We just couldn’t resist putting this story up today.
It’s relates to one of the bad boys that Sam Allardyce will be inheriting at Newcastle – a certain Charles N’Zogbia.
Charles went into a tantrum when he was named as a sub last Sunday and apparently walked out of the Watford ground before the game.
Well – suffice to say he will not be doing much of that stupid and childish behavior under Big Sam – otherwise he’s out – and he knows it.
Here’s what Freddy Shepherd said about N’Zogbia’s antics last Sunday.
Charles N’Zogbia wants his backside smacked. It’s ridiculous. A young man like him who has been here all this time trying to play ‘the big star’ – he should do it on the field before trying to do it off it. The events of last Sunday were very disappointing. Oba has been on the phone and has said it was a complete misunderstanding. Until we see him face to face I cannot really comment.
Sam’s very much a northerner and he encapsulates what the true Geordie supporter is. He’s very enthusiastic, very down to earth, which is the main thing and I don’t think he’ll take any of the backchat we’ve seen from the players.’
He has been a good player for Newcastle – for one so young (20) and obviously has class – but has had restricted chances this last season because of the presence of Damien Duff on the left wing. He has already appeared 98 times for Newcastle with 67 starts and 6 goals.
A little background on CharlesN’Zogbia’s transfer to Newcastle.
His transfer to Newcastle proved controversial as Le Havre had tied him to an educational contract, but FIFA and Newcastle claimed the player had freedom of contract to move on a free transfer. Newcastle eventually paid a nominal fee to sign him from the French club and the compensation Le Havre received was in the region of Â£250,000. Newcastle officially signed N’Zogbia on September 2nd 2004.
Suffice to say that Charles will grow up very quickly in the next month or so – and the comments by Freddy Shepherd will be mild compared with what he’ll get from Big Sam if he even thinks about any of that nonsense again.