Shay Given has spoken out today both about the phenomenal Newcastle fans and the current hierarchy at the club being less than helpful.
Shay Given thanks Newcastle fans
The 32-year-old said that Newcastle’s devastating 5-1 home defeat to Liverpool on December 28th was the last straw, and after that he had his lawyer go public on his desire to finally leave Newcastle United.
Given was transferred at the last moment on Monday, and it doesn’t even look like the club got as high a fee as first reported. The fee is now said to be £5.9M, with some add-ons for appearances.
Shay talked about the way his long drawn out transfer was handled by the club:
“I felt Newcastle could have dealt with it a little bit better, to be honest,”
“I spent nearly 12 years of my life there, and that’s a long time. I want to thank the fans for the support they’ve given me over the years. “
“They’re absolutely phenomenal.” “But this is a new challenge, and a new set of supporters to try and impress.”
“I’d been there nearly 12 years, and with the service I’d given the club, I felt the regime could have dealt with it a little better.”
“I was disappointed with the way the regime handled it.” “It’s a difficult time for Newcastle.”
“They’re going through a difficult period, and the fans deserve better.” “They’re extremely loyal supporters up there.”
“They want the club to be firing up the league, and I wish them well.”
“The Liverpool game was a real kick in the teeth. It was a low point in my career, and a low point for everyone.”
“I wasn’t very comfortable with the way the club was – I wanted to be challenging for silverware, but I didn’t know if I was going to leave the club.”
“I’ll be forever grateful for what (the fans) have done for me in my career, but I felt the regime were very unhelpful.”
Parting words from Shay, and it’s really sad to see him go.
But the way the club has been run since last August is nothing less than a complete disgrace.