Joe Kinnear – I am Very Proud


Joe Kinnear cannot be far wrong when he says that Newcastle United have the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in Shay Given.



Shay Given – best goalkeeper in Premier League

The fact that Shay is an Irishman like Joe himself, has nothing to do with it of course, but Shay has come back to his very best this season, no doubt about that, after having a torrid time with injuries in the last couple of seasons.

Shay is still to miss even a minute for Newcastle United this season, like Fabricio Coloccini, and his experience and brilliance shone through for Newcastle on Saturday, when he helped steady Newcastle’s defense and made the great saves when called upon.

Not surprisingly Joe Kinnear is quick to praise his goalkeeper who Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni, has said is as good as Italy’s fabulous Gianluigi Buffon, to anybody who will listen to him.

Joe said today:

“He’s the best goalkeeper in the league, no doubt,” “When you need great goalkeepers you need them to react to the unexpected and that first save from Frank Lampard was excellent.”

“He’s made another couple of good saves after that and if you’re going to get a point at places like Stamford Bridge you need goalkeepers like Shay Given.”

“But we defended fantastically well as a team and I couldn’t fault anyone.”

“I’ am very proud.”

Joe can have the satisfaction of managing a Newcastle side who put up one of their best fighting performances at Chelsea on Saturday, and it wasn’t as if Chelsea missed a boatload of chances either, as the lads in front of Shay Given did their job brilliantly.

An unlikely point that has given (excuse the pun) Newcastle fans a tremendous lift, when we least expected it.

Comments welcome.



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17 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Nov 24, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    🙂

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  • ELFER

    Nov 24, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Well I expected the point…chelski was probably the easiest game so far…but now there’s boro! We need to start to win against teams in our range.

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  • lesh

    Nov 24, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #3

    And that’s all the more reason to make sure he’s looked after and wants to stay!

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  • Ganiyu

    Nov 24, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    I would like to see a combination of martins shola partnership.back 4 should be unchanged except jose if needed.Geremi can play a role in the middle instead of butt.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 24, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    He might as well says that Given is the best in the world. If words like this go around in the media, Newcastle fans will be accused of being deluded again.

    Given is ONE OF THE BEST in the Premier League. Whether he is the best is debatable, because Pepe Reina is remarkable, likewise for Cech.

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  • JJ

    Nov 24, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Given is better than Reina and as good as Cech.

    Ganiyu.

    I agree, play Geremi in the middle and lose Butt.

    Same back four but I’d still play Owen and Martins up front.
    Against weaker opposition we should control the game in not be on contant defense so Owen would have more chances and be a better choice than Ameobi.
    If Viduka is fit. Id start with him and Oba.

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  • broon ale

    Nov 24, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    jj. geremi instead of Butt?

    give over man! the bloke cant run

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  • Jóhann

    Nov 24, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    It kinda makes me sad to read this knowing we have a better keeper at our club!

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  • GeordieJayne

    Nov 24, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9

    MMMMMMMMMM. Keegan came out and praised Milner – result sold. Lets hope its not the same with Given.

    Jokin praises Given, but will he be sold – I hope not but don’t trust the regime at NUFC

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  • daydeburt

    Nov 24, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #10

    here are a few reasons why we wont get any deceny players in the transfer window

    a.) We have to sell first, and whos gonna pay good money for our fringe players??

    b.) Joe kinnear couldnt attract the players the fans want.

    c.) who would want to come to a club like us when the owner wants away.

    d.) if we do get a new owner in february, whos to say these new players are what our next manager wants.

    e.) what ambition does the club have if we put up our entire squad on deadline day? and if we dont have ambition then why would any good player who wants to win anything come here.

    f.) Ashley will want some of the money to gamble in the casino, if we sell any players.

    g.) ashley has spent around £2 million (net) since he came to the club, so why spend now??

    GET ASHLEY OUT NOW, HE HAS WRECKED THE CLUB. HE HAS RUN THE CLUB LIKE A CIRCUS IN THE LAST 3 MONTH. HE WAS A DISGRACE IN THE LAST TRANSFER WINDOW ASWELL.
    AS FOR EVERYONE SAYING WISE IS DOING A GOOD JOB, WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE TABLE????

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  • Auschas

    Nov 24, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #11

    I think we can sell Smith, Edgar, Carroll

    We wont have dukes or Shola on the wage bill next year so that should be taken into account in terms of money. 3 mill for smith, 1.5 mill for Edgar, 2 mill for Carroll.

    Any other ideas?

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  • Auschas

    Nov 24, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #12

    If zog goes we have to get 8 to 10 mill for him

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  • Sav

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Praise of Given by JFK is uncomfortably similar to the praise Keegan showered on Milner – just before the club sold him.
    ‘Integral part of my plans’, ‘One for the future’, ‘I want to build my team around players like…’ ‘He’s not one we will be selling’.

    Oh yeah?

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  • Spyro

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #14

    good point sav

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  • selly no skill

    Nov 25, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #15

    its a funny game when you can get 2 points from chelsea and man u away ,and lose all three against hull.we cant keep demanding pretty football while we are in the drop zone.we need to fight like dogs against the teams around us and the class up front should shine thru.hope he gives bassong a decent chance in the middle.taylor should fight for his place for a while

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  • Sav

    Nov 25, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Funny how ire and indignation gives way to a sort of miserable, resigned acceptance as the suggestion of N’Zog’s departure takes on an air of inevitability with the club in the current quandry.

    We should be fighting tooth and nail to hang onto one of only 3 wingers we have, and a good, promising young one at that. Its not as if Duffer was indestructible and Jonas has already had a spell out this season. If Zog stuck around, he’d certainly get starts this season. No doubt about it.

    Of course the kid isn’t helping by pushing the door from the inside, so to speak, as he’s done before. But it just seems a measure of where we are at that we are sacrificing one area where the squad is already too thin in order to bolster some other area. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. That’s no way to run a club. Villa paid 12 million for the indefatigable James Milner and he hardly gets a start.

    Looks like JFK and the fans, too are coming to terms with FatAsh’s refusal to hand over even the remainder of the Milner money. How ironic that he reckons no. 17, Smudger’s squad number, is lucky. Lets hope it comes up early in the transfer window and pays off big or we’ll be picking up the walking wounded, the homeless and the unwanted puppies on the last day again.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #17

    JOE KINNEAR-I AM PROUD=is that being the biggest loser at weight watchers this week.

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