super person to have as your captain.”
“I never dreamed I’d be managing him one day after that goal he scored against Wimbledon all those years ago.” “But he’s a great professional, great player and he’ll be key for us in these next few weeks.”
We are looking to Michael to score a goal or two at Everton in what is turning out to be a rather crucial game for us at Goodison Park at the weekend.
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