Laps Of Honor And French Interpreter Wants Pardew’s Job

There were two bits of news that came up after Newcastle simply phenomenal win against the European Champions Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

alan pardew press conference before Villa game late Jnauary

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – Frenchman after his job?

It’s a long time sinse we’ve seen St. James’ Park rocking at the end of a game – and when the final whistle was blown – not many fans wanted to leave the stadium, with TV commentators commenting on the fantastic atmosphere the fans had generated during the game.

And it was fitting that the lads did a lap of honor, after one of their best performances for a while, and certainly the best display and the best result of this season – so far.

And the new King of Newcastle – Moussa Sissoko – said the lap of honor was Yohan Cabaye’s idea, and the 26 year-old is odds-on to become the next Newcastle captain in case Fabricio Coloccini leaves us in the summer – but we are still hoping the Argentine will stay at Newcastle for the rest of his contract.

This is what Moussa said:

“The idea came from our first match at Aston Villa. Yohan Cabaye said we had to go over to the fans and thank them. He suggested it again after Chelsea.” “Their support was brilliant. The fact that we won was also thanks to their support.”

“I couldn’t play the full 90 minutes last time. But the public supported me all the way through against Chelsea.” “I was lucky enough to get two goals but we can’t forget this was a team performance.” “The whole team went out and performed.”

And of course since five Frenchmen arrived in January and don’t speak any English yet – the French Interpreter Jean-Paul Ndoumin has become an important person at the moment – and he even got swept up in the emotion of the 3-2 win on Saturday – and joined in the lap of honor.

Alan Pardew has talked about jean-Paul and thinks he’s after his job:

“When we ran through points I needed to make he was really good,” “I think he’s better than me – maybe I should retire. Afterwards he asked: ‘Do you want me to do the post-match interviews?’ and I said: ‘No, that’s my job.'”

“I did actually ask the French boys if he was taking the piss at times because I saw a couple of them laughing at his translations.” “I don’t know if he’s expressing a bit more than what I’m saying but it seems to be working. We like him.”

Jean-Paul’s moment in the sun will not last long – since within a year or less – the French lads should speak good English, and certainly Papiss Cisse did an interview about a week ago and he speaks very good English – after not being able to speak a word of English when he first arrived a year ago.

The French Interpreter seems quite a character, but we also seem to have a lot of good ones at the club at the moment.

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11 comments so far

  • ajcrawfs

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    has anyone got the interview with cisse speaking english?

  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    The translator is most likely for Pardeau’s benefit tbh – the players have no problem communicating lol Cabaye, Tiote, Marvey, Cisse all speak english quite well.

    Jean-Paul does seem to be a bit of a character though lol

  • bollance

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Mourinho mark 2

  • croftus5678

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4


    not me i did not know he could yet.

  • bollance

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Bigi needs games. With tiote back in the squad Bigi is out of match day squad. He needs to be loaned out to championship after metalist double header

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6


    I’m sure some decent sides would take him as well. Having the pressure of going for automatic promotion or play off spots could really help him too.


    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Liverpool in dark over match-fixing claims surrounding
    their Champions League match against Debrecen.

    Haha hope its true would love it 🙂 …

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8


    The reports are more that the other team fixed the match and the English side were unaware.

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Perhaps if Cisse did not speak English he would go back to scoring wonder goals. It is great to see this togetherness, led it seems by the irrepressible Cabaye, not only a leader but instrumental in getting these French lads to Newcastle in the fist place

  • TorqToon

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Jamsha – It wasn’t to do with Liverpool directly mate. Only that bets were placed that Debrecen would lose by 2 or more goals…and they couldn’t even do that! Ha

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning lads, how is spirits?

    Im not really expecting anything from the game at the weekend with Spurs. A good performance that shows where carrying on the turn around and building and i’ll be happy. If we manage a draw ill be overjoyed to be honest.

    Southampton, swansea, stoke, wigan. I expect big points to be taken from these games. And then the same as Spurs in regards to the following fixture at Man City.


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