Shay Given To Eastlands For £9M Marks End Of Era

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.    🙁

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    if its true its a f**kn outrage. 9mill for the best keeper in the world! bs

    mike u tosser, piss off!

  • murphy

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    It is well and truly the end of an era!! Good bye shay hope you get lots of success at man city starting after wednesday please.. I’m glad Harper will get his chance the guy has waited years and he’s a top class keeper! good on ya Harper!!!

  • super.trooper

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    not wanting to boast but i said the price and his destination before the transfer window opened, nearly a month ago.

  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    £9m? £9m! Is that all when they were reported as being prepared to pay £100m for Buffon!!

    He’s worth a damn site more than that but despite that, I’m sure Shay leaves with everyone’s best wishes and thanks.

  • AussieToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    we better have some players attached to this deal, cause if we dont there will be a riot….

    9 million and michael johnson or dan sturridge.

    will miss shay, what a magnificent servant to the club he has been and he should get a standing ovation everytime he enters sjp.

    harper is good enough to take the leading role, lets get on with it, and save ourselves from relegation.

  • super.trooper

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Harper is just as good imo and the club needed the money so i dont think it was a bad deal for newcastle.

  • magforlife

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Was it the lack of ambition or the agents activity behind the scenes when 100k a week was wafted in his face that turned his head, all this sentimental rubbish about him being loyal , im not having it. Alan Shearer had many better opportunities to leave us but stayed and got stuck in, go and get your cash Shay but dont pretend you are reluctant to leave.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m sad to admit it but we are in desperate need of cash, and GK is our strongest position with Harper, Krul and Forster ready to step in. It’s time to sell.

    Lets hope JK invests this cash wisely.

    I hope Given gets a fantastic reception from our fans.

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Harper as good as Given?! No way. Harper is an average goalie while Given is one of the best in the league.

    9m in cash is an awful deal for the club, if there are no players in exchange this is madness.

    And Ed, “at least 5 players in”?! Get real, if we get a couple decent players we should be pleased…

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    f**k u ashley ur a disgrace this guy is our most loyal and best player , harper congrats on ur chance but if we dont get a good player in return then we got a sh*t deal outta it, his in career form and were fightin for survival

  • durhammag

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Sad as it is to see Given leave, I have to agree with super.trooper. Harper is an excellent keeper, and I would argue has shown more loyalty to the toon in that he has wanted to stay for all this time despite being number 2. He could have been England’s No.1 if he had gone to any other club, and I am delighted he has his chance. The other plus is that Tim Krul will now stay as I believe he has the ability to be better than th pair of them!
    Good luck Shay, and I hope you aren’t jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12
  • cicero

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m with you on this one super trooper. Shay has been a great servant for the club but I don’t think he is as good a keeper as everybody’s making out . He’s a brilliant shot stopper but he doesn’t command his box and his distribution of the ball to set us away in attack is woeful. £9m is a good price for him. Also Tim Krul would have wanted away in the summer if he wasn’t going to break in to the first team and IMO he will be much better than Shay in a couple of years

  • super.trooper

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Cant understand why people are having a pop at ashley. Given made it clear to the board a long time ago he wanted out(As i posted at the time ,even when given came out stating he wanted to stay). He is after one last payday before he retires. He is getting on in age and i think 9 mill is good business considering city are the only team who would pay that fee. If city had said no to the fee you would have been left with an unhappy player as nobody else would buy him for such a fee.

  • Ericles

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    All the best Shay for the future. Very sad to see you go but realise your leaving is because of the chaos brought to NUFC by others rather than the fans and the players. We will always welcome you back to St James even when you are playing for Man City. We have Steve to step up to replace you and he will not let us down either. With my eyesight it was always difficult to tell you both apart from the stands anyway. No hard feelings because we all know, fans and players, your valid reasons for going. Thanks mate and auld land syne!

  • batty

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    SUPERwhy do a lot ov spurs fans think harry is a muppet

  • Ericles

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Howay the lads. Harper for England!

  • irish_toon9

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Is it just me or does no one think that Given is leaving us when we need him most? loyalty my arse…all he is seeing is the ££££ signs

  • Will

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #19

    If this happens I will be so sad, one of the worst possible things to go wrong.

    However, I am thankful to Shay and I hope he wins something to prove his quality!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Good luck to the guy no one can say he didn’t give 100% for us. But £9m for the best keeper in the PL has to be the best deal of the season for Man C. We should have held out for at least £12m. I only hope we’ve been able to get at least 2 players in part exchange as well as the £9m. We also need to buy at least 5 GOOD players not sh*t like we did last summer

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    9m + Michael Johnson is a great deal, if the offer is that good Ashley has no option but to accept it. Shaymus turns 33 in April, this offer is too good to reject.

    Johnson has plenty of talent, he has had some off-field problems but if he can straighten up he’ll be a great player for Toon.

    Play Krul, Harper is a decent goalie but he’s not even close to Given’s level.

  • repo

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    we will get 9mil for him but dont see anybody coming in as the money will all go into mike ash pocket..

    watch this space..

  • batty

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #23


  • Ally

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    its a shame that Shay is leaving.

    am i right in understanding he was quite close to the clubs most ever appearances, that would of been a great achievement and would of been great if we could of seen it happen, because lets face it loyalty these days is non existent.

  • toptoon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    9 million for a 33 year old is good business!

    good keeper and great servant!

    however, Harper is a very capable goal keeper, not as good a shot stopper as Shay, but better at his kicking.

    Your right Ed! it’s and end of an era!

  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    £12m for a LB who has played very little since Ashley Cole signed for Chelsea, who certainly don’t need the money.

    £14m for a gobby Welshman who threw his toys out of the pram to get the move and has had more than his fair share of injuries over the years moving from West Ham who really do need the money.

    £9m for Given who is back to full fitness after the Harewood incident and showing his very best form consistently and being a model pro as always with a good few years remaining on his contract, when we coul use the money almost as badly as West Ham despite no debt.

    If this is indeed the case then someone must have failed their maths GCSE then, be it Ashley, Llambias or both.

    Johnson, Onuoha, Fernandes are three that could fit in required positions and do a decent enough job. But a definite no must be given to Ball, Garrido and Vassell.

  • Ross

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    “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.”

    Sorry Ed, but there’s not a hope in hell of that happening.
    Gutted to see Shay leave if im honest, been a fantastic player for us. Selling one of our best players is canny frustrating but if he wants out what are you supposed to do. Would have the fee to have been into double figures as it is citeh after all, but if there’s a p/ex involved that would help too. Is it confirmed that Harper will be starting in goal against citeh?

    forever a hero shay.

  • Nick 69

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #28

    why do people keep talkin about it being a good deal cos given is 32, keepers dont come into their primer until after thyre 30 and can play at that level til thy’re 40, david james is in the best for of his life these last couple of yrs and hes 38. 9million is a BAD deal for us for the best keeper in the league, i mean are you really suggesting hes only worth as much as craig gordan FFS.

    we are the only team who man city have under paid for a player, they have paid well well over the odds for everyone yet once again we let our playrs go for well under what theyre worth

  • azim

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    “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”
    Spot on Ed.
    It is so sad to see him leaving anyway gud luck GIVEN. This is a offer which is too gud to turn down and I think the board did the right thing here following our financial limitations
    Come on Harper and Krul . Take ur chance

  • Matt Lacey

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #30

    If the deal for Shay is truly £9m then that’s an outrage. The man is a hero and an absolutely irreplacable rock in our squad. Sod the money, without him we’re in serious trouble.

  • Chris G

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #31

    ‘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.’

    Ed, I assume you had your tongue firmly planted in your cheek when you wrote that 🙂

    If your calculations are correct, I reckon Mike Ashley has another £19M to lose in another 5 visits to the casino during the next 6 days.

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Let’s hope Harper signs his new contract, thats what I say

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m a sad supporter if this is true, yes I agree we have to get on with it, but I don’t like it one bit

  • Ericles

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #34

    The Given money will not be for players. It will disappear into Ashley’s Y-fronts like all the rest.

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35

    You can NOT question Given’s loyalty he has stuck with us through thick and thin year after year and won nothing. The club is still in turmoil and I dont blame him

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Go to Aspers casino tonight and watch MA squander every penny of the poxy 9m we get from selling one of our best players ever, just like he did with the Milner money

    Dark times in the toon…. 🙁

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #37

    If it happens (I don’t think it’s done yet), then there could indeed be two big up-sides:

    1. Harper, arguably our most loyal player, can finally show what he’s made of. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in the England squad soon after.

    2. Like it or not, it could mean we get those extra players. I don’t trust what the VitalFootball people say, but if that link above is anywhere near the truth then it’s hard to argue against this being a good deal for the club.

    Wor Shay, though. So sad to see him go, not matter how big the up-sides.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #38

    ronaldeano – get real, man. He’d be locked up for fraud in a moment if he just took money out of the club like that.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #39

    Besides – you’ve seen the financial reports, right? Shows that while he may be an utter muppet in footballing terms and rubbish at communications, he’s been right on the button with the money and is doing exactly what he said he’d do, i.e. putting £20M of his own cash in every year.

    Still utter nobbles when it comes to the football side, mind..

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #40

    That’s why, if you look at the Shay situation from the point of view that you should, i.e. “will we end up with a stronger team if we sell him?” then you have to say… sadly… sell ‘im.


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