It was a terrible let down that Loic Remy opted to join a small club called QPR in London earlier this week – and oh yes – they are bottom of the league at the moment.
Bobby Moncur – slams mercenary Remy
But the very fact that Remy snubbed a move to Newcastle has already been met with surprise and disappointment from some French coaches, but it looks like £85K/week was too much for the Frenchman to turn down – whoever the club were.
And that’s all QPR could offer the player – money.
Demba Ba left Newcastle for big money – but at least he joined Chelsea - who are the European Champions, so that seems like a lot less controversial deal than the one Remy and his agents accepted in London.
We have no idea how Remy’s move to QPR will turn out, and of course the first thing to do is to try to avoid relegation and it seems that QPR have also attracted Yann M’Vila to the London club – so they have some chance of avoiding relegation.
We are big fans of the great Bobby Moncur, who joined Newcastle as a 15 year-old in 1960 after playing for Scotland Schoolboys – and here’s what Bobby had to say about Remy:
“It is disappointing to say the least. He was clearly a player that Newcastle have worked hard on getting and then he decided to go elsewhere.” “I mean, weigh it up – QPR or Newcastle United? There’s no choice as a pro.”
“But he’s gone for the money and, in my mind, he was never the right type of player for Newcastle anyway.” “United have worked hard on the deal and then all of a sudden he changes his mind for money. That is the only reason. There comes a time when a player must decide how much money is enough.
“If he is being advised by agents then I would say he hasn’t got much character.” “Harry Redknapp is a good talker. But surely he could listen to the French lads already here at Newcastle.” “I think he might have been pushed and shoved by his agent. Players should stand their ground and stick to footballing principles.”
“Considering all of the French lads are here and they tried to convince him to come, I just find it a bit irritating.” ”How much money do people want?” “To be fair to everybody at Newcastle they have their rules and they will be asked the question why they didn’t match QPR’s offer to Remy.”
“But there is no point having a structure and then going against it. They are sticking to their policy.” “The downside is you don’t always get the player you want, but they are keeping the club stable. You have to have principles.”
People think that if only they could make some big money then things change dramatically - and it’s those people who have been successful financially that know that’s simply not the case – honest.
Remy will be well off financially, but we’ll have to wait and see how his football career turns out in England.
But Bobby’s right – he wasn’t made for Newcastle United.
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