Hughton Upset Over Shay Given – Red Devils Interested?

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • bobby_ollox

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Ha Ha Ha Ha HA Ha Ha
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    No way Fergie would buy him. Fergie loves keepers that stop opponents getting the chance to shoot:
    Van der Sar
    Even Bartez came out for a few crosses.

    Given is a brilliant keeper, but one Fergie wouldn’t like to have, in my opinion

  • jimiley

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Remember its 4-5-1 regardless of who we are playing and where we are playing. Tactics count for nowt. Play the same old regulars. Take off the same old scapegoats when its going wrong and don’t play any young players. Remember that the club only pretends that they will play promising young players. We buy them for two bob when they are 16 but never develop them. We can claim to have a youth policy because TWO players ( Taylor and Gascoigne) made it as regulars in the last 20 years. Stick to this strategy and we’ll be fine.

  • toontim

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I know he dumped us and ran for money but it’s a shame such a talent is left as a bench warmer.

    Good luck to Tim today I feel this will be a game to show what he’s made of.

    Com on the toon!!

  • Darling27

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Worry about your own team Chris.

  • CT

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    This is the biggest test for Joey so far, how he handles the barracking and windups coulld be a key factor, Hope he scores,that will keep him calm. We need to score first to have any chance so they have to open up, Ben A and Jonas on the break supporting Carrol is our best hope.

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I cant believe the amount of Given bashers on this blog.
    Given went to city to try and win something
    people forget that when he left he was having 3-4 goals put past him every week !!
    As a toon fan i myself admit that a player of his quality should have left us a long time ago !
    So to see people who bash him everytime there is a post about him not playing is a disgrace.
    I understand why given left and i bet 99% of people would have left ( earlier)
    He was loyal and he stuck with us, but sometimes in life when a great opportunity presents itself you have to grab it.
    I would take given back in a heart beat over Harper, none of the disloyal bollocks Given in my oppinion was up there in terms of Newcastle players !
    Comments welcome

  • stk85

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    shay was loyal servant, and houghton always talks about his own playes, except shay was there for 12 years and he knows him well, he’s allowed to offer an opinion on the man

    if shy was to come back, that would be fantastic, however i would not begrudge seeing him at either united or arsenal, the guy deserves to win something with a great team

    top pro

    as for our keeper and ex-cit bad boy, lets hope their performances of their lifetime out their sleeves!

    can we not play this 4-5-1 and play like inter v barca last year, or man u v rangers this year and just completely nullify them?

  • CT

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9

    SHIT! Re talksport, Carrol/ Routs dropped, not injured!!

  • Davies

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone have a link for the match?


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