Hughton Pays Tribute To Given – A Top Class Professional

Newcastle assistant coach Chris Hughton was not surprised at the professional performance Shay Given put in yesterday at Hull City , after all of the hullabaloo that broke out on Friday over his lawyer’s statement that Shay would consider his options in January.


Shay Given – could still be on his bike in January sales

Chris has admitted that he expected nothing less than a professional performance from what he calls a top-class individual such as Shay Given.

While Shay was not Man of the Match yesterday, as some news reports would have us believe, he did put in another bevy of good saves and his steadiness was again a boon for the Toon. But it’s still an open question of whether a good offer will see move on in January.

The Ireland goalkeeper’s future has been the subject of much speculation this last week, and it erupted into almost a frenzy on Friday, with the news that Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham were interested.

A super bid from either Man City or even Tottenham, who need a goalkeeper opf Given’s class desperately, could still see the Irishman end his over 11 years stint on Tyneside.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that while he admires Given as a goalkeeper, the London club is not in the market for a goalkeeper and are not interested. They have certainly not bid the £8M for Given that has been widely reported. But just watch the continuing headlines that will link Shay with Arsenal.

After the game Hughton paid tribute to the Newcastle Number One:

“We wouldn’t expect anything less from Shay,”

“He’s a top-class individual, top-class goalkeeper and he’s been pulling out performances like that ever since I’ve known him.

“And he’s an absolutely top goalkeeper which we’ve always been aware of.”

And so this story will no doubt continue, as we await possible bids from Tottenham and Man City.

13 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats why we need him

  • supershay

    Jan 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    No sale ffs

  • save the toon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #3

    sell given for 12m

    sell zog because he is poor for 8m

    thats 20m
    10m dm gorkan inler
    10m am recardo montilivo

    sell xisco for 4 m
    sell shola for 3m

    7 m
    get extra 3 m off fat ash and get


    buy a left back vargas 7m

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    save the toon

    that is unlikely

    how do u get ur name in blue

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    BTG- put a website in the website box

  • sirjasontoonâ„¢

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Cool I prefer Blue.

    Big up Shay so they can get more cash for Mike’s Casino Chips.


    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Guess who scored for Villa now???
    MILNER,yeah i know what you are gonna say so i`l say it for you……….
    Of course he must have been trying to cross the ball,because he never seemed to get the ball to do what he and we wanted him to do with it.
    Actually they say it was a cracker!!!!!!!
    Probably cost Villa 3million a goal though

  • ToonAsia

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Pls dont sell him, he’s a top class GK

  • sirjasontoonâ„¢

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Milner is crap.

    3 goal a season man max…and 2 assists.
    Like Dracula scared of crosses.

  • dontoon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I wish we had villa’s owner he invests to succeed, he does not go overboard.

  • JonnyNUFC

    Jan 4, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Milner doing well at villa still then, what a suprise.
    Cough cough.

  • ginkoh

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Everyone will be better since left Newcastle because Newcastle cursed. Just Kidding but true.

    Let I make 1 mention, When the Goal show his form (especially Given) It’s mean whole team are SUXX !! If they’re good enough Goal will be last position to have chance to show his worth.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 4, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Sick of reading about bloody Shay.


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