Posted tagged ‘Shay Given’

Newcastle – oh dear, oh dear!

January 30, 2009

Forgive the self-indulgence of my posting again about Newcastle United FC. But there is a very sad Irish angle to the terrible and sometimes farcical events afflicting the Magpies. Right now, it looks certain that veteran goalkeeper and long-serving member of the Irish national squad Shay Given will leave for the fleshpots of Manchester City; and there are rumours that Irish team-mate Damien Duff may also be heading elsewhere. And one person Newcastle haven’t lost is owner Mike Ashley, so any thoughts about the return of Kevin Keegan can be forgotten.

One bit of news that might be good is that Kevin Nolan (of Bolton Wanderers) is coming to Toon. He’s English, but with that name there must be some Irish roots.

It is sometimes argued that premiership football is not just sport, but an ongoing and often highly implausible soap opera. Nowhere does it get more surreal than Newcastle. Still, in some ways temporary-going-on-permanent manager Joe Kinnear (and at least there’s an Irish link) is not doing a bad job. But the long-suffering fans could do with less soap and more success!