A good interview with Shay Given this morning in the Guardian and written by one of our favorite Newcastle United reporters – Louise Taylor.
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.Â 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 Â£1M from Liverpool (that’s the Guardian’s figure), and JonÃ¡s GutiÃ©rrez 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.
“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.