Shay Given urges Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle so they can 'move forward again'

Shay Given goalkeeping coach of Derby County gives instructions to the Derby players during the Sky Bet Championship between Derby County and Swansea City at Pride Park Stadium on December...

Former Premier League goalkeeper Shay Given has offered his thoughts on Newcastle United and Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 2, 2019 in London,...

Shay Given has made it pretty clear that 'it would be best' if Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sold the club so they can 'move forward again'.

In December, Ashley told Sky News that he was hoping to sell the Premier League giants 'before' the January transfer window, but that has not since materialised. 

Sky Sports reported on deadline day that the Magpies had broken their near 14-year transfer record by buying Altalnata United midfielder Miguel Almiron for £21 million. 


Despite breaking Newcastle's transfer record last month, Given suggested it could be a 'short-term' fix as he was still adamant that Ashley should leave in order for the club to progress. 

"It's a great football club Newcastle," Given told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT on 06/02/2019 at 8:20 am. "I just wish they could sell the club and get new investors in to move the club forward.

"There just seems to be the same old story every season, they don't get players in. Of course, last week was different, they had a record signing and that excited everyone in the city. But at the same time, is that just a short term thing for Rafa to sign a new contract? 

"There seems to be a lot of politics at Newcastle and no secret that Mike Ashley wants to sell the football club. I think it would be best if he can just do that and move the club forward again."

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (l) flanked by  Lee Charnley look on from the stand during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on September...

During Ashley's tenure, he has been accused of not being ambitious enough by the supporters in the transfer market added with the two relegations they have suffered under his ownership.

They most recently suffered relegation to the Championship in 2015/16 and made an instant return under Rafa Benitez, who then guided them to an impressive top 10 Premier League finish.

At this moment in time, they are sitting two points outside of the relegation zone and will be looking to push away from the relegation pack in the coming weeks.

Benitez's side will travel to the Midlands next Monday to take on Nuno Espirito Santo's high-flying Wolves, who currently occupy seventh spot in the league.

Nuno Espírito Santo the head coach

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