Joe Kinnear will have a a difficult month in January, not only because of the games we will need to start winning, but also for the transfer window, which could prove to be especially difficult this year.
Shay Given – another good display on Saturday – a great professional
Joe didn’t talk after the game on Saturday or even Sunday, so we were hoping he was away looking at players or maybe huddling with Dennis Wise and even Mike Ashley on the transfer situation. We hope so anyway.
But Joe was pleased with the fighting performance of the lads at Hull City, and although our play is a long way from what it was under the great Bobby Robson, we hope we will continue to improve in the new year, after the walloping we took against Liverpool, which showed us all just how far we are from the top these days.
We don’t think the Shay Given saga is over yet, but Joe was delighted with the professional way Given went about his business on Saturday, and had another good and solid game for the Tyneside team. This guy is easily the best goalkeeper in the Premier league these days, there’s not much doubt about that .
If Shay does leave it’s hard to think that he would even be booed when he return s to St. James’ Park, since he’s been one of the best players ever at the club, made 460 appearances already, and his professionalism, desire and training regimen have been an excellent role model for our Geordie youngsters.
Joe talked today about his compatriot Shay Given today:
“He was outstanding for us against Hull – as he has been for me since I arrived,”
“I have never had a problem with Shay and I have no worries about him whatsoever.”
“Anyone who suggests I’ve fallen out with him is just not telling the truth and I won’t let people drive a wedge between me and him.”
We’re sure Joe’s relationship with Shay is very good, as it seems to be with most of his players, but these gossip journalists are always up to something it seems, and all to sell their papers – not much ethics there.
We’ll all heave a sigh of relief when February 2nd rolls around and Shay is still at the club, and we just hope we can have a decent run-in to the season so Shay can see the club is indeed being strengthened significantly, and that will continue in the summer.
But that’s another reason why the January window is so important for Newcastle.