The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that goalkeeper Shay Given is indeed leaving the club, and his move to Manchester City for £9M is now imminent.
We should stress this is not absolutely certain, but it would be a big surprise if Given now elects to stay at Newcastle, after the 3rd offer from Man City is said to be £9M.
Shay Given – leaving the club after 460 appearances
Given’s understudy for the last 11 years, local lad Steve Harper, 33, has been told by manager Joe Kinnear that he will take over first-team duties when Newcastle face City at Eastlands on Wednesday night, which signals the end of an era.
We don’t know if Newcastle have received any players in part exchange or just the £9M in cash, but it’s an excellent signing for Man City, that’s for sure, and a good deal for our club too.
Kinnear has now given up hope of persuading Shay to stay at the club and it is understood that his representative, the lawyer Michael Kennedy, was also at the training ground as the way is paved for him to leave the club he has served for 11 years.
We were told yesterday that a decision would be made on Given soon, and it looks like his last game for the club was the 3-0 hammering at Blackburn.
Now we have £9M for Shay that’s £19M to spend so we expect to see at least another 5 players brought in during the next 6 days.
Given’s leaving Newcastle is almost an indictment of Ashley’s reign at the club, so he and the Board had better ensure the fans see some new good players arriving by next Monday, or else there could well be a lot more trouble from the Newcastle faithful, who are just fed up with things that have transpired since last August.
We’ll have to get over the fact that Shay left the club he loved and served so well, because he just gave up hope that any success was anywhere close on Tyneside.
That’s very sad, but could be very true too.
Shay will be one of the few players who when he returns to St. James’ Park who will not be booed, but rather given an ovation, because he was one of the best players Newcastle ever had, and played more games for Newcastle than all but a couple of players, and he was completely committed to the Newcastle cause and saved us many many times.
He is great professional and a great guy, and it’s very sad that he has found it necessary to leave the club, so that his ambition of playing for a top club and getting some honors would finally be realized.
He had hoped for over 11 years that that club would be Newcastle, but it was not to be.
We wish Shay the very best of luck, and thank him for his wonderful service on Tyneside.
The end of an era indeed. 🙁