Yohan Cabaye – I Want To Stay In The Premier League


Yohan Cabaye has given his first interview for a few weeks, during which Newcastle have had a disastrous spell, collecting only two points and one goal in our last four games and we’ve conceded ten goals.

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Yohan Cabaye – I am focused

We half expected an interview with Fab Coloccini, who returned to the side from his back injury, after missing twelve games, and he was solid on Saturday, as was our defense for a change.

But Colo didn’t give any interviews, so here is what Yohan had to say in the Evening Chronicle today:

“I think we had a good response from last week – but we did not win the game.” “It is going to be very important to get three points.”

“It is only about us now, not Wigan, Norwich City or anybody else.” “In the dressing room, everything is OK here.” “The French players all want to adapt well. We are all focused together.”

“We wanted to show we are together. We have stayed focused on being safe and playing in the Premier League next season. That is the most important thing.”

“We know we are going to play well if we are focused together and stay together.” “Colo is back as well. For us, it was a good, refreshed team.”

“I am focused. I am 100% with everyone.” “I just want to save the club with my team-mates. I want to stay in the Premier League.” “I think it was a good draw if we think about the Liverpool game.”

No, we don’t want to think about the Liverpool game, which was a disaster for Newcastle United and made news around the world.

Even my dentist last week wondered why I wasn’t wearing a black armband following the display, and he had watched the full game with his son, and thought Newcastle were completely abysmal.

Unfortunately he was right – and I have to stop even thinking about that game as I mentioned above – I’m getting depressed.

If Coloccini steadies the Newcastle defense in the last two games of the season and we stay up, Newcastle must make every effort to keep him on Tyneside.

But if we do go down, then he’ll leave, as will a number of our other best players – and as Yohan says above – he wants to stay in the Premier League.

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143 comments so far

  • dmac

    May 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    We need to get 3 pts at Qpr to avoid a nightmare final game of the season predicament like Villa when we got relegated.
    Norwich have West Brom at home and City away. If they manage to get some points there and we dont against Qpr then they deserve to stay up its as simple as that. Our destiny is firmly in our hands.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    yoyo

    i will answer you later

    im driving , still got am hour to go

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes Yohan,
    we understand you would like to stay in the PL,but who with ?

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  • Joe Blog

    May 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Have to question player’s motives, when players like Cabaye knows he’ll be away to a top 4 team, or a elite European team, on more cash, should we be relegated!

    Call me paranoid, but I’m sure it’s at the very least crossed his and other’s minds.They’re only humans in this wretched modern world after all.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree to a certain extent Lilongwe, Ashley can’t shoulder 100% of the blame. Mistakes have been at all levels; Boardroom, Management, Coaching, the playing staff and the casino.

    Pardew has made a few errors this season. The players have totally unperformed. the coaching set up needs looking at. And I think Ashley needs to take a long hard look at himself and the way he is running the club.

    It started in his very first summer at the club. Sanctioning the transfers of the likes of Alan Smith and Joey Barton and sticking them on humongous contracts wasn’t great. Barton had a court case looming and a probable jail sentence, so that wasn’t the brightest idea. I totally agree that bringing back Keegan was pandering to the fans and trying to win us around, bring us onside. Ashley is a shopkeeper and shopkeepers love nothing more than a good promotional offer, something that will entice the ‘customers’ in. He knew fine well Keegan was box office in this part of the world and enlisting him as manager was going to go down pretty well. What he failed to take into the account was Keegan wouldn’t work under the conditions Ashley was going to put in place after Keegan had come in. Appointing Dennis Wise was a dreadful error. The next summer was even worse. In came players based upon super scout Dennis Wises’ recommendation. I won’t name them as thinking of some of their names gives me the shivers. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Keegan left at being made to watch a video of a newly signed player that he hadn’t seen play before on youtube and in came JFK to use his masterful man management and coaching techniques to really bring out the best in these players. That didn’t work. He had his 987th heart attack and in comes a caretaker who had never managed a club before to help us avoid relegation. You couldn’t make this up. Then, when that isn’t quite working out as planned, the shopkeeper has another amazing promotional offer. “I will bring in the one person who is more popular as Keegan in these parts”, (other than Ant n Dec, Jimmy Nail and George Stephenson). Mr. Shearer. Great! He will save us! That didn’t work either. Damn!

    The following year, after trying to sell the club and having no takers for a club who had just been relegated with a massive wage bill, he appoints the caretaker that didn’t perform quite as well as one had hoped the previous year and somehow, everything works out fine. The squad – it turns out – was more than capable of bouncing back at the first attempt. Lovely.

    The first season back in the top flight, we have a young buck who benefited from a season in the Championship, to hone his raw talent; Andy Carroll, who starts the new season in spectacular fashion, is touted for an England call up and a successful career plundering goals in the top flight. But he is flogged in the first transfer window. Great price, can’t argue with that. But the shopkeeper made a massive profit. Simples, innit. The replacement for the 35 million pound Van Basten from Bensham was a free transfer. A canny good free transfer, but that’s what Ba was. A nice 35 million profit, eh? This shopkeepers doing very well. Meanwhile, he sacks Hughton who is doing a cracking job, and brings in a manager no one wants and ties him into an 5 and a half year deal. Always thinking of the fans, he has frozen season ticket prices for 10 years, another fantastic offer from our fantastic owner.

    The new manager that no one wants, actually does pretty well for the remainder of the season and we play some good stuff. In the summer, more high earners are sold and cheaper foreign imports are brought in. As all good shopkeepers do, he sourced the market for the cheapest, good quality products and stocked up with a few. This works really well and Newcastle finish 5th, exceeding expectations. Everyone is over the moon. Pardew gets an 8 year deal. It seems Ashley may have learned from his mistakes and might actually help the manager to achieve something pretty damn good on Tyneside. We thought wrong, chaps. Last summer was a shambles. The biggest failing by Ashley in my opinion. With the added burden of Europe and the raised expectations, we didn’t just not add to the squad, it became smaller. Out went first team members Guthrie, Best, Lovenkrands and an injured Ryan Taylor and in came Anita, a young fellow from France who hasn’t had a kick all year and a young lad from Coventry. Madness. Utter, utter madness. It should come at no surprise that we hit a shocking run of form in November / December when injuries and suspensions mount up for all clubs – not just ours, so i’m not making injuries an excuse – but what I am doing is saying that other clubs are/have been better prepared for the inevitable injuries.

    Come January, our shopkeeper owner has a problem. A big dilemma. We have just been beaten by Reading at home and look like we are in serious relegation trouble. So what does our illustrious owner do? He raids the very same market where he sourced the cheap, good quality products from that were so successful last year. France. In my opinion, he totally panics, rightly or wrongly, I don’t know. But good football club owners do not panic. He went out, like the good owner he is, as bought lots of cheap products who will more than likely make a profit down the line. He didn’t think of the hear and now. Which is why we find ourselves where we are now. Add in the fact that we sold Ba and didn’t replace him- as well as not replacing Best or even Lovekrands last summer – we are several strikers light. Strikers win games. We don’t win many. No surprise at all there.

    I’m a match going Mag – and I’m not saying this gives me any more insight than anyone else; that is simply not true. But I must point out that no one that I mix with on match days blames Pardew. It’s a perception that Pardew has been badly, badly let down. And he certainly isn’t the first to have been by let down by Mike Ashley whilst employed by him at this football club. I understand not everyone shares the same view, but I don’t believe Pardew is as universally disliked as he seems to be on here. The bigger picture needs to be taken in to account.

    To sum up; we have an idiotic owner who doesn’t understand how to run a football club and keeps making monumental errors.

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  • Lachu

    May 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone Else here think that Southampton and norwich will take more points than us .. assuming we beat QPR .. Cos i have my hopes on them more than Wigan

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  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    http://www.leaguemanagers.com/news/news-6426.html

    After reading this, i find that MA is a cunning guy. Leaving out some contracts statement to deceive KK.

    Employ AP at a lower cost. Fire CH to stop him from his “soon to be renewal PL contract”. – Cheap Guy that’s MA.

    With a cheap manager that tells everyone that he knows a lot. We are where we are today.

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  • breno95

    May 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    So that means if NUFC fail in staying in PL our pin up boy will be seeking a move to pastures new in the summer. Its a bit of threat IMO. Stay up or its a case of auvoir mon ami.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Also, in theory having players on a performance related pay scheme is great , but in reality – or more appropriately – in Newcastle Uniteds’ reality, it isn’t a great thing. It’s a very bad thing and a de motivational tool for the players. This is because the owner isn’t investing in the playing staff sufficiently to help the players maximise their earnings. Is it any wonder they all seem a bit pissed off.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    May 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    The Team and Pardew got themselves into this Predicament and its up to themselves to get out of it !

    Dodgy decisions and injuries aside, if we do end up going down i think Pardew,s position will be untenable and the trainer will go down in our history of having a talented team of players and being relegated and playing in Europe in the same season !

    Cabaye will end up being sold and he will not be the only player who will be off if we do go down ?
    If we end up saving ourselves, then Ashley and co need to take a big hard look at how the manager of the season last year could make such a complete Bollocks of it this year?

    From total Hero to total Zero in twelve months !

    Way to go Alan ?

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  • Korean Magpie

    May 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    I think ‘if’ we beat QPR, we would be quite safe. However, if we get a draw or even lose…there’s a big chance we would get relegated

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    @ Breno

    Can you blame the guy 🙂 . Everyone can see he is a quality playmaker yet Pardew has him sitting in front of the back four FFS.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    you didnt need a crystal ball to see this was going to happen

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM (last post)

    plaudits

    I thought the original audits was actually a very perceptive suggestion – even if an unintentional faux pas on your part – perhaps we could then see how the club is really being run!

    PS: I see your gander is well and truly being got up of late, I suggest some serious bank-holiday chilling – as the young folks now call it. We used to use the term p***-up, which even if less cool was more accurate.

    Don’t let MA’s many foibles rob you of quality time, you need to rest your mind in order to keep delivering those priceless one liners informing us of what would be too good for the fat man. Start raiding the fridge now – you know it makes sense.

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  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Yes the bottom line is the Owner MA. But AP just doesn’t get the team to play good football. Or the team was not just good enough?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Ernest hemmingway,
    Excellent couple of posts,
    Spotlight kid,
    lol

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Hemingway@5

    To sum up; we have an idiotic owner who doesn’t understand how to run a football club and keeps making monumental errors.

    Your full polemic was reasoned and well appreciated, and even though I would take exception with your appraisal of AP’s role in all this, I certainly see the reasoning behind it.

    Ed, take note…. this is how you do it!

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  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    id im honest

    which i am

    i would only swap our squad for 2 others in the prem

    we have as good a squad if not way better than the rest

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  • geordie157

    May 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Shola being injured could be a blessing. Campbell hopefully can now get 20mins off the bench.

    for QPR go 433 but options for 4411 or 442
    Elliot
    Simpson, Taylor, Colo, Mbiwa
    Cabaye, Tiote, Anita
    Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran

    Subs

    Harps, Santon, Perch, Gosling, Ferguson, Obertan, Campbell

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Ernest are you Ian Toon he also says no one he spoke to at the game blamed Pardew

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  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    montel jorden or williams

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Even if we beat QPR we still may go down. Remember that we beat Boro & looked safe then conceded that horror deflection off Duff vs Villa and went down. Same could happen against Arsenal and other sides with scrape through sending us down.

    Our only hope is we have a better team than back then however so does every other team in the Prem. I remain hopeful but a lot rests on the midweek games & then our game vs QPR & Norwich vs WBA

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    daztoon,
    I think Pardew must shoulder just as much blame as Ashley,but the fact the crowd never turned on him after the Lpool game showsthat the majority (imo) realise he is not entirely to blame for this mess.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Catchy@18

    we have as good a squad if not way better than the rest

    Which is exactly what some of us have been saying for ages. The problem does not lie with lack of talent, but lack of tactics, proper coaching (corners and set pieces anyone?), preparation and overall team footballing philosophy. All of which can be laid at the door of only one man – and then by extension the fat man who appointed him!

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #25

    I think the reason Pardew is fairly well liked and even well respected, is because when he was brought in, we all thought he was going to be a patsy to Ashley, merely a pawn to be played with by His Majesty. But we really saw improvements in results on the pitch, which is what all us fans want and what none of us expected under Ashley. Pardew was responsible for that. And the failings we seen now as more of a failing on Ashleys’ part to back the manager he gave an 8 year deal when we really needed it. Pardew has been a bit shafted by the fat man.

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  • stuart no9

    May 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    ernest @ 5 ” pardew has made a few errors this season ”
    a few ? bit of an understatement there mate !

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail
    Mate I think most supporters had already left the stadium by the end of the Liverpool game and any left were in shock.
    Of course Ashley is partly to blame as he is still showing he knows nothing about football or the Toon.

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  • yo-yo

    May 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Ernest Hemingway

    Great summary ..

    So the bell tolls for Ash and we now need “a Farewell to Ash”?

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  • woodsee

    May 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Having Pardew as manager is like runnin a ferrarri on chip fat

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  • sparky55

    May 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    totally disagree ernest…any other manager in the premiership would not be flirting with relegation with the squad we have. The only club that have spent any money in the bottom 8 are QPR…the rest have had next to nowt so lack of investment is not an argument…Pardew is clearly to blame because every manager has issues with his owners, some bigger than others. Pardew has always said the running of the club has nowt to do with him and it’s his job to get on with it…well that he hasn’t and that’s no-ones fault but his own…his tactics and substitutions and set up have all been appalling this year and losing to reading showed how shit he is…we went 1-0 up, he blinked first and bought on Perch and tried to defend the lead against a team with the worst away record in the league…he’s guilty as charged of being totally inept…this squad deserves a good manager so that rules pardew out straight away

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  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #31

    so scream at ashley

    no one says anything

    just watch and let this happen

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  • stuart no9

    May 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    j ust been reading that article where pardew says , how the cisse disallowed goal on saturday “is a mental blow, he is still smarting from the dissalowed goal against sunderland ”
    Those 2 incidents should be forgotten about now.
    The players should be made to forget them .
    What pardew is doing is dwelling on the past – wrong – he should be concentrating on 2 games left not thinking about how hard done to “HE’ is, the selfish ba…d.
    With 3 games left , i said we needed to sack pardew to have any chance of staying up, not only because of a change of tactics , but to put a positive mindset into the players heads to get us over the line, because THAT is where we are going to fail, not on the pitch.

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  • sparky55

    May 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33

    well said No9 and I prayed for the same thing but in reality was never going to happen…we’ve got him to the bitter end!

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    @sparky
    Well said mate.

    Jail
    You have a hatred of Ashley yet still line his pockets with your hard earned cash why is that

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  • stuart no9

    May 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    ernest – pardews lack of tactical knowledge and his inability to be positive has put us down.
    A decent manager would have made us safe by now.
    Yes ashley has faults and he is not the best owner we havve had , however look at the players in the squad , are you telling me they are not good enough for the prem ? if they are , why are we getting relegated , if not , why did pardew buy them?

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #36

    @ernest
    Parades isn’t liked are well respected.The bloke got sacked by Southampton over staff morale

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37

    daztoon ,
    Why do you think.

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  • solano

    May 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #38

    There’s been some pretty good posts of late but I think nothing sums up the dire situation our club is in better than this gem from BandB on an earlier thread:

    “I have been saying for several days now that I thought things behind the scenes were running in Pardew’s direction. So I don’t disagree with your analysis of how things will pan out. What I find hard to understand is your seeming equanimity about the prospect of relegation.
    It seems to have worked out this way.
    There were a very large group of people at the start of the season who were cheerleaders for the idea that we had a financial plan that was the envy of the league and that failing to invest in the squad showed what a shrewd operator Mr Ashley was.
    By January, Mr Ashley had publicly recanted on that view, leaving their arguments in tatters. So the same group moved its campaign to implacable support for Alan Pardew, at just the time when his failing were becoming glaringly obvious, and his performance difficult to get excited about.
    If I lived in a state which I considered had been hijacked by a regime which did not have it’s best interests at heart, I would feel it was my duty remain loyal to my country, and not become an apologist for the regime
    I feel much the same way about the situation at Newcastle.”

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail
    Since Ashley showed his true colours after the KK disgrace I haven’t put a single penny in his coffers that’s my stance till he’s gone.
    I get you have a shared love for the Toon but isn’t it a protest of just words and no action

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Stu#9@35

    I don’t think there’s any doubt that Pardew’s incompetence and inexperience is largely behind the fall from last season’s relative but often fortunate grace. But likewise although the post January squad is now plenty good enough, it has had no time to bed in properly. This is thanks to reactive (as opposed to pro-active) decision making from Ashley.

    As for Pardew buying players, I think you over-estimate Ashley’s trust in the guy. He might have the power of veto (I said ‘might’) but the real business of buying and selling is conducted upstairs.

    If Pardew was a better manager I would feel a little sorry for him; but he isn’t, and I don’t. I feel sorry for the club that is stuck with this dysfunctional double act, and the fans who suffer the consequences of it.

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