Given, Looking for January Loan deal.

September 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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In a Sunday times interview Shay Given had this to say, although he never said he wishes to leave the Club,  He does needs to play. City fans cant really argue here we all know shay is far to good of a keeper to warm the bench and isn’t fair to ask him to do so with the European qualifiers coming up . Here’s a few of the quotes taken from the interview.

“It’s very, very frustrating. I know it doesn’t matter what I do on the training pitch, I won’t be playing at the weekend. If I’m flying around like Clark Kent in goals, I still won’t play on Saturday. That can be demoralising,”

“We’ll see what happens come January and hopefully if the situation’s the same I can go on loan and try and get some games in.”

“I’ve never said I want to leave Man City. I believe it’s a big club that in the next couple of years is going to do big things. I want to be part of that but I also want to be playing football.

“I wouldn’t mind where a loan was and wouldn’t rule out abroad if it was a good club and a good team, no disrespect to a club that’s fighting relegation and getting pummelled every week,  though at the minute that probably seems better than what I’m doing.”

I honestly feel for Shay at present with the return of Joe Hart it has been a battle and a half to pick the first choice keeper. Mancini’s decision  was in fairness properly based on the subconscious. There is not a lot to separate these two goalies in talent and the ability to read the game however, On Thursday night Joe Hart was forced to make a hard dive save to left of goal forcing him his left arm outstretched and hitting the ground hard. Just like the one that caused the damage to Given’s shoulder and the end of last season I firmly believe that sometimes in situations like this subconsciously you aware of the danger from the first time round forcing a less hard reaction. This is no reflection on Shay and I’m certainly not saying he is not commited on the pitch 100% but in situations like this the subconscious can be a factor unbeknown to the player.  The manager and coaches on the other hand, its their job and are well paid to spot these things.

The Hughes Revolution: Barry The Latest Signing

Mark Hughes has seen the faith placed in him by City’s owners and some supporters rewarded with the signing of Gareth Barry. Barry has featured for England under Fabio Capello more regularly than any other midfield player.

Hughes is the right man to take City forward in a positive way. For all the clamoring from outsiders that City must bring in a cosmopolitan manager, Hughes has an ability to connect with players from the British Isles, the core of this City team better than anyone on the market.

In his role Hughes is learning how to better utilize Robinho and Elano two Brazilians that have made Dunga’s international side perhaps the most formidable on globe outside of Spain. Jo’s return to Manchester City will likely find the talented Brazilian striker more at home than he was in the first six months of Hughes tenure.

The City manager has learned to deal with talented foreign players and his managerial skills had clearly improved by the end of the 2008-09 season.

Additionally Hughes ability to sell top players with Premiership experience on City instead of a current big four club is critical.

Let’s look at the list of City signings from within the Premier League under Hughes:

  • Shaun Wright Phillips

An England squad player whose level of comfort in City colors is unquestioned

  • Wayne Bridge

England international whose relationship with Hughes dates back to Southampton in the late 90s. This signing solves City’s long term woes on the left side of defense and can push forward into the attack comfortably.

  • Shay Given

One of the top 10 goalkeepers in the world and arguably the best Premiership goalkeeper over the past ten seasons. An indispensible player for the Republic of Ireland

  • Craig Bellamy

Cultured Welsh international who previously had great success under Hughes with the Wales National Team.

  • Gareth Barry

After years on the fringe has become a regular for England under Fabio Capello.

Hughes has not only signed useful premier league players but players who feature regularly for the national teams of the British Isles. In City’s recent history attracting quality players of this stature who were not on their last legs as professionals has been almost impossible. With these signings Hughes has proven he belongs. Now the question is whether or not he has staying power.

Shay Given Escapes Magpie “Hell”

February 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Telegraph: Given Speaks About Ashley

From the sound of it, City has acquired one motivated keeper. Given has been one of the premier keepers in the English game for many years now, and City’s purchase must be considered a bargain.