Cabaye – We Were In Trouble All Season – We’re Not Proud Of It


French midfielder Yohan Cabaye has talked about the season, and he has said  the players are not proud of what has happened, but they are all glad we are now safe.

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Yohan Cabaye – we were in trouble all season

Yohan’s come under some severe criticism of late after he came in to captain the side in Colo’s absence, but we had some terrible results, such as the 3-0 loss to Sunderland, and the 6-0 debacle to Liverpool, and Yohan has also not played well when it mattered.

But he’s like the fans –  just glad we got over the line, and before the last game too, so at least players and fans can relax a bit this week – it would have been terrible if everything was to be decided in the last game, after we’ve been walloped in our last two home games.

This is what Yohan told the local press today:

“We are satisfied we are safe, but we are not proud of what has happened,”

“It was just really important that we got everything finished. We didn’t want to be going into the final game with everything still to play for, especially after the way the last two home games have gone.”

“They were terrible for us, and we played badly. We didn’t want to have everything hanging on the last game. If that had happened, it would have been very nervous for everybody.”

“Now the job is done, although there is not really any celebrations going on.” “We want to finish well in front of our fans.” “Then we will have our holidays and have a big rest and try to get refreshed.”

“We have to prepare well for next season because we cannot have another season like this one.” “We know we are capable of much better. We have a good team.”

“I am sure everyone feels the same, but we have to learn from this season to make sure next season is better. “Maybe without the Europa League we are going to be more fit, although that is not an excuse.”

“We were in trouble all season, but we have to enjoy the fact we are now safe.” “It would be a mistake if we forgot everything that has happened in this season.” “We have to learn from what has happened and make sure we do not allow it to repeat in the future.”

“It has been very hard, but it has given us experience and we have to use that. It is very difficult to fight against relegation and no one wants to be in that position again.”

Yohan’s right that we must learn from this season, and it will be looked at very closely by Ashley, Llambias and Pardew to see what went wrong and how we can learn from our mistakes for the future.

In that sense it’s a good opportunity, and it will be very interesting to see just how this terrible season alters what happens in the summer transfer window.

We have to believe there’s going to be a big clear-out of players who are on the fringes of the team – and who now comes in may change, if Newcastle decide they need more British players in the squad.

What do you think?

Note – I’ve been told there’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – we should be 2-0 up by then too – so please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.

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32 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    At the end of last yera i was happy
    At the end of this season i will be relieved

    Relief>happiness

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  • spitfire_

    May 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Cabaye say EL isn’t an excuse… It’s good to see someone with sense. Now let we see what Pardew think about that.

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  • Beardosfacedouble

    May 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    In Carr We Trust.

    Time to rebuild, with players who want to be here, not those who say they’ll come and then jump elsewhere for a higher wage.

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  • spitfire_

    May 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian Magpie

    Good point! Now lets we dragging all season on the bottom and escaping relegation… to feel like we are achieve somethin… noone wants a mid table mediocrity! Right? Riiiiiight. 😀

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    pardew has said europa league is a distraction and glad we are not in that

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    how many of you lads were happy with willo s performance against Qpr and how many of you would like to have him in our squad for next season

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  • discrepancia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    first we need to show everybody that we simply do not want pardew anymore…
    pardew out flags sunday if he is still here !!!!
    who will do that? from you guys who dislike him

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Spitfire

    No, at least while we are battling releagtion, pardew will have more chance to heap praise on himself, more limelight

    May be he will have a 37 page brochure like Michael owen

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m pissed off with the anti-Ameobi comments. Here is a guy who has been loyal to his hometown club his whole career, has always tried his best when on the pitch (remember when he played for weeks for Bobby while carrying an injury?), is a fantastic spokesman for the club, and has scored some key goals for us – the mackem slayer!

    How about we all slag off Harper for only having one good season for us and not being good enough?

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    discrepancia

    I can send an E- mail to the club

    With the subject pardew Out

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  • discrepancia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    toon darf
    it is not ameobis fault that he has a manager who adores him..
    are you sure a player like ameobi would take a hand with any better PL manager..
    i don’t think so – 13 years and 40 goals + tha great loyalty the whole world- thanks but not

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    ToonDarnSarf

    Out of his 41 goals in PL how many goals are key goals would you say!

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  • barkintoonfan9

    May 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    With his son Alan winning a BAFTA its now time for his dad to step up again and sign some gems again.

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  • discrepancia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Indian
    where are you from mate?
    Good idea for anybody who cannot go to england for newcastles game ..
    i will do the same

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    discrepancia

    New Delhi, India

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  • barkintoonfan9

    May 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Carroll, McCarhty, Sakho and Pea

    Then if Pardew cant turn the team around then let him go. Ashley is right to aim for sustainability. I admit Padew has been a clown at times and i have wanted him out many times. Sacking people after a thew mistakes is not on. There are some dumb as bigoted fans on here, who are just so keen to make the same mistakes again.

    Keep the faith lads and some of you just get a grip, if you want the toon at the top again we have to have sustainability .

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  • woodsee

    May 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon down saff,are you havin a laugh,loyal ha ha,more like content to stay put as he knew fine well no other premiership team would touch him with a barge pole.You say loyal,i say leech

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d say that every goal against the mackems was key!

    Sorry, I don’t recall every goal, but as a back-up striker I say he’s been fantastic. It’s not as if he’s keeping a world class striker out of the team.

    Every club needs their solid performers who try their hardest and are willing to be backup to the first team.

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  • Joe Blog

    May 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Every day I wake up, hoping to see Pardew has been sacked or is about to be. Each day that doesn’t happen, I become more and more frustrated – despise the guy now.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Woodsee – then you think Harper is a leech too?

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    PLEASE STOP NAMING PALYERS YOU WANT IN

    NEED A DECENT MANAGER FIRST

    sorry for the caps ( ;))

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Discrepancia… so pardew is now the whipping boy with regard to Ameobi….. even though EVERY OTHER MANAGER WE HAVE HAD has stuck with him???? Complain about pardew if you like, but have some sense, man!

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  • woodsee

    May 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #23

    I have nightmares 30 yrs from now of strolla waddling onto the pitch with hes zimmer frame,givin hes customary yellow card within 30 seconds and then wondering why the crowd are on his back

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Indian. Many people are utterly fed up with the manager debate. They have every right to change the subject.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    ToonDarnSarf

    For me only 3 goals he has scored could be classified as key goals

    1 against QPR in Dec
    2 against Mackems in 2005-06, in a 3-2 victory. agaianst a side that went down with record llow tally at that time.

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  • discrepancia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #26

    marcaccus…how old is ameobi..he is about 30-31 now.
    Howold was when pardew took newcastle- 28-29 years which is the golden age of a striker…so pardew keeps playing ameobi although he has nothing produced under him… and now he will receive new contract..thanks to pardew

    what is nonsense?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Indian – just reading his Wikipedia page tells me about more important goals that he scored. I don’t think it’s fair to slate him for his lack of ability compared to some of our top strikers, especially when his effort has been top notch.

    Every manager has played him when they needed to. So fans either seem to think they know more than our football managers, or they have too high expectations of what kind of backup striker our club should have.

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  • saxonfenken

    May 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Markaccus
    Me to, sick and tired of the manager debate, I said five weeks ago that he will not be going anywhere sacked or other wise.
    So is it about time you morons who play fifa games all the time wake up to the real world.
    I have been a fan for over 60 years, seen managers sacked on a whim, a clear out of players new ones brought in only to be replaced again when another manager is sacked. We have the basis of a very good squad, with good signings this Summer we will be in a much better position.
    don’t forget we played since Xmas with only one recognised striker. thanks to Remy going to QPR. That put far to much on Cisse’s shoulders.
    I see the same people day in and day out on here with there bile, against players who have performed extremely well when called upon, Simmo, Willow and Perchy, No w it seems Shoala is the target of hate.

    As to the manager, he is here for next season whether you or I for that matter likes it or not.
    So lets cut the crap and for once get behind our players, manger, and owner who is the one who has put his money into the club. not some PC game where players/managers can be swapped at will with no cost whatsoever.
    Real life is not like that.
    So please all you so called supporters enough is enough, if there is something to say say it, but not 20 times a day, For God’s sake change the record.

    I am and always have been a Toon supporter through thick and thin, I think that Catchy and his friends ought to be ashamed of them selves, slating everything from players to club just to keep attention on themselves.
    Reasonable debate yes, but constant rubbish is beyond a joke

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  • hadthetshirt

    May 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #29

    T.D.S. The problem with 23 is he’s a ganna.I’m going to do this I’m going to do that etc.He talks the talk constantly but hardly walks the walk.If he just kept quiet like Harper and got on with it, then maybe just maybe people may warm to him a little more.If he was put up for sale in any time in his career who do you honestly think would be after him.Harper to me lacked ambition.If he had left when Shay was number 1 he would have played for England.A good back up keeper though.AS for alain le pardeaux what a joke of a manager.Bad selections,bad tactics,and sticking by his buddy boys when we all knew they were having a terrible season.He’s another who talks the talk.Laudrup was spot on the other night when he said he managed a smaller team in european competition and league and had no trouble.pardeaux constantly moaned.He lacks ambition and therefore should find a club that suits him.Oh hang on that’s us.How come other teams manage to do both.I can excuse the tongue in cheek comment about Arsenal and losing 0-4 (just) but to say thank god were not in europe next year is sacrelige,and for that alone he deserves to go.Too many p poor excuses and not once blaming himself.Thank goodness this nightmare season is over.
    Raffa or Laurent Blanc may be the managers that could make us play football again.Heres hoping for next season and a massive improvement

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  • ToonTex

    May 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Guys — All this talk about Pardew and Europe … In my opinion our being in Europe and not loading up on players in the summer is the main reason we had the struggle we just endured. Ashley was daft to think the squad was big enough to manage it and he was proven very wrong. That is where Pardew’s European comments are coming from…IE if we don’t invest, I’d rather not thank you … and he’s right..

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  • harrizoom

    May 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #31

    I agree i think ameobi has been a terrific servant to the club, never has he been in trouble, gives his best all the time, hes a role model. Also if i remember correctly john terry once said he was one of the hardest strikers he has ever played against, yes he may not score lots of goals but he always brings and links up with fowards and mid fielders

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  • toonluvva

    May 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    To improve Ashley, Llaambias, Pardew and players will have to review their actiions honestly.

    Ashley should have spent last summer and didn’t. He made amends in January. He must not keep his cheque book hidden this summer.

    Llambias has to accpet that not pressing Ashley into action last summer was a mistake. He also has to realise that sometimes other teams will swoop in and snatch players from under our noses whilst we get bogged down in contract negotiations.

    Pardew needs to accept that his managemnt of the team last season was littered with mistakes in a lot of areas. The fans don’t want excuses or aplogies, thhey would rather see an indication thaat he has learnt for last season and is putting things right.

    The players need to analyse if they can improve any areas of their game. This is the difficult one as it seeems that for some reason Pardew is intent on playing round pegs in square holes etc etc etc.

    The fans might learn that no matter how much we complain, for as long as Ashley, llambias and Pardew refuse to face up to their mistakes another disastrous season will unfold.

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