Shay Given just can’t wait to get going again for Newcastle United, in the upcoming season, which will be his 12th at the club he joined from Blackburn Rovers in 1997.
Shay Given – starts his 12th season with Newcastle
Shay talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe need to get it going. Weâ€™ve got the gaffer in charge now and hopefully weâ€™ll sign a good few players as well.”
â€œThatâ€™s important because our squad is very small.”
â€œItâ€™s my 12th season here and this is a fantastic club.”Â â€œItâ€™s a great place to play football.â€
Given has experienced lots of European football in his career at Newcastle, and even someÂ Champions League football when the great Bobby Robson was manager of the club.
But last season was extremely disappointing with a very poor 12th-place finish, and Given spoke about Newcastleâ€™s chances this coming campaign.
“We have to try to improve on last season and push up the league.”
â€œI donâ€™t want to say we are going into Europe because it wonâ€™t happen overnight.”Â â€œBut a lot depends on how we start the season.â€
â€œItâ€™s a clean slate for everybody. Kevin has a pre-season to get everybody fit and he started looking at people at the end of last season.”
â€œHe knows we need to strengthen as well so hopefully that will be the case.â€
Keegan got off to a tough start in his second stint as manager, and third stint at the club he loves. But it still took 10 games to register the first win, but after that Newcastle went on a good 7 game unbeaten streak, during which they played some very good looking football.
We have to admit to having high hopes for this season, but it will be so important for the lads to get off to a good start, and if we do that then anything will be possible, as confidence builds in the squad.
There is still some significant transfer business to complete at the club too,before the end of August, and we would like to see another 5 top class players arriving on Tyneside.