Manchester City are now expected to put in a much higher bid , up to £8M, for our goalkeeper Shay Given, and if the fee offered is near or above that figure, then Newcastle may find it hard to turn down the bid for Newcastle’s most loyal and brilliant player, who seems to be just fed up with all that’s happened on Tyneside this season.
Shay Given – has he had enough of all the promises on Tyneside?
Certainly, the news behind the scenes, reported by the Evening Chronicle, is that Shay Given is more than heart-broken with the mess the club is in right now, after committing 11 years of his tremendous career to Newcastle, and hoping that at some time we’d have a decent team
But it was only during the reign of Sir Bobby Robson that Shay had anything like the success he still craves, and he may have finally given up the ghost on Tyneside. Certainly the disastrous result at Blackburn will not have helped things.
Make no mistake – if Shay leaves, whatever spin the club and Joe will try to put on the deal, it’s because Shay has had enough of all the promises at Newcastle.
And it’s a fact he’s less than enamoured with the current owner and that nothing was said to the players once Kevin left.
In fact since Chris Mort left in May, Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley have managed the club (or should we say not managed it) worse than 11 years olds – and apologies to all the 11 year-olds reading this.
To keep silent while all the uproar was going on at the club, goes right against what your are taught in senior management school about the importance of good communications in business – believe me.
It’s just unbelievable what they’ve done, or haven’t done these last six months – utter incompetence from the top.
Of course Newcastle are also in negotiations to retain the services of Steve Harper, with a new contract while Dutch youngster Tim Krul is due to be recalled from his loan stint at Carlisle United in order to cover the Easington-born stopper in the event of Given leaving.
Of course Harper is also in demand and could also leave, as we reported this morning as Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is keen on the goalkeeper.
So we now expect at least one of the goalkeepers to leave the club in January, and it looks like the upper management is starting to lose control of the situation, terrible as it is.
Kinnear, though, has vowed to keep on fighting, and told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I didn’t expect to have so many players injured.” “And I didn’t expect to be fighting off so many other clubs to keep our players.”
“I don’t want to say more than that on the subject but these are difficult times.” “I will continue to do the best I possibly can for the club.”
“I didn’t expect to have so many players injured.” “The only way they are going to get better is when everybody is fully fit. I said from day one the squad is thin.”
“Whatever happens, if we don’t get stronger – it will be tight.” “But we are pulling in the right direction.”
“Providing we stay up things will have to be done. We’ll have to sit down and talk.”
And so the mess that is currently Newcastle United continues – completely unabated – what a way to run a football club, as famous as Newcastle United.