Shay Given, Newcastle’s top class goalkeeper, is quite happy with the two managers he is working under right now at Newcastle and Ireland.
Giovanni Trapattoni – Ireland manager
The 32-year-old Ireland star joined up with his Irish team-mates and Giovanni Trapattoni for their World Cup qualifying game against Cyprus on Wednesday.
And of course at his club side, Joe Kinnear has only just taken over the troubled Newcastle United club. Shay seems pleased and impressed by both his new managers, even though they both have very different backgrounds and styles.
Given said today:
“Joe can be judged on the Everton game – and we got a point.”
“It’s a turbulent time at the club and Joe is only in for a couple of months, so he wants to get as many points and results as possible.”
“We have got to give him credit for coming up to the club when it’s in a bit of turmoil at the minute to try to get us moving back up the League.”
And Given has also been equally impressed with Italian legend 69 year-old Trapattoni, who has managed Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and the Italian National team, amongst others.
Given talked about Trapattoni:
“With his experience, the amount of stuff he’s done in the game, you have ultimate respect for him as soon he walks in that door,”
“What he’s done in the game is phenomenal, and it’s a great coup for us to have him as our manager.”
“It’s given the team a lift, and we have had a good start to the campaign as well.”
Shay is in action on Wednesday evening along with Damien Duff for Ireland at Croke Park, in Dublin, and should be able to register a win in that game against Cyprus.
We just hope both will be fit after that game, because they are both important players for Newcastle in our game next Monday against the tough Manchester City side.