Given pleads for way out of Eastlands

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has called on Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini to let him leave Eastlands in January.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has called on Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini to let him leave Eastlands in January.

The 34-year-old is desperate for regular first-team football and has set his sights on a loan move away from City. The Lifford native has made just three starts this season - none in the Premier League - having lost his place to Joe Hart.

After Given's clean sheet in the penultimate Uefa Europa League 3-0 win over SV Salzburg on Wednesday night, he returned to the bench as Hart kept goal in the 1-0 league win over Bolton Wanderers at Eastlands on Saturday when Carlos Tevez scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute.

"I don't know what City are thinking, but on a personal level, even to go on loan for a few months, to be playing again would be good because I do miss the feeling of playing and the buzz you get from that," Given said over the weekend.

Meanwhile, one of the sides that were said to be courting the services of Given, Mark Hughes's Fulham, appear to be out of the running. Their netminder Mark Schwarzer last week signed a contract extention at Craven Cottage. The Australian was aware that Arsenal had made a bid during the summer but he has committed himself to Fulham until 2012 when he will be nearly 40.

Manuel Almunia's elbow injury has seen the Spaniard missing since September and it had been rumoured that Arsene Wenger saw Schwarzer as the ideal replacement.

If that move was to happen, Hughes, who originally signed Given from Newcastle United when he was Manchester City manager, was said to be interested in recouping the services of his former goalkeeper. It remains to be seen whether Wenger will make a move for Given.

Meanwhile, Killybegs native Seamus Coleman returned to the Everton starting team for their 1-1 draw against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Jermaine Beckford's 78th minute leveller, which cancelled out Didier Drogba's first half penalty, was no more than Everton deserved.

The 22-year-old was left out of the Merseyside outfit's 4-1 loss against West Bromwich Albion but returned in west London and put in a good shift on the right side of midfield.

Elsewhere, Conard Logan from Ramelton was an unused substitute in the Championship where his Leicester City side went down 3-2 against Watford.