There was lots of speculation in the press yesterday that Shay Given may be leaving Newcastle, after a reported £8M bid by Arsenal.
Joe Kinnear – Shay is happy at Newcastle
But Joe Kinnear has come out today and said Given remains happy at a club he’s been at at for over eleven years, and he’s given more than great service to the Magpies, as their best goalkeeper ever, and also one of their best players ever.
Joe said today:
“There is no problem there. He’s very happy here, he’s very comfortable at Newcastle United,”
“He won’t be leaving – he has no interest in that whatsoever. He loves the football club – he’s part of the city and that suits us because he’s a world-class goalkeeper.”
The new speculation surrounding Shay, came after the goalkeeper put in a world class performance (that’s the only way to describe it) against Liverpool, where he was just astonishing in keeping Liverpool at bay for the first 30 minutes, and he wasn’t too bad after that either.
But we knew that Shay is settled with his family in Newcastle, and we would expect him to remain in the area after he has retired, much like other stars like Bobby Moncur and Supermac have done – they are part of Newcastle.
But Kinnear and Newcastle’s fans know all about just how good Shay is, and after a couple of seasons with injury problems he has come back this season, dare we say it, better than ever, and Joe knows exactly just how good Given is, as he continued:
“Shay’s performance against Liverpool was brilliant and that got picked up on but ask the Geordie fans and I think they already knew how good he is.”
“They know their football so to be one of their favorites says it all about how good he is,” .
“He’s the best goalkeeper in the Premier League by a mile.”
The problem Newcastle fans have right now is the case of James Milner, where it now looks like if a decent bid came in for any player, the Newcastle board would take it, if it was a good enough deal. Keegan even said after Milner left that any player has their price, which was unlike him, but it was probably something he had been told by the Newcastle Board.
Newcastle got £12M for Milner, and now he’s playing his football elsewhere, and that’s what we used to do in the old days. We were a selling club and we sold Paul Gascoigne very early as another example, to Spurs when he was just 21, in 1988.
But maybe that’s not the case now, as Joe Kinnear seems to be in charge of all player personnel at the club, which is how it should be, and how it should have been with Kevin Keegan too.
Maybe Ashley has learned his lesson, but we lost Kevin Keegan in the process.
But it’s good to hear Joe Kinnear say that our very best players are going nowhere – that’s good news.
As we have found out in the past we have to be very wary of this newspaper talk – because they’ll just make more and more of it up, unless somebody in authority speaks up, like Kinnear, and even that will not stop some of them.
Now that we know Given is going nowhere when we start going through our team, we have the best goalkeeper in the land – now if we could only make that true with the rest of the team – then we’d really be in business. 😀