Newcastle’s top class Irish International goalkeeper, Shay Given, always talks good sense when he does decide to say something.
After finally gaining his place back on Saturday at Manchester City, finally displacing his excellent and seemingly perennial back-up Steve Harper, Given has told the new players at the club to get used to the passionate fans at Newcastle.
We think it’s very good advice from Shay.
Shay Given – sensible words from Newcastle’s great goalkeeper
Most, although not all, the new players are now at the biggest clubs they’ve ever played for and expectations on Tyneside have always been sky high. Another fact of life is that Newcastle fans don’t like it when their team is beaten â€“ they hate it. As we have pointed out on our site several times, the fans at Newcastle are either very down or very up on their team â€“ usually depending on the last result 😀
Well, we’ve lost two games in a row, so you know the feelings right now are not positive.
Here’s the wise words Given said yesterday:
â€œIâ€™m used to the reaction to defeats on Tyneside but some of the new players probably arenâ€™t.â€ â€œThey knew they were coming to a big club and expectation levels are high with a massive fan base, but it can be difficult for some to get used to.â€
“If they werenâ€™t prepared for it theyâ€™ve had to get used to it pretty sharply because the fans demand success and a certain standard of performance.â€
â€œThere isnâ€™t much patience up here, but perhaps there needs to be because it is a new manager, with new coaching staff and a new squad with new ideas.â€
â€œIt takes a while for those ideas to be put into practice and it also takes players some time to settle into a new club.â€ â€œThere have been so many changes at the club, but itâ€™s all about results.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve just got to look forward to the game at home to Everton and put Saturday behind us.
â€œThe good thing with football is there is always another game to put things right, but we know we have to get it right against Everton because the fans arenâ€™t happy with the result at Manchester City.â€
Apparently some of the new players were a bit surprised at the reaction of some Newcastle fans at their performance at Eastlands. Newcastle fielded seven players that Sam has recently brought into the club – Beye, Rozehnal, Viduka, Enrique (sub), Geremi, Smith and Faye (sub).
These players get paid massive wages and what comes with that in most jobs is massive responsibility and accompanying stress. What the players need to do is give us top performances week in and week out and we didn’t get that on Saturday. While not wanting to be too hard on the lads so early in the season, they need to understand that they will be under pressure when they don’t perform. Everybody else is in the jobs they do – why should professional footballers be any different?
But we’re sure Sam has brought in players who are not only very good at what they do but they also seem to be very solid characters. We’re sure they’ll very quickly get to know the passion of our fans. On the other hand the fans will need to be a little patient to let the boys settle in a little.
But our expectations are not diminished one little bit. Roll on Sunday, when we can get all 3 points against Everton.