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Given criticises Newcastle bosses


I deserved better treatment - Given

Manchester City keeper Shay Given believes his former club Newcastle could have done more to keep him.

"There are a couple of things they could have done to keep me, but I think in the end they just wanted to take the money," said the 32-year-old.

"I just felt that after the service I gave the club, then the regime at Newcastle could have handled the whole thing a bit better."

The Republic of Ireland player joined City last week for an undisclosed fee.

Given spent 12 years at Newcastle but admitted that by the end of his stay he was no longer happy.

"They made me do things I didn't want to do and this was an opportunity to further my career and pick up more silverware," he added.

"In the last six months it has been fizzling out. It has not been enjoyable going into training.

"Maybe it's myself just being selfish, but I think I deserved a little bit better than that."

Given first alerted other clubs to his availability through a public statement in the wake of Newcastle's 5-1 home defeat by Liverpool.

I wasn't comfortable with the way the club was going - I wanted to be challenging for honours

Shay Given on former club Newcastle

Although he signed a five-year contract extension in 2006, he said he was disillusioned with life at the club and disappointed that the promised push for honours had failed to emerge.

Newcastle lie 15th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

Their highest finish since Given signed from Blackburn in 1997 was third place in 2002-2003, with the past two seasons spent in the bottom half of the league.

"The Liverpool match was a low point in my career," he said.

"It was one of those points where if I had left the pitch and never seen a football again I would have been happy, I was that low.

"I didn't know if I was going to leave but a lot of people said I was happy and settled, which I was in a way, but I wasn't comfortable.

"I wasn't comfortable with the way the club was going. I wanted to be challenging for honours.


"By coming here I thought I could be at a club that is challenging for honours. I didn't want to finish my career regretting not taking up this offer."

Newcastle initially valued Given at around 8m with City's original offer of 5m described as "insulting" by Magpies' manager Joe Kinnear.

It is believed that negotiations between the two camps finally settled on a fee close to 7m with Steve Harper promoted to first-choice goalkeeper at Newcastle and Joe Hart dropping down Mark Hughes's pecking order at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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see also
Given completes Man City transfer
01 Feb 09 |  Man City
Harper extends deal at Newcastle
27 Jan 09 |  Newcastle
No problem with Given - Kinnear
02 Jan 09 |  Football
Kinnear rules out Given departure
02 Jan 09 |  Newcastle
Given is going nowhere - Kinnear
14 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Belief came from Kinnear - Given
04 Nov 08 |  Newcastle

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