It seems that the terrible mess at St. James’ Park plus the anhialation against Liverpool last Sunday have just been too much for Shay Given and Shay has said he will need to consider his future at Newcastle.
Shay Given – needs to consider his position at Newcastle
Shay was world class last Sunday and the rest of the side, especially the defense were just terrible, so thin gs seem to continue to get worse for the club as we seem unable to keep our best players, even those who have been loyal to us for 11 years.
Shay’s solicitor made this statement today:
“Shay is very disappointed following the very poor performance of the team against Liverpool last weekend,” “It was the lowest point of his football career and a performance that he would not wish to be repeated.”
“When he signed a new five-year contract in 2006 it was on the basis that the club would challenge for major honors, but on the present evidence all that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival.”
“Having served the club loyally for over 11 years, Shay feels compelled to consider his position in the light of the interest being expressed in him by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”
Having those clubs mentioned in the statement will alert those sides that Shay is available – and Manchester City have just agreed to pay £12M for Wayne Bridge, which is about twice what he is worth, and the on l;y thing we can hope for is that they make stupidly high bid for Shay, who is easily the best goalkeeper in the Premier league.
We could easily get 12M for Shay with those clubs interested, and he would be great at Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur, and would in all likelihood be able to get back to European competition.
It also casts a shadow over the ownership of Mike Ashley, where the club has been in its worst state for a long long time, and reports a few months ago that some players were just waiting for January to come, so they could leave the club, may be more true than we thought.
Actions have consequences, and we are now starting to see the consequences of a Newcastle Board that has refused to talk to its players during the crisis, never mind the fans. They’ve treat their players disgracefully, so we shouldn’t really be too surprised that the best are now thinking of leaving.
This is terrible news because arguably our best two players Given and Owen, seem to have had enough of Newcastle and all the turmoil we are continually in, and will be able to consider their futures in January.
This is also not good for Joe Kinnear who only yesterday was saying everything was OK with Given, and he had no intention of leaving the Tyneside club – wrong again Joe.
This will come as terrible news for fans of Newcastle United, but if he doesn’t want to stay at newcastle, there’s not much anybody can do, to be honest.
Just when we thought things could only improve in the new year – wrong again.