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The Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given has shocked the club and its fans by issuing a statement saying he is dismayed at the direction the team is heading both on and off the pitch and that he is considering his fu ture at St James' Park.

The notice, issued through his solicitor, Michael Kennedy, came four days after he left the pitch at St James' visibly upset after Liverpool had routed Joe *Kinnear's side 5–1, a scoreline that might have been doubled but for Given's man-of-the-match heroics.

In the statement, Kennedy said: "Shay is very despondent following the very poor performance last weekend. It was the lowest point of his football career and a performance he would not wish to be repeated. When he signed a five-year contract in 2006 it was on the basis that the club would challenge for major honours. But on the present evidence all that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival.

"Having served the club loyally for over 11 years, Shay feels compelled to consider his position in the light of the interest being expressed in him by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham."

Manchester City have the money to pay Newcastle the £8m fee he would probably command and Arsenal have long been linked with the Irish international but, if he is to leave St James' Park, White Hart Lane looks the likeliest destination. The Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, has been a long-time admirer of the goalkeeper and would welcome the opportunity to replace Heurelho Gomes.

The one consolation Newcastle have is that in Steve Harper, who has understudied Given for more than a decade and was preferred to him in the 1999 FA Cup final, they possess a ready-made short-term replacement. But the exit of a man who looked likely to break the record number of appearances for Newcastle, held by another goalkeeper, Jimmy Lawrence, would imperil a club that has been slowly clawing its way to safety under Kinnear.

Another member of a defence made up of a mish-mash of signings from several managers, left-back Charles N'Zogbia, has indicated he is ready to quit Tyneside.

Given, who was brought to Newcastle by Kenny Dalglish from Blackburn for £1.5m in 1997, has long been dissatisfied with the direction the club has been taking. Three years ago he said: "I do not want to hang up my gloves and wonder what might have been. I don't want to finish my career without having won a trophy." Since then he has been through four more managers and has seen Newcastle slide towards an expensive and sometimes comic irrelevance.

Last year Given calculated that during his time there Newcastle had spent £62m on defenders alone, and that though he liked to think he had "Newcastle in the blood" he sometimes wondered privately whether he had stayed too long. Last night, he gave his public answer.
 

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The Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given has shocked the club and its fans by issuing a statement saying he is dismayed at the direction the team is heading both on and off the pitch and that he is considering his fu ture at St James' Park.

The notice, issued through his solicitor, Michael Kennedy, came four days after he left the pitch at St James' visibly upset after Liverpool had routed Joe *Kinnear's side 5–1, a scoreline that might have been doubled but for Given's man-of-the-match heroics.

In the statement, Kennedy said: "Shay is very despondent following the very poor performance last weekend. It was the lowest point of his football career and a performance he would not wish to be repeated. When he signed a five-year contract in 2006 it was on the basis that the club would challenge for major honours. But on the present evidence all that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival.

"Having served the club loyally for over 11 years, Shay feels compelled to consider his position in the light of the interest being expressed in him by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham."

Manchester City have the money to pay Newcastle the £8m fee he would probably command and Arsenal have long been linked with the Irish international but, if he is to leave St James' Park, White Hart Lane looks the likeliest destination. The Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, has been a long-time admirer of the goalkeeper and would welcome the opportunity to replace Heurelho Gomes.

The one consolation Newcastle have is that in Steve Harper, who has understudied Given for more than a decade and was preferred to him in the 1999 FA Cup final, they possess a ready-made short-term replacement. But the exit of a man who looked likely to break the record number of appearances for Newcastle, held by another goalkeeper, Jimmy Lawrence, would imperil a club that has been slowly clawing its way to safety under Kinnear.

Another member of a defence made up of a mish-mash of signings from several managers, left-back Charles N'Zogbia, has indicated he is ready to quit Tyneside.

Given, who was brought to Newcastle by Kenny Dalglish from Blackburn for £1.5m in 1997, has long been dissatisfied with the direction the club has been taking. Three years ago he said: "I do not want to hang up my gloves and wonder what might have been. I don't want to finish my career without having won a trophy." Since then he has been through four more managers and has seen Newcastle slide towards an expensive and sometimes comic irrelevance.

Last year Given calculated that during his time there Newcastle had spent £62m on defenders alone, and that though he liked to think he had "Newcastle in the blood" he sometimes wondered privately whether he had stayed too long. Last night, he gave his public answer.

would love to see him here think he would be a class signing for us and i rate him above vds tbh!
 

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If we ever got linked with Given Ben Foster will leave the club faster then Saha got injured after a comeback and Tomasz would pack his bag too.
 

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Other then alittle short, he is considerably one of the best goalie in the BPL... Hands up if he joins us... Sayonara Tomasz...
 

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Other then alittle short, he is considerably one of the best goalie in the BPL... Hands up if he joins us... Sayonara Tomasz...
And Foster...coz if Given comes he's even younger then van der Star so it will take even longer for Foster to even see the daylight at OT.:D
 

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It would be interesting to see him at United, as a sub logicaly cause' VDS is far better than him, but Given has his experience and would definetely be a better sub than Tomasz or Foster. Though, i doubt he will come to United. He will search for a club with a starting role in the GK post, not for a sub place.
 

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I'd like to see him playing for a top club, I'd like him here but Fergie needs to put faith in Foster!

Spurs or Arsenal are likely destinations, I think he'll stay clear of Citeh, they'll burn through managers as Newcastle did, and he wants to actually win something!
 

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Given seems to be very highly rated by the Irish lads !!

He is a great keeper but isnt Foster going to be a great keeper I dont believe for one minute the P.I.G is ever going to be number 1 so its got to be Foster .
 
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