Given Offered New 6 Year Newcastle Deal – Turns It Down

Joe Kinnear has revealed today that he had talks with Shay in the last couple of days and the Newcastle club offered him a new, improved six year deal at Newcastle.


Shay Given – offered new 6 year deal at Newcastle

But Shay turned it down and handed in a transfer request.

Joe Kinnear said last night:

“Sitting down, talking with Shay and the fact that we offered him another six -year contract, taking him up to 39, and he turned it down, made it clear he wanted a change of scenery and a new ambition,”

“We thought about it all night long, I kept saying ‘no, no, no’ whatever proposal he came up with the answer was ‘no’, but in the end Shay came in and handed in a written transfer request.”

“The money has got to be right though. They’re talking now, as we speak, I don’t know what the outcome will be. But I felt it was only right.”

“He’s done 12 years here, been a model of consistency.”

“He’s been a great keeper, so I suggested to the club that we go and let him talk.”

Well you cannot accuse Joe of not wanting to keep Shay, but it looks like his mind is made up, and he wants away, and the likelihood is that he will get his wish now, and we have to hope that Man City come through with a reasonable offer, although their priority before Monday would appear to be to try to sign Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn.

They had an improved offer turned down by Blackburn only yesterday.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • RichY

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1


  • LJA0210

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    why do i find myself losing more respect for this guy everyday. By the time man city are winning trophys he will be second choice to iker casilas so why is he moving can only be money.

  • ginkoh

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Everyone know he want to leave for revive his career, So what’s surprise?

  • Mikeflame

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    we just need to get rid of him and Zoggy as theyre rocking the boat! yeah great player, loyal servant over 11 years or so but adios amigo we’ll Sturridge please!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I dont think he’ll even get a testimonial now 🙁

  • joonzy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Yep, a squad of players who want to be there and give it everything. If Shay goes then maybe we can have a new era now le sulk has gone along with Dyer and Bramble. If Geremi goes then we will have a squad of young pro’s who wanna do the biz. I just wanna see our team give it everything, getting the best out of what we have and winning games we are capable of winning.

  • bobby_ollox

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Its just time to face up that its time we split up – we arent the same people as when we met and things arent working out for us between the clean sheets anymore. Question is , who gets custody of the Zog ?


    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Any player no matter who he is that does not want to play for our club should leave!!! We are Newcastle United and we are far bigger than any player!!! Get players in like Nolan that want to be here to play infront of us fans. When Joey is fit him and Nolan can make a great partnership. Come on the Toon.

  • matthewjai

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    i m starting to dislike him now….

  • Oleg G

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    I have to ask, again.

    What about M’bia? We are not interested anymore?

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    I wish given all the best but he needs to recognise the club that want him – an exceptional goal keeper for the last 12 years – are only willing to pay a third of what they paid for craig bellamy a wlking injury and attitude nightmare and a quarter of what they are prepared to pay for santa cruz…a guy who has had one good season in the premier league. If they wont pay 15 mill they are kidding themselves. If we let them get away with anything less than 10 we have been robbed

  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Effort was made. Shay you’re a legend and best of luck to you 🙂 we need players already!

  • asprof

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s not that Shay doesn’t want to play for the club, it’s just that things are so bad at the moment he can’t bear it. We all know how he feels. Good article about why we’re losing more than just a good goalkeeper here:

  • Wallsend Will

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Turning down an improved six year contract and handing in a written transfer request, really speaks volumes. Absolutely no chance what-so-ever of a Testimonial. The club should hang on for the £10M price tag even it’s left til the summer. He can sit on the bench till then!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Get rid the boat has been rocked to the point of sinking…must be pretty shitty to want to leave a club after 11 years service in the middle of a relegation scrap..Cheers Shay.

  • reillers

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    No one ever gave as much as he did. He never stopped, he always worked as hard when we were 5-0 up (like that ever happened) or 5-0 down.
    An outstanding keeper, he’s better then this club, he outgrew us a long time ago and probably should have left then as well. We are holding him back. He has been the hero for us so many times and I don’t think as long as we are here we wont be able to sum up in words how much he’s meant and done for us and whenever he comes back the ovation he will get will probably bring the roof down. He has been a legend, a gent, an outstanding keeper and leader and though he was never given it permanently he’s been the true captain of Newcastle since Shearer left and just like we have been busy with the statues for him, Bobby Robson and such he deserves one right up there with them. We’d be relegated down in the League if it wasn’t for him. We’ll be lost without him, we’ll probably go down without him. I really hope he finds what he’s looking for at City and that he’s happy there and wins the medals and tropheys that we’ve owed him. If the season ended now, he would be (by a clear mile) our player of the year. An outstanding keeper, an outstanding man. Words wil never be enough. Thanks Shay, you’ve done us more then proud and you owe us nothing.

    I saw this after the Man City match and I thought it was very appropriate especially the last bit..

    “Whether the sale of Given will help that happen remains to be seen. The Irishman did not even make the trip to Manchester, his absence, according to the official party line, due to a bad knee. A bad state of mind would perhaps have been a more accurate reason.

    His presence, though, still loomed large over the evening. The next time these two great under-achievers of English football meet, United fans will almost certainly be greeted by the painful sight of Given in a City shirt and there was no getting away from the fact his defection is one of the most painful episodes in the club’s troubled recent history.

    Throughout all of the managerial changes, the boardroom turmoil, the heady European adventures and the many depressing anti-climaxes, Given has been the one consistently class act.

    He has been a small, reassuring constant in an ocean of change and his departure will sting as only the bitter break-up with a loved one can.”

    Thanks Shay..even though that’ll never be enough, all we can say is thanks.

  • sahota

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    I think nobody should have bad feelings about shay. Let him go if he can. But we should hold and test man City till end and get around 8-10 Mil.

  • NUF-C u in the Championship

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #18

    The real nob is Mark Hughes… Thinks he can dip his wick into eveyone elses club now that they’ve got money.. Well I hope they flop and get relegated.

    Manc Twats

  • reillers

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #19

    NUF-C, City relegated?..with Given in goals? Good luck.

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Looks like Jokings mind games are working, turn the fans against Given, its not our fault the club is in the shit and we have the poorest billionare in history, turn the fans against Given then we can sell him no problem

  • Nufcy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s sold us out, and if anyone thinks differently, then read ahead.
    Shay signed in 97, in 98 and 99 we got to the FA Cup Final, in early 00’s we were in The Champions League, for many years after that The Uefa Cup, we stood by him through his life threatening injury, then he got another injury and we stood by him. Now he can’t do the same for us when we need it.

  • Sav

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Look. He’s not a saint but neither is he a traitor. Grow up!
    The important thing is to apportion blame where it ought to be aimed and to do some good with the anger and disappointed Given’s departure has us all feeling.
    Recommended reading:

  • reillers

    Jan 31, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Nufcy grow the hell up.
    We’re crap and we have been for years. Stop with this shite about CL, The Uefa’s bullshit.
    We “stood by him through his life threatening injury” which he got just trying to keep a clean sheet, the game was over in minutes, he could have left Harewood go in around him a lesser keeper would have, a keeper who didn’t care, but he did.
    He has been our best player our most valuable player over the years and he owes us nothing, he should have left a long time ago.
    He’s better then the club, he’s better then the 46 defenders he’s played behind. He’s won us more points then our forwards have over the years. We are not some Leeds like team way down in the league because of him.
    And it’s not like we didn’t see this coming, every season he said the same, the squads to small, not good enough..etc. Then what happened against Liverpool, tell me that’s someone who doesn’t care, still playing his heart out down 5 goals, none of which was his fault, through stupidity from our defence, bu our best player did you see him going off the pitch, gutted, furious.
    He loves living in Newcastle, he’s got family there, his family are settled there. But he’s THAT miserable that he wants to leave. He is the soul of the club and we could well go down without him.

    No one can blame him for going and no one can say that it hasn’t been coming.
    No one can have that much patience all the time and he finally snapped. Anyone else would have been out the door 5 years ago if it was him. He’s a serious talent and our ridiculous team is holding him back.
    If you want to be angry with someone then direct it at the board, it’s their fault, not Given’s.

  • supermac

    Jan 31, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    shay is a legend and toon will always be in his heart wherever he plays his football i for one will allways respect shay for what he has done for us but this is a new era and shay needs to go to make sure tim krul is getting at least a few games next season cos he is the future of this club between the sticks…..kills me to say this but goodbye shay and thank you time to move on lad

  • Spitfire

    Jan 31, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #25

    The plain fact is : he could have waited till the summer and either helped to save us or jumped when we went down. After 12 years another 5 months would not have mattered to him, but it might have done to us

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #26

    This is te biggest lie I’ve ever heard!

    Ye right did we offer him a new 6 year deal!

  • chuck

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Yep one of the last ones to go.
    Well we certainly got our moneys worth from Shay, hate to see him go then again this club does`nt deserve him, it`s a f***ing joke.
    The club is in free fall with no real control from the top, a national joke . The fans are both depressed and angry and dont know which way to turn .
    It`s apparent MA has no clue, he must realize he is in desperate need of a knowledgable football person to take charge of the board of directors and get some stability at the club.
    The public relations dept. is non existent.
    The lack of investment is criminal and can only lead to a continued deteriation resulting in relegation, which in turn as we are all aware means devaluation and a radical reduction of income.
    To survive in the division should be the primary goal at this time, yes we know theres a recession
    but so do the other clubs who are outspending us and taking on debt.
    Why? because they understand the PL is where the money is.
    Sure NUFC is first and foremost a business, but it`s not a retail business and should`nt be run as one, its show business and you have to play to an audience, which has to be entertained both on and off the field.
    The sooner this is understood perhaps some sort of progress can be made, unfortunately I expect more of the same with its detrimental effect on the club.
    Ah well !

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #28


  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Spitfire..I don’t think he could have taken another few months of it. In the games he’s played since Liverpool and including, he’s either stormed off the pitch in disbelief or his head was so low that it touched the ground.
    I think the fact that he can’t wait a few months proves just how bad things are, and just how miserable he is.
    I honeslty don’t think he’d have been able to take more and more games or being the only one who’s willing to play.
    There is a reason why he is so far ahead on the merrit board at the NUFC site. If POTY was named tomorrow he’d win it by a clear mile and a half.
    He’s fought the majority of this season alone. There’s only so much that one person can take and after 12 odd years Liverpool was his breaking point.


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