Shay Given: We Need More Players


A good interview with Shay Given this morning in the Guardian and written by one of our favorite Newcastle United reporters – Louise Taylor.

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Shay Given – time is running out for players

Shay Given has put in a timely reminder to the Newcastle United board, that the Newcastle’s side requires significant strengthening before the start of the season, and there’s just 39 days left in the summer transfer window.

This is not aimed at Kevin Keegan, whose job is only to identify players or OK them, if they are brought to him.

Dennis Wise and the recruitment team should be working day and night to identify and bring players to the club, and we assume that’s exactly what they are doing.  If they are not, then nows the time to start doing that.

Shay told the Guardian today:

“We’ve got a very small squad at the moment and I think we need to get a few more players in before the transfer window closes.”

“It is a concern the longer it goes on and we don’t get them in but I suppose there’s until the end of August when the window closes.”

“We’re short of players but I know the manager and the board are working hard behind the scenes to get players in, so I suppose we should really comment at the end of August.”

“I don’t know how difficult it is to get new players in because I don’t do the deals but, although we have got a couple of lads in, we need a good few more.”

Keegan has said he needs four quality signings at a very minimum before the start of the season, and has so far recruited central midfielder Danny Guthrie for £1M from Liverpool (that’s the Guardian’s figure), and Jonás Gutiérrez from Real Mallorca.

Given doesn’t know where Newcastle will finish in the league next season, which is shaping up as a critical one for the Newcastle club.

Given continued:

“It’s hard to say where we’ll finish because we need more players.”

“But our objective will be to do better than last season, when we were 12th. I’d like to think we’ll finish a lot higher than last season.”

” Newcastle United is a big club but we have to go out and show it every week. We have to perform better.”

Good words from Shay, who probably smells some possible success, and even some trophies at long last, for the club he’s served loyally and so well for the last 11 seasons.

We hope he’s right.

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    We already have two senior players voiced their concerns. That’s 2/13. 🙂

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  • badger

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon’s best ever Keeper

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Good to see him backing the managers frustration .. just hope the board get them players .. but I reckon the problem is they’ve to pay top money for any good CB and CM .. thats why its taking so long .. MA get the cheque book out, even KK can’t work miracles..

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  • mr_flibbles

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m sure we’ll finish 10th without anymore signings. To compete for europe though we are lacking in several areas.

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    This is kind of good, the more pressure senior players put on backroom staff the quicker we’ll get signings hopefully. However i don’t want panic buys and i dont want more for the media to jump on.

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  • leeg123

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    sp frustrating get ya money oot u fat greedy c*nt

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    3 1/2 weeks to go to the start of the season and i am getting worried. Someone mentioned villa, arshavin and somebody i have never heard of on here yesterday. are we after these players or was it a wind up?

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  • shearer4pm

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    wind up

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    10th is currently realistic .. but yep we need 3 players min. probably 4 with Vidukas injuries .. what I think we need before I’m happy (or any other fan is happy)

    CM
    LB (cover)
    CB (leading Center back to help taylor learn)
    Striker (target man)

    Thats minimum .. if we want toexpect to break top 6 or higher we need more than that.

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  • Horsieo

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t believe it’s good for 1st team players voicing their concerns in the public spot light, I was hoping NUFC were moving away from the soap opera image. This will no doubt get the papers linking us to every available footballer in the world. Not good..

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  • leeg123

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    a hope sum1 signs today lyk

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  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Villa? That has to be a wind up.
    Arshavin not likely too.

    Someone you and I have never heard of, that’s more like it.

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  • Hatty

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t know if the beginning of the article is tongue in cheek, but Louise Taylor is a mackem fan and regularly writes nonsense about Keegan and co.

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    I am beginning to hate prawn sandwiches too.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Arshavin is a none starter .. spurs are going to pay over the odds to get him .. but like Modric could be more of a lightweight ..
    Seeing that Wise was in S.America I thought we’d get someone as CM from there .. but thats a very risky choice for a key position .. its got to be Diego or Fernandes .. Diego may be a bridge too far but Fernandes could easily be talked round.

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  • Macas

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    The club have kept quiet all their transfer targets and are doing their business on the quiet. While this is highly commendable, this veil of secrecy means we dont know how much money we have been throwing around and what level of players we are looking to attract. All we can do for now is wait, and hope we push through some decent deals in the next couple of weeks. I just hope we are offering decent money for players and not trying to do everything on the cheap. Its great getting a bargain like we have with Gutierrez, but sometimes you just have to pay market value or above to bring the players in. Sunderland might be getting some stick for offering 23 million for the 4 spurs players, but the players they get in will improve their squad and thats what it’s all about at the end of the day.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Macas .. I agree .. scunderland are buying decent Premiership players .. with these players I’d expect them to be around 10th as well .. nightmare..

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  • ANON

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    they really are getting deperate for stories this summer aren’t they.
    There is very little movement from virtually all clubs this summer (with the exception of Derby) all over europe. It’ll be mad dash stuff in the last 2 weeks of the window no doubt, which it just the symptom of having the bloody window in the first place…

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    I watched a couple of videos on youtube of arshavin and i have to say it was the best set of clips i have ever seen on there. I know it is just a compilation of players best bits but he looked a world beater. I would love it if we could break the bank for him.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    The major problem with that is .. how to you coach or organise a team when 2 key players arrive so late on .. this means you can write off a few games before they get used to Newcastles formation/other players etc .. MA need’s to get these players in fast so KK can work with them… not just before we go to old trafford

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  • toonoholic

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    the official nufc site says we have put 5 mn plus nzogy for mcgeady .

    if thats true along with the renewed warnock bid , we can expect 2 players come this weekend.

    why not smith instead of nzogbia but ?

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Arshavin is good but he’s not worth 18million .. neither is Modric .. Diego on the other hand…..

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  • ANON2

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Clap Clap Clap Shay, even the players are seeing it!!

    I am afraid it looks as if MA is not willing to invest where investment is genuinely needed!!

    THE TEAM!

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    I understand that Wise came into Newcastle United quite late on last season and it does take time for him and his team to gel with not only with Keegan, but also Ashley and he is very much the middle man attempting to keep both parties happy, whilst they are obviousle have different wishes.

    However i have been quite impressed with the number of players he appears to have contacted both young and older and yes most have been unsuccessful. however next season hopefully he will know what he has to play with regarding cash and will know the areas Keegan needs strenghthing and we can get players in at the start of preseason which will stop the uncertainty from players like Harper and Given and give Keegan more time to welcome the individuals to the fold.

    Hasnt been the best preseason so far and it looks a bit disorganised, but we are still trying at least.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Don’t believe it .. mc geady is staying at Celtic and Zog’s is staying with us .. probably Celtic trying to make money as they’d get 5 mill for a similar player swap .. but its not a good deal IMO

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  • Davey G

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    TOONHOLIC,

    You do realise that the Toon website is only reporting on Newspaper speculation and are not stating that we have actually bid!!

    The speculation is in the SUN…….Say no more!!!

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Has Mr VDV been sold? ………………

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  • Davies

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    The toon site is quoting speculati0n from The Sun, who, as we all know, are wankers and make up “news”.

    From what Keegan was saying at the start of the week, I’d say Zog isn’t going anywhere.

    As for buying in players, we do need to get a bit of a move on. I know we have 39 days of the window, but we need to get the new players bedded in with the rest of the team before start playing competitively.

    Who the hell keeps linking us with Reyes???

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    sweendog- i thought arshavin and modric both looked class in the euros. I havent seen diego play but will take your word for it.

    Mcgeady has just signed a 5 year deal with celtic i thought. Isnt warnock a liverpool reject.

    Where are the star signings?

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  • Leo

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    we cannot let nzogbia go that would be a totally idiotic thing to do

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  • Madman

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    The Entertainers, with all due respect but that is RUBBISH!!!

    It was stated by KK after the January transfer window that we had identified a number of targets with a view to sign them early doors in the close season!
    Why havent we pursued this??
    Maybe we have, and we have failed miserably to get these players in.
    If these targets were identified, also a list was given to DW and his little group before the season ended, why has he/they failed to get any on board?? Why would we let 7 players go and not have replacements lined up?
    I dont go with your theory that he hasnt had time at all. He has had ample time!!

    My opinion is that the Board are not backing the manager financially, I cant prove this but you cant disprove this!!

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  • Bmore

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #32

    We already had a small squad – but with 6 players leaving, and only 2 coming in – then we need to step up the recruitment just to have the same thread bare squad as before.

    FFS even Fulham are splashing almost 11m on one player this season….

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  • Ericles

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Getting too near the deadline. Not just to buy but to blend them in (whoever they will be). We do have a problem! Zog not going to Celtic – that’s even further from his family in London. So, even Guardian reporters know little about what’s outside the big wen.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Given is right, we need more players, i agree with some people on here that it is probably MA that is holding back transfers due to transfer fees and wages. KK does sound very concerned when he speaks about new players being brought it. and now Given does too. something is definitely wrong here

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  • reillers

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #35

    People say that keepers most have a wee nut loose to be a keeper but between himself and Harper they make the most sense. Whenever Given talks it’s never bull. It’s straight up what he actually thinks and he doesn’t try and string us a load of shite. He showed his loyalty yet again when he could have strolled off to Arsenal but yet again stuck with us. And where is our captain..contract talks where else, looking for more and more money and them maybe he might stay. Keegan should give Shay the armband this season, he deserves it.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    2 players cannot make the team alot better and Ashley needs to understand this he feels spending under 10 mill will buy plenty of players which is far out there. hopefully he needs to move quick and by that i mean he should have a player or 2 signed by this week before we go to Mallorca he should have his team all by then.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #37

    dont get me wrong, i am all for buying cheap players IF they are quality, but for that you need a top, top scouting team. A scouting team with global knowledge on players both young and old etc. I just hope we have that

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Spyro. I am beginning to worry. MA seems to be concentrating on Academy and young prospects whilst neglecting the 1st Team squad. Maybe he thinks that what we have will keep us up and potential investors will be attracted by the promise of future success. Plus he can point to the fact that the ground will be at least half full for the next three years because idiots like me have paid up front. Next time HPS comes on here I’m going to apologise to him. I think he’s been right all along. We are being hoodwinked.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Dondatta13 .. VDV would be great but like Diego probably a non starter .. the most realistic top target for CM is Fernandez .. thats if MA can part with the cash .. as for Modric/Arshavin .. if you get a bit physical they become invisible… for spending 18 mill on a player you can’t have this … Diego plays in Germany so you know he can handle it..

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  • Whitters

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #40

    From Nufc.com – Shay quotes from other transfer windows…

    January 2008: “We’re very low on numbers and it would be nice to get a few players in but it looks as if we are not going to get any.”

    July 2007: “The squad’s the lightest that it’s been for as long as I can remember. It’s extremely important that we get some players in but the manager knows that. He’s not silly.

    “We’re very thin on the ground. We need to improve on last season because our finish last time was a big disappointment to everyone. For a club of this stature and the players we have here, it just wasn’t good enough.”

    January 2007: “It would be nice to get a few new players this month…..I don’t know what the craic is in terms of new signings but we all know that we need to get some new players in and pretty quickly.

    “The chairman is aware of that and he has said before he wants to strengthen in January. The manager has his targets as well and in an ideal world we would get them in this week, but that doesn’t always happen”.

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