As the shell-shocked players sat down to digest the 2-1 loss and the events of the past fortnight — which have seen manager Kevin Keegan quit then almost return — Given lost it.
A dressing-room insider told The Sun: “Shay was going absolutely nuts. He cannot believe what is happening at Newcastle.
“He was flinging things around the dressing room and getting very annoyed.
“He was saying how the board should be talking to the players, telling them what is going on instead of hiding.
“The rest of the squad look up to Shay and have never seen him so angry.
“He is a real professional and doesn’t think this is any way to run a club.”
Given has made 440 appearances for Toon, while veteran midfielder Nicky Butt is another finding the situation intolerable.
The insider added: “Nicky was at Manchester United where these sorts of things do not happen.
“He is completely frustrated by what is going on.”