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.
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.