Although what seemed to be the entire population of Newcastle seemed to be rejoicing today at the return of Kevin Keegan, there was a little corner of the city that wasn’t so chuffed. The
diary entry autobiography of little Mickey Owen slams Keegan for undermining him and destroying his confidence. Owen ‘writes’:
“He seemed the complete package.
“But if it was for some players, it wasn’t for me. I assume the manager had conveyed to his staff what he thought of me and plainly it wasn’t complimentary.
“I felt I was being singled out, he needed a scapegoat. As soon as he said one negative thing about me it became a habit.
“I used to go into games believing the opposition was scared of me. That belief evaporated at times under Keegan.”