News in the Evening Chronicle today that Shay Given and his lawyer Michael Kennedy will meet Derek Llambias and Joe Kinnear in the next 24 hours to finally settle the goalkeeper’s future.
Shay Given – Newcastle future decided within 24 hours
One reason the decision will need to be made now is there will be players Newcastle will want to sign while keeping Shay Given at Newcastle and others, players they could possibly get from Manchester City in part exchange, so they will need to know which tract to take.
If Given leaves there is a likelihood we’ll get a couple more players through the door before next Monday, although neither one will need to be a goalkeeper because Harper, Krul and Forster can handle that at the club, without any new goalkeeper being needed.
If the decision is made to let Given go there’s no way he will play between the posts for either side at Eastlands on Wednesday night, and any potential deal thankfully would be completed after the midweek fixture.
If Shay leaves and to have him play us against is on Wednesday would be very difficult, to say the least, for the Geordie fans, and no doubt for Shay too.
With Kinnear being present at the meeting, we think Joe could still try to persuade Given not to leave Newcastle.
When Kenendy issued the statement that Given would consider his options following the 5-1 hammering against Liverpool at St. James’ on Sunday, December 28th he had said:
“When he signed a five-year contract in 2006 it was on the basis that the club would challenge for major honors.”
“But on the present evidence all that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival.”
But it’s hard to argue that we are anywhere near winning any trophies, and certainly a certain French immature youngster seems to have given up on the club already.
We’ll know the status soon on Shay, and certainly before the game on Wednesday night at Manchester City.
If Shay leaves then Michael Owen will also be out the door in the summer, but we seem to be tracking some strikers already to replace him.
If Michael leaves in the summer, each goal he scored for Newcastle will have cost the club around £1.2M, for one of the worst deals ever made in the Premier league – at least for a club.