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