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.
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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