Shay Given – Michael Owen Is Special


Shay Given, the 87 times capped Ireland goalkeeper, who is now back to his scintillating best, with two brilliant displays in the Newcastle United goal the last two games, has today emphasized just how important Michael Owen is to the Newcastle club.

Newcastle’s greatest ever goalkeeper Shay Given

Given, who has been at the Tyneside club he has served so very well for 11 years now, and is fast becoming a legend himself. talked to The Guardian today:

“In an ideal world we would all like Michael’s contract sorted out sooner rather than later but it is his contract, it is nothing to do with me.”

“It is between him and the club – but in an ideal world we would all like him to get it done.”

Owen has become very important to Newcastle, since Kevin Keegan arrived back at the club, and rather make their relationship worse than is was when Kevin managed England, Keegan has somehow managed to make Michael the star man and captain at Newcastle.

That has come after an indifferent first two and a half seasons, when he was injured most of the time, and certainly wasn’t worth the money we paid him because of his lack of playing time.

Michael Owen – known in football the world over

There are not too many fans now that doubt Michael’s commitment to the Tyneside club, and that was witnessed by all, when he made his season debut after 53 minutes in Saturday’s game.

Shay continued:

“Michael has got a presence about him,” “He is a world-renowned center-forward and goal-scorer. When he leads us out it sends a message to other teams. It tells them that we have some real quality in our side.”

“He is not a ranter and a raver in the dressing room but he doesn’t have to be. His presence is enough and the aura that he carries with him.”

“Michael has scored a lot of goals past me over the years so I know what it is like to play against him. If you are playing against Michael Owen you know you are playing one of the best in the world.”

“We have some other good players as well at Newcastle but seeing Michael on our team sheet sends out a message. He is the most world-renowned player we have. He has the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He is special.”

We have little doubt that the club and Michael will reach an agreement, although it is taking longer than most of us would have liked.

It will just take some compromise from both sides and a deal can be reached, and we think that’s exactly what will happen when push comes to shove.

Wherever they stand right now – a cut down the middle could be the model for an agreement.

We hope that happens, because Michael has proved he can indeed do a great job for the Newcastle club in the future, and Kevin Keegan and the fans now know that’s the case.

Let’s do the deal Mike – for Newcastle United, the fabulous Newcastle fans, and not least for the maestro himself, manager Kevin Keegan.

Make everybody happy in this last week of the summer transfer market, and get Michael Owen signed on for three more years.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • dan_from_france

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #1

    very true given
    we need to sign him up quickly yes he gets injured but he still our best striker on his day

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  • mitch

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #2

    MO is one of the best goal scorers ever in the premier league the other was of course was big AL haway MA get owen tied for the next 4 years

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  • Danny

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Well put on the last few lines there Ed.
    Cmon Owen, you know something is going on at Newcastle now, and we want you to stay!

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  • murvar

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s essential he stays. He can help attract other quality players and to lose him would send out a big message to the rest of the football world that we have lost ambition. He has had a dreadful run of injuries which, for some odd reason, has made some fans question his salary. Yet if he had been fit and scoring at the rate he has shown since coming here, no-one would say he doesn’t deserve the money. Let’s not blame him for being injured – his attitude on Saturday was first-class. And he doesn’t waste the ball – unlike poor Oba, bless him, who gave the ball away the first 4 times he touched it on Saturday.

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  • WesToon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Shay Given,what a true gent & awesome goalkeeper,Given is deff in the top 3 signings this club has ever made!!!

    What a magnificent servant he has been for THE TOON 🙂

    Agree,with him,WE NEED MICKEY OWEN

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  • wilko

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    hope it’s all sorted this week then MO can go on to become another shearer, Millburn, Ferdinand, Beardsley etc .
    That’s what will hapen when he stays, he’ll just get bigger and bigger in terms of stature at NUFC and he would not secure legend status anywhere better

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  • wigz

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Owen is world class! there’s never been any doubt about that, i think he’ll sign new deal & become a toon legend like the for mentioned above. This could be a huge season for both us & michael if he stays fit i can see 20 goals this term, we could do with creative mid to make chances for him tho, Diego? Riquelme? either one please!

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  • Jimi

    Aug 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    If there’s going to be a drastic improvement in our league standing within the next couple of seasons then Owen will be one of the reasons why. To be honest I would love him to be signed for the next five years so he could finish his career here.

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  • rob

    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    will shay ever shut up

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