We thought all the trouble was over between Sochaux and Newcastle target Modibo Maiga.
Modibo Maiga - to train with Reserves
But in the French Daily L’Equipe today, there is news involving Sochaux chairman Alexandre Lacombe, who says the French club’s situation with Modibo Maiga and also with Kevin Anin, who is seeking new terms in his contract, has become “unmanageable.”
We all know that back in the summer Maiga tried to force a move to Newcastle near the end of the transfer window by going on strike at his club – the striker went on strike.
He missed a few games but then was back playing by the end of the transfer window, but now both Modibo and Anin have been told to train with the Reserves.
On the last day of the transfer window last month, Newcastle were closest to doing a deal for Maiga, but Sochaux pulled out of that deal in the afternoon, for no real reason.
It seems to us that Lacombe likes to come over as the tough guy at the club, and he certainly seems to court publicity.
Remember it was the Sochaux Chairman who reported Newcastle to FIFA because of their supposed illegal approach for the Mali striker, and we’ve heard nothing since about that, by the way.
This is what Lacombe told L’Equipe today:
“We are working with the ones who want to work,” ”I told them what I had to say – that is enough – it has become unmanageable”
“Now it is just up to them to let me know when they will be ready to be serious and reliable.”
First team manager Mecha Bazdarevic agreed with his Chairman (that’s a surprise), and had this to say:
“It has lasted two months now. We have been docile and tolerant enough. They must not do that, they have to respect the club; the group; the job.”
“They have been put apart until it will be sorted out. It could last two or three days, we will see.”
Maigi is not accepting any of the official party line from the French club, and thinks the Chairman is simply punishing him for his actions in the summer, as Modibo told L’Equipe.
“I am not thinking about the summer anymore, I just want to play,” “The chairman is the boss, but it is useless to keep me and treat me that way.”
“I will go with the reserves and give my best, but I can’t understand. Maybe he wants revenge.”
It’s interesting that the same thing happened with Ben Arfa last summer, when the French International also went on strike to push through a move to Newcastle.
But Sochaux will also find out that it is very difficult to keep dissatisfied players in their ranks, and to us, this is a perfect opportunity for Newcastle to tie up a deal for the 23 year-old, that can be executed on January 1st.
That’s if Maiga is still a striker target for Newcastle.
Maiga was wrong to have gone on strike, and did himself no favors at all, but this is also rather poor handling of the situation by the French club.
Nobody comes out of this looking like a winner.
Well except maybe Newcastle.