Owen: I Stand By What I Said About Keegan!

Last updated : 20 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor

Owen complained about the way he was treated during Keegan's spell in charge of England, and said it had caused a rift between the pair.

Michael Owen: "What I said in my book a few years back was an honest opinion and I stand by it.

"I don't see any need to take those words back - and from the comments Kevin made in his first press conference on Friday afternoon, he felt the same way.

"Anyone who is not uplifted by his arrival must have something seriously wrong with them. The fans and players are certain to respond.

"It seems there will be money available for him to spend on the team and he'll bring back the style of play the fans want, a way that lets me play the way I can be most effective.

"Kevin has been quoted as saying he has unfinished business at the club and that's exactly how I feel.

"There has been loads of speculation which has left me in a no-win position. If I say nothing, people think there is something in the rumours but if I respond to them I would spend all of my week denying them.

"I have not been fit enough for long enough to show the fans what I can do but if I can stay 100% right, I know I will do well here under the new manager."