Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton say that he is upset for Shay Given, with his current problems at Manchester City.
Shay Given – backing up Joe Hart now at Eastlands – not what he expected
We’re sure when Shay was signed for £7M from Newcastle in January of last year, after spending 12 good years at Newcastle and being one of the PL’s best goalkeepers, he didn’t think he would be warming the bench right now at Eastlands.
Hughton has expressed sympathy for the former Newcastle goalkeeper today, whom he not only knew at Newcastle, but when Chirs was coach with the Ireland team:
“Shay is somebody that I know from there and the Irish team and he is somebody I am very fond of – but it just goes to show the quality that they have got there when someone of his standard is not in the team,”
Shay is a player who is not content unless he is playing first team football, and he will probably play on until he’s 40 years old at least – in six years time.
With the likes of Edwin van der Sar (40), Brad Friedel (39) and Marcus Hahnemann (39) still as good as ever in the Premier League, that will hardly be a surprise.
And you cannot blame the man for wanting to play, and we have to think he will be on his way to some other English club in January.
The Manchester City club want him to stay at Eastlands, and do not want him to join a competitor, although that may be hindering Shay’s labor rights in getting a job.
Shay is on a massive wage of £4.5M a year at Eastlands, but there was news yesterday that Alex Ferguson may go after him in January, as a long term replacement for 40 year-old Edwin van der Sar.
And we all know of course that Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger needs a top class goalkeeper fairly quickly, to replace the mistake-prone Spaniard Manuel Almunia.
Newcastle were even rumored to want Shay back at Newcastle, and that may be true, but only if Tim Krul is injured before Steve Harper can return from his shoulder injury later this year.
Shay cannot be too happy at the moment, and the sooner he can move to a club that will have him playing every week as their number one, the better it will be for the Irish goalkeeper.
But it must be complete agony for him right now, he’s such a competitive guy – but he should never have left Newcastle United.