For all those Newcastle fans who were wondering what Ben Arfa thought about the sacking of Chris Hughton, there is news in the Journal today from his amicable agent Simon Stainrod.
Ben Arfa – my responsibility is to Newcastle United
Things have changed significantly in the last two weeks of course on Tyneside, with the shock sacking of Chris Hughton, followed by the rather unpopular announcement that Alan Pardew was the new manager some four days later.
However, there’s no doubt that Ben Arfa was shocked at the firing of th very popular Hughton, and we have to hope that some of the senior players, maybe Kevin Nolan, contacted the Frenchman to tell him what the reaction was in the dressing room, and that the lads were going to press on, and not use it as any excuse.
But it seems that Ben Arfa knows quite a bit about Alan Pardew, and thinks he has a good reputation as a coach, and the news today from his agent is that he cannot wait to return to Newcastle to work with Alan.
Well that’s got to be good news, and there’s even more good news because it seem Alan has already had discussions on the phone with Ben Arfa, and the Frenchman seems to have liked what he heard from the new Newcastle manager.
And it appears that Alan Pardew see the Frenchman playing in central midfield when he returns- so that’s also very interesting.
This is what his agent Stainrod said about the Hughton firing and how Ben Arfa took it:
“Hatem was a little bit upset by what happened with Chris and while it sounds harsh, football is football and his responsibility is with Newcastle United,”
“You have to be professional and he can’t wait to start working with Alan.”
“He’s got a good reputation as a coach and even though he’s someone different, you get used to that in football.”
It would have been interesting to hear the discussion between Pardew and Ben Arda, since both of them seem to wax lyrical about the Newcastle United club.
But this news today seems to suggest that Ben Arfa is still as committed as ever to Newcastle United – and that has to bring some Christmas cheer to Newcastle supporters every where.
Howay The Lads!!