We have seen the report out in the last day or two saying that Shay Given could be coming back to Newcastle United.
Shay Given – the great goalkeeper while at Newcastle
But there is not truth in that rumor at all, it’s made up nonsense, and why would Newcastle ever want to take Shay Given back, after he left us in the relegation season?
And those players who left Newcastle in the summer following our relegation to the Championship will never return to Newcastle, and we say that because we’ve also seen talk about Oba Martins coming back – but that will hardly happen either.
After all, Oba was one of the most overpaid players ever to don a Newcastle shirt.
Newcastle currently have Steve Harper, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster as their three top goalkeepers, and they are hardly weak in that position.
While it could be true that Shay now regrets having left Newcastle for Manchester City, where he has been on the bench all season to young England International Joe Hart, there’s just no return for him to the Newcastle club.
That would be a bit of a slap in the face for Steve Harper for one thing, but Newcatsle have now moved on from their terrible relegation season, and are looking for new younger talent to bring in on Tyneside.
And Shay was on about £50K/week at Newcastle and he is now on aorund £100K a week at Man City – so do you really think Newcastle would be willing to pay those exorbitant wages? The answer is absolutely not.
There’s no doubt Shay was a wonderful goalkeeper at Newcastle for 12 seasons, and played over 462 first team games for the club, by our reckoning, and is probably the best goalkeeper Newcastle have ever had in their history.
Shay has a total of 547 first class appearances to his name and q09 International appearances for Ireland, and also played at Blackburn, Swindon Town, Sunderland and Manchester City, and he was signed by then Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish from Blackburn for £1.5M in the summer of 1997.
One of the best ever signings in Newcastle’s long history.
It may be a good story to put out there, but like a lot of good stories, there is not truth in it at all.