Kinnear Claims Charles N’Zogbia Was Misquoted – Again?

It seems that Charles N’Zogbia has been misquoted by L’Equipe over the last couple of days.


Charles N’Zogbia – misquoted again?

Joe Kinnear has today supported the young  Frenchman’s assertion that he was misquoted by L`Equipe.

The Newcastle manager has said the youngster was misquoted in his alleged interview with L`Equipe saying this afternoon:

“The lad is quite embarrassed himself with what he is supposed to have said.”

“As far as I am concerned, he has been spot on.”“He is working extremely hard and got himself into the team by playing well.”

“And when people are playing well, I make sure they stay in the team.”

Good words from Joe, and Charles can learn a lot from Kinnear, if he just settles down at Newcastle. He was just terrific on Sunday, and there’s no doubt this lad can play football.

Joe seems to have had a positive impact on a lot of the players, old and young, at St. James’ Park, and the Irishman he’s been through the mill, so he’s learned his trade.

We thought it was an old story, and put that out earlier today, but if it’s another interview and he’s saying the same kind of things, what is Zog really thinking?

If Charlie was really misquoted we’d like the young Frenchman to tell us what he thought he did actually tell them.

This is not the first time he’s gone off about wanting a bigger chance elsewhere.

With Owen’s carefully worded statement from his advisers, and Charlie’s recent statement the two of them could all take a leaf out of their manager’s book,  and come out and say exactly what they mean – that’s one reason Joe is starting to become popular on Tyneside.

Oh, and of course winning games also helps.
Comments welcome.

21 comments so far


    Dec 24, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #1

    i hope this is true as n’zogbia is a great player and someone i would hate to see leave

  • Big Dave

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope he was misquoted but wouldnt be surprised if he did say it. Ed merry Xmas and happy New Year mate and may you go from strenght to strenght in 2009. Same goes to everyone else except lol

  • murvar

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Zog has lots of potential. It would be even greater if he wasn’t so heavily left-sided. He can wellie the ball with his right foot – as at Boro last season – but when he runs in from the left towards the right, his options are limited because he can’t control the ball so well. Other sides have worked this out and try to play him inside where he is less effective. That is what Kinnear needs to work on with him, and what he must work on if he really thinks he can get a top club.

    Can I add my best wishes to Ed for a Happy Christmas and New Year and thanks for the way in which the site has filled a gap for us Toon fans.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ll be very surprised if he’s not at PSG come the end of January.

  • Spyro

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #5

    If he is at PSG by the end of January i will be livid. That anger will then be directed at Duff, who i will try to have assassinated, lol.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #6

    According to FranceFootball we’ve already told PSG they can have him if they let us have Sakho, if anyone isn’t aware FF is the most credible football magazine in France and they’re behind the Ballon d’Or trophy.

    N’Zogbia wants the move too from what I’ve heard but getting them to let Sakho leave could be a problem.

  • O'Hurley

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #7


    I’m with ya mate. Zog must stay. There’s no question, like. It’s not even an issue. If he tries to go, we’ll chain ’em up to SJP.

  • Spyro

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #8

    I doubt it little Willie, until he throws in a transfer request or confirms the news i am just going to write this off as bull****

  • Doocey

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Glad to see he was misquoted
    There are only two possibilities here

    1) N’Zogbia wants a move away and that is why he is traingin hard putting his head down in training and producing some credible performances for people to notice.

    2) He is actually happy at the club and feels we can move forward as we already have made some good strides in December.

    I’ve a feeling its Number two and I certainly hope so.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Saying he’s been misquoted is an easy excuse and it’s not the first time he’s claimed it’s happened, last month he was telling the French press that he dreams of playing for PSG and his agent is in constant contact with them about a move.

    How can you possibly be misquoted coming out with things like that?

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Little Willie-if what you are saying regarding charlie and his words last month are true then i’m a bit disheartened by it all.
    If he hadnt said anything of the sort, Kinnear would have came out and said just that-the fact that he says charlie is quite embarrased by what has happened, tells me that there is some credibility in it.
    like others have previously said, including you Ed..there’s only so many times you can be “misquoted”, and its a rather large misquote on the magazine’s behalf to print what they did, if Charlie had actually said

    “aye i’m really happy and dont want to leave”. thats not a misquote, thats the exact opposite to what was printed. its becoming clearer and clearer that there is a large amount of credibility to this story.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #12
  • nightfall

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #13

    ok..let’s say we do swap zog with sakho..what does that mean? enrique to play as LM?

  • cockneytoonphil

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #14

    love Zog
    Have his name on my back

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 25, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #15

    LittleWillie – Pipe down, stiring it again, you have no sources, what you claim is plucked from thin air, 95% of the things you said in the summer didn’t transpire.

  • AhKz

    Dec 25, 2008 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #16

    is he really misquoted???
    hope so……

  • martyboy

    Dec 25, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #17

    charlie boys beginning to bug me with this… if he wants to leave then get shot. thats what i say

    we’ve lost better players then him and survived, let him go down the same road as bernard

    losing milner was the real blow, better attitude and just as much ability

  • BT9MAG

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Martyboy – disagree entirely with the point about Milner! Great work ethic and attitude – but ability? I think his average displays for Villa speak for themselves! 12m was a robbery!

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Sell him, he’s always sulking. I’d love to see another Argie at Tyneside, Di Maria anyone? Or Vargas from Fiorentina, he can operate in defence as well.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 25, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Perhaps you should be the one to pipe down, Tom_Toon.

    Stop boring us about players you’ve claimed to have watched too when we all know you know them from FM.


    Dec 25, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #21

    London calling.
    Hey he`s still young and would like to enjoy the city lights ,after all Newcastle has its limitations for a social life.
    On the other hand these continual hints, which are then quickly denied about leaving the club, are annoying and face it he`s not that great a player and could be easily replaced.
    Should I stay or should I go.
    Micky O. , gonna wait and see which is the best offer, do you blame him?
    Was`nt offered a contract until it was too late, game of brinkmanship between MO&MA.


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