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Given desperate for an end to Toon chaos

Shay Given has urged those interested in buying Newcastle United to push ahead with their plans so the club can get back on an even keel.

Newcastle appear to be lurching from one crisis to another as owner Mike Ashley desperately attempts to sell the club. There has been interest from Nigeria and South Africa but as it stands there is no sign of a deal being completed imminently.

The goalkeeper, who has been at St James' Park for over 11 years, is acutely aware that the club could easily become embroiled in a relegation scrap at the foot of the table should the situation not change soon.

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

"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.

"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.''

Given also revealed he had sympathy for interim boss Joe Kinnear after his tirade against the media 10 days ago: "I think Joe was obviously disappointed and angry with some of the stuff that was written about him because he didn't take charge of the game and he was kind of hammered from pillar to post.

"He needed to get a few things off his chest. He certainly did that, I suppose, but he can be judged on the Everton game and we got a point.

"It's a turbulent time at the club and Joe is only in for a couple of months, so he wants to get as many points and results as possible.

"We have got to give him credit for coming up to the club when it's in a bit of turmoil at the minute to try to get us moving back up the League.''

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