Kinnear Still Adamant That Given Going Nowhere


The Newcastle club are apparently still to receive any bid for Newcastle goalkeeper, Shay Given, despite widespread news that Manchester City had bid £8M for the brilliant Irishman.

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Shay Given – not for sale

The Ireland No 1 was linked with an £8M move to Manchester City yesterday, but the Evening Chronicle and others are reporting that Joe Kinnear had yet to receive any bids for their goalkeeper.

And Manchester City may still make a bifd for Given, since manager Mark Hughes has said they have not bid for all their transfer targets.

But goalkeeper should hardly be a priority position for City, since their young 21 year-old English goalkeeper, Joe Hart, is really starting to look the part in the Manchester City goal.

One of Shay’s biggest fans is our new manager Joe Kinnear, who has already said he thinks Shay is easily the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, and Joe could well be right there, because Shay has been completely outstanding this season, now that he is over his bowel injury.

And Joe is adamant that Shay Given will not be sold, and has clearly stated his desire to hold on to one of Newcastle’s major assets.

Remember Shay Given is not just another player at Newcastle, but he’s been one of our best players over the last 10 years, is the best goalkeeper ever to play for the club, and we’ve had some great ones, and he’s played 460 times so far.

In fact Shay is an icon at Newcastle, and we think if Newcastle cannot keep him at the club, that would be a disaster, and certainly not a good omen.

Having said that, we still think if City came along with as daft a bid as they made for Robinho and Jo, and offered say £12M to £15M for Given, it would be extremely difficult for Newcastle to turn it down.

That’s because we could ask for 21 year-old Joe Hart, 22 year old Nedum Onuoha, and even 20 year-old Michael Johnson in part exchange, and anybody else they have, who we could use at Newcastle.

We’ll have to wait and see if City are really interested in our goalkeeper, but in truth we’d be surprised if they really were.

Comments welcome.



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134 comments so far

  • WAYNE MARDEN

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Givens Going Its Just A Matter Of Time

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  • Sptifire

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    For ‘Given’ read ‘Milner’ for ‘Kinnear’ read ‘Keegan’

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah….Given’s pretty much gone…get used to the thought….although why he would go to City is beyond me…

    At least we’ll have some money to spend as Harper is a great keeper………

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  • safferusa

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    this is gonna go back and forth untill the last day of the window – lets talk about saterday –
    5-4 Newcaslte, Owen hatrick and every Ex mag scoring against us, cause they always do and the hammers have half our 2007 team!

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  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    http://www.imscouting.com/global_news_item.aspx?id=1035

    Hmmmm I thought this was rubbish this morning……..could there be a shred of truth??

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  • Howay50

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I see that Ashley lost another £50m yesterday from his investment in Black’s Leisure after it issued a profit warning yesterday sending its shares tumbling 17% (they have fallen a further 2.5% today). What do we reckon he is worth now? By all accounts, I reckon the reason that JK is all talk an no action in the transfer market is that he has NO funds to play with as Ashley’s cupboard is bare at present.

    If NUFC has to sell players to bring new blood in then I would say that we are in real trouble with the injury list that we currently have.

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  • Zangwill

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Hughes cools interest in Irons duo
    Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has cooled his interest in West Ham’s Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy – and has not made a bid for Shay Given
    “We made an initial enquiry (for Parker) and I think it’s well documented that we made an enquiry about Craig Bellamy as well,” he said.

    “We made a double bid which was rejected and we haven’t got back to the table on that one.”

    While Hughes remains optimistic that he will be able to bolster his squad in the coming weeks, he did dismiss speculation linking City with a move for Newcastle goalkeeper Given.

    “No, I don’t think there has been an offer for Shay Given,” he said.

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  • The "Gentleman Blogger" 51times - I'm nice and humble now

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #8

    We can afford to sell Shay, we have good cover for goalkeepers. If we can get about £10m for him I’d take it.

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  • He is going.
    Harper in.
    Given=Ashley Kerching !!

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  • Dan157

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Howay50

    Ashley also lost hundreds of millions buy investing in HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland) whose share prices plumetted in October. He must of though that he was getting a good deal at the time as most people usually predict that the stock markets will alwys improve after a slight downturn. He was wrong that time.

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    wye aye joe everybody believes you,whatever kinnear says you can take it to the bank.
    joe kinnear is nothing more than a yes man and an ashley sychophant,end of story.

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  • Thelongshanks

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Who here would swap given for bellamy and parker?.Just a though.

    harper

    beye,bassong,collocini,enrique

    gutierrez,parker,guthrie,nzogbia

    martins,bellamy

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  • Dan157

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Can you imagine if anything happened to us as well. That would be another £250 million investment gone sour. All it would take then is another wet summer for people not to use his sports outlets and he could be living back in that bungalow he apparently grew up in as a kid in Buckinghamshire.

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14

    ashley will pocket the given money ,put it all an red 17 derek.

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #15

    dan,i would love it if that happened,but i would love to see that cnut living in a tent.

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  • seetow

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    i have said this before and i stand by it – we can survive without given.

    i really believe that harper is just as good a goalkeeper as shay given, because given’s main weakness is that he does not feel comfortable coming off his line to collect crosses, something that harper is very good at, thus given has to make those spectacular saves to keep point blank shots out. Yes, his reflexes are extraordinary, but wouldn’t it be better if the problem be nipped at the bud (ie catching the cross) rather than having to make such a spectacular save? as they say, prevention is the best cure.

    what’s more, i have to point out that given’s kicking has often let the team down, and harper tends to get more distance and direction on his goal kicks, something that may be very important for the team.

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  • Haha Trojan class.
    The Given money will be lashed up a wall in NYC.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    I would like nothing more than to see him living in a tent, although it would mean that we had been relegated for him to lose his investment in us which do not want to see. Provided he is no longer the owner of our club then i think a ditch would be too good for him, a ditch that some fox has just pumped in as well.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #19

    really dont want mido prefer zaki

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #20

    seetow,we can survive without given,but it is the principle of the thing.
    what it shows is mike ashley has no good intentions where this football club is concerned.
    we are selling off our better players what does all this mean?we have a manager who couldn,t get a job in any of the four divisions in this country,yet he,s good enough for us.
    we are sleepwalking towards a nightmare of gordon mckeag proportions under mike ashley,s reign.

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  • Kevin nichol

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont believe it would be a disaster if we sold given for 12mil and that money was then RE-INVESTED in the team. Harper deserves a shot at becoming our number 1 for his loyalty over the years and as good as given is i dont think harper is to far behind. ***ED; On michael johnson; its not uncommon knowledge in manchester that the lad has an addiction problem which is the real reason we hvnt seen him in so long. He has been in re-hab and despite his talent his club have lost patience. We dont need that here!

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  • canada willie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #22

    If anyone thinks that Given is going to be allowed to stay then you had better get your head examined. Kinnear knows that the only way he can get some new players is selling Given. Kinnear and Ashley must think we are all dumb.

    However as the centrepiece of his strategy seems to be signing Ameobi to a 3 year contract he must know something that 52,000 of us do not. But we know that Joe thinks he can work wonders with Ameobi.

    Perhaps the man really is a genius and not a puppet on a string, I’m joking of course.

    Newcastle is now becoming a laughing stock, the only people that will sign with us are has beens, Ferguson etc. We will never attract top signings with this bunch in power. Signing Joe Kinnear and Dennis Wise was as stupid a move as Ashley could ever have made. What credibility do they bring to the club – absolutely none.

    Perhaps the mail directed to this site should be sent to the attention of Ashley, c/o Sports Direct

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  • andyglostoon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #23

    doesn’t the silence in the transfer window remind you of the same old s*** last year

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    we should NOT sell shay at any price, keep him and let him go for nothing in two years

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  • andyglostoon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

    and why is this advert in the box ?

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #26

    i think kinnears got a press conference tommorow so we will find out the transfer goss tommorow

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #27

    kevin nichol,what makes you think he would reinvest it in the team,remember milner.

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    the whole place is going to go up again shortly,you can feel it in the air.

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  • Kevin nichol

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Ryantoon… You have to be realistic! Your living on another planet if you think we have a chance of signing zaki! We do not have the money to fund such a deal, his club have declared they will sell to the highest bidder when his loan deal ends! As a club our days are over for now when it comes to signing and attracting big players. Please get real and lets all do the same, we will take whatever we can get right now but it will not be top drawer!

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  • richie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #30
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  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    ryan-why not? are you kidding? so if man c come in with anything from 10/15 million for shay you’d turn it down? Fact is both harper and Krul are very good goalkeepers, Harps can step into the number one shoes no problem. The fact that we’re snapping at the heels of Barry Ferguson for 3 mil must also show you we havent got endless funds, so maybe it would be for the best, allowign us to bolster the squad with a bit of quality like we desperatly need.
    Shay is a legend and he’s been a fantastic service to us, but if he wants to move on, he deserves to be allowed to.
    To claim we should keep him and let him move on for nothing is mindless.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Kevin Nichol

    Whats his addiction? Solvents? Alcohol? Heroine? Coke? Bleach? DIY Tools? Cigarettes?

    Perhaps a change of scenery could do him good.

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  • Boater

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    I have always maintained Given’s reputation is way, way overblown – and I would sell him for 8mil without hesitation. We have twice been on tremendous runs with Harper and IF – I know big if – it could be reinvested in an area such as midfield or upfront I think we’d be a lot better off… time for Given to go I think.

    Longshanks… Given swap for Belles AND Parker?? You’re having a laugh if you think the Hammers would go for that? Do we need Parker back here? We need some thrust from midfield not another crab – and do you think he’d return after being booed as a captain?

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  • Kevin nichol

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Trojan, thats why i think it would only be a good deal if the money was then used to strengthen. I think alot of you are forgetting that we did use half of the money we recieved from the milner deal to buy xisco! Money well spent there eh? Lol…oleh oleh deportivo must have laughed when we paid them 16mil for xisco and colo… After the deal we struck up for luque 🙂

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35

    andyglostoon // Jan 8, 2009 at 16:39

    doesn’t the silence in the transfer window remind you of the same old s*** last year
    the silence is a goo thing

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #36

    33 Boater // Jan 8, 2009 at 16:47

    I have always maintained Given’s reputation is way, way overblown – and I would sell him for 8mil without hesitation. We have twice been on tremendous runs with Harper and IF – I know big if – it could be reinvested in an area such as midfield or upfront I think we’d be a lot better off… time for Given to go I think

    realy i think given if anything is underrated

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  • andyglostoon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #37

    was the silence good last year then .sorry i forgot

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  • Kevin nichol

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #38

    …oleh oleh haha

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  • HeronMag

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #39

    I think that all through this time of doom and gloom it’s important to remember what we do have.

    We’re still the biggest club in the north.
    We’ve still got an outstanding stadium.
    If ambition is shown we’re still one of the most attractive clubs to play for.
    We have some outstanding players (for now!).
    We have one of the most promising youth teams in the country.
    In a few years we might have a wonderkid in Aaron Spear.

    It’s not all bad.

    Keep the faith lads and lasses. If not now, we’ll be back up there eventually!

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  • Kevin nichol

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #40

    26 million…we have set depor up for the next 3yrs 🙂 oleh x

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