Shay Given may well be captaining Ireland in today’s friendly game against Poland, in the absence of the injured Robbie Keane of Liverpool.
Shay Given – all happening for Newcastle goalkeeper
The 32-year-old Newcastle star goalkeeper will be winning his 91st cap for Ireland today as they try to extend their unbeaten run under their great coach Giovanni Trapattoni, to six games.
Given was asked today about the future of Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear and Shay said:
“He has done well so far.” “I don’t really know the background of what is happening at Newcastle because no-one has really told us anything.” “As far as I’m aware, the club is still up for sale, so I don’t know if he is going to be here long-term, short-term or what.”
“At the minute, we have been told short-term. He has got to have credit for what he has done so far, but it would be hard for me to sit here and say he should be the manager or he shouldn’t be the manager because no-one knows where the club is heading. But he has done a very good job so far.”
And Shay’s Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said he has spoken freely to a number of Italian clubs about Shay Given, and just how good a goalkeeper the Newcastle player is.
Of course Given has been one of the best Premier League goalkeepers for a long while now, and he’s twice won the award as the best Premier League goalkeeper, since signing from Blackburn in the summer of 1997, for £1.5M – a good buy by then manager Kenny Dalglish. 😀
Trapattoni has made no secret of his admiration for the player as he told the Daily Mail today:
”I speak to two or three big managers who are friends and they ask me if they think given can play in Italy with them,”
“With his personality and quality, I feel he is as good as Gianluigi Buffon.”
Of course Harry Redknapp of Spurs is the latest manager who may try to lure Shay away from Tyneside, but he has little chance of that, but that will not stop Harry from at least trying in January.
Shay had a tough time during the last two seasons because of his horrendous groin injury, but he is now back to his very best, and he is certainly the greatest goalkeeper ever to wear the Newcastle jersey, and has been a terrific servant of the Tyneside club for 11 years now, that’s for sure.