Bassong – It Was An Honor To Play For Newcastle


Sebastien Bassong, who we expect to be a Tottenham player sometime today, has said that a need to play Premier League football is the main motivation for his seeking a move to Spurs.

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Seb Bassong – a good lad and potential great player

The Toon center-back was signed for just £500K from French club, Metz last August and had a terrific first season at the Newcastle club and was easily the club’s best player.

But the lad is very ambitious and reports suggest he is becoming ever closer to a move away from St. James Park.

Bassong told The Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“It was not good for my career to be at a Championship club. I want to play in future World Cups and African Cup of Nations competitions with Cameroon.”

“That is made more difficult if you are not playing at the higher level,”

“Playing for Newcastle was a real honor in front of the supporters at St James’s Park. It has been an unbelievable experience for me.”

“But I have always said that I wanted to play in the Premier League and that wasn’t possible with Newcastle.”

Newcastle fans took to the player, not only because of his excellent play, but because of his calm temperament and the fact he always gave 100% for the club.

His refusal to travel to Dundee on Sunday was the only blemish on his record at Newcastle, and this is the price the club pays for being relegated.

Of course good things can happen if we can climb back into the Premier League, which has to be our number one goal for next season.

But that alas, will hardly be realized if a certain Mike Ashley is still the owner come September.

We wish Seb all the best, and are only sorry he couldn’t keep playing for our club.

Our loss is Tottenham’s gain though, that’s for sure.



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39 comments so far

  • Darryl

    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s crap. 8 million. I swear we actually like taking lower bids than the one’s being banded around.

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  • Darryl

    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Clubs send in text messages to mike ashley, each charged at £1, with the lowest bidder winning.

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  • coxonfamily

    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #3

    bloody typical we finally get a bid of 100m and 2 of our best players leave… well thats my opinion. but if they dont want to be here might as well get rid. Just makes me sick to see Nicky Butt still here!!!

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  • Billy Bunter

    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    “It was not good for my career to be at a Championship club. I want to play in future World Cups and African Cup of Nations competitions with Cameroon.”

    so he wont acsept responsibility for gettin us relegated will he, nah he just nicks off and leaves us doon there and goes back up. horrible man

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  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    french gimp

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  • stevep

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Good luck to Bassong, we can hardly blame him for leaving.

    Think he would have been more successful at Villa under O’Neill than playing for the crook although spurs are a better option than citeh who could have a disastrous season or a fantastic one – I think the former as they’ve just signed a load of players who are only there for the cash

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  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Thank you Bassong, you have a good chance of winning the league cup with Spurs(but nothing more).

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  • Monster

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    stevep – I know what you’re getting saying you can hardly blame him for leaving; considering the state of the club etc..

    However, I’m inclined to agree with Billy Bunter to some extent. It would be nice to see the players taking some responsibility for us going down and giving us at least a season to help us get back up… kna what I mean?

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  • HarryWorth

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Theres a coincidence. Ashley sells last seasons best player tto his favourite club for a relatively small fee,

    scumbag!

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  • HarryWorth

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Theres a coincidence. Ashley sells last seasons best player tto his favourite club for a relatively small fee,

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Goodbye Bassong

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  • Paul141726

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #13

    With negotiations taking place at the time of the Dundee match it was probably Bassong’s agent, the “suits” at Spurs, or both that suggested that he not travel there. Didn’t want the deal to fall through because of injury. Tottenham might even have paid his fine. Just my opinion and you know what they say about those–opinions are like #^!holes–everybody has one.

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  • stevep

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    @monster – nah, you’re living in a dream world if you expect players to take responsibility or show loyalty, mate they aint even British never mind from the north east.

    Lets face it, you’re a good player but surrounded by a load of sh!te, you’re there 2 mins and go through 4 managers, ownership is a complete joke who seem to have no clue, you get relegated and the owners put the club up for sale ( although you’re getting more info from the press than mgmt)
    You come back after the summer break and clubs still up for sale with little movement and still no idea who will manage the club, same sh!te players still there and it looks like you’re going to have no chance of escaping championship ( in a world cup year as well)

    premiership clubs who look like they’re investing in moving forward come in for you…..
    now what would you do ?

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d never buy another frog. They’ve been nothing but trouble everyone we’ve had!

    Anyway is it just me and my pessimism but if this deal is true with Moat would anyone be suprised if it collapsed?

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  • AussieToon

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Nothing surprises me anymore Stuart with this club.

    I am hoping and praying this is true.

    Surely we deserve some good news. Surely?

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  • Paul141726

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Stuart79-your pessimism is well founded. All you have to do is look at MA’s track record in trying to sell the club. I’ll believe the club is sold the minute the new buyer tells me so.

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #18

    one of the few players whose name deserves to be on the back of the nufc jersey that supporters wear.

    one name less now…

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Interesting article in the Journal saying the club have played this down because his bid doesn’t match the £100m Ashley wants.

    Goes on to to say that talks are going on today to try and thrash a deal out.

    Fingers crossed….

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    I think it’s unfair and fickle to have a go at Bassong. He’s only just arrived, played with heart for us all season and has never said anything against the club or the fans.

    Given the options he has in front of him, does anyone really blame him for not wanting to work for Ashley any more?

    He’ll do good wherever he goes. Good luck to him.

    As for our side of it: if it makes a club sale £8m closer, then it’s a player well spent.

    (And anyone who seriously thought 10m+ was a possibility for a 21-year-old newbie centre-back is a bit of a mong)

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  • naughty.noodles

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #21

    At the end of the day he was brought in as back up and to play for reserves. We took a risk buying him as he was unheard of and we gave him his chance and this is how he pays us back! If we hadnt had so many players out he would of only got a few games last season and if that was the case he would be happy staying and fighting for a place in the first team and to help the club. Saying things like that goes to show he case more about himself than the team he plays for…whatever team it is. Suddenly he has an ego trip and thinks hes John Terry and deserves to play for the best clubs blar blar blar. Typical like all our French players we give them their start in life and then they walk out on us. Goodbye dont want players like you anyways! Steve Taylor all the way, thats the type of play we need!

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  • Doocey

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Good luck Bassong.
    We can’t blame them for wanting to leave, we’re not the most attractive proposition at the minute!

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #23

    He didn’t last long, he longed to be gone, so long Bassong.

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s the same old song.

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  • Monster

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    stevep you’re right but please bear in mind I said “It would be nice to see”…….

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  • NorthernPaul

    Aug 6, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #26

    My money is on Spurs to get relegated this season, that would make it 3 in a row for Seb!

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    If Ashley has stated he wants £100m for the club, does the Martins and Bassong sales affect this figure? If somebody had come in at the start of the summer he would have got the whole lot for £100m including i’m assuming all contracted players. Now that we have sold £17m worth playing assets does this affect £100m asking price

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  • toonie

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Now Guthrie is out of first game as well as Butt. Starting to look a weak side.

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  • shrews mag

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Stuart79 // Aug 6, 2009 at 2:29 PM –

    “I’d never buy another frog. They’ve been nothing but trouble everyone we’ve had!”

    The only one I can think of who was worth the fee was ginola … one of the entertainers.

    How good he would have been if we were fighting relegation is of course another matter altogether !!

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  • stevep

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #30

    means one of the kids will surely play (although Hughton will prob play

    Harper
    R.Taylor S.Taylor Collocini Enrique

    Guiterez Barton Smith Duff

    Nolan Ameobi

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  • stevep

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Smudge will def play as he’s now our new captain……. we’re kin doomed I tell ya

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #32

    If Ashley has stated he wants £100m for the club, does the Martins and Bassong sales affect this figure? If somebody had come in at the start of the summer he would have got the whole lot for £100m including i’m assuming all contracted players. Now that we have sold £17m worth playing assets does this affect £100m asking price

    …..

    The money goes into the clubs accounts, Keith Harris has said as much when he was talking about the sale of martins on the radio.

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  • Macas35

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #33

    I hope he does a Bernard and fades into obscurity. Tottenham is the graveyard of a lot of decent players.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Shut up and FO you patronising tw@t

    (relating to the headline, can’t even be @rsed to read the story)

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 6, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Who really cares if he was honoured to play for us, he doesn’t anymore, so he should just go & be a reserve player at the Spurts because once Woodgate, King & Dawson are fit again, he’ll not get a look in!!!

    As for Moat buying the TOON, I just hope he’s got a decent backer fron the States, someone like Paul Allen, Larry ***** or even Bill gates will do.. lol

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  • stk85

    Aug 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    i cannot believe some of the contemptful decisions taking place at the minute!

    as for seb, we gave him his chance, and now he’s getting a bit too big for his boots. i’m with naughty.noodles on this one, we gave him his chance and now his egos gone thru the roof

    tbh keegan shouldnt spat the dummy and shouldve gone upstairs and just lamped wise right in the chops and smashed his jaw, then all of this wouldnt ever have happened.

    the guy on the radio other night was right about seb, we gave him his chance so now he should honour it and repay us by helping get us back up. if he’s really that good, doesnt matter what league you’re in, your potential is there for all to see

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 6, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Congratulations Master Bassong, enjoy your short spell as defensive cover for 3 CBs above you in the pecking order. Sitting on Tottenham’s bench is a fantastic career move in certifying your place in the Cameroon squad – I hope you get piles.

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 6, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #38

    beye going 2 hull, am gutted

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  • Mag 48

    Aug 6, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Just wish we had at least a manager to start building our team!!

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