Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has rightly accused Charles N’Zogbia, who is acting like a small child, of trying to engineer a move away from the club.
Charles N’Zogbia – no thanks to the club that made him
N’Zogbia issued a statement on Thursday claiming the Newcastle manager had insulted him by mis-pronouncing his name several times during a post-match interview following Wednesday’s defeat at Manchester City.
Joe seems to have the problems of the world on his shoulders at Newcastle, with seemingly everything going wrong with injuries, and this lad keeps bleating about wanting to move away – what a team player – and we’re a little surprised Joe is so patient with him.
We wouldn’t be – not in the circumstances Joe finds himself right now, with the sky seemingly falling in on him, before the big game against Sunderland on Sunday.
But how many times did the great Sir Bobby Robson mangle players’ names, and sometimes didn’t exactly say what he meant. There are some famous incidents of this with Bobby, as we all know. 😀
There is only maliciousness there if Joe mispronounced Charles name on purpose – which he obviously didn’t, so Charles doesn’t have any case really.
The Frenchman says he will never play for Kinnear again as a result. What a little child.
However, Kinnear hit back today and revealed that Newcastle have not had a single offer for the great one, at least in Charles’ eyes, even after news yesterday that Wigan had offered £6M for him.
Joe said today:
“I couldn’t believe it when I was told Charles had issued a statement claiming he was insulted, apparently for nothing more than me mis-pronouncing his name in a post-match interview at Manchester City,”
“Okay, I got a little tongue-tied – but if I had a pound for every time I’ve mis-pronounced a player’s name down the years, then I’d be a very wealthy man indeed.”
“There have already been plenty of quotes attributed to Charles during January, saying he is interested in leaving for other clubs. But the truth is we haven’t received a formal offer for him.”
“Sadly, this just smacks of a desperate attempt to engineer a move away from Newcastle United – a club that gave Charles the chance to play in the Premier League.”
“And which has rewarded him handsomely during his time at St James’ Park.”
We agree wholeheartedly with Joe, and Charles is acting like a little brat.
Of course there is growing news that we will swap Charles for Ryan Taylor, and www.nufc.com last night was saying the deal was almost done.
Usually nufc.com have good contacts with the club, so we actually hope that’s true, and we can get rid of the brat, but we’d also like to see him stay to help Newcastle survive in the Premier League first.
But we like the way Joe has switched the onus onto Charles.