Team Spirit Said To Be Disintegrating at Newcastle

Aston Villa scored the highest ever goals tally in their Premier League history, when they hammered Sunderland 6-1 and went above Newcastle on goal difference on Monday night.

yohan cabaye i can't hear you

Yohan Cabaye – has talked to Pardew

And now some chilling news that the team spirit at Newcastle is beginning to crumble, and it’s apparently to do with our large French contingent of players – we have 11 French speaking players in the squad.

The team spirit of the Aston Villa side looked sky-high, and if our players cannot get together and play all out as a team for a common cause – survival – we could be doomed for the second division next season.

It’s as simple as that.

There’s a report in the Daily Mirror today that  some of our French players are less than happy at the enormous criticism that is being leveled at all our players, after two of Newcastle worst two defeats in their history – the 3-0 loss to Sunderland and the 6-0 hammering by Liverpool.

And the Mirror report is pointing the finger at Yohan Cabaye, as the man who is objecting the most – so this is hardly good news.

When you are in trouble you expect the team to pull together – otherwise we can hardly pick up the points we need in the last three games. to survive the drop.

And it seems there is a lot of blaming going on between the players, and maybe even with the manager, which is the last thing we want to hear.

If Mike Ashley hears about this nonsense, we would expect him to helicopter up to Newcastle and meet with the manager and players, and ensure all is well in the squad.

There’s £70M to be had next season if we can stay in the Premier League, and Mike is very well aware of that – we know that.

Some of the squad are calling for more spirit to be shown on the field, and it seems that some players are hyper-sensitive to any criticism leveled at them.

Of course we are assuming the report in the Mirror is accurate, and we have to remember that we don’t expect any support at all from the press – they’d just love it if Newcastle were to be relegated this season – what a story that would be after we were 5th last season.

Mike Ashley is obviously very concerned and very annoyed (some say he’s furious) about the last two home results, and Aston Villa’s 6-1 win certainly doesn’t help Newcastle’s cause.

And for the first time this season, they are above the Magpies in the league.

We need to save ourselves by picking up points in our last three games.

That’s the most important thing – it’s the only thing.

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103 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    No shit!

  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Story in mirror ‘sort’ of confirmed by nufcfans on twitter who is pro pardew big time

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Gouffran is the only French player I’d trust to put in a shift, and only then if played up front.

    Simmo Taylor Colo Anita

    Tiote Guti

    Gouffran Cisse

    That’s it……..9

  • manxpie

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #4

    seriously (imagine alan partridge) ED…..ED…….ED….ED…….ED….EEED….EDDDDDDD…..EEEED OOH HE CAN’T HERE ME…..EEEEDDDDDDDDDDDD…… ED…..ED….ED….ED..ED PLEASE SORT THE BLOG OUT ITS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    haha cheers tads see it wasn’t to hard was it lol looks good too

  • manxpie

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #5

    pawl i disagree with that i’d counter that he’s been massivly bigged up before he came and i thought he was shocking against liverpool which lets be honest the whole defense were the fact he just stopped for there 3rd goal and was about 30 yards away from where he should have been i cant see staylor just stopping,
    don’t get me wrong i think he will be a top top defender when he gets used to this league but i’d get the staylo collo partnership back for the next 3 games we dont need any more errors at the back and i think collo n staylor are much more comfortable together aswell as for my nerves
    next year yes but not in this situation
    but i bet if pardews still at the helm before kickoff and he chooses the same as me he’ll get dogs abuse for it but it makes much more sense in this situation for me

  • KevinHann

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Hello, folks! Very disappointed with the so called leaders, especially Cabaye. The club did a lot to keep him happy and we’ve been quite patient with his patch of poor form earlier in the season.

    I agree Pardew has to take a large portion of the blame for his negative approach, but please do not miss the fact ever since we lost the QF the players are the real reason we struggled with the severe dip in motivation.

    Anyone up for some twitter talk? Find me @ColdInTheNight

  • beddersmag

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Tbis sums uo what my last two posts have tried to do. No player accountability; and particularly from cabaye. Now hes not happy to take criticism if this is true. He probBly only got pushed up because he wont tackle man. Anyhoo off to bed lets see what horrors tomorrow brings

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Well they better take the criticism on the chin because none of them deserve pass marks what do they expect to be praised for getting pounded 9 nil over 2 games!?!?!

    They better come out fighting like a wounded animal on Saturday as thats the only way to silence the critics

    I could imagine the likes of Arfa and Cabaye being a pain in the arse just now but its only because they want to win and I imagine they are pissed right off with Pardew’s tactics and the way he wants the team to play

    I think Debuchy getting sent off told you what he thought of the tactics he was left to defend and attack the whole of the right hand side on his own against Coutinho, Henderson and Enrique!!?No cover from his defensive mids or Taylor and no support on the right wing from whoever was supposed to be playing there football suicide if i ever seen it so glad Suarez was not playing that day could have been double figures

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #9

    They’d have to be pretty self absorbed, not to set these problems aside for 3 games and really put it all on the line for the fans, who actually to a man REALLY do care!.

  • Shane

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #10

    When you introduce an influx of French footballers, half way through a season, a group that have never played in England and you place them under the management of an unproven premier league manager what do you think will fecking happen!!

  • El Tino

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Asprilla for manager

    1. he has a big gun collection. In the past he has brought a

    gun to training and shot it in the air, as players werent

    training hard enough.

    2.he can bring in valderrama as a coach. he was a creative

    genius and can teach some of the players.But mainly because

    collo’s hair has lost its bounce and carlos can give him some


    3. Most talented player ever and as hard as nails. Wont take

    any crap . He will make sure players are never late, if a bus

    door is broken, he will kick it in, even if he injures

    himself and misses a cup final.

    4.He could make cisse more prolific. by teaching cisse to

    stay onside more- ‘to beat the offside flag, you must become

    the flag’. tino did this by putting his shirt on a flag and

    waving it in the air.

    Also can teach cisse to shoot on sight (see point1)

    5. Asprilla loves horses ‘once arriving for international

    duty nine hours late after having visited an equine show’. He

    can spread this passion to the odd horse hating fan.

    6. He will motivate all the players. He has a few pornstar

    phone numbers.

    7. He will show the unfit or injured players how to make an

    impact from the bench.. by drinking wine

    After drinking wine,an unfit Tino made his debut providing an

    assist and turning the game around against boro.

    8.He will teach the players how to score:

    Que hace una nina tan bonita como tu en una pelicula porno

    como esta?

    What’s a nice girl like you doing in a porn film like this?

    (see point 6)

  • Joe Blog

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #12

    How’s it come to this?


  • manxpie

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #13

    if this is from that tit thats on the sunday supplement i wouldn’t trust a single word!
    he talks shite every week with his “sauces”!


    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Cabaye should never been choosing as vice captain saylor shud have it, I cnt wait for colo to be bk aswell

  • corkypants85

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #15

    my team for west ham

    ben arfa-cabaye-moussa-jonas


    play high up the pitch carrol doesnt have the pace to out sprint mbiwa and collo and keep the god damn football for pitty sake

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #16

    lol tino

  • toonluvva

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #17

    A lot of the media were all over the fact that we had picked up so many french players in January.

    Obviously now we have hit a bad patch they are going to pick on the newer guys.

    ED mentioned Ashley getting in his helicopter to talk to the players. Too right he should. Don’t expect him to spout tactics, but he should at least remind the players about how much they are earning and and that they owe him a couple of decent performances before the end of the season.

    Hell, he might even dangle a large bonus in front of them for staying up.

    The end of the season cannot come early enough for me.

    I just hope that when Ashley reviews the season he realises that neither Pardew or Llambias are fit for purpose and gets rid of them.

    A few good signings in the summer, assuming we are still in the PL, a new coach/manager and new management could make all the difference. The new french lads will have tasted the PL and got some experience behind them.

    Properly coached and playing in their proper positions we might make a decent go of the new season. Lets not go mad about this, we’ll never be top 4. But we could certainly give the top teams a run for their money.

    HWTL! A point at West Ham would be ok for us. Provided we don’t chuck away a winning position because of AP’s negative tactics. Then we should beat an relegated QPR. Perhaps Cabaye could have a post-match chat with Remy about joining us in the summer.

    Get those 4 points and we will be home & dry. Then as I’ve said, roll on the summer! Interesting times await then.

  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Let’s not forger that Cabaye’s suffered/ suffering with depressiion, he’s captain and maybe he needs to be rested and away from the pressure that’s clearly getting to him and as he’s leading the team, is clearly getting to the rest of the players.

    That’s meant to be a constructive comment, before the ‘he’s getting £x thou a week etc’ folk jump in.

  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #19

    • typo time: forger ~ forget. Micky mouse fone can’t spelll!

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 30, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley should be telling all the internationals that if they dont get the finger out and we go down that he will not sell them next season and they will have to battle it out in the championship which will seriously damage their chances of a world cup place next year

    I bet they would certainly start fighting a lot harder then!!

    I actually think for this game against West Ham he should start with the team that ended the game against Liverpool but with Simpson for Debuchy and Colo on for Mbiwa or Taylor

    Would give us a good balance and also some attacking intent

  • 89Norcal

    Apr 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #21

    was very funny watching the villa/scum match, and seeing the division of newcastle fans supporting one side over the other based on their own math skills 🙂

    But I have to say today was the worst possible result, not only did Villa get 3 pts, they overtook us on GD as well.

    Why not play Gouffran alone up front. I know he’s not an elite striker but he is a striker


    Apr 30, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t know how I would play against West Ham, but I wouldn’t play in a 4-2-3-1 simply because we don’t have a typical number 10 who organizes the midfield. I would play in a 4-3-3 or in a 4-4-2.
    __Goufran___________Ben Arfa


    I think I would use the 4-4-2 to defend better West Ham’s wide game and because I think a team must have confidence and organization to play at 4-3-3, which we don’t have now, even thought, at a long term, I think the 4-3-3 formation would suit us better.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 30, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #23

    2 things – — first,i have said a couple of times – we have to get rid of pardew. he is not able to sort this out.
    at least by getting another manager in, we have give it a go-if we dont , we are going down anyway. its an easy choice really !

  • stuart no9

    Apr 30, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #24

    sorry i forgot my second thing ! alreadt a cry of help from the french lads. to any big clubs who want us – come and get us !

  • rossc

    Apr 30, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #25

    —-Taylor — Colo — Mbiwa
    Anita ————————-Haidara
    ——-Tiote – Sissoko – Cabaye
    ——- -Ben Arfa — Cisse

    This is the only way i can find to play all the players to their strengths. Obviously if debuchy wasn’t suspended he would be right wing back.

    But it addresses our main concern, which is our player spend so much time worried about defending because they don’t trust the defense to do it, that we have no attacting creativity what so ever

    Our fullbacks aren’t strong defensively so take the pressure off with three dedicated CBs.
    With this formation we have a 5 man defensive line and when we have the ball we have a 5 man defensive line too.

    When we are in the final third cabaye and tiote to hand back just outside the pick up clearances while sissoko gets into the box and the two fullbacks bomb up to the byline giving us a 5 man attack, with three in the box.

    Cisse is at his best when he has got others around him, he isn’t a target man and this tactic would allow him to be instictive and get those little half chances rathers that running the line and getting caught off side all the time.

    Thats my rant, dear god please let us stay up.

  • rossc

    Apr 30, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #26

    sorry that was meant to say

    “With this formation we have a 5 man defensive line and when we have the ball we have a 5 man mid field line too.”

  • true toon

    Apr 30, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #27

    I say screw the french “stars”. Once we get relegated , sell them for a profit !!

    Lets focus on staying in the championship next season instead of aiming for Europa league , top 6 ?

    I rather we stay in Championship, play good football and remain there rather than come up to premier league and get relegated every two seasons.


  • Sinner

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Probably the team i would play:

    Ben Arfa……………………..Marveaux

  • davetoon

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #29

    cant see Wigan getting more than 5 pts, beat swansea and draw away to WBA.

    That would mean that we stay up without another point

  • p

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #30

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  • p

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Dave i would not count your chickens, right now we are the worse team in the league

  • davetoon

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #32

    agreed, we have the worst form but dont agree we are the worst team

    and Wigan also have the cup final, if Wigan get more than 4pts, it would be a miracle

  • davetoon

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #33

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  • Greebol1892

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #34

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  • p

    Apr 30, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #36

    Yes, on paper we are a pretty good team but yes worsed performing team

    Would be great if the mackems went down

  • davetoon

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    Comment #37

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    Comment #38

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Apr 30, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #39

    If pardew has lost the dressing room, Then i don’t know if there is hope.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Apr 30, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #40

    WHU are Nothing special

    Play a decent team and we could win easily

    Simpson Colo (Saylor if Colo not there) Mbiwa Haidara
    Anita Sissoko
    Gouff Benny Cabs


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