Two of Newcastle Unitedâ€™s longest serving players, goalkeepers Shay Given and Steve Harper, issued a statement today, through the official Newcastle Web-site that we list below.
Steve Harper and Shay Given issue a statement today
This is the statement the veteran goalkeepers have just issued today.
Having seen an article in one of this morning’s national newspapers, we feel it is vitally important that Newcastle United’s two longest serving players set the record straight.The story that has appeared is total and utter nonsense.
Sam Allardyce has the full backing and support of every Newcastle United player and we are all working together as one to bring success to the football club.
At Newcastle United we have a player committee which is led by our captain Geremi, and which also includes James Milner, Mark Viduka and ourselves.
Many issues are openly discussed between players and the Manager, as is commonplace at any club.
Far from that being “player power” or any other ridiculous description, this is sensible and constructive communication and a key part of the process of helping to build a stronger football club which will take us forward.
It is fair to say both of us are absolutely furious at what we have read today. It is mischief-making of the highest order and appears designed to unsettle everyone on the eve of our big game against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The tabloids have reported today that Sam Allardyce faces a players’ revolt, which is of course all made up trash. Since we’ve been writing this web-site for a short 7 months we’ve been amazed at some of the rubbish the tabloids seem to print. It’s always very mischevious stuff, aimed at disrupting things at the club. Of course we know from a papers’ mentality, bad news sells. But it’s just completely irresponsible drivel.
But we’re glad Steve and Shay have issued this statement – good for them.