There was certainly mass confusion yesterday, after Shay Given’s lawyer Michael Kennedy, released a statement on behalf of his player, and said Shay would consider his options at Newcastle, and that the Liverpool game had been the lowest point of Shay’s career.
Shay GIven – Kinnear says he’s going nowhere
Newcastle will sell at least three players of their squad in January, or at least that seems to be the plan, but fans will be hoping those departures will not include their long-serving goalkeeper, Shay Given, who has made 459 appearances for the club.
After yesterday statement was all over the media, and then some, Joe rightly tried to play down the news and said:
“I have not got any unhappy players in my squad,” “After speaking to him (Shay) this morning I have no problems whatsoever with playing him. I had a coffee with him on Friday morning.”
“I think he’s probably frustrated. It’s not the first time he’s been linked with a move away. It’s nothing new and I can understand his frustration at last week’s performance.”
“Michael Kennedy said he spoke just to one single journalist and he’s let something slip. No, it’s not a situation where Shay said he needed to say it (the statement),”
“The guy (Kennedy) said it to test the market after talking to one reporter and it’s snowballed from there. The first I knew about it was in the Press – it wasn’t a phone call to me. The bit about three clubs being in for Shay is not true.”
We can only think back to when James Milner left the club in August, and at that time there was also disbelief from both the manager and fans that we would ever let James Milner go.
Milner apparently wanted to stay at Newcastle with a new contract, or so we were told, and Kevin Keegan certainly didn’t want to lose him, but he was nevertheless shipped out when the fee from Aston Villa reached £12M.
And the same thing may just happen if Manchester City, as one example, come in with silly money for Shay.
We wish it wasn’t true but we think that scenario could still happen, so we’ll be holding our breath a little this month. We had hoped the squad would be strengthened this month and not weakened.
But we really don’t want to lose our best players, since that will only hinder Kinnear’s attempts to bring good players into the club this month, and it will not be easy to start with.
Let’s hope we win today at the KC Stadium, and the defense plays a lot lot better in front of Shay, than they did last Sunday.
Hopefully that will cheer Shay up a little, not to even mention the very long suffering Newcastle fans.