Former Newcastle United keeper Shay Given has revealed his plan to remain in the second tier of English football following his release by Stoke City.

The free agent is a target for Queen Park Rangers. He is matured but says he still has something to offer any team in the division.

Given says he can play for at least another season as a first choice keeper in the Championship or a second or third choice keeper in the Premier League. He says there are a few options but if the deal does not happen he would not mop around.

The keeper led the tributes for fallen star ChieckTiote. The former Magpies star died at the age of 30 after a training session in China. He had spent almost seven years at Tyneside before he moved to Beijing Enterprises last February.


Championship side Newcastle United are seeking promotion to the Premier League under Coach Rafa Benitezthis season.

The former Liverpool boss has pushed out a lot of former players while bringing many others. However, there is a one that has the potential for something greater even though he is not getting that much attention at the moment; he is Freddie Woodman.

Woodman frustrated Pedro Caixinha’s team when they met last week, showing signs of what he could do. His reflex, swiftness and confidence in goal were crucial for Kilmarnock as they faced Rangers. The 20-year old goalkeeper seems like one that would go far with the right motivation and grooming.

Shay Given is eager on getting back into the pitch

The 40 year old Irish goalkeeper of Stoke City, Shay Given kicked off the 2016 season of the Premier League in a positive fashion as he was the first choice shot-stopper of Mark Hughes but the manager of Stoke City opted to drop Shay Given to the sidelines and Lee Grant is taking the center stage.

Shay Given has already retired from performing at the international stage and he wants to focus the remaining years of his career with Stoke City but taking into consideration that the Irish shot-stopper has had to settle with a place on the bench for over 4 months is something that has really hampered what might be one of his final seasons as a top player in what is generally considered to be as one of the most competitive leagues in the entire world of football.


Veteran goalkeeper Shay Given has hailed the touchline antics of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Given praised Conte for his energetic style as Blues coach, breathing fresh air into the team after their slump last term. Given, who plays for Premier League side Stoke City, reckons that Conte’s “madman” display has been refreshing to watch since his move to Stamford Bridge.

“It’s refreshing to see him down the touchline like a madman. Conte’s come in and done a great job,” Given opined. The 40-year old former Irish international disclosed that many people doubted the Italian due to the slow start before the team eventually picked up.

“He made a little bit of a slow start and I think people were questioning ‘does he know the Premier League?’ But now we’re talking about one of the favourites for the title,” Given added.


Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given said that he knows nobody that works harder than his former Newcastle teammate, Fraser Foster.

Given claims that the player gives his all in training, tipping the shot stopper to usurp Three Lions No. 1 Joe Hart with time. The Southampton man just recovered from a knee injury but he has quickly regained full fitness.

Given and Forster trained together during their time at Newcastle. He revealed that the development of the player surprised staff on Tyneside a bit.

"I worked with him for a few years at and he was nearly too big. He was like 6 ft 5 in at 16 [years old] basically and we looked at him like, 'is he too big?' He was a bit clumsy with his feet and he was heavy-footed,” Given revealed to BBC 5 live.

Shay Given wants to push Jack Butland out of the first team

The 40 year old Irish goal-keeper Shay Given is eager and determined to become the main shot-stopper of Stoke City as he is currently being overshadowed by Jack Butland.

Shay Given was originally signed by Stoke City on July of 2015 and his initial purpose was to serve as a back-up option of Jack Butland but the veteran player wants to go beyond that and become a much more important figure in the Premier League club.

The pre-season is almost over and Shay Given has recently stated that he is feeling good and wants to continue being fit for as long as possible as the Irish player not only wants to be ready in case that he gets called up in any chance but also for him to be able to showcase his skills in any opportunity that is given to him.

Martin O’Neill decision was Questioned after Several Drops from Team

The Republic of Ireland couldn’t have done without three points in the Italy match which was their last match in the initial round in Euro.

So, it was a no-brainer that they would be using their first pick XI to play the game, but, Martin O’Neill, at that crucial juncture, dropped several of the first picks. It was questionable even though the Greens went on to achieve the necessary win.

But, as per O’Neill, he had felt in the match the team had played prior to the Italy match that a couple of players were not at the level of speed he would have liked and he knew that the

Shay Given hoping to be in the starting lineup for the first game at the Euros

The Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given said that he still has hope to be in the first team for the match against Sweden.

He said that the manager, Martin O’Neill has not revealed yet which goalkeeper will be on the pitch for the first game.

Shay Given was the first choice at the last Euros in 2012 but has since lost his place to Darren Randolph. Indeed, the latter has been the preferred choice of O’Neill since the qualifying campaign, and it is very likely that things will stay that way at the Euros.

Given has stated that there are three good players for the goalkeeping roles and it will be up to the manager to decide. They all just want to keep hope at the moment and will wait for the manager’s choice.

Rafael Benitez wants every Player to Play upto their Potential

What Rafael Benitez wants off his Magpies is for them to use every bit of their playing potential to take the most out of the 18 points that’s left there for the taking as far as they are concerned.

As per Benitez, the pressure is both at the top as well as at the bottom of the table. If you are at the top, you are chasing the title, while, if you are at the bottom, you are chasing safety. So, there is a target in front of you either way and your supporters see that target as a success for you. But, in any situation, the players can just look to deliver their best and make sure they leave nothing in the tank. Having done that, they would have no regrets later on and the supporters would see that too and understand that.

Shay Given expects NU to avoid relegations

Goalkeeper Shay Given expects his former club, Newcastle United, to avoid relegation against all the odds. Newcastle have been down in the drop zone for much of the season.

This led to manager Steve McClaren sacked from his role. The former England boss could not see out one single campaign with the Toon Army. Given played at Newcastle for several years and was regarded as a stable option for the managers. He has since moved to different clubs over the last couple of years and is now currently playing with Stoke City.

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