Jonjo Shelvey is already having a wild time on Tyneside after signing for Newcastle United on Tuesday.
The new signing has admitted that he’s impressed with the size of the MetroCentre and that he’d got a surprise phone call on Thursday when he was doing some late shopping.
Interrupting his shopping, Jonjo Shelvey took a call from Kenny Dalglish.
Shelvey was signed by Rafael Benitez for Liverpool and then Kenny Dalglish inherited him after Roy Hodgson’s brief time in charge.
Former Newcastle boss Kenny told the new signing that if he gets himself sorted out, the Newcastle fans will love him.
The Newcastle midfielder was obviously buoyed by the phone call and talked about Dalglish having ‘been here and he has done that’. Well Newcastle fans overwhelmingly backed his appointment when Kevin Keegan resigned but were even more overwhelmingly glad to see the back of Dalglish when he walked out of the door!
As for the friends he has left behind in Wales, maybe the least said the better for Jonjo Shelvey because the lats thing we need is an ongoing slagging match between the player and his old club’s officials and fans.
There is no settling in period sadly, with Newcastle having to take emergency action mid-season because of the summer’s failures in the transfer market.
Yet another big weekend in the relegation fight, with Newcastle having the potential of putting Shelvey’s old club Swansea into the relegation zone.
Jonjo Shelvey talking to BBC Radio Newcastle:
“I got a phone call from Kenny Dalglish last night when I was at the MetroCentre, I didn’t realise how big that was either!
“He said, ‘You’ve got bundles of ability, get yourself right and you’ll be fine and the fans will love you up there’.
“He has been here and he has done that.
“What a thing for one of the best players in the world of all time to ring you and say that….a big thing for me but it was more of a big thing for my dad.
“I think that all I’m going to say is the Swansea fans did jump on my back without knowing what happened behind the scenes.
“I won’t go into it but I did feel hard done by as I thought I was hung out to dry a little bit when I was training well, I was competing well in the week and I was unlucky not to be getting picked.
“I got suspended against Liverpool and then a week later I wasn’t even on the bench against Leicester and they lost, so I was a bit like ‘I’ve just played for England four weeks ago so what’s going on here’ and I had played every game before that so I felt I had been hung out to dry a little bit.
“But I’m not going to be bothered about what people are saying about me to be honest, as the opinion that matters to me is my family and the manager I’m playing for.
“I loved the Swansea fans…but towards the end there were things being written about me and a lot of rumours when nobody actually knew the full extent of what was going on behind the scenes – I will leave it at that.”