Michael Owen admits Alan Shearer's return to Newcastle as manager has 'given the whole place a buzz' ahead of Saturday's game with Chelsea. Magpies striker Owen partnered Shearer for England and Newcastle, and will now play for the 38-year-old, who has taken over the managerial reins at St James' Park for the final eight games of the season.
In the matchday programme for Saturday's meeting with Chelsea, Owen said: "I'm really delighted to see Alan here as manager.
"I watched his career when I was a kid, I admired him as a player, and then I got the chance to play alongside him with Newcastle. Now it's come full circle and here I'm playing for him as my manager. Who would have thought it?
"Alan Shearer's appointment as Newcastle manager is just what we needed to give us that extra injection of confident and enthusiasm.
"Everyone has certainly had an extra spring in their step. It's exciting and it's given the whole place a buzz. There are not many people who could come in and affect the club like this, but Alan is certainly one who can.
"Everybody's in a great frame of mind, and now if we go out on the pitch and get a positive result the whole thing can snowball.
"But we've got to get that first win, and all the players know we have to produce top form to get it, especially against a side like Chelsea."