It’s Official – Shay Given Gone To Eastlands


Sky Sports has announced that Newcastle United’s number one goalkeeper for the last 12 seasons, Shay Given, has joined Manchester City on a four and a half year deal.

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Shay Given – signs four and a half year deal at Eastlands

Given is Manchester City’s fourth new signing of the January transfer window, and although no details have yet been released, the fee is expected to be around the £8M figure.

But it’s only just come through, because Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear said after the game this afternoon, that both the club’s pending outgoing deals, Given to Eastlands, and N’Zogbia to Wigan Athletic, were not yet completed.

There was still some haggling going on, so we have to hope Newcastle won the haggling on the Given fee.

Given had given up the ghost on Newcastle so it’s best that he moves on, after a fabulous career on Tyneside.  Now we have to make sure we win a trophy before Manchester City do.   😀

We’ll have to wait and see if we get any Manchester City players coming the other way – but Steve Harper will now be our number one, and 20 year-old Tim Krul, the Holland Under-21 goalkeeper, will be the first back-up, with Fraser Forster also in the reckoning.

And we’re not kidding when we say Harper will have a good chance to make the England World Cup squad in South Africa next year, he’s that good when given a lengthy run in the side, which he’ll now get.

Joe also wants to spend the Given money, if it came through, so we’ll see how many new players we get in by tomorrow afternoon.

Joe told the official site tonight:

“I’m really sorry to see Shay go.” “He’s been a fantastic professional and a great lad to work with.”

“We bent over backwards to try and keep him at Newcastle United and offered him a longer contract to stay at the club.”

“He’s been with Newcastle United for a long time and has been a great servant but he felt the time was right to move on.”

“And so realistically we had no choice but to reluctantly agree to allow him to make this move.”

“I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Good and appropriate words from Joe, and of course we wish Shay and his family all the very best in Manchester.

Comments welcome.



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170 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Legend

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    For ever, and I finaaly got number one post 😀

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #3

    And 3

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  • andyglostoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #4

    and he didn’t even have chance to say goodbye!

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #5

    What’s this, number 4?:O

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  • deantoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Harper for England

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  • SHEARER_LEGEND

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Its a shame to see him go but it was always gonna happen…good luck to shay he deserves it! its a shame he cudnt enjoy the success he will probably get at city here at the toon!
    Hopefully one of the players is VELOSO just a player we lacked today who can create so much. Also we need a striker desperately hmmm SAVIOLA…
    HOPEFULLY ONE OF THE TWO PLAYERS IS A STRIKER AND ANOTHER DEFENDER OR MIDFIELDER…
    LETS HOPE KINNEAR PULLS ONE OFF!

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  • mrtoad

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #8

    well lets hope we got a good fee,

    plus either,

    1. Johnson, or a Man C defender, or a Man C striker? ideally all bloomin 3!

    2. If not, then we get taylor in asap, plus 2/3more decent players, as we now have the budget.

    Joe, get to work son.

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  • MentalToonHamster

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Did you see Tim Krul save one of the goals by throwing another ball at it 😀 I like him already.
    Bye Shay

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Agreed.

    QPR makke any further progress on Johnston?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Given signs for Citey

    I give notice to cancel Setanta.

    Connection – non!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #12

    given i hope u pick us for your testimonial and citeh better give you 1

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  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Legend, and will be forever. He will be one of our greatest players and best keeper we’ve ever had.
    Will NEVER forget what he’s done for us.
    And will always get a very warm standing ovation when he plays against us.
    I’d say thank you but that’s not enough.
    Thanks Shay.

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  • Greg B

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #14

    I keep reading how we ‘should hold out for the best deal’ with regards Given, unfortunatley the fact Given said he wanted to leave pretty much guaranteed that we would have little choice but to accept anything resembling a decent fee – I reckon we got about £6mil, I know that sounds pecimistic but if Given had stated his desire to stay at Newcastle then City would have had no option but to offer £8mil upwards, I am saying whatever we get, they got him on the cheap!
    Unlikley we will get anyone moving the other way IMO and it leaving it late for JFK to spend the lolly, Ryan Taylor pretty much nailed on, with about £4mil cash coming in for big time Charlie so I would think that at the very least we should be bringing in 2 – 3 Championship players with that cash unless Ashley pockets it.
    I would have no problem if a portion of the cash coming in was spent in paying off Wise and Llabias, however I have heard that after the 5pm deadline tomorrow Wise may well be on his bike anyway, anyone else heard owt?

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  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Of course he’ll pick Newcaslte and hopefully play, like Keane did, half and half.

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #16

    What are the chances of Harper being England Keeper in World Cop?

    I think he’s got a hell of a chance, he’s best keeper in England!

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #17

    reillers, brilliantly summed up 🙂

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Farewell, Shay. Good luck, except when you play against us.

    Guardian says it’s only 7.5 million. Hope we got more.

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  • daffy

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #19

    youll never replace shay! harpers good but wont save the points like shay. owen next , then ? oops no-one left.

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  • Crofty

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Its a good shout! James wont be there be to old!

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Heads will be ripped if it’s only £7.5m

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  • NorthernPaul

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #22

    This is bad news and proves what a disgrace the club has become under our wonderful owners.

    Shay loved it up here, and for him to want to leave things must have been bad.

    Good luck son.

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  • nufctoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #23

    reillers given went when we need him he can f off

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Daffty,

    cant believe you keep missing the ‘T’ after the ‘Fs’ in your own name! 😉

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #25

    NufcToon.

    We’ve needed Shay every season, too much.
    That’s our problem

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  • Tooony

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #26

    All the best Shay, thank you for being one of the best Newcastle players throughout the years! We’ll miss you

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  • daffy

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27

    nufctoon- what a disgrace for a guy who has been your most loyal servant for 11 years ,- hang your head kid.

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #28

    SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND 🙁

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  • Tooony

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #29

    No surprise MA was so happy 2day, he put more money in his pocket

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Daffy Duck –

    SMB’s not got a blog or what?

    Oh sorry you lot can’t afford internet yet can you?

    Still on carrier pidgoen

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  • nufctoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #31

    f off harps could have more than filled in

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #32

    I can understand some fans bitter disapointment in Shay leaving.

    Both he and KK should have said until the end, they didnt and bowed out in their own way.

    That is a shame but hey both are still legends and will be remembered for the good times rather than the way they left us.

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #33

    reillers that is different

    keane as a kid supported celtic and played for manu his entire career

    given also supports celtic but will be at citeh so i am wondering whether he will choose us or celtic

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  • daffy

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #34

    4 points from you lot & smoggies – top dogs LOL.

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  • Ross

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we’ll have taken whatever they offered knowing fine well we need funds to get players through the door tomorrow. As was said yesterday, the ball was firmly in their court after we made it perfectly clear we had to sell before we could buy. I sadly, dont expect the fee to be anything more than 8 mil, at best.
    If the talk of Ryan Taylor kicking about in a toon tracksuit the day is true then surely its just a case of getting him done and dusted, as it seems he’s pretty much a toon player?

    Jonas’ interview on sky sports after the match was canny funny. Basically, “i dont know if it was a penalty, but theres been loads given against us and we’ve finally got one ourselves, so yes, it was a penalty”

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonkistan

    Are you not feeling UNCOMFORTABLY NUMB with Shay leaving lol?

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #37

    beyethegreat

    Given’s children are massive Toon fans, it’ll be more than his lifes worth not to choose us! lol

    They’ve got geordie accents and everything! lol

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  • Nufcy

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #38

    This what I had to say on another forum.

    Have him, he shows no loyalty. If you read on I can back this up.

    Given signed in 97, during his time we got to the FA Cup Final twice, then in the early 00’s we got to The Champions League, then played in The Uefa Cup for a few years, he got injured (Life threatening) we stood by him, his injury didn’t go to well and we stood by him again, now that were in trouble at the moment, he can’t stand by us.
    Plus can any Newcastle fans remember a few years ago him saying he wanted to play in Spain, at the same time Barcelona were reportedly interested in him.

    And for him playing well, thats what he gets £60,000 a week for, also many goals have been his fault for not coming off his line when needed, and not communicating with his defence.

    Newcastle fans, we owe him nothing, Man City, beware, he will soon want that move to Barcelona or somewhere else.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Ross

    Taylor was in tracksuit mate, live on sky!

    However it just a case of Insomina agreeing the terms.

    The big fear is reality has struck him when he entered Wigan’s rugby league ground….ha ha.

    He thought the nets looked huge!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #40

    good to know stuart

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