Given To Ashley – Sell Up So Shearer Can Start Rescue Act

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.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    shay given-legend and best keeper in the league only schemiechel has ever been better in the prem

    on a different note

  • dows

    Jun 14, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Hi, I’m thinking about getting a season ticket next year, don’t have too much cash so i’m looking at the Leazes Corner or Milburn Stand. Just wondering which everyone thinks is better?

  • ginkoh

    Jun 14, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Wait for new owner coming before buy the new season ticket. Mike fat XXXX Ashey doesn’t deserved any penny from us.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I lost any respect I had for Given in January, how can you claim to love a club as much as he said he loved Newcastle only to put in a transfer request and fake injury to push through a move when the club needed him the most?

    I hope City sign Buffon and he spends the rest of his career on the bench.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Wait for new owner coming before buy the new season ticket. Mike fat XXXX Ashey doesn’t deserved any penny from us.


    The money will go into the club, not Ashley.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 14, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Rangerman – How can you say that about Given, he was one of our loyalist players for years? You slag off Given but defend Owen, you don’t have a clue.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Where did I defend Owen?

    Given knew the club needed him and that we were in trouble but he faked an injury so he didn’t have to face City before handing in a transfer request to push through a deal.

    Where was the loyalty last season when we needed him more than ever?

  • Tino 11

    Jun 14, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Rangerman – What evidence do you have that he faked injury? Also city bid for him, and he said he would have stayed if the club had showed they wanted him.

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Tino 11 take no notice of rangerman it was only the other day he blamed steven taylor for the back pass against man u when they scored there second goal m8 i think he makes it up as he goes along m8

  • alkinou

    Jun 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Shay Given is one of the best keepers in the world. A Man U fan even told me once that between Van Der Sar and Given he would hesitate.
    During all the time he was at Newcastle, there was barely any rumours of other clubs buying Given. And I don’t think that’s because Given didn’t interest big clubs, but they had understood that he was loyal to Newcastle.
    This season, it was probably too much for him and we lost a brilliant keeper because the club was going to shambles. Don’t blame Given’s loyalty, plz !!, blame the sate of the club.

  • Hobs

    Jun 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Does the transfer window apply to the Championship aswell?

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I was talking to Joe Joyce at one of the under 18’s games at the end of last season, he said the club told City that Given wasn’t for sale only for Shay to phone up the club and say he couldn’t play against City because he picked up a slight knock and didn’t feel 100%, the club then knew they had no other option but to sell him.

    The club then told Given that if he was that desperate to leave then he should put in a transfer request so he wouldn’t get any loyalty bonus, which he did.

    The club tried everything to keep him and even offered him a new 6 year deal which would have seen him up to retirement and the promise of a coaching role at the club at the end, he rejected it and pushed through a deal to leave when we needed him the most.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Shay Given is one of the best keepers in the world.


    He isn’t, far from it.

    He’s a World class shot stopper but the rest of his game is pretty average, our defence took a lot of stick for failures in Given’s keeping, for example how many times did you see Given come rushing off his line to collect a cross that has come over from the wing?

    Not very often yet our defenders took the blame if the opposition scored.

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    like i say you make it up as you go along u realy are showing your self up now

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    How Batty?

    Given didn’t put a transfer request in?

    Given didn’t pull out of the game against Man City with a slight injury even though he was fully fit to pass a medical and make his debut for them in the next game?

    He didn’t put a transfer request in when Sir Bobby was here because he was on the bench for a few games?

    The club didn’t offer him a new long term contract?

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    who do i beleive rangerman no ashley lamarse no given yes

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #17

    ragerman a lot off players miss 1 game then are fit to play the next

  • Rangerman

    Jun 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #18

    The problem is batty you only see what you want to see and think Given can do no wrong even though he sh1t on the club by walking out on us when we needed him most.

    Given rang up the club on the morning of the Man City game and said he had a sore knee so he couldn’t play against the club he clearly wanted to sign for and was trying to push through a move too, he then put in a transfer request to try and force through a move.

    There are plenty of quotes out there from the club saying he was offered a 6 year deal to stay and Given has never denied this.

    Joe Joyce and others connected to the club clearly think he was faking the knee injury so he didn’t have to play against the club he wanted to join and when you put it all together it looks that way too.

    People think Given wouldn’t do that to the club though as he’s loyal, even though he handed in his second transfer request straight after.

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    like i say you make it up as you go along ,i can not believe owt you say after you blamed steven taylor for the other day for the back pass against man u

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #20

    have you got the phones tapped or summit , like me your going on hear say so who knows what went on

  • HalftimeBovril

    Jun 14, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ll probably get shot down in flames for this but I am rather glad Given left. Don’t get me wrong he has been consistently the best keeper I have seen play for the Toon, although Pav will always be a legend too.

    The reason I’m glad that he went is that I really feel if he had stayed then we would have lost another keeper this summer, 1 Tim Krul. I seriously believe that this kid will go on to surpass Given and be one of the best keepers in the World, he’s got all the attributes, great shot stopper, commands his area, great on crosses and a great communicator.

    I reckon he will be first choice by the end of next season. Krul is 10 years or so younger than Given, and having seen Given in his early career, pre Toon days (Swindon, Mackems) Krul is showing more ability than at the same
    period in his career. Just ask any Falkirk fans about Krul.

    I was gutted to see Given leave but we have more than a silver lining in seeing Krul hopefully become or No 1. Seeing this kid leave for a nominal fee would have been an even greater tragedy imo

  • Tino 11

    Jun 14, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    And how would Joe Joyce know what was said in private meetings and phone calls that he was not involved in. Is he going to tell you a story that is against the club when he is employed by them? Even if he wanted to leave, i don’t blame him because the club was in a mess and he’d given years of loyal service when he could’ve moved on numerous occasions.

  • JJJ

    Jun 14, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23


    You really dont have a clue do you!

    You say you’ve lost all respect for one of the best goal keepers this league has ever had because he decided he’d had enough of Ashley and the clowns running the club and he saw no future for himself.

    Given is 10 times the keeper Harper is and Harper is good.
    He is the best shot stopper in the world ba none.
    He plays the sweeper type role to perfection closing down strikers before they have a chance to think he would always get to the ball first when they broke the offside trap.
    His distribution out quickly to the men on the flanks was excellent and he sparked a number of counter attacks with good vision.
    He was superb and in recent history on Shearer eclipsed him as a player.

    To say he was not world class shows you know nothing about football. Really and to make a statement that he faked injury… haha, you are a a joke!
    What planet are you from?

  • batty

    Jun 14, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    JJJ he,s from the planet cloud coo coo land m8

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 14, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Given, great shot stopper everything, pretty average at everything else.

    Harper is just good at most things.

  • Sav

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Haddaway back to Rangers, you’re talking soft, man.
    But I’m afraid Shay speaking out, or anyone else, for that matter (including both Ashley’s conscience and his common sense) is not going to make a blind bit of difference.

    What I cannot understand is, what is Ashley going to do if he DOESN’T sell the club. Alright, he has slashed the price. But then we are Championship material now and no guarantees of an immediate return. Perhaps setting the club drifting towards the waterfall is intended to pressure would-be buyers into action. Buit it could be NUFC who takes the plunge first – over the edge.

    Harris tried to sell before, talked the deal up, found (so we heard) buyers from S. Africa, Middle East and the UK but nowt happened.
    If there are no takers, he is running the club over the precipice and he could still be in charge of this broken club well into next season or even beyond. Urgent remedial action is needed.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #27


    I have to agree with the majority on here re your Given comments…..

    I think you lost credability with the I was talking to Joe Joyce statement?? I know Joe Joyce personally, i also know that he would not disclose any sort of information about clubs goings on to anybody other than people at the club, Joe is a very good friend of my Family and and as yet the most information regarding players at and coming into the club is he will give an ndication of when a player is coming in, no names EVER. So please stop name dropping!! And especially when your lying….

    Fact is SHAY GIVEN could have joined any club in the world throughout his ten year stint at the toon, he didnt he stayed and never put in a poor performance, he was black an White through and through….but like me, if you dont like the people who you work for and you think they are gonna run the company into the ground, and you do not have the power to stop them,, you get the F*** out!!

    He want wrong was he, or am I just being to harsh on your pal CASHLEY. You know the one who has forced decent players to make these decisions???


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