When one of the best and most loyal players ever to play for Newcastle United decides he may have to look elsewhere, it’s time for alarm bells to be going off at the club, and if they’re not – they should be.
Mike Ashley – the man responsible for the Newcastle shambles
As we’ve told our kids continually when they’ve been growing up, actions have consequences, and bad actions have bad consequences.
A case in point is how the Newcastle United club has been run for the last 5 months, since Chris Mort left and a certain Derek Llambias replaced him as Managing Director. The club has been run disgracefully – let’s be honest.
Not only has there been no communication to the fans whatsoever, but apparently the players were told no more than us, as the club was trying to be sold.
And yet they had to go out and perform, not knowing who the new owners of the club might be, or who the new manager might be the next week.
But then before Sunday’s game Mike Ashley announced that he would stay as owner of the club, because he couldn’t sell it.
And if you think it’s a coincidence that Shay Given some 5 days later, has come out and said he will be reconsidering his future at the club – think again.
Ashley has shown his ambition for the club is hardly what Newcastle fans had hopped for, and we think now that Ashley has said he will staying long term, any hopes Shay had of seeing us do well and maybe get back into the European Champions League, like we did under the great Bobby Robson, have gone – gone completely.
The balloon bursting against Liverpool didn’t help either, in which our defense looked just hopeless, but how many times have we said that since Shay has been at the club?
We don’t blame Shay Given one little bit, because he should be playing European Champions League football every season, because he’s just that good, and given how the club has been run down (to mediocrity) since Bobby Robson left the club, he deserves better.
The only surprise is that he stayed so long after Bobby Robson left in 2004.
If Shay does leave, and it could well be this month, we’d like to see him join Arsenal, because it’s been a long time since Arsenal had a decent goalkeeper, and then Shay would be on the world stage at a top club, and can finish out his last 5-6 years of top class football actually actually winning something.
In all honesty If he stayed at Newcastle, do you think he will win anything or have any club success like the Irishman has yearned for for so long?
We don’t think so – and it looks like our top players have also arrived at that conclusion too.
The club should be having alarm bells going of, but will they be going off?
We doubt it, because we think the club is so out of touch with reality and its past glories that we wouldn’t be at all surprised if they just try to get the highest fee they can – and move Shay out.
Don’t forget they told Kevin that every player has their price at the club, and that goes for Shay Given too – we guess we could get £12M for Shay.
This is so sad for such a great club, with great supporters – but that’s what the club has deteriorated to, under the ownership of Mike Ashley, and that’s the truth.