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Villa keeper Given urges Newcastle fans to be "realistic"

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given says Newcastle United shouldn't panic over recent results.

Given is a former Toon keeper.

He said: "Newcastle are eighth in the league and there will be a lot of managers up and down the country who would swap places with them in a heartbeat. They have to be realistic.

"You could argue at the start of January, when they were doing well, that had Mike Ashley dipped in his pocket, they could have been really pushing for Europe.

"They're probably thinking "where's the ambition?" (Ashley) will tell you it is a business and most clubs have to be a business. Fans want to see a bit more ambition but it's his money.

"They bought Cabaye for £4.5m and sold him for £20m. The fans will argue the player has not been replaced.

"They will still go next week and fill the stadium and they are probably hurt by thinking that the owner is a billionaire and he is not as passionate about the club as they are."

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