Given willing to help Hart
City keeper still hoping to find regular football
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: February 15, 2011 10:31am
Given: Bags of experience
Shay Given is prepared to help Joe Hart fulfil his potential, even if it means restricting his own opportunities.
The Republic of Ireland international has seen his route to the Manchester City first team blocked by Hart this season, with Roberto Mancini favouring the England keeper.
At 34 years of age, Given concedes that his situation is far from ideal, with it important that he makes the most of the years he has left.
He is, however, prepared to put his experience to good use and claims he is more than willing to offer a helping hand to Hart in his attempts to become a truly world-class performer.
"He is a young guy and young in goalkeeping terms as well," said Given.
"You know he doesn't pick the team, it's the manager who does. So you would like to think you would help him in any way.
"He'll learn. You know, I made mistakes in my career. You learn from making mistakes, and you become a stronger and better goalkeeper. Joe will be the same."
On his own situation, Given insists he is not worried but admits he is hoping to find regular football again in the near future.
He said: "I don't think worry is the word you're looking for, [but] it's not ideal.
"But you've got to play with the hand you've been dealt. That's the situation I'm in and there's nothing I can do to change that.
"I'm not a young keeper but I've played a good few games in my career and I'd like to think I can call on that experience to get me through a difficult period."