The Plans Of Mice And Men – And Newcastle United

Alan Shearer believes, as many Geordie fans do, that  Newcastle’s season could have been so different, if the club hadn’t sold some of their best players.


Shay Given – could/would have saved us

Shearer told the Daily Express today:

“There have been mistakes made,”  “James has gone on and had a very good season with Aston Villa. That tells its own story, doesn’t it?”

“I have looked at it and looked at it and thought why? ” “Hopefully it will be rectified in the future with Newcastle United as a Premier League football club.”

It was not only James Milner, who was always such a good professional for one so young, but it could be that losing Shay Given to Manchester City in January swayed the balance on our survival hopes.

Shay is a better goalkeeper than Steve Harper, which is why he played over 460 times for the Tyneside club,  and has already played 94 times for Ireland.

He is without doubt the best goalkeeper the club has ever had.

We wonder how many points he could have been worth to Newcastle this year?

Probably just enough to survive, since we are only talking two or three points that we could be short of tomorrow, in the relegation battle.

Newcastle have shot themselves in the head many times this season, and on Monday we will count the ways.

Oh, the plans of mice and men – and Newcastle United.

11 comments so far

  • tdt

    May 23, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Its not over yet – keep the faith1!

    2-0 tomorrow wil do nicely, villa are on a bad run and aint really playing 4 much – then theres us on the other hand, fighting 4 our lives!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 23, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Tuff to call the Villa game…I hope we survive but from what I have seen from the Toon players this season I think it’s curtains for a big box of tissues ready.

  • budmon

    May 23, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Shay was by far my favorite player on the squad. Loyal, talented, a true profesional. Still is the best keeper in the world in my eyes. Now I look at the team and i wonder if any of them will be back next season? drop or not we need a overhaul and its sad because players like milner and shay were the type we needed to stay not sell. FUBAR!!! Lets win sunday stay in the prem and rebuild, amen.

  • ieffrey

    May 23, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    we have to remember Faye as well!
    how many points has he cost us this season?

  • Girth

    May 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    how many points could shay have got us this season??? Come on man Ed, i mean howay, i agree, shay is a better keeper, however i also think that steve is an excellent keeper and we could be alot worse off, so for one, i think we should count our blessings! But what and when has steve done anything wrong?
    The fact of the matter is he hasnt done anything, shay wouldn’t have gave us some much needed creativity in midfield and created chances or tucked them away to win games, Shay was in goal when we were loosing all out games up to christmas, how many extra points would steve had got us then??
    hypothetical and pointless…

  • eamonn

    May 23, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t really fault Steve Harper for our situation. Maybe we would be a point or two better off? Or maybe Shay would have made some mistakes, overall I think Shay hasn’t been missed as much as Milner & N’Zogbia. We are OK in the keeper Dept, it’s left full and midfield where we are lacking this season. Saying that I thought Harper should have come off his line and cleared that long ball before Bassong got himself sent off. I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst tomorrow, it will take weeks to sink in if United go down. 🙁

  • batty

    May 23, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #7

    eamonn aye aboot 8 week till our 1st game in the fizzy pop leauge

  • reillers

    May 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Selling Shay (for tuppence worth) was one of the biggest mistakes this club has ever made. We sold our best player, the best keeper in the League (for nothing.) He’s been a star for City, the players and fans love him.

    We didn’t just loose a keeper, we lost a leader, a massive character in the dressing room, our true captain and our hero, the fans favourite, a true pro and a complete gent.

    Truth be told no one lifted the crowd and team like wee Given did when he made one of his saves.

    Harps is a good lad, but to be honest, I think the more we see Harper in goals, the more we see why he was on the bench all these years. He’s not on the same level.

    When you consider that it’s only a couple of points we would have needed. In truth he litterally could have kept us up.

    Was looking through my favs on youtube and found this..depressing isn’t the word.
    You’d forget how good the lad is, not seeing him week in week out.

    He is truely, truely special.

  • Nick 69

    May 23, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #9

    shay is BY FAR better than harper. Harper was a good back up keeper but shay is on another level completely to harps, i mean if harps was really that good how come he isnt being considered for and england call up considering the fact that englands 1st and 2nd choice are out?


    May 24, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #10

    GK Given Harper
    RB Beye R Taylor
    LB Enrique Duff
    CD Faye Taylor
    CD Bassong Colo
    RW Milner Geremi
    LW Jonas NZogbia
    CM Barton Nolan
    CM Guthrie Butt
    CF Viduka Owen
    CF Martins Smith

    Surely that would of been good enough to stop up under one manager

  • harry861

    May 24, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Re GEORDIE69 I agree with you

    Who is to blame for these very good players leaving ? Givens, Milner, NZogobia & Faye.

    This wants to be brought out into the Open, whoever suggested these players leaving wants shooting. What have we got for them regarding replacing them ? mainly has beens .
    Good buys Bassong & Guthrie after that enough said.
    I hope we bring off a miracle & win & it’s in our hands & if we don’t then blame the top management’s for this terrible position we find ourselves in


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