Newcastle To Build On What Was Achieved Last Season


Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed on the new French web-site Sport24.com and he has talked about the Newcastle season he has just completed.

Yohan Cabaye – at Goodison Park on Sunday – looks sick as a chip

The web-site has just been launched, and they have captured an interview with the top Newcastle and French central midfielder, who will be playing for France this summer in the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.

And of course France are in England’s Group D, and play England on June 11th to kick off the group.

Here is the translation from the French from the webn-site, with the questions asked by Sport24.com and Yohan’s responses:

Q – What is your assessment of your first season at Newcastle?

 “I think the outcome is very positive. Early in the season, if we were told that Newcastle would finish 5th, nobody would have believed it. Our results have been beyond the expectations of the fans.“

Q – You have used a big surprise by nearly getting qualification to the Champions League – comments?

“As the season progressed, we found ourselves playing in 3rd or 4th place. There is a little disappointment that we didn’t finish there but it is quickly forgotten because we had a good season anyway.”

“And to qualify for Europe and the Europa League was really important for the fans and the club. This has been a very successful season.“

Q – What do you put your failure to qualify for the Champions League down to?

“Perhaps a lack of effective depth. At one point in the season, we had many injured. There was also the African Cup of Nations which made us a little down on numbers.”

“Everyone saw us fall against teams with more resources and manpower than ours. Eventually we managed to finish deservedly ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.“

Q – You do not regret having left Lille for England last summer?

“I have been really focused on having a good season with Newcastle ahead of Euro 2012. I was really hoping that this change of club will allow improve my international chances. I’m not saying I got there, far from it.”

“But to leave, to play abroad, to go abroad, to have the chance to play good games and get good results with my club, it has helped me with my position in France team.“

Q – The hard part now will be to confirm Newcastle as a top Premier League side?

“Yes, of course. We have a good group. We’ll see what happens this summer. But I think we can build on what we did last season. If we can improve it a little bit, it would be really nice.“

Q – So do you think Newcastle is he able to settle permanently with the top teams of the English League?

“Yes, of course. It is not a ridiculous idea. Inevitably there are more quality players in the big teams. But right from the start of the season not one player has been placed above the team, superior to the group, and this is what makes us strong.”

“If we can continue in this spirit – all working for the team – we can still compete.“

Those are good words from Yohan, and we have to assume he will still be at Newcastle come September 1st – and there’s no doubt the Frenchman has turned out to be a terrific buy for Newcastle for just €5M.

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35 comments so far

  • OTP

    May 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Cabaye was easily one of our best players this season. Forget Tiote, Cabaye must be kept. I actually have done a player review of him on my blog, loads of good stats indicating why he’s so important for us. http://one-touch-passing.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Teams like Dortmund n Valencia n athletico Madrid regularly sell some of there top stars n go n find new ones n still compete at the ryt end of the table, there’s only barca n Madrid that don’t sell players there only 2 clubs in the world that sell players when they want rid not one someone else comes for them

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  • lewytoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    davybtoon

    like athletico madrid selling aguero and forlan and buying falcao who has scored 29 goals in 29 europa league games, basically won it for them this year

    Villareal getting relegated was a shocker though!

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t get me wrong I love tiote but if we got 25/30mil for him I’d sell promote abeid n get diame on a free n go find another like tiote they will b out there

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Lewytoon there’s some big clubs with talented players relegated this year Villarreal, auxerre

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  • tomtoon7

    May 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    question missed by interviewer: is it possible Debouchy,ur good friend may join u at The MIGHTY NUFC.

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  • lewytoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    i love tiote, i want him to stay

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Take Montpellier in France there gonna win the league n get champions league yet all the big clubs are gonna rip that team apart Giroud, mbwia, belhanda n more will b gone

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  • lewytoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    villareal – rossi, nilmar, the goalkeeper diego lopez, borja valero

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  • bambams

    May 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    It just shows how ‘punch drunk’ we have all become, maybe its not such a bad thing.

    We seem to all now accept we ‘may’ lose some very good player(s) but just accept/realise the club is bigger than any one player and for once we actually get a buzz out of knowing ‘IN CARR WE TRUST’

    I think a few years/months ago there would have been riots if we were told to accept players will be sold to balance the books.

    I for one do not actually believe we will lose any players;
    1. Where would they go now that is ‘better’ than Newcastle, maybe more successful clubs but we have the momentum and the excitement back and players all recall how exciting this club can be from the 90’s. I believe players will want to be part of something they have already started.
    2. Which clubs can afford these huge fee’s we are suggesting they will need to pay, a handfull but there may be better value players as good at other clubs. The fair play rule is hovering and clubs are aware of this.
    3. Finally , where would players be able to buy discounted football boots/trainers cheaper than with staff discount at Sports Direct……..(I was struggling with the 3rd option.

    I am sure you get what i am getting at AND we have some 54 million sitting in a high interest account with Virgin Bank !

    Lets just wait and see eh….Enjoy you day all.

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  • tomtoon7

    May 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    I love Toite,Diame not same quality.

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  • Nick 69

    May 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    I want Tiote to stay, however if we did sell him for over £20million it wouldn’t be the end of the world. As he does have his flaws such as getting caught in possession and then givin fouls away trying to win it back, picks up a lot of bookings, and little niggly injuries which means he enver seems to have a run of more than 6 or 7 games before hes out injured or suspended. But we are still a MUCH better eam without him and he allows Cabaye to do his thing attacking wise when he’s in the team

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Lewy I love tiote but he’s not irreplaceable if we sold him I’d rather he went abroad, but jus say Chelsea offered 20mil plus romeulo id take as we’re getting a class player in return

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  • bambams

    May 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Davytoon……

    I agree, the one player who we could replace i believe would be Tiote.

    Young Mhendi ABHEID could be a brilliant player, i had hoped to see a bit more of him this season but he never seemed to et his chance. Haris Vuckic is another option.

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Diame is win win signing does tiotes role, offers something goin forward, is from Senegal for cisse Incase ba leaves, if tiote stays him n diame sitting protecting back 4 in tougher games would mint n he’s free n only 24

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  • lewytoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    why does everyone like diame? ive barely saw him but from what i have he’s average

    chelsea cdm romelu, the spanish fella is good though

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m just worried about 1 thing.

    Signing players is much more than appeasing the fans it is about showing the world class players we have at nufc that we mean business.

    There will be unrest if we fail to strengthen and that won’t be in the trerraces!

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Beattie I wouldn’t worry we will b stronger next season I’ve no doubt about we might sign some players ppl haven’t heard of but we will b better, if we can add 4 defenders 2 experienced Douglas n debuchy n 2 young lowinski n fryers that’s the defence sorted n 3 of them signings are free transfers

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  • tomtoon7

    May 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    2nd coming,good retort last nite,funny u took the bait!

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  • Londtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    I have a lot of faith in our signings coming in.

    Losing Tiote however would be a massive loss especially to another PL team. Anyone saying otherwise is not talking sense. Tiote without a yellow card is one of the best CDM players out there. He can sole handed control the pace of play.

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  • Nick 69

    May 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Diame would be ok as backup to Tiote, if we sold Tiote and repalced im with Diame I woudlnt be happy though

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    I just feel for the past 3 seasons we have been massively under strength and gambled far too many tomes for my liking.

    Even if every player we have currently stayed we’d still need 4-5 players.

    I hope that we do add strength as much as quality or it could be another big gamble from the directors.

    I think we will sign 4-5 but we need to retain also.

    Cabaye is right and we can never expect to challenge when we have no cover.

    What are your opinions? Will webadd strength and number or just a few quality players? It should be both!

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Diane is nothing special but in that regard neither is Tiote.

    The job they do is not pretty but it is very effective.

    If Diame replaced Tiote I’d be as furios as the next person but if Diame came in to play alongside the great man himself I can guarantee you we’d be the hardest team to break down in the PL and 5-0 drubbings would be a thing of the past!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Beattie..I know it seems we are lacking numbers in the squad, but haven’t we filled out quote 25 man squad? We will need to sell or have players sitting in the reserves.

    Therefore, we should be looking to offload the deadwood and replace with better competition. I think our squad seems small, as there aren’t many “quality” choices to pick from, it’s not down to a lack of numbers imo

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  • wynsleap

    May 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Beattie25 @ 22 – you’re so right.
    We should be buying class players for positions that need strengthening eg, central defender, attacking midfield and wingers and dropping the current incumbent ‘good but not top class’ performers onto the bench.
    That way we get a consistent improvement in first team quality whilst lifting the standard on the backup front.
    Maybe this way you only need a couple of top purchases without selling your stars. It can be done slowly each season without massive expense (as we’ve already demonstrated) but a ‘one in and one out’
    policy makes no sense.
    What happens if we sell two or three top players and their replacements prove flops? We can’t get it right every time. We’d probably go right back to where we were pre-Pardew.

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  • solano

    May 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    There should be no class leaving through our revolving door – only Lovenkrands (has been) Smith (never was) and Ranger (never will be) Guthrie (not top notch) and Simpson (if he chooses to depart) However, the club have stated their profit motive on players on more than one occasion, so therefore Pardew is preparing everyone for “one or two of our top players” to leave. It’s not only very worrying, but also very sad because it almost inevitable that the manager will be asked to perform the same feat next season without some of his greatest contributors from this season.. Remember when only 2 months ago Delboy was practically hawking Tiote to prospective buyers??
    How any real and tangible success can be achieved without holding on to your best players and strengthening your overall squad is beyond me! The model we seem to be pursuing is a limited one, based around short termism and profit and while, it may make good “business” sense, to some, it makes no “football” sense. It is ultimately unsustainable and where we may have stolen a march on other clubs by clever recruitment and scouting tactics it is hardly uncopyable.
    We all know that trading is part of the game and that almost all clubs can be susceptible to huge offers from time to time, but the constant talking up of our willingness to do the deals, is indicative of where the powers that be want to prosper. The fulfilment of NUFC’s footballing potential is not that high on the list of priorities I’m afraid.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #27

    I really hope we fight like dogs to keep our stars. fans can say all they like about Abeid – he was hardly seen this season, so he is clearly not ready. Its all very well relying on carr to find class- but its misguided and fraught with potential failure. Lets scare clubs off with big fees – the guys we have seem happy at Newcastle, perhaps with the exception of Ba.

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  • Tiote

    May 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Beattie tiote is nothing special but then u go on 2 call him the great man himself. ? Make sence non?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Solana…I have a split opinion on that. I think you can just to Arsenal to see the benefits and negatives of this new policy.

    We will see new quality players arriving and then after bringing them along other clubs will pay good prices for them.

    We should see us linger around the top 6 with this system, but will we win anything? If we establish ourselves near the top for a couple of years, will we then push on?

    I’m personally happy with the current system for now. Slow steady progress. But would hope, one day, that can be turned in to a serious push at top honours, after all, that is what we all want for the club, but this does take time.

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  • wynsleap

    May 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #30

    solano @26 – in a nutshell mate!

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  • wynsleap

    May 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    CODARM – If, and it’s a big if , this system works over a few seasons, Ashley will NEVER dispense with it as money is all he’s interested in.
    That push to the next level will never take place I’m afraid.

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  • solano

    May 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Codarm @29…my summary is based on the club statement released 2 seasons ago when they referred to “knowing where we should be as a club” and then went on to state their “ambition” of finishing in the top ten within 5years and possibly fighting for a place in europe – the fact that Pardew has surpassed expectation well within that timeframe will not mean a reassessment of the “plan”, I fear.
    That is because they still have a £55m player trading profit and see the potential for further ‘easy’ money to be made without risking some of that profit on pursuing football success by strengthening in depth and fulfilling the club’s true potential.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #33

    wynsleap – It certainly is a big if, no argument there.

    Obviously the system will never completely be changed, as hey, if it works, there must be some credibility to it. However, I would hope in time that once the club is completely secure, debts been paid off etc, then we may be a little more strong when it comes to keeping certain quality at the club.

    Either way, I don’t expect any changes for a few seasons, so let’s worry about that then 🙂

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #34

    Solana…Absolutely. People who think as we’ve done well this year Ashley will change his policy are completely mad. No chance. He has a plan and will see it out. My point is, once the plan has been achieved (or “if”, if you prefer) will the next stage differ?

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  • jonobbad

    May 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Diame would be good for burnley but nowhere near good enough to lick tiotes boots. Hope he doesn’t sign

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