Football FanCast columnist Jim McKendry is delighted to see the British media wake up to what Newcastle fans have known for years.
Shay Given’s performance the other week brought great acclaim among the British media and in a strange way gave the Irishman the kind of appreciation that he has warranted and deserved. It makes you wonder why it has taken so long to realise that he is the best keeper in the country by a country mile; us Newcastle fans have known it for years.
I don’t know a Newcastle fan who ever begrudged the decision of Shay Given to walk out on the football club last January. Like us supporters he had grown tired of the all the false dawns, the ridiculous state club was going and the 5-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the sheer frustration and emotion that was shown certainly told me that enough was enough, as far as he was concerned, and if the opportunity arose then he would leave; Man City provided it for him and although I was shocked a United or Arsenal didn’t come in, however there is no doubt that in time he’ll be in a position to challenge for honours in years to come. It is a shame he couldn’t achieve it at our place, but it was never going to happen with Ashley steering our ship.
I’m pleased that Shay is getting the credit his ability he deserves, because not only is he an excellent footballer, but the consummate professional as well and deserves all the plaudits that comes his way. He has been the best keeper in the country for as long as I care to remember; therefore it astounds me that it has taken the media so long to wake up to it. Good sides are built around a top class keeper and if City wants to fulfil their obvious ambitions, then they couldn’t have chosen anyone better than Shay Given. Our loss is definitely your gain.