Newcastle’s Response To Ben Arfa Injury Has Been Pure Class

Ben Arfa’s agent and adviser Simon Stainrod has talked to the Sunday Sun today, and has said that Newcastle’s response to Ben Arfa’s broken leg has been pure class, and that he can’t praise them enough.

Ben Arfa – in action against Everton

Stainrod told the Sunday Sun today:

“Hatem is not the kind of person who will be put off the Premier League or Newcastle United by this,”  “His attitude will be that he’s going to be more determined. He will think ‘If it’s like that, I better do a few more weights and toughen myself up.’”

“He shouldn’t have to, but that will be the way Hatem is. He doesn’t want to give up on England or Newcastle. If anything, he wants it more.”

It has of course been a difficult past week for Ben Arfa, but it turns out the player has been more than impressed by Newcastle’s classy response to his injury.

The club doctor stayed with Ben Arfa all last week, and of course messages of support have just flooded in from both team-mates, the fans and also it turns out – from the club’s Directors.

And the fact that Chris Hughton made a tough eight-hour round trip by car on Wednesday to see Ben Arfa, has come in for special praise.

We’ve made that trip from Manchester to Newcastle after flying in from the US to Manchester airport, and it’s a really tough journey with the traffic in Manchester seemingly horrific at the best of times.

It’s interesting that I mentioned to my wife last week, that Chris had made the round trip in Manchester to visit Ben Arfa, and Madeline said there was no way he could have gone by car, and that he probably flew in by helicopter – so that’s just another indication that it’s a very tough road trip.

Stainrod continued:

“It has been difficult for Hatem. Imagine anyone in that situation – settling into a new country where he doesn’t know the language and then he has an emergency operation within a few weeks of moving,”

“It’s been hard, but Newcastle United have been so keen to look after him – I can’t praise them enough.” “The fact that Chris Hughton worked a full day at Newcastle but then still went to see him in Manchester says a lot. It is the mark of the man and the club as well.”

We like to see the club looking after their players, and they certainly seem to have done fantastically well with Ben Arfa, by not only looking after the boy, seemingly in great style, but also making a reasonable appeal to the English FA to try to stop the reckless tackles that are crippling players in England.

This stuff coming out of some player’s mouths this week about it all being part of the game, is just absolute rubbish – breaking players’ legs with ridiculous flying tackles is not part of the game, it never was and never should be.

But there seems little doubt that Newcastle under manager Chris Hughton has a big heart – and it’s there for all to see – and Chris by his very actions is a credit to the Newcastle United club.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • thepict

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad to see that the club are looking after HBA so well. This can only ensure that he stays here.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Chris is a credit to humanity and if the players need extra reasons to bust a gut for him this must surely be why. the players are the ones that will control how well he does & how long he stays manager, I just wish he would drop his 4-5-1 at least at home.

  • Solaidback

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Ch is doing all the things a great manager should do, his priorty is to look after the players under him & he;s doing it the right way, which will see the players stand behind him all the way, well done to CH for his proffessionalism.. 🙂

    Glad to see the directors have done the same too, would be nice if Ashley went & visite dteh lad, just to let him know that he’s still very much in the plans of the Toon & that will help his healing process come on leaps & bounds knowing that the club, it’s fans & the owner are 100% behind him while he’s injured..

  • dez

    Oct 10, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    CH is certainly a good manager and credit to him.

    I would be disappointed though if it took me 4 hours to drive to manchester, it only takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours

  • dave 1961

    Oct 10, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    from what I’ve heard Mike Ashley’s spending time with his legal team investigating the best route to take over hatem, and I would be shocked to find out he had not been to see him, with Mike Ashley he does not take to kindly to people talking for him, that’s why no jfk return, but i heard on the grape vine that he blew a fuse over the supposed tackle, most of our fans that are against Ashley because he made some mistakes when he purchased the club, but these were paid for out of his own pocket, no matter what the fans think he has Newcastle football club in his blood now, 25% of his fortune is tied up in the club, although he like many others lost big time, the club is now ready to move forward if we kick off next season in the premier we will do so without debt, two training complexes, 52,000 stadium. for the first time it’s going to be a level playing field, now everything the clubs doing is the highest professional standards let’s hope it keeps going this way.

  • xfer

    Oct 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Class act by CH and the club.

  • nortoon

    Oct 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes,I must say that i’m impressed by the way both club and manager have acted in this matter.It makes me proud to be a Toon,even that i’m norwegian.lets hope HBA stays on at the club after recovering from the injury


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