Shay Given is yet another former great player at the Newcastle club, who has today urged Mike Ashley sort out the complete mess he has made at Newcastle United.
Shay Given – sell the club and then install Shearer as manager
And the first thing he tells the People is that the very first thing any new owner needs to do is to install Alan Shearer as the new manager.
It tells you the influence Alan must have had on the team, when former players all come out and say what a force for good this man can be, having been born and bred in Gosforth, Newcastle.
It’s a really sad tale about how Given left the club after appearing more than 460 times for the club. It was 28th December when Ashley announced he was going to keep the club after all – he announced that on the Sunday morning and then we were taken apart by Liverpool 5-1 in the afternoon.
Shay was world class in that game but the next day he said he wanted to leave the club, and we think it was because Mike was keeping the club, and they had ignored the players since Kevin Keegan left.
In fact they are doing the same thing right now as neither fans nor players know what’s going on at the club, and we’ve said more than once this is a disgraceful and shameful way to run a football club, especially one with the pride and history of Newcastle United.
Given was speaking at the launch party of Marbella’s Buddha Beach club and said:
“Alan is the man for the job. The club needs an overhaul and he is the right man to do that.”
“It’ll take some time, but with the necessary backing he could bring in the right players and he can get the club back up into the Premier League – where it belongs.”
“They’re trying to sell up and the sooner that happens the sooner the club can start moving forward again.”
“Nothing can be decided at Newcastle until that is done, so hopefully it will be soon.”
There have been multiple calls to install Shearer but even if Mike heeds what Shay is saying, it could still be 4 weeks before a new owner installed at Newcastle, and knowing Newcastle that could be even longer.
So before then who is managing the club and seeing to the many tasks that are needed to be in – such as selling and buying players?
The plans of mice and men.
And just to take this opportunity to tell you a short story about Shay Given. A concerned mother in Ireland contacted me last February via the web-site about her 12 year old daughter, who had just become a huge Shay Given fan. We sent her photos of Shay so the daughter could have them in her bedroom and stuff.
The daughter was ill, and desperately wanted a signed jersey from Shay – now of course at Manchester City. Let’s say we helped them get in touch with Manchester City about the request, and I felt sure if Shay got the message he would oblige.
We did some other things to help out, and only 2 weeks ago, I got a wonderful email from the mother saying that Shay had done everything they had asked of him, and the daughter now has a signed Shay Given shirt, with a special message from Shay – and is so happy. It’s one of the best things we’ve done since opening this blog over two years ago!
Most footballers behind the scenes do good work, and none of them more than Shay. The Irishman isn’t just a great goalkeeper, but much more important than that – he is a great guy who has a heart of solid gold.
But that’s another reason we were so sad to see him leave Tyneside, after 12 years of wonderful service to both the club and the community.
Come to think about it once again, what a terrible season it was for us all last year.