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Do We Have A Problem, Shay?



As City news begins to go into overdrive, Blues 'keeper Shay Given makes profoundly disappointing comments to the media. The timing of which couldn't be worse...

Throughout his career, Seamus Given isn't the type of player that the seasoned football fan would associate with any form of hissy fit strop. Far from it.

Yet, a handful of days before Manchester City's most eagerly anticipated season in decades, the widely admired Irishman has chosen his moment to talk about considering his options should Joe Hart, England's hottest young goalkeeping prospect in many years be given the nod by Roberto Mancini ahead of Shay for The Citizens crucial opening day clash at Spurs:

'I haven't joined Manchester City to sit on the bench. I've gone there to play. It's an ambitious club and I'm an ambitious person. I haven't gone there to take it easy and put my feet up. I'm desperate to play on Saturday. If that's not the case then I'll have to speak to the club next week and decide what the next step is.'

An astonishing statement from the 34 year old, which has left many Blues extremely concerned that an apparantly well settled, well looked after senior player should feel compelled to make.

The emerging and strongly tipped for greatness Joe Hart is at the crux of Shay's problem. Birmingham City benefitted from a season long loan of Harty last season but Mancio made it clear that for the coming campaign, he wants two top class players in each position and between the sticks was to be no exception.

Given went on to talk of the 22 year old's situation alongside himself before then suggesting he'd be open to going out on loan:

'We're both capable of playing in the Premier League and we've proved that. It's a specialist position and you can only play the one player so it's not ideal for either of us, whoever doesn't play I suppose. Joe did well last year and deserves great credit for that but I'd like to think I did okay myself at Manchester City. If I wasn't to play...then possibly a loan thing or something...just to get games really, to get playing because that's why you play football. You just want to play in every game.'

This correspondent finds these words incredulous in the context of the timing, the performances Shay refers to and what the club is in position to achieve.

Though a great admirer, I am not alone in the belief that Shay didn't play all that well in the second half of the season. Rumoured new captain Vincent Kompany was the man who steadied the City defence at crucial times.

But what really grates is the fact that Shay has been so warmly welcomed in to the City family and yet is prepared to jump ship at the first sign of some competition which surely a top player needs in order to maintain the highest standards.

There's no talk of looking to help bring young Harty on, merely that he is seen as a rival. Very, very disappointing.

But a word of warning to the man in green. Mancio has no truck with top players ego's.

His track record proves it. Robinho the substitute humiliatingly substituted and complaints about double training sessions rewarded with a steep running hill constructed at Carrington.

Shay, I urge you to retract these comments as I fear you could be up the road.

In other news, Mancio's Squad continues to take shape, with respect to Andy Smith and The Manchester Guardian...



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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
Time: 2:09PM

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Nothing wrong with that. He knows that whoever plays on Saturday is Mancini's first choice and with his quality he could play for most teams in the league so why would he be happy to sit on the bench. He's not getting any younger! Wouldn't be surprised if Arsenal moved for him!
Vanilla Ice
10/08/2010 14:12:00
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Hart made similar comments on ESPN post Valencia game. I can fully understand both players position, at the age Shay is now he needs to be playing regular to stay sharp. Joe on the other hand needs regular football to make the England no.1 shirt his own.
Bluedub
10/08/2010 14:29:00
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"Young Harty" The writer is obviously biased towards the young England whipper snapper. The truth is though, that young harty isn't in the same league as Shay given. Young Shay had an outstanding season last year
iolar
10/08/2010 14:35:00
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I don't recall Joe threatening to do one, tbh. The way I see it we need two top drawer keepers who can rotate through what will be a long season. If Shay's history of shoulder problem repeats again, then what? I feel that as the senior player Shay should've been more diplomatic.
Johnny Baguette
10/08/2010 14:38:00
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Be terrible if I called Seamus Old Shay, eh? lol!
Johnny Baguette
10/08/2010 14:45:00
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Lets play Shay in PL matches(38 games) and Hart in the FA Cup, Carling Cup and Europa League(about 30+ games), or vice versa, if one gets injured, the other gets all the games, problem solved.
me_innit
10/08/2010 15:03:00
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I reckon he will retain his place. I think Hart could do with one more season learning the ropes, then I think he will be ready to step up. Given is a great keeper and his consistency puts him amongst the best in Europe. His command of the area is his weakness, but with so many tall players - this shouldnt be our achilles heel this season.
eighthsin
10/08/2010 15:08:00
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I have to agree with the article. Yes Shay needs to play, but the method of how he's gone about this is deplorable and I'm disgusted he's brought it out to the media. IMO he's not so good he's irreplaceable and he's clearly trying it on. Bobby Manc should call his bluff, if he then wants to move on, so be it, problem solved. It'd be a shame as I think Hart can still learn a bit from him and on balance Given probably edges it on his experience alone. However I believe Hart will become a much better all-round 'keeper in a short time, so we need to protect him at all costs.
GaryCooksNapkin
10/08/2010 15:31:00
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Hart will never be as good as Given was/is, but I do think he will be a great keeper for years to come. It would be a shame if Shay left but he'd have no problem finding another club!
Vanilla Ice
10/08/2010 16:25:00
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Vanilla - how do you know he won't be as good?
Bluedub
10/08/2010 16:47:00
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