Given - This is a low

Newcastle goalkeeper suffering in Toon turmoil

Given: Hoping for happier times

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Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given has described the current state of affairs at St James' Park as 'ultimate turmoil'.

The Magpies are up for sale as owner Mike Ashley looks for a buyer, while the club has employed Joe Kinnear as an interim manager.

Given, who moved to Tyneside in 1997 from Blackburn, has seen his fair share of trauma in the North East, but he believes the present situation is a low.

"I have been there (Newcastle) a long time now and I would class it as my home," said Given. "I have been there 11 and a half years or something, so it's a big part of my life.

Difficult

"At times like this, it's difficult. Because I've been there so long, I feel a little bit how the fans feel. It's been so frustrating.

"I've been through rough times at Newcastle, but this time with the club up for sale and the management up in the air, it just seems like the ultimate turmoil.

"As a player, it is easy to turn around and say, 'I want to leave, I want to do this or that'.

"But I would love to see Newcastle really turn the corner. Hopefully, this is as low as it's going to get and we will turn the corner and things will pick up, the club will get sold and the right people will come in to invest in the team.

Silverware

"I think someone was quoted as saying things can turn bad quickly, but they can turn really good quickly as well at Newcastle.

"It can go on a bit of a rollercoaster and hopefully that will be the case, and I would like to be part of that.

"I would like to win some things at Newcastle. I know at the minute we are miles off that, but you look at the investors at Manchester City and you know the money they are talking about there.

"If we had someone similar, someone who is going to put money into the team, then things can change in the blink of an eye."