Shay Given May Miss Out To Joe Hart Next Season

News in the press today suggests that Manchester City manager Robero Mancini is ready to make England goalkeeper Joe Hart his number one next season.

Shay Given – first team place under severe pressure

Shay Given could be frozen out as the news is that Mancini has told England manager Fabio Capello that he will give Joe Hart every opportunity next season to be the club’s first choce goalkeeper, and there’s little doubt Joe is the future at City.

That will be a monumental battle between these two excellent goalkeepers this summer, but the truth is that both should be regular goalkeepers in the PL, and if Given is left on the bench, watch for him to move before he transfer window closes.

And Given is struggling to recover from his shoulder injury, which could give young Hart his opportunity to shine in the City goal during pre-season.

Arsenal need a decent goalkeeper, and we think that he could transform the London side, who have never had a really top class goalkeeper since David Seaman retired from football.

Given was at Newcastle for almost 12 seasons and played a massive 472 appearances for the Tyneside club, and was transferred for £6M or £8M just 18 months ago, whichever figure you want to believe, after he got fed up with the antics of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

Harry Redknapp has been a long time admirer of the 104 times capped Irish International and he could also do with a goalkeeper of Given’s class at Tottenham.

Mancini would like to keep both players at City, because he believes two top class goalkeepers are necessary at any club but there’s no way Given at this stage of his career will settle for a place on the bench – and neither should he.

Given has 50 first class appearances at Manchester City right now and that figure may not increase by too much before he could leave Eastlands, although we suppose a season long-loan deal at some big club is also a possibility, so Given keeps his massive wages he’s getting at Manchester City.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    great shot stopper but rarely comes off his line and commands his area too well. Too quiet as well.

  • boater

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Was always a bit overrated.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Make me laugh that would 🙂

  • MickyD

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    rotonda heights

    mate given is a class keeper and was amazing for us and i for 1 would have him back straight away if the opertunity came avalible.

  • MickyD

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    overrated he is a great keeper man do you even watch football mate

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    No, I wouldn’t have him back. He jumped ship for the bucks and that’s fair enough, but the future is KRUL.

  • MickyD

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    yes i think krul is going to be a star but given is still a great player

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Look at the goals city concede. You need a keeper like Peter schmeichel who will come through the crowd, take everything and give the defense confidence.

    Granted Shay is a great shot stopper, but usually because he has to make more saves than he would if he dominated his area more.

  • Neil Crosby

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Given, without any question, will stay at City until his contract is up in three years time, even if he sits on the bench. City need and want two top class goalkeepers in their squad.

    The reason is stated in the last sentence of the article – he is on massive wages at City – £100K per week. No other club can afford to pay that for a goalkeeper.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    I genuinely believe a few years ago Given was the best keeper in the world.

    Casillas never plays well for Spain, Buffon isn’t that good nowadays, Cech is poor and Cesar wasn’t that great a few years ago either.

    He doesn’t come out for crosses that often, but when he does he never drops them, whereas even Casillas et cetera do.

    Also 80% of the time if his defenders didn’t clear it from a corner he’d save it – just look at the Liverpool game (y’know the one)

    Yet even after all this I’d never have him back 🙁

  • MacToon

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #11

    So Boyd’s gone to boro then! Apparantly they are ambitious……… weird

  • newcastle10

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    great keeper

  • Flan

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Reckon Boyd will run riot in the CC…good signing for Boro.

  • craigcoozy

    Jul 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    ok , av got 1st bit of transfer news for those who knw ma source!! james purch !! you will here tomorrow !!!

  • MacToon

    Jul 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    lol James Perch has played as a striker, right back, in goal, central defender, left back and both wings?

    Also sent off for violent conduct after head-butting Sacha Stephenson.

    Sounds like a 1 man team.

    Newcastle had a bid for Perch rejected in January 2010, which was described as “derisory”.

  • craigcoozy

    Jul 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    jus rememeber tomoro wenh ya find out lol !

  • repo

    Jul 4, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #17

    i got a source as well about perch.

    Adrian Cooper 04 July at 13:28 looks like ur going to get james perch.forest have accepted a 1 million pound bid from newcastle.He is up there this weekend talking to newcastle.A very versatile player.Ive mixed feelings about him going tho

  • football souvenirs

    Jul 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    That’s what he gets for jumping ship 🙂

  • dak76

    Jul 4, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Shay was and always will be a fantastic goalie (and legend up here – lets not forget that please), great shot stopper, and came off the line when needed.
    Would love to have him back….. but that is sentiment talking…. need to look to the future, we have two great prospects in krul and forster. AND we have one great no.1 at the moment, harper, who has more than deserved his place as no.1 for the next season… at least…..

  • countrylad14

    Jul 4, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Krul is the future? Dont forget about Fraser Forster… he will push Krul for the number 1 spot all the way! and just maybe in a few years push hart for England number 1 he is a class goal keeper still has alot to prove but i think he will!

  • StuW

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Get back to Toon on Loan!!! Krul, Forster, Soderberg, three top young keepers at the club.

  • Bao Zheng

    Jul 5, 2010 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Shortly followed by … Staylor to miss out to any one of several other centre backs at Anfield. Another graduate from the SWP school of career mismanagement. Maybe that should be the loudmouthed dad school of career mismanagement.


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