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Sir Bobby pleads to Given to stay with Newcastle

Sir Bobby Robson has made an emotional plea to unsettled Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given.

In his column for the Mail on Sunday, Geordie legend Robson wrote: "Nobody has given more to Newcastle United over the past 10 years than Shay Given. Absolutely nobody.

"Now I'm asking him for one final act of selflessness - to stay another five months and keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

"Shay was everything you could ask for from a professional footballer when I was manager. Brave, courageous, a great trainer and a positive influence in the dressing room.

"He had one weakness, his kicking, so he spent hours on the training ground until it became a strength. Now everyone at Newcastle needs him to be strong again.

"Most players would be condemned by their fans for putting in what is effectively a transfer request while the club are in peril. But Newcastle fans have only sympathy for Shay."

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