Time for a St James’ Park return for Eastlands bench warmer?
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Newcastle to re-sign Shay Given?
The Man City keeper Shay Given has admitted that he is still looking for a way out of the Eastlands this January, and Roberto Mancini has given him permission to find another club if he decides he can’t stay on the bench any longer.
What better club to go to than Newcastle, where Given spent 12 successful years before being tempted away by Man City’s millions. The newly-rich Eastland’s club made Given an offer he couldn’t refuse and the Newcastle board couldn’t afford to match the wages on offer at the time, especially as they were fighting a losing battle against relegation from the Premiership at the time.
Given complained about Newcastle not doing enough to keep him at the club, but he is still held in the highest regard by both the fans and the management. In fact Given is due back to Tyneside in 3 weeks time to give a talk to fans at a “Salute to Shay” evening and wouldn’t he get even more cheers if he went back as the new Newcastle Number One?
New Toon boss Alan Pardew gave a big hint that he wanted to find a new goalkeeper for the club this week when he told reporters how unhappy he was with Tim Krul’s performance Newcastle’s awful performance against Stevenage this weekend. Pardew said: “The goalkeeper had a problem kicking the ball, he seemed to be shanking a lot of kicks.”
“That was putting us under a lot of pressure.”
“That was not the sort of standard we expect from Newcastle and what I expect as a manager.” (Footylatest)
Youngster Tim Krul has put in some decent displays this season but in recent weeks has looked very shaky, which given we are talking about a 22 year old, a baby in goalkeeping terms, it not surprising. The chance to bring former favourite Shay Given back to St James’ Park must surely have crossed Alan Pardew’s mind and it could well become a reality.
The 34 year old has not had a minute of Premier League football this term and at this age that is not good. Roberto Mancini has said that the Irishman is free to leave the club for pastures new but refuses to allow the talented keeper to join a direct rival which supposedly scuppered a move to Arsenal, so why not a move back to Newcastle United?
Given was apparently not pleased with the way the Magpies failed to try their best to keep him but he would surely like the idea of a romantic return to the club where he made an incredible 461 appearances. There is a great deal of speculation that suggests that behind the scenes people may be discussing just such a return and no doubt Toon Army followers will be crossing their fingers and toes.
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