Shay Determined To Be In Goal For Newcastle Wednesday

Strange news from Shay Given, that was reported in The People Sunday paper yesterday.


Steve Harper – in goal for Newcastle on Wednesday?

The news yesterday was that our long-serving goalkeeper Shay Given expects to be in goal for Newcastle United on Wednesday against Manchester City at Eastlands.

That’s interesting, because we had hoped that Shay would not be in goal in that game for Manchester City.

Despite Manchester City’s well documented interest in the Irish International goalkeeper, a source said to be close to Shay told the People yesterday:

“Shay would take it as a personal insult if he was left out of the team to play City for any reason.”

“With Steve Harper he is Newcastle’s longest-serving player and he has never failed to give 100 per cent for the club, and that’s what he would do on Wednesday night.”

That sounds a strange statement, because if Shay is so committed to leaving Newcastle for Eastlands, and a deal as reported in several of yesterday’s newspapers, is apparently almost agreed.

So why would Shay care about whether he plays on Wednesday night or not?

It’s not a question of whether or not he would give 100%, for Newcastle, we know he would.

But if Steve Harper is going to be goalkeeper through the end of the season, it’s probably better to give him the match practice right now.

And if Shay is indeed leaving we have great confidence in Steve Harper, but he would need to get a few game under his belt to get back into the swing of things, so why wouldn’t Joe play him on Wednesday night, if it was certain Shay will leave the club by next Monday?

Shay cannot have it both ways – and Joe has to think about the players electing to stay at the club, and it looks like a deal is getting close at Newcastle for us to keep Harper for another 3 seasons on Tyneside.

So we don’t fully understand this, unless of course the deal to Manchester  City is not as close as we’ve been led to believe.

Certainly it will need to be at least for £10M to persuade Newcastle to sell, and the Eastlands club have hardly enamored themselves to Newcastle with their first insulting bid of just £3M, for someone who has to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    shay isnt commited to leaving newcastle, he doesnt want to go but has no choice, say what you want but thats from the horses mouth

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Given = respect

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Well if that’s true I hope we don’t sell him. It will be a relief if we still have the very best in the Premier League come next Tuesday.

  • Mags

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Nick69 – perhaps he wants the chance to say his farewells to the fans. It will crease me seeing him in someone else’s colours.

  • jamie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    whether he goes stays i will always have absolutly nothign but respect for shay what a keeper what a man some footballers are complete knob jockeys this man is loyal down to earth and i sont care what anyone says he is our only world class player

    best of luck mate hope you stay with us

  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    agreed ed but surely we cant play him wednesday, his mind wouldnt be right for me

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Had loads of time to Mull this over and surely as a club we can pick ourselves,dust ourselves off,get behind the team and get moving forwards and keep Given.

    I rate Harper as well and think he deserves more games though and think Krul is a good prospect.

    Shay will never be Loved again like he is on tyneside a true servant to NUFC and i understand his frustrations and wish him all the beat if he goes..but if it is just about us trying to make cash we have so many players we could ship out that couldn’t lace Given’s boots.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Shay is great, but so is Harper.

    I think Ashley and Wise arent dumb enough to not realise that selling Given will be very very unpopular, espeically if they are unable to reinvest the money they get. If he leaves it will either be a stupid offer (in excess of 12 million) or because Given has been to them and explained his feelings. He is 33, given his best years to the club and if he wants to win something then fair enough and good luck. Noone deserves it more (maybe Harper just as much for being so so paitent.)

    Given has given his time to newcastle and gone about wanting to leave the right way. Completeley the opposite to a certain French winger who i never want to see at St James again.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh and if he is going he should not play in the city game.common sense.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Few typo errors above
    “all the beat” means all the best.
    “we can pick ourselves up”

    I miss the comment edit function : )

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #11

    nick69…………….if given doesnt want to leave why did he release a statement through his solicitor saying he was looking at options and wanted to talk to any teams interested in him?? that to me sounds like he is wanting away. since that statement he has not came out once to say he wants to stay or it was a misquote or anything, the bloke wants to go. he has already said he wants to go cos it will double his pay!

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    i think he should NOT play in the city game, givens head is all over at the minute and to play against your next employers is a bit of a funky one. put harper in, he is numebr 1 now.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Nick69 – Why has Given got no choice?


  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #14

    ‘A source close to Shay’

    The story is balls

  • John Tudor

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #15

    hot news gomes signs for toon as bog cleaner

  • N.R.

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #16

    we havnt got time for shay’s sentiment,if hes going he goes now,we havnt got a lot of time left in this window.and we need the money from this transfer..

  • geordie jock

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Please stay Shay you are one of the finest footballers ever to pull on the Newcastle jersey. A true gentleman and an inspiration to all youngsters coming into the game. If you do leave then go with your head held high and the thanks of all true nufc supporters. I do believe we have a good backup in Harper and Krul but the only concern i have with Harper is his lack of ambition as he has been content to be a no 2 all these years.

  • Sav

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    His lawyer says Shay doesn’t think we are going places, but I think we are. Anyone for CocaCola?

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #19

    I think there will be a time in the next few days where we will have to stop and say OK, hes going, lets get the most from him.

    Wise shoud tout him around the Italian clubs, get Trappatoni speaking again and remind Spurs how shite Gomes is. I love Given want him to stay, but if he is going to leave, lets get a bidding war going and get City to pay the most they will for him.

    By the way, anyone see that they paid 12 million for De Jong, but had a release clause of 2 million in the summer at Hamburg. Muppets!!!

  • lesh

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    I can only assume that Shay’s thought this through and has the utmost faith in the fans’ loyalty to him?

    If we lose to Citeh, then he must realise there’s a risk that he’ll be accused of playing at less than his best as opposed to being a hero if we win and he plays a blinder. Personally, I think he’ll want to go out on a high, being the professional and totally commited to the club that he’s served so well over 11 years.

    When he goes, we’ll have good cover in Harps and Krul…… I hope!

    What with

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    we dont have time or the luxury of lookign through rose coloured galsses at shay bloody given.. he wants off, we need money, sell him use the money where its needed – it the middle of the park. we have ample keepers. this is a relegation scrap with an owner who wont provide funds, we need to be realistic, we need the cover in other areas much more than in between the posts.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Sadly it does look like it’s time to cash in on Shay. He’s lost faith and has a chance to move on.

    We could do a lot with the £10m or so that we’d get for him!

  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #23

    stuart79 – the club have told him they are selling him, he was in floritas in town on friday night and was talkin to my cousin and uncle, he wudnt say whos decision it was to get rid or where he was going or anything but he said he didnt really wanna leave and his comments reeased were purely to try 2 make people realise the mess the club was in as some people didnt realise, i.e ashley etc. however he said he will be sold, you can believe what you want but this is 100% true what given said. wether he was tellin the truth is another matter as he may well have not wanted to piss off a group of drunkens geordies by telling them he wanted to leave

  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #24

    shay given is a legend and deserves to play against city even if just to say his goodbyes to the fans, and as far as im concerned if he was so intent on getting out of here i highly doubt he would be so determined to play for us

  • blip

    Jan 26, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Sorry Nick mate, but that story isn’t true. Either that, or Shay was definitely lying.

    He still has a contract – it doesn’t matter what offers the club accepts, if he doesn’t want to go then he doesn’t have to go.

  • Phil Gosforth

    Jan 26, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Simple fact is we should never be selling anyone coz we need the money.MA still has more than Lerner @ Villa but spent less than Blyth Spartans.
    Ma will go down in history as the worst ever owner of a Premiership team.

  • nufc_houlty

    Jan 26, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #27

    but the thing is….will we be spending that 10 mill on players or will mike ashley keep it in his wallet just like the milner deal

  • Robbanufc

    Jan 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Selling off key players.. Doesnt look too good in my opinion. But we do have excellent cover for Shay in Harper and Krul, and even Forster. But with that in mind, Shay has been our best player this season, and he certainly has good years left.

    But if this means strengthening our midfield and defensive line, I can see why it’s being done!

    Going to London tomorrow morning. And heading to Newcastle on the 30th! To cheer for the Toon against the mackems!

  • alanshearersdiscopants

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #29

    If Shay leaves nobody could blame him but i am struggling to understand why he’d want to go to city. Even with all the money in the world their not going to be realistically challenging for the league for another 3 or 4 years or so and shay may be nearing the end of his career by then. He is by no means guaranteed silverware at Eastlands. If it’s for monetary reasons then why don’t we just offer one of the best keepers in the world an improved contract?

  • alanshearersdiscopants

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Also Shay is renowned for his grumbles in the transfer windows and i think his love of the Toon will convince him to stay.


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