Playing In Championship Would Be Step Backwards – Bassong


It doesn’t look like defender Sebastien Bassong will be with us next season if we manage to get ourselves relegated to the Championship next season.

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Bassong – I am an ambitious boy

 Bassong, who is just 22, was sent off in Newcastle’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham last weekend, and has said today that if Newcastle go down – that sending off will be the last time Newcastle fans see him in a black and white shirt.

If we stay up, that also could be the last time Newcastle fans see him in a black and white shirt, because we expect Arsenal to lodge an aggressive move for the youngster in the summer.

And there’s no doubt the lad would be great for the Gunners, and would fit into the lad’s admitted ambitious plans.

Sebastien Bassong talked to Setanta Sports today:

“In the case that Newcastle go down, then I would have to hold talks with the club after the last game of the season.”

“Everybody knows that I am an ambitious boy, and playing Championship football never crossed my mind.”

‘”You have to have a plan for your career, and playing in the second division would be a step backward.”

“I hope that Alan Shearer will stay, whatever happens on Sunday,’ Bassong added. ‘I understand that he likes the job and is enjoying his time as manager.”

“Of course he uses his charisma, status and experience as a player, but it helps him transmit his message to the squad.”

“Obviously some managers are more about tactics than him, but he makes you forget his so-called lack of experience as a coach, thanks to his experience on the pitch.”

Why the lad couldn’t have just stayed quiet until next Monday, when we will know for sure on relegation, we don’t know. This is hardly helpful to the lads preparing for Sunday’s game.

If  Seb goes it will be difficult to blame the youngster at all, and the responsibility lies heavily with the Newcastle club.

The season has been mismanaged from the start, with Kevin Keegan for the second time walking out on the club after just 3 league games – that didn’t help, that’s for sure.

If Kevin had put the club first, we would have been in the top 7 now, but he got on his high horse again, and though that was probably well justified in the circumstances -it’s the Newcastle club and the fans who took the hit, not Kevin. And he is suing the club for £8M?

There have been 5 managers this season, and the hope that Shearer could come in and save the club hasn’t worked out too well, with just 5 points in 7 games, which right now is around 0.71 points per game.

Before Alan arrived on April 1st, we had 29 points from 30 games, which is an average of around 0.97 points per game, so Alan has actually done worse than our average before he came in.

Of course that’s a little unfair on Alan, because it takes time for management methods to work, and he’s only had 7 games, but it looks like the games will run out before the hoped for salvation.

When the club is mismanaged to the extent that Newcastle have been this season, we can hardly criticize our best players for leaving, because the club doesn’t deserve to keep them. And there’s no doubt that Bassong has been our best players this season.

If we do get relegated, St. James’ Park will be like a shop window for the Premier League clubs come Monday, and they will cherry pick who they want, and Newcastle will be able to do little to stop them, because we cannot afford them – even if we wanted to keep them.

The fact it’s the World Cup next summer doesn’t help either, as International players will hardly want to play in England’s second division.

That’s what failure will look like on Monday, and it will be hard to take for the very loyal Newcastle fans, who have been given a huge kick in the behind by their club.

In fact this could be the biggest kick in the behind for the Newcastle fans in the history of our club – and there’s been a few of them.

What’s that saying about the plans of mice and men?


147 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    May 21, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    If Bassong leaves, I don’t blame him. He is one of the brightest talent in defending I’ve seen in the black and white stripes

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  • Raffo

    May 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Some might argue that he shouldnt be with us next year even if we do stay up. I dont think sitting on the bench at Arsenal would be very ambitious, not going to get much playing time there I wouldnt think

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Like i said on the previous article, I do not see anything to suggest he will leave in those quotes.

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #4

    I mean he didnt even say it in there. If he was going to leave would he not just say “Im leaving if Newcastle are relegated”?

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    If we go down he will have to hold talks, that means clearly either that;
    – he wants clarity that we will definitely come back up the season after and establish ourselves in the premier league
    – He wants a big contract to subsidise for the backwards step
    – He wants to be sold on

    Most likely the last one. To be honest, i’m really disappointed in his comments. We gave him his huge break, and were the pivotal point in his basically up until now non existent career. All he should be saying is “we will definitely stay up, I will ensure it”… not “if we go down I want to leave”.

    Juventus’ main stars stayed with them when they went down, why can’t we have some loyalty like that?

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 21, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I think he would stay on for one season at the most. There is nothing there to suggest he would want out. I agree with those things you said about the talks Andy.

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  • normag

    May 21, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Let’s hope Shearer’s points per game ratio increases to 1 after the Villa game 😀

    Come on lads! A win on Sunday please!

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I think we would do our utmost to hold onto him, but honestly mate I just wish one player from our team would come out and say “i’d stick with Newcastle through anything”.

    With Boro going down though, what do people think about offering them £20mill for Tuncay, Johnson and Wheater?

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  • stevep

    May 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    “some are more about tactics than him”
    That doesn’t sound like a good statement, if he stays Shearer needs to get this side of things sorted out asap

    Bassong will be off if we get relegated but may stay one more season if and its a big if…………

    We stay in premiership
    Shearer stays as manager (or we recruit a very big name manager )
    There is considerable investment on the playing side of things

    They are pretty big ifs.

    Andy – Juventus went down for financial irregularities – cannot compare to Newcastle who have been on a continued slide for years
    It was fairly obvious Juventus would be straight back up to former glories wheras we look as if we’ll never get back to the top 5 of prem

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  • Big Dave

    May 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Andy i agree with you I am really peed off that he comes out with this now could he not wait untill after sunday in a way i cant blame him for not wanting to stick around, but he should have said nothing untill we know where we are, i think now he is just becomeing another zog

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  • Macas35

    May 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    This kind of crap doesn’t help anyone, he should just keep his mouth shut until the season has finished and the dust settles. We gave him a massive opportunity coming to this league, you think he would be grateful. Let’s hope we get a massive fee for him when we go down.

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  • Raffo

    May 21, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Juve were a shoe in to go back up the season after cos serie b is crap. the championship is a hard league and it is by no means a shoe in that we will even challenge to come back up if we go down even if we keep hold of the majority of our squad

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  • Toon_Fresh

    May 21, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree he should keep his mouth shut. Why does he have to say this now? If he’s going to have talks if we lose, then have talks when we lose. Don’t bother with it now.

    On a side note… here’s what the Man U team will look like agains Hull

    http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,13320_5340574,00.html

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 21, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Overall impression I got from the statement? Maybe he’s getting a bit too big for boots? Happened with Zog, we bring him from nothing, love to have such an exciting young talents… Then they realise how much we love them and the “Zog/Bassong to Arsenal” headlines… and suddenly heads are turned, and we’re forgotten as the club that made those headlines possible.

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  • Johno Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Its not like he has down a kenwyne jones stating he leaving if we go down, there prob a very small chance he would hang on if we went down,

    good to see his comments about shearer

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  • stevep

    May 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #16

    You can take those comments with apinch of salt – usually goes something like this

    Reporter: And if Newcastle are relegated will you hold talks with them about Newcastles future direction

    Bassong: Maybe but I am concentrating on winning the game

    Reporter: You’re an ambitious player, did you think about playing in the championship when you arrived

    Bassong: I did not even know it existed

    Reporter: Alan Shearer is new to mgmt and obviously has a lot of injuries so finding it hard to get his tactics to work, how does he come across on the training field

    Bassong: He may be inexperienced but charisma, status and experience as a player, helps him transmit his message to the squad

    ReporterL Thanks for that, can you tell me how to say f**k you in French

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    The Kenwyne Jones comparison is a good one. Jones told them in no uncertain terms if they get relegated he is leaving. Bassong said he would have talks so i think its 50/50 if he stays. Depends on the outcome of those talks. At the end of the day he has a contract here so we could play hardball and say get us back up instead of giving him the easy way out. Martin O’Neill kept hold of Barry when everyone thought he would leave Villa so we should do the same.

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    stopped reading when bassong claimed shearer had charisma.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 21, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    …”playing in the second division would be a step backward.”

    Talk about stating the obvious Sebba! …and bad timing for an interview. The club should’ve banned players talking to the press until Monday, in my opinion.

    Bassong to the squad, via Setanta: “Hey lads, good luck for Sunday, but if you don’t get a result, I’m off.

    …actually, not sure whether this acts as an incentive to the players or not – but again, I’m probably reading too much into stuff.

    Well, I’ve just emptied mi long-running betting account of its last 36 quid on us staying up at 11/8. I’m gona be p155ed off enough if we’re relegated so what the hell!

    This is awful, all this waiting lark. I’m gona hit the sauce around 1pm on Sunday and just hope my front room isn’t smashed up by 5:10 pm. I daren’t watch it in a non-NE pub.

    Anyway, back to work.

    Come on lads, please………………

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  • Macas35

    May 21, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Some people here are a bit naive. The lad will defo go if we get relegated.

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  • stevep

    May 21, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #21

    anyone know if theres a toon bar in Brighton?
    imagine most bars down south will be showing Man U / Liverpool games

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  • Big Dave

    May 21, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon_Fresh I have said allready that manures 2nd team would be a top half of the table team. and i know it sounds crazy but with ronaldo ambitions i cannot believe that he would be happy to be left out considering he is joint top scorer with anelka im 100% sure he would want to win the golden boot.

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    stevep- plenty off gay bars that will be right up your street.

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #24

    bigdave- golden boot or champions league? He will be rested and hull will get the point they deserve for there seasons work. To think everyone tipped them to gain the lowest points total of all time and they have finished above the mighty newcastle. How humiliating.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 21, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #25

    stevep, nufc.com have a section on their site for readers to post in TOON-friendly pubs.

    …btw, does anyone think ‘Foluwashola Ameobi’ is Shola? Or am I just being gullible by entertaining the thought.

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  • Toon_Fresh

    May 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #26

    The only player to say he’s definitely staying if we go down is Barton…

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #27

    toonfresh- thats because my local team(hemel hempstead) wouldnt take him on a free.Your stuck with the thug.

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  • Johno Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #28

    agree with you there bigdave think ronaldo is a shoe in to get a start , tevez another flcther ferdinand should all start so a point might be just good enough

    stevep newcastle game is the main game on sky so you get a bar with it on fairly handy

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  • geordie deb

    May 21, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29

    He’s definetley off. So much for loyalty.
    Hasn’t he still got a few years left on his contract? We have the right to make him stay unless it’s written in there that he can leave if we go down.
    He also shouldn’t be talking to the press about these isues. Howay NUFC – start gagging the players until after Sunday and make them focus on what they need to do to try to keep us up not giving them a shop window to try to find future buyers. Blo*dy mercenries

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  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Rodzilla its everseenamackeminmilan m8

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    bit of transfer news for you. Tuncay will be announced as a spurs player as soon as the season is finished. 100% done!

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  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #32

    beye and enriqe 50 50 for sunday

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #33

    batty- do you hate the black players at newcastle??

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  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #34

    reetpetite my fav player ever ferdy or andy cole

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes Rodzilla, Im Ever seen a mackem in Milan.

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  • reetpetite

    May 21, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #36

    batty- wonder what they would make of your racism on here?

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  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #37

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  • Rodzilla

    May 21, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Batty—-30

    ….ahhh, the all-seeing-batty.

    On Enrique, my mate has close friends at the club and apparently Enrique was… “doing loads of running and looked OK last week.” I don’t know any more than that though.

    I’d imagine he’s more than 50/50 and it may well mean Duff starts LM – if Shearer decides to go with him. Who knows eh. Promising signs though. Especially if we have Beye back.

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  • Johno Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #39

    tucany to spurs? decent signing there

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  • Rodzilla

    May 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #40

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