Shay Given – Get Used To Our Passionate Fans

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 – 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 – 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:

“I’m used to the reaction to defeats on Tyneside but some of the new players probably aren’t.” “They 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.”

“If they weren’t prepared for it they’ve had to get used to it pretty sharply because the fans demand success and a certain standard of performance.”

“There isn’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.”

“It takes a while for those ideas to be put into practice and it also takes players some time to settle into a new club.” “There have been so many changes at the club, but it’s all about results.”

“We’ve just got to look forward to the game at home to Everton and put Saturday behind us.

“The 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 aren’t happy with the result at Manchester City.”

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 2, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Darren – where are you now?

    You assured us all that you had inside info that BSA preferred Harps and he would always pick him first. I’d have a word with your insider if I was you, or maybe just have a word with yourself the next time you decide to post some rubbish.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 2, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I do have a concern with that perception on fans hating defeat. I’m sure I speak for all (or most) when I say it’s not the defeat that frustrates fans, it’s the manner in which we concede defeat that frustrates me more – so from my perspective if the team doesn’t show up, perform poorly and lose, then yes, I will react with venom – but if they play their hearts out and concede through something spectacular – a free kick/wonder and or deflected long range shot dodgy penalty decision or the team is filled up with non starters due to injury and they box above their weight and lose to a better team on the day, then I for one am not too fussed with the defeat – I’d be more frustrated at the course as in why so many starters are injured or why the ref gave (or did not give) that decision etc etc. But if we can come away with a point or more from an encounter and lose dismally without putting up any sort of fight, then yes I’ll be as frustrated as the next bloke.

  • Steve c

    Oct 2, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I have said before we all need to give the team a little while to settle in. With so many new faces in the first team having to get used to the club and the way BSA wants us to play. Please be patient over the coming games. Remember we are Supporters for life and we are in a transition stage at the moment. I know with BSA in charge and with Mike Ashleys cash we are on the way up.

  • Neil

    Oct 2, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Could I just advise that Faye came on for Taylor with around 15 mins left??

  • Lee R

    Oct 2, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I totally agree with Toon Chicken, also Abdoulaye Faye did play.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 2, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Neil – you can suggest it and it be true – he came on for Taylor after 84 minutes – changed the 6 players to 7 – thanks 😀

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 2, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    The fans will be calling for Fat Sam’s defensive head when Everton come to town.
    If we beat Everton I will be very surprised.
    It will be another very negative performance,no backbone,poor passing,zero creativity against an Everton side that will exploit us across the park.
    I wonder what Sam’s big match talk will be this week “defence is key”like at Man City??
    This man is out of his depth we are not Bolton and the players don’t suit his style of negative football.

  • hadrian

    Oct 2, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8

    hate the way there is always indirect digs at the geordie fans for lack of patience .
    we’ve been some of the most patient fans going , trouble is its been with so many managers of the years and we still have nothing .
    im sick of squads needing ‘time’ to be built , millions of cash spent , then the manager replaced and the fans told tobe patient again .

    we always give our managers time , we just expect the players that have been brought into the club in the meantime to perform .

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 2, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Hadrian – we are the best fans in the Premiership – easily – and we deserve success. You’ll find an awful lot of fans from other clubs saying that.
    There’s 2 truths right there that we should always remember.
    Upward and onward 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 2, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    And I forgot to say – We’ll get there.

  • Graham

    Oct 2, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Its a shame we cant have st james park full of those passionate fans every week insrtead of 30000 or so who are only passionate when we’re winning…

  • Graham

    Oct 2, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    And Ed – the best fans in the premiership – try the most fickle

  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 2, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Graham I dont think Geordie fans are fickle . Theyhave supported the team over so many years with passion and knowledge of how the team should play . There are none better the support is throgh thick and thin . Unfortunately too many thin times . However The Geordie will always give the Team ,The Manager a fair hearing but also expects better than what we have had served up . Was good with KK for a while and with Sir Bobby( who should never have been sacked ) . We expect the best and demand the best so I say HOWAY the lads and lets have top 6 and Europe next year .

  • toonUSA

    Oct 2, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Just out of curiosity, I love Shay and if wasn’t for him we would have finished in a worse possitions if not have to fight for relegation under our previous regime.

    Now just to throw this out there and see how the fans that go to the games see this,

    A good goal keeper is usually very vocal alwasy making sure his defence has players picked up and so forth Shmickle comes to mind as a goali that was comanding and a really good one at that. I am not sure who is more vocal between Shay and Harps and this is where my quesiton comes in? Shay makes great saves but could thoses shots have been prevented if there was better structure. The goals from Man city I feel lacked comunication and since the goali is the best person that can see who is comming in from all angles he can alwasy point out people that are sliping in from the back which did not happen.

    I love Shay but I don’t feel like we have conceded those kind of goals when Harps was in goal for the first few weeks. Love to hear from the Fans that sit behind the goals on how they rate the comunication skills of our goal keepers

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 2, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Graham – we were ranked the best fans in the Premiership officially. I resisted doing an article on that news – but I’m going to put one out tomorrow now 😀

  • Graham

    Oct 3, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed – The majority of fans are the best supporters in the country – if not the world. What i wa trying to say is that too many so clled fans inside of sjp week in eek out find it too easy to slag the team off so soon with all the boos and whatnot. For gods sake – i’ll be happy if we finish inside the top 0 this year with everything that has gone on over the summer –

    As you have said – it’ll take time and it’s the fickle fans who will put unde pressure on the players and manager who want instant success (again)

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 3, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Graham – OK – got it. 😀
    One thing we cannot have this season is NOT supporting the team fully at SJP – as Sam has said it doesn’t help the players one little bit to boo etc. The fans have a responsibility in the success that’s on its way, to support the team fully for 90 minutes. Our fans are very very good overall and I’m sure they will do this.

  • leo

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    there about the same on communication terms, maybe harps is a bit better, although i am in the sports bar which is a bit further up

  • Brian

    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #19

    I think 6-10 i the most reallistic place for Newcastle this year. behind the big 4 and Everton. But Tottenham,Aston.v, Portsmouth and Manch.C also have a chance of being before Newcastle.


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