There is a feeling on Tyneside that this next week or so could be the end of Shay Given’s time on Tyneside, but most Newcastle fans will hope he will stay with the club.
Shay Given - will he stay at Newcastle?
Newcastle coach Chris Hughton has said after the 2-2 draw today that goalkeeper Shay Given has been producing quality in training and also in matches, even as speculation over his future mounts.
“Shay is coming in every day and training very well – which he has done in all the time I’ve been here.”
“He is training well – and putting in all the good performances he has put in.”
Buit we never had much doubt that Shay would put in the performances because he is a top professional, and most people know that in the game. You don’t take your family for an extended stay in Spain over the summer, and train with a Newcastle coach every day, so you are really fit for the start of the season – as Shay did last summer, if you are not totally committed to your profession.
And that concentrated training has shown up this season in the Irishman’s performances, because Shay has been magnificent for the Magpies.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will sell Shay Given, and a lot will depend on other ways in which Joe Kinnear can generate some transfer money.
But we wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle part with Given, but only if Man City put in a bid close to double figures foir the brilliant Irishman. We need other positions strengthened that much.
Not a good scenario but we may need to do it if Joe cannot generate money other ways.