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Given Goes To Press Again

Given Goes To Press Again

Current second choice City goalkeeper Shay Given has spoken to hacks again of his frustration at not securing City's 'keeper shirt following serious injury...

It transpires that The Citizens blocked an unspecified loan move for Eire's number one in August as Roberto Mancini confirmed his intention to have two top drawer options for each position. 34 year old Given told The Sunday Times:

'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.'

Given suffered a serious shoulder injury in May and following surgery spent the majority of the summer rehabilitating. Subsequently he lost the gloves to in form England 'keeper 23 year old Joe Hart:

'The club said I wasn't going anywhere and that was frustrating...we'll see what happens come January and hopefully if the situation is the same I can go on loan and try and get some games in. 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.'

A clearly unhappy Given was on the bench for City's comfortable Europa League win in Austria this week. He wasn't impressed:

'I thought I'd have played but I don't know what the manager's thinking because he hasn't told me. 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.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk
Date:Sunday September 19 2010
Time: 1:44PM


Hardly the right way to win back the spot whinging like a wenger in the press. Given is a great goalie, but even those have to accept that someone else can be better, prove it wrong instead whiner.
19/09/2010 14:21:00
Well, the bad bits of Shay's article have been published all over the place, but in the actual source article in the Sunday Times he doesn't come across as a whinger at all. He is entirely within his rights to want to play, and I'd be worried if he wasn't desparate to get between the sticks for us. As excellent as Joe Hart has been for us this season I think Seamus has to be given starts in the cups to A) Keep him sharp and B) Keep him interested. We are in the enviable position of having two excellent keepers at this club, not playing one of them ocassionally is surely only going to make him want to leave! No problems with what Shay said, only with the way reporters and bloggers have twisted his words.
19/09/2010 14:30:00
If Mancini's not going to play him in any games then it's a cert he's going to leave sooner or later and who could blame him. Shay is to good to be a 2nd choice keeper.I don't know what Mancini is thinking regarding this scenario.
Spud 1
19/09/2010 14:48:00
nobody likes the feeling of being second best even if you are, its not like he's an upcoming player, if i were him i would want out.
19/09/2010 15:47:00
Mancini post Wigan: "I have a lot of respect for Shay and I told him the situation before the finish of the [transfer] market. I told him. 'Shay, you can choose. I hope that you stay here but I respect your decision and if you want to leave you can...He decided to stay here and until January he must stay here. I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100%. In January if he decides to leave I respect his decision."
Johnny Baguette
19/09/2010 18:29:00
Should've left when Mancini gave him the chance, he clearly doesn't realise that Hart is a better keeper than him and has got time on his side. So, where do you guys think he will go? Arsenal?
19/09/2010 23:16:00
I still think he'll end up at Fulham.
Johnny Baguette
20/09/2010 08:25:00
Given should stay and win a trophy with us. Think he will go to Fulham in Jan, or Stoke.
20/09/2010 10:20:00
Hope we're not stupid enough to sell him to Arsenal Famous. The one major weakness in Arsenal's team is their goalkeeper and I personally would not like us to strenghten them! He;s been talking about a move to Serie A today, hope he does go abroad if/when he leaves.
20/09/2010 21:07:00
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