Newcastle Offered Given £15M Contract to Stay On Tyneside


The Sunday Mirror is reporting this morning that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley personally intervened in the final week of the transfer window, to offer Shay Given a new six year contract to remain at Newcastle United.

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Steve Harper – will not let Newcastle United down

That contract was worth £50K/week, or about £2.5M per year.

Certainly on the night before the Man City game, Ashley met one-on-one with Given’s lawyer to try to resolve the situation, and it was probably there that the 6 year deal was offered.

Certainly Joe Kinnear didn’t want to lose Shay, and it seems he convinced Mike to offer Shay a new improved contract to stay at Newcastle, but it was too late.

This comes after Shay recently claimed that Newcastle could have done more to keep him at the club.

Joe Kinnear said:

“My conscience is clear over the departure of Shay Given. I did everything in my power to keep him at Newcastle.”

“I went to Mike Ashley and the board and asked them to make Shay a really good offer. “

“The outcome was we were willing to pay him £50,000 a week, for six years. That would have taken him to 39.”

“We were also willing to give him a role as a goalkeeping coach when he retired. I thought that would have sorted it out but City topped our offer.”

“Long before I took the manager’s job I knew he was one of the best keepers in the world and there was no way that I wanted to lose him.”

“I made my feelings known to the people that run the club but I don’t think his leaving was down to money.”

“If it was then I think the contract he was offered would have been enough to keep him here. It was a very good deal.”

Certainly all of this is consistent with what Joe was saying at the time.

Shay has had his say about Newcastle, and it is probably best that it now end, for the good of all parties.

He’s at Man City now, and our goalkeeper is Steve Harper, who’s had two good games for us, and has always been a good and safe goalkeeper for Newcastle.

We don’t even think we’ll miss Shay and Charles, if things go well through the end of this season.

Then in the summer, depending how Steve does, will decide whether we need a new goalkeeper to challenge Steve – we don’t we do with youngsters Tim Krul and Fraser Forster both waiting in the wings.

Comments welcome.



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166 comments so far

  • Dingo†®

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1
  • RyanToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    yeah and im mike tyson haha

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    You just dont know who to believe

    on one hand you have Shay saying the club wanted to sell, ut didnt he put in a transfer request and i’m sure the money on offer was fantastic.

    On the other you have the club, who spout lies constantly.

    I choose to believe niether 😉

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  • Dingo†®

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    He had a monster of a game yesterday for Citeh…… showed us EXACTLY what we will be missing….

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Given was loyal to this Club and became frustrated at the way it has been handled …who can blame him for leaving ? and to be Honest i believe Given’s Story as he Loves Us fans and the Club, just not the Owner ans Co

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  • BenjiToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    TRE – I know who to believe. Shay is a completely honest and honourable man. He has never misled fans or anyone for that matter. He has never cheated the club or shouted about his contract, as some others have. And he has been fiercly loyal through many difficult times…

    …something, or someone, must have really pissed him off to make him leave in the way he did. I’m laying my money on Dennis Wise and the “anyone is for sale” fiasco last summer.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t think the money came into it. Silverware for the cupboard, pure and simple. Doesn’t look like we will get any in the near future so he took the obvious option.
    Dingo already replied to your “epic” on previous thread.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Benji

    if Shay wanted to stay then why hand in a transfer request.

    I dont blame him for wanting to leave, i just question want hes said since at Citeh!

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Given wanted out so I’m not sure why he’s dressing it up to make out he would have stayed if the club had made more effort.

    The fact that he handed in a transfer request near the end of the window tells me he was the one pushing through the deal, not to mention the mysterious injury that kept him out of the Man City game when it was clear there was nothing wrong with him.

    I’ve got nothing against Shay but I can’t see how someone can claim to love the club when he pushed through a deal to leave when we needed him the most.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    its obvious that this deal was offered to given otherwise given will be coming out and saying its not true trw wont he!!
    simple fact is, given wanted to leave and try his hand elsewhere. end of story. that does not bother me to be honest, what arses me off is that shay said in his own words ‘they could have done more to keep me’. this smacks of ego. he says he wants to leave us and then wants everyone to fall on their knees grovelling to keep him. bollox to shay given. for me, we are better off without him and his behind the scenes attitude – that i know exists. i said it when we first heard he might be leaving – as good a keeper as he is, we play better with him not in our team. our great run under kk last season was when given was out injured nad harper was in the sticks. since he has gone now we have taken 4 out of 6 points and look to be playing with more team ethic and heart. the bottom line is, i dont think given has the respect of the players – no matter what they say in public, given is out for himself. i am golad he has gone. if we manage a win against everton i think we can really stop looking over our shoulders and maybe even catch man city up and overtake given, now that would be nice.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t blame Shay for leaving..much better opportunity at Man City they are moving forwards and putting together a decent side that will get better once they get rid of Hughes..my gut feeling is Newcastle couldn’t wait to cash in on Given..I trust Given more than toon spin.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    P.S I love Harper

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #13

    sirjasontoon – If they couldn’t wait to cash in on Given then why did he put a transfer request in at the end of the window to try and force through a move?

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  • brownrob

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Well looks like Given wanted away regardless, but Harps can do the job for us. Best to have players who want to stay with us.

    I posted this on the other blog but here Ill stick it on again! 😀

    “I was bored so I made a “Peter Reid/Chimp lookalike” montage!

    See what you think!

    http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/8813xCNzN/1128345.jpg

    Tell me if it works like!”

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  • batty

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15

    RYAN TOON your one snidey little person and a lyer not once have i said you have to be a geordie to come on here and then you go and try put me down when iam not on line you sneaky little man

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  • Wallsend Will

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    But why did he now and not at the end of the season. If ever we needed him to play out of his skin it would be from now till the eand of the season. It’s a good job we’ve got Harper, because he is good enough for the premiership. He will be kept busy for sure. Did shay think, OK I can go now because, Harper is ready or what? Shay should have stayeda bit longer, Man City would wait.

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  • geordie jock

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Shay Given left NUFC because we do not have any ambition Fact. I hope he has some success at City because he deserves it. He had a great game for City yesterday helping us in the process. I am probably going to get some stick but i thought Harper was poor yesterday, he could have made saves on both goals and some of his positioning was crap.

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  • Mimo

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s obvious Shay left to win silver. If the club say they offered him the deal then you’d have to say they did just that. Anyone who thinks the club would lie in public over the issue is insane. Shay has been a brilliant keeper though as Roy Keane said his number one priority has always clearly been to himself and his own reputation. To further stir things up is uncalled for as the club been dragged through the mud enough. At the very least he could have waited until the club was out of the relegation dog fight before handing over more ammunition to our enemies in the press.

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  • magforlife

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #20

    I am seriously snapped off with this continuing love in with Given, hes gone, he wanted to, end of story, if he was so in love with the club and fans he wouldnt have gone, simple as that.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #21

    i dont care anymore.
    good luck to him
    we will not get a better keeper than him.
    the fact is the board drove him away as they will with others.
    it stinks

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  • magforlife

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #22

    And also, it was only a few weeks ago that he had Bellamy by the throat in the tunnel at our place after the Hammers game and he says he is with a different class of player now at Citeh? Bollocks.

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  • brownrob

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    did anyone see the peter reid thing i made?

    i thought it was funny 🙁

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    momo

    why are people who think the club would lie over this issue insane

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  • batty

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    CATCHY IN NORWAY spot on m8 tottaly agree

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    that was meant for mimo

    so what does any 1 think of aguirre

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  • batty

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #27

    the board do nothing but lye

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  • jettson1971

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #28

    good luck to him, but will he win anything or get anywhere closer to silverware than he did at NUFC? i doubt it, City are where we were under KK 15 years ago!he will win nowt!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #29

    i agree batty

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #30

    also
    when did keane say that

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  • Dingo†®

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #31

    I did brownrob…. and yes it is funny mate./……

    😛

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  • batty

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #32

    beyethegreat // how far are you of weardale cos i used to work at the cement work about 20 year a go

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    craig s chisholm states we are better off without Shay Given ????do you know anything at all about Football ?

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #34

    batty i am not sure where that is

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    batty “Ryanloon ” apologized to ED for his comments Yesterday after i reported him…says it all loool what a big fat liar RyanLoon has proven to be……

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    What has the mirror got against the toon? This is just a Sh*T stirring article! Shay has left was MOM for city yesterday. Harper is our Gk now & has done well since shay left. So whats the pont in this article? no point! daft Cockney journo’s.

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #37

    wigaz

    done well?

    dont get me wrong i like harper but i dont think he is up to his usual high standard

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Piont is the Powers to be are selling all out Very Good players and replacing them with average squad players at best, apart from Xisco and Nacho…they dont even merit getting into the squad, they where the 2 buys wise replaced milner with…..crock of Shi’ite

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #39

    agree beythe great…Harper is a likable player, had an outstanding finish to last season but cannot see him being that good this time round..

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Beye he’s still picking the splinters out of his arse so give him time. Ha ha! do you not agree that the journo’s are just stiring it though? I really hope we get bruce in & he takes back in to the top 7 again so the journo’s have no more Toon in gloom stories to write or make up.

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