Losing Given Would Be Huge Newcastle Loss – Shearer

Alan Shearer talked about Shay Given last night on BBC Match of The Day, and he left nobody in any doubt about how valuable he thinks Given is to Newcastle United.


Alan Shearer – losing Given would be huge Newcastle loss

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has come out and said that Newcastle just cannot afford to lose their goalkeeper Shay Given in January.

While the reports are hazy, there could be significant interest from both Manchester City and Spurs in the January transfer window and last week Shay gave a come on to those clubs by saying he would need to reconsider his position at the club.

Shay doesn’t see the club moving forward anytime soon, and he cannot have been impressed so far in January since it looks like manager Joe Kinnear will be given no money to strengthen a weak squad, but will have to wheel and deal with some fringe players he has.  However, there’s still time for Newcastle to do some good business this month.

Alan said last night:

“Losing Shay would be a huge loss,” “They can’t afford to let him go.”“They have Steve Harper who is a great goalkeeper but because of the points that Shay saves you, you can’t let him go.”

But we’re sure some at the club think that now may be a good time to sell, if they can get around 10M for him because that could fund two or three plauyets in that will strengthen the overall squad.

And although Steve Harper may not be as good as Given, he’s a very capable goalkeeper who could come in and do a good job for the club through the end of the season.

On Fox Soccer Channel yesterday former Newcastle player Warren Barton said he thought it would be a good time to sell Shay if they could get a decent price for him.

Warren was introducing the Newcastle – West Ham game and was asked whether he thought it would be a good deal for Newcastle.

By the way Warren is a great advertisement for Newcastle, as he said yesterday the only thing he misses about football is when he used to stand in the tunnel at St. James’ Park waiting to come out onto the field. He always talks about Newcastle fans being great and the Tynesede club being a very special club.

He’s so positive about his time on Tyneside – which is great to hear – and he’s doing a great job over here in the US as he introduces the Premier League games. Yes – he also went for a Newcastle win yesterday.
Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    …..gone are those days…now we have Mike ” i`m gonna pocket some money”Ashley

  • Spitfire

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Shearer ws at the Blyth Spartans v Blackburn match last Monday with Given. So there is no way he doesn’t know what is going to happen. It is quite telling that he has not hinted that Given will stay and he is firing a warning shot at the Newcastle board

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #3

    I dont think Shay will go…He loves Newcastle….The statement realeased last week was a very clever ploy to put pressure on the board to get there act together or nick off….

    I can understand the City link due to the amount of money they have to spend…but has anyone looked at the players they are targeting?

    Bellamy = Good player but not top class…you would win the prem with him in your side…just ask Benitez..
    Parker = Average….works his socks off but loves to go round in circles and make square passes…infact I nearly fell off my seat when he set up Bellamy’s goal yesterday…what with it being a forward pass…
    Santa Cruz = Good 1st season…done nowt this…if Blackburn get 20 million for him, I hope they frame the set of eyes they get from City…daylight robbery…
    They cannot attract the very top players ie Torres, Fabregas, Villa etc as they are not challenging for the title or champions league.

    anyhow back on topic…Shay to stay…

    Heard he fancies a trip to Wembley in May…who have City got in the 4th round? 😉

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Spitfire = Shayknows he is in a win win situation after the response he has had from the Newcastle faithful…his reception yesterday was tremendous as it was at Hull

    If Alan came out now and stated he thinks he will stay, people will take that as gospel and the pressure would be removed from the board…

    We will still be sold…keep the faith…the only reason we were “taken off the market” was to try and add a little stability during the transfer window. Better times ahead lads…

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    My point in comment 3 (as a rabbled on) was that with the players they are targeting can you see them challenging for the top honours or are they just going to aim ala Spuds Carling Cup type scenario, spend 80 million, sack every manager after a bad start and trickle through to the final past the mighty Burnley

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    IF Given does eventually end up leaving, and IF he goes to Citeh we must take the opportunity to bleed the b*****ds dry.

    If they are prepared to pay £10-12m for Bridge (I’d say roughly double what he’s worth) then we need to be getting about £15m for Given who at 32 (?) is coming into his prime as a keeper, has masses of EPL and international experience and has proved again this season what an outstanding keeper he is. Hopefully we can then invest in badly needed outfield players.

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    couple of massive IFs the Milkman lad….

    agree with your point….They were willing to pay 30 million for Buffon…


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8


  • ronaldeano

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Given is better than Buffon!

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye Looney. Couldn’t help wonder while watching MOTD last night why Liverpool wouldn’t fancy Given. Reina’s always looked a cack handed eeejit whenever i’ve seen him play. Not sure how their finances are though.

    Just read the Sunday Sun who speculate that we could do a swap deal with citeh, Given for Johnson and Onuoha. Chuck Elano in and i’d think about it….we’ve gotta be tough with these sob’s.


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #11

    johnson & Onuoha & Elano


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Losing Given would be a great weight off of our shoulders.

  • Dragonera

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #13


    Whilst Reina may sometimes look a tad erratic, he dominates his area very well and is great at distribution. He is improving every season and i actually quite like him.

    Did anyone notice on MOTD last night when Given saved that close range shot from Collison they conveniently failed to mention that the whistle had already gone and the goal wouldn’t have counted anyway?

    Also, why the hell were Liverpool shown second and given such a large slot? It was a 0-0 for god’s sake!


    Jan 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Cuz they hate us.


    Jan 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #15

    & they ‘forgot’ to mention
    We should have had a pen
    why was our ‘2nd’ goal disallowed?

    Same old, same old.

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Jan 11, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Yo Dragonera! Maybe i’m being a little harsh on Reina but i bet Rafa would still give up his mama’s secret paella recipe up for Given…..and £15m.

  • Nenad

    Jan 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    When Shearer talks about Newcastle using the word “they” rather than “we” I feel so sad…

  • JonnyNufc

    Jan 11, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Wish shearer was our manager

    Thats the only hope for our future that i can see anymore.

    That one day he WILL be involved once again.

    His name alone would bring in players to us, imagine him on the training ground also. He’s learnt under bobby robson….last guy to do that was mourinho.

    Just a matter of time !!!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 11, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Dragonera – as Liverpool are top club thats why they were higher in the pecking order.

    I watched some of the match on Setanta and it was crap. AND WE GOT BEAT 5 – 1- Speaks volumes in itself doesnt it!!!!!!

    My realist view – Shearer will never become our manager anytime soon. Look at Ince. He needs lower level experience first and MA out first and that aint gonna happen soon!!!

  • Piers

    Jan 11, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #20

    It really wouldn’t be a huge loss

  • jim

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #21

    hey-Mike Ashley!-do us all a favour and get ya wallet out! Zenit st Petersburg are open to offers for Andre Arshavin!-they have refused arsenals 10 million bid-get a 16 million bid in now with the milner money-then we will know your serious about the club- i think that sort of action is needed after uve lost king kev and sold milner etc-it will go a long way to you reclaiming your seat in the stands -money where your mouth is? why did u take over from freddy if u werent gona give us at least some hope? mid table and relegation zone struggling is no good to this massive club man! look at the fan base-it speaks volumes about the size of the club and has potential to get bigger! get ya finger out and ya wallet! u mite even make a load of money if u do-and u like money dont u mike! European football back at st james? your not very clued up about football business are u! speculate to accumulate? fone sir alex and get a clue !


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