Shay Given Seems To Have Had Enough At Newcastle


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.

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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.

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71 comments so far

  • simon376

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t blame the lad. Says it all when he talks about the problems off the pitch as well. Thanks Ashley, you have done us proud

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  • Ericles

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Another example of the tragedy brought to our great NUFC by the gangsters Ashley and Wise etc. OK, if we lose Shay, which looks likely, there is the more than capable Harper to replace him. The press are also banging on about Stephen Quinn and Kyle Naughton. Neither of whom have the experience or age for the premiership. They have potential but are also an indication of fat Ashley’s true attitude and ambition. I am fed up with the wallowing hypocrisy of our so called owner and his pet dwarf Wise. We are being reduced to candidates for the drop. Shame.

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  • keith

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    No you cant blame him at all , if anyone deserves to win anything its given, legend is what he is, the only ything i hope is we dont get dragged into another ashley debate, we really have to draw a line in the sand about this and move on, its they only way at the moment

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  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Although I can’t blame him and in an ideal world we wouldn’t sell if we get 8m for him I would accept because Harper is a brilliant keeper.

    The worry is that he wants to leave in the first place. It just goes to show that the club is in absolute turmoil!

    Well Mr Ashley it’s time to show us what ya made of and how committed you really are to the club.

    I don’t think Kinnear is big enough to persuade these players to stay or to persuade new players to come.

    We need a complete overall, new manager, new chairman and Ashley to start backing his words up with action or we’ll be relegated!

    Might sound a bit extreme but we have a cancer in the club and it needs cut out so we can start looking and going forward!

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  • sheffstev

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    No one can blame Shay and all will wish him the best, On a different note jfk is

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  • Ericles

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    There is no debate about Ashley. We all know what a treacherous fat bum he is!

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  • wsq

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    ASHLEY THANK YOU.

    BTW http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4732425,00.html

    JOE KINNEAR MUST BE F KIDDING ME!

    HELP I MIGHT DIE OF LAUGHTER!

    TOP 6!!?? TOP of the bottom six could be considered an achievement this season

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  • bigbadbob

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Poor lamb is despondent, he wants to try watching it, if he wants out then sell him as the club will be there long after he goes and he can suck up to the next set of supporters. Alan Shearer could have walked a number of times but stuck with us because he loves the club, no, Given im not buying this at all, why dont you just say its about more money. Leave with some dignity and dont slag off your team mates.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    WSQ- Don’t worry about that. Kinnear hasn’t been right about anything since he came to the bloody club!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    I won’t begrudge Given the chance to move to a club where he has a chance of actually winning something, though I will be sad to see him go.

    Sometimes these things happen for the best and if he is as unhappy as he seems to be then it is probably best that he leaves. Shay no doubt carries a lot of weight in the dressing room and his current mood can’t be good for morale of the younger players.

    Be sorry to see you go Shay but best of luck for the future.

    ps; Ed, I still don’t think he’s the best in the Prem.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    We will never form a good team with Ashley’s policy….as soon as some of the youngsters show good form and potential they will be sold immediatelly.

    I’m suprised that Real Madrid haven’t made an offer for Jonas yet cos they seem to look for a RW.

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  • simon376

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Slightley different situation I know, but just heard the report on SSN about every West Ham player having a price. When people start saying that at least we are not in debt anymore where clubs like West ham are and have to sell, lets take a long hard look at ourselves. The claims are Ashely has paid off the debt though he now says he’s just under written part of it. Now I know he’s paid of the mortgage on the ground, not sure how much of transfer debt, but lets think about how well off we are. In the summer it was a similar report, on the last day of the window any play was available. Ashley wants to get his money back. When he ‘tried’ to sell the club, he wanted such a high price. The Arab group who bought city even got turned down. He’s now found out he can’t sell as he wants so much back. So when people talk about how lucky we are and clubs like Chelsea will be left with debt when their owner walks, really at the end of the day we have it now. Ashley either wants to sell players and pocket the cash like he did in the summer or try to sell the club for a high price. We are stuck with him no because of his greed. Things look bleak and right now, can’t see it getting better. Sorry for being a doom merchant, but I do think some of the Ashley supporters need to wake up.

    Right now I think we should support the team, they are our team, our players. But lets keep up with the anti Ashley campaign, just dont let it effect our support of the team.

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  • selly no skill

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    in our present situation and providing we can buy a good player with the money we get for him,i would sell him.he has gone public and said he wants out which is fair enough.cant blame him.he gave us 11 years and will go down as one of the greatest ever but its time we repayed harper for his loyalty and give him the no.1 jersey that he deserves.he’s probably as good as given anyway.spend the given money on a decent midfielder please.

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    This is another nail in the nufc coffin. We think things can’t get any worse and hey presto another day starts. We have to get the fat B*****d Ashley out of our club before we don’t have a club. ASHLEY OUT.

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  • Ericles

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    I do not blame Shay if he goes. A great lad who deserves better. I wish him all the best. Owen will go too (even though he owes us a lot). This is the end result of the bloody treachery soaking into the walls of St James Park – put there by that bunch of southern gangsters.

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    What a mess our once proud club is in. Humiliated last Sunday, our best players looking to leave & stuck with Ashley & Co. The only way out of this is for Ashley to put his hand in his pocket big style and buy some decent players in January not might be’s or wanna be’s. He needs to buy at least 2-3 players for around £10m if he eants to get the fans backing. Hard time ahead I’m afraid.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    duh… when will people realise that NUFC is NOT linked directly to Ashley’s personal bank account?

    Some of the stuff spouted on here is so clueless it’s funny.

    Can I just remind those of you with short memories that we would probably not be in this situation had our “saviour” actually had the courage to stay and fight for the club he allegedly loved and not cried off at the first sign of trouble and then attempted to shaft the club (yes, the club NOT Ashley) for every penny he can get his mighty mouse mittens on.

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    I keep reading the blogs which say buy this player or that player but which players will come to the toon when we are in such a state. It is likely more players will want to leave and who could blame them. ASHLEY OUT.

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  • Angryman the angry fan

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Let the asset stripping begin. I warned of this beginning of last transfer window, then again when cashley pretended he wanted to sell the club!
    Yet again, I hate being right!

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  • peter

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    losing players like Given and Owen can only mean one thing-relegation-we have to keep these players till the end of this seasonWether they are happy or not they have a job to do like the rest of us

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  • wsq

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #21

    gerodie jock salute!

    ASHLEY OUT!

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  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Toon Chicken- Your an idiot!

    Of course NUFC is linked directly to Ashleys pocket! He bought the football club!

    You don’t buy a football club without knowing that you would have to invest your own money in it to get better ie playing squad. So yes the future of the club is in his hands as he owns it!

    Nobody else can sign the cheques needed to get us out of this mess. Every other club has been spending money except us! I wonder who that could be down to???

    Give ya head a shake and wake up man!

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  • Nick C

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #23

    I am with Selly. Leaving aside all the histrionics. Let Shay go. Improve our wafer thin squad with 4/5 players and no one will be grumbling come February.
    Harper is as good IMO. Krul will challenge him hard, plus we have Forster and Soderberg. It doesn’t even worry me…

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  • nimo

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    i for one dont think there is much difference between given and harper, if given wants to go let him but just not on the cheap, its no suprise he has always said he wants to win something which is never gonna happen in his playing career at the toon(im sorry to say). every year there is a rumour coming up linking him to arsenal yet arsenal have never put a bid in as of yet so there is only one place these rumours are coming from.

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  • Todd

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    i have faith with the players we have that we will survive this year.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Asset stripping? Are you having a laugh??

    Please explain to me how Ashley will make any money from that scheme, because from where i’m sat our club is worth a lot less than the sum of it’s parts.

    Even if he flogged the whole squad he’d be lucky to get £100m in today’s economic climate. Then what?

    The stadium is worthless with no team to play there. I’m pretty sure he can’t disband the club, bulldoze the ground and stick up a load of luxury apartments (even if he did who would buy them).

    Maybe turn it in to a Tesco or summit eh? Howay man – stop blabbing and start thinking. If Shay wants to go, he wants to go. There is no conspiracy. If we can get top dollar for him then shake him by the hand and say thanks for the memories. We have a more than capable replacement anyway.

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  • simon376

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Thats right of course the club is linked to Ashleys pocket. It’s not like it used to be when share olders owned the club, its a one man affair now, Ashley decides what gets paid out after wages and other running costs. The man doesnt care.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Stuart – YOU’RE wrong.

    NUFC is a business and all the money in and out has to go through the books.

    Ashley cannot just dip into the kitty on a whim you muppet.

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  • simon376

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    Yes Toon Chicken, Harper will come in and do fine and Shay can go with our best wishes. But his comment about the state of the club off the pitch relates to Ashley. The players have said they were not being spoken to. This hasn’t happened for many many years. We have an owner who doesnt care for anybody but himself and a manager who is clueless

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  • simon376

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Toon Chicken, Ashley can dip in and out, he can take personal loans from the club. He can take his capital back out. Look up all the accountacy regulations

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  • BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #31

    how can any 1 blame shay the bloke deserves the best and we just cant give him wot he needs just hopeing that it was just a bed temper thing on shays behalf

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  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    So Lerner at Villa doesn’t ‘dip into his pocket’ or Abramovitch,Abu Dabi, Dave Whelan at Wigan? I presume you’re saying that none of the above clubs are businesses?

    All that lot have far less turnover than us but manage to spend more money in the transfer market! Rander Lerner is worth 900m less than our owner!

    You really need to get off Ashleys C*ck!

    He said himself he was going to put 20m each season in. So he can’t do that according to you then?

    Half wit

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  • JG

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #33

    bigbadbob,can you actually blame Given for wanting away??The whole situation is a joke….He has been there long enough,been there when doing well and now all he can see is a club in free fall….You made a comment about Shearer,that he couldve walked,difference is Shearer is a geordie and has black n white running through his veins ….Given is an adopted Geordie,although he loves the club he hasnt got it in his blood………………..I dont blame any player wanting to leave to be honest..Its a shambles!!!!!

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  • wigaz

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #34

    I say good luck to him. If city want to pay stupid money for him get cash plus elano or if spurs want him cash plus bale. If spurs get defoe back we should go for bent too. Owen will leave and we need to sort his replacement out. It’s so sad to see our club crumbiling at the seems unable to hold on to our big name players, however maybe a fresh start is needed? I have every faith in Harper & Krul so shay can leave with my blessing as long as we get top dollar & Joe is allowed to spend it! remember milner? where did that £12m go?

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #35

    This is not MA`s fault.
    Grow up everyone.
    SHAY signed a contract long before MA came on the scene.
    He has been disappointed long before he signed as we have not been challenging for years and now he is FED UP because it doesn`t ever get better.
    It`s not just because we have done poorly this year but because we have done poorly year after year after year.
    Big ALAN Had won the title with Blackburn and thought he could help bring it here but He was surely disappointed he couldn`t win more.

    NUFC is a sad state of affairs and thats long before MA came along

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  • Partizan

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    2-3 years ago,we would never had to worry that we would have to rely on Championship players.

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  • ali

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #37

    What message does this send to players we are trying to sign? Our most consistent player effectively writing off the club!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #38

    Oh dear, Stuart, you appear to have completely lost the plot, not to mention the argument.

    It’s people like you that have given this blog a really bad reputation of late.

    Do you realise how pathetic you look when you lose the capacity to engage your brain and respond to a complete stranger with abuse?

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  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Toon Rising – The club have been basket case long before Ashley turned up but he has taken it to a whole new level!

    Given has said that it’s the current turmoil that is why he’s considering his future. So I guess that makes it Ashley fault as it was his straw that broke the camels back!

    I would sell him too and spend the money but what message does it send to everyone? Espiecally the supporters who pay the money every year!

    Or like me buy a season ticket fr the next 3 years. If we stay in this turmoil I’ll have spent 1300 quid to watch championship football.

    Sorry but if that happens I will lay the blame squarely at the door of Ashley!

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  • UTD111

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #40

    Shay’s not the only one who’s had enough with Fat Cashley and his poison dwarf. There’s loads of us – we’re called “Season Ticket Holders”….at least until March anyway…….then NO MORE CASH FOR ASH
    Good luck Shay – and thanks for the memories mate.
    Oh and for the cretins who come in here calling Sir Kevin – the man is a United legend. Anyone who calls him isnt fit to be a United fan, why don’t you just bugger off?

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