Keegan names Owen as captain against Bolton

Now this is hot news. Newly appointed Newcastle United manager, Kevin Keegan has made his first move in resurrecting the Geordies by naming Michael Owen as the captain of the team that plays Bolton Wanderers late on Saturday in the English Premier League.

Sky Sports reports that Owen will be wearing the captain’s armband since regular club captain Geremi is away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations. On any other occasion, Owen donning the captain’s armband wouldn’t have crept to the headlines but that fact that he has been made captain by Keegan is a surprise in itself.

Owen and Keegan shared not-so-cordial relationship in the past when the latter was in charge of the England national tam and in his autobiography Owen alleges that he was inhibited by Keegan’s policy at the time. But Keegan has dismissed any suggestion that the duo wouldn’t be able to see eye-to-eye this time around.

The Newcastle manager says:

Not only will he play, I will make him captain. He is the right guy to lead us – and that tells you what I think of him. I know people will try to make something of the stuff in his book, but people who know me know it will not bother me – any more than it will bother me if it is right to bring Alan Shearer here as No.2. Other people might say, ‘He will be a threat to you’. It won’t bother me.

Makes for some nice PR, doesn’t it? Newcastle fans would certainly now be more pleased that the duo can indeed forget the past and look towards the future with optimism.

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