Shay Given has been one of Newcastle’s best ever signings – and is probably the best goalkeeper ever to wear the Newcastle Jersey.
Signed by Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 1997 from Blackburn for a fee of â‚¤1.5M – that must be one of the best pieces of business Newcastle have ever done.
He has since made 330 appearances for Newcastle and been capped 80 times for the Republic of Ireland – and he is Newcastle’s number 1 in many ways.
The Great Shay Given
Shay is understandably frustrated that his 10 years at the club has brought no silverware and being very ambitious, obviously wants Newcastle to start challenging for trophies – as we last did under Bobby Robson a few years back.
Suffice to say that if everybody at the club showed the same professionalism and drive for success that Shay always shows – we’d not be in such a bad plight.
Shay talked to Newcastle’s official web-site (www.nufc.com) this morning about the upcoming new era under Sam Allardyce:
“The job Sam Allardyce did at Bolton was fantastic and hopefully he can do the same with us and get this massive club moving forward again,”
“It has been such a long time since we won a trophy and the new manager will know the pressure that he will be under from day one.
“It is a new era again, and it is a new start. It is up to every single player to impress the new manager. The players have got to perform for him.
“We have had a poor season, there’s no getting away from that. It has been disappointing and we have got to improve.
“It is frustrating that we have not had a manager that has been able to guide us to a trophy in the 10 years that I have been here, but hopefully they have got the right person in now to move the club forward.”
Shay in the Rain
Given has managed over the last four years or so to cut out mistakes and he now probably makes fewer mistakes than many goalkeepers.
However, surprising as this seems – his best years are still ahead of him and we would not be surprised if Shay is still playing in the top flight in another 10 years – with all the new training methods and diets football players are on these days.
Shay Given has always been a model professional both on and away from the pitch – and he continues to do a lot of charity work with wife Jane.
Shay is currently patron for The Macmillan Cancer Tyneside Appeal - whose mission is to work towards the day when everyone will have equal and ready access to the best information, treatment and cancer care.
Shay – thanks for the last 10 years of great service to Newcastle and the community – both on and off the field – and we’re looking forward to you - and Newcastle winning many trophies over the next 10 years !