It seems the press are back to winding us up, and their latest attempt involves a rather random story linking our goalkeeping star Shay Given to QPR. The story has appeared in a few places, but these quotes are from the Telegraph:
‘QPR manager Mark Hughes has identified Given as one of his key targets this summer with the likelihood being that Paddy Kenny, his current first-choice goalkeeper, will leave to be reunited at Leeds United with former manager Neil Warnock.
The bond between Hughes and Given is also strong with the manager having signed the 36-year-old Republic of Ireland international for Manchester City from Newcastle United in early 2009. Given was one of several City players angered by Hughes’ sacking later that year.’
I just can’t see it happening, regardless of any ‘uncertainty’ at our club at the moment. Hopefully we’ll have a new number one soon enough, and I’m sure that whoever it is, they’ll want to make Given a key part of our side going forward. He has his critics, but without some of his performances this season we may well have been playing Championship football next season. For me there is no doubt he should be number one at our club, and most other teams in the Premiership would like someone like Given as their goalkeeper.
QPR do have some money, and I was kinda hoping they dropped this season, because they could very well regroup, buy some quality players and that will be another team for us to worry about. They brought relatively well in the January transfer window, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them embark on a similar transfer spending spree to what we did a few years ago. It figures to be an interesting summer for them.
Anyway back to the link, and as mentioned it just doesn’t add up. I think he has another four years left on his contract, he’s talked openly (well tweeted!) about how the players want to make up for this season (or words to that effect) and here’s the main thing….we have no manager! It makes no sense on a whole host of levels, so it was a bit surprising to read.
Hopefully it’s just a rumour and there is no smoke, no fire, and Shay Given is the Aston Villa number one come the start of next season.