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Michael Owen To Remain Captain Of Newcastle

Kevin Keegan will again make Michael Owen the Newcastle United captain for the new season – and that should come as no surprise to the Newcastle faithful.


Michael Owen – will remain captain of Newcastle

Certainly when Keegan first came back to the club in January, with not a particularly good relationship with Michael Owen when he was England manager, Kevin immediately said he wanted Michael as his captain.

Of course the gossip papers were all over their previous poor relationship at England, and were predicting Michael would leave the Newcastle club – and as usual it was a load of rubbish.

Making Michael captain seemed to work for the club in many different ways, not least of which was to gave Michael some real stake in the club, and he stepped forward to the responsibility very well indeed.

The very fact he is known throughout the world, and is also a first-class professional who  takes nothing for granted, makes him a good leader for the Newcastle side.

Of course, we also have to assume that Michael’s Newcastle contract will be sorted out soon, but we think no news is good news on that score (excuse the pun).

Keegan said today:

“Yes, Michael is my captain. He has really impressed everybody here.”

“He leads by example and that’s a good way to lead.”

“Michael is not scared to give his opinion when he’s right and he’s not scared to say what he feels.”

“He is a tremendous professional and trains properly every day.”

Newcastle fans certainly began to get behind Michael last season, and his two goals in the first half against Sunderland at St. James’ Park, showed how good a player and captain he is, because that tied up the game for us.

And Michael still managed to be Newcastle’s top scorer with 13 goals last season, despite having an operation in Munich, Germany for his hernia.

He also had yet another absence, after picking up an injury playing for England, in a friendly match in Vienna.

However, the unfortunate news today is that it seems like Michael will not be ready for the Doncaster Rovers game this Saturday, although he hopes to be available for the tournament in Majorca a week today.

That’s one thing we have to be careful of this season, that Michael is able to play a lot of games for us, than he was able to play in the previous campaign.

The club somehow have to try to ensure that he’s really fit, and doesn’t get injured too much – that’s if we can do that, of course.

Next thing we are waiting to hear from Michael, on the official site, is that he has signed a new contract, to keep him at the club for another 3-4 years.

One step at a time.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #1

    First post 🙂

  • geordiegraham

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #2

    just wish we wud sign some1

  • Leo

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #3

    well it would be foolish to take the captain armband away from him, he has done nothing to warrent someone else to get it…

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    It would be very painful if Owen leaves the Toon. 🙁

    Get a new contract NOW!

    Oh, at least with this Mike Ashley have to spend his money.

  • Allman20

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #5

    The main problem we as Toon fans face is that our problematic owner; Mike Ashley is a tubby, tight assed *^%! and we all know why hes at Newcastle; to make money!! Running the place as a business all the way! The main reason no players have been brought in recently is because is because tightly locked cheque book! Any club with any sense would sign michael on for at least another two seasons or at least for the rest of time that KK is there at the helm! Get rid of Smith, play Barton and buy in Moutinho and Diego, maybe even show some sly interest in Arshavin, overpriced, but if he can get us that top sixth place, well worth it i say!

  • Michael

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6

    We can’t play Barton he’s in jail…. and why would we sign Moutinho, Diego and Arshavin considering that they are very similar players, who would cost combined close to 50 million.

    And lets face it none of them want to join us anyway.


    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Firstly Well happy with this! Owen has earned that armband in my opinion & i predict he will get a new deal & write his name in Toon history alongside big al! comon guys lets get behind him he is our best player no question about it anybody who disagrees is crazy! when fit he’s one of the best around! Secondly Allman20 could not agree more, Ashley is a joke! he has no idea what he is doing! this is not a business first & formost it’s a football club! got that m8? you need to invest in players to strengthen your team to gain success to finish higher up the league to qualify for europe then you MAKE MORE MONEY!!!! not rocket science is it!

  • wilko

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Watched shearers best goals on you tube today, really rolled the years back. just makes you remember how great he is and was for NUFC. Great to watch and well worth seeing them again – diving headers, great volleys etc etc Will we ever see anything like him again. I HOPE SO WE WILL LOVE SHEARER FOREVER !!

  • Timberhead Toon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry but Mike Ashley is putting us on a sound financial footing. After having ploughed approx 1/8 his reported fortune into the club so far. More signings will come I hope and if we do as well as we seem to have done with Gutierrez and Guthrie I’ll be happy.

    First of all we need players who want to play for us not mercs like Arshavin, Aimar and all the rest that are on the move.

    Second we need players who have a lot to offer over a number of years.

    We are screwed by previous managers splashing out on stupid wages for bit part players such as Geremi, Smith and to a certain extent Micheal Owen (due to the amount of time injured)

    Lets get us in a good postion with a few more quite signings and go about our league assault in the same way and hey we never know what might happen.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I hate Diego!

    He does absolutely nothing for Brazilian National Team.

    I have some serious doubts about his quality.

  • Chicken

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #11

    2 great bits of news there, Ed.

    The fat lazy Turk finally clears the way for someone who cares about NUFC and Mickey O will carry his inspirational captain fantastic performances into next season and beyond!

    Beltin! 🙂


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