Cabaye – No Tension in Squad – Don’t Blame The French


Yohan Cabaye was made captain when Fab Coloccini was out injured with his back, but Newcastle and Cabaye himself struggled in the latter part of the season as we tried to avoid relegation for the second time in four years.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Newcastle United v Stoke City - St James' Park

Yohan Cabaye – things will be better next season

Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed on a French TV channel and he has shed some light on what was going on – and what he said has been translated into English by The Mag – and Yohan had this to say:

“It is always complicated to all arrive together; the club did as much as they could to help, with an interpreter to help them settle.” “It helped, but in some ways it didn’t, as they constantly had to rely on things being translated, and also speaking French.”

“But with regards to the overall group, there were never any tension.” If anything, the group lived well together, and we all stuck together to avoid relegation.” “There is no doubt that if the group was working well, people would have said ‘ah that’s great, that the French have come to help the club’.”

“Unfortunately it did not work that well, so obviously it became our fault, for the ones who arrived in January.” “It is a good job that we managed to save ourselves before the last match as playing at home with the pressure of the public would have made it harder.”

“Also, it would have led to some bad publicity for the French players.” “They arrived in numbers in January, and at the beginning it worked well, and then we went through a bad period. If we had been relegated it would have been very difficult, and we needed to avoid it come what may.”

“It is important not to attribute all this negativity to the group who arrived in January. We will use this to help us for next season.”

Yohan did make a substitute appearance for France against Uruguay on Wednesday night after 75 minutes, and he played quite well, and had a great shot well saved by the goalkeeper.

Both Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy are likely to start for France against Brazil on Sunday, and we hope both players come through well – and they can then go off and get some rest.

The two Frenchmen will be given an extra week off and will be reporting back for pre-season training on July 11th.

We expect both players to play much better next season than they did last term.

And we also expect Newcastle to play much better than we did last term – and we are hoping it was just a blip on the radar screen.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:


You can also reach Ed at admin@nufcblog.com

=============================================



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

21 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    i’ve never blamed the french for anything…they saved the club last year…blame poor team management and tactics

    0
  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Cue all the ‘Cabaye is leaving’ comments!

    Yawwwwwwn!!

    0
  • Rainrix

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabayes leaving.

    0
  • Tommyy

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    I think the reason we haven’t gone for Carroll is his abysmal injury record. If he comes back he’ll be out for the majority of the season, every season!
    We need at least a winger of top quality and to ship Obertan out. I cannot believe they allowed Pardew to bring him in, it was obvious at Man U he’d never be good enough!
    I’m still waiting for one or two more nationally or internationally respected coaches, we’re well a overdue a proper backroom staff of genuine quality.

    NO FAN WAS BLAMING THE FRENCH! We all know it was a combination of bad management and an inability to settle quickly for new players. One of those should be rectified by next season but unfortunately the other won’t be!

    0
  • beddersmag

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Backs up the point i made a few times last season. Very little negativity from the terraces so discontent on blogs like this are picked up on and add pressure to the squad. Take a bow all those ‘fans’ who constantly slated the manager and players last year. It really did add pressure and nearly saw us down. Can we please agree that pards will only leave when MA decides to do it and back the manager and team his time round?

    0
  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Rain – Real funny man!! Haha

    0
  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    rainrix…v funny!

    0
  • cyprus

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said Sparky. The media blamed them, not the fans, at all.

    I think next year Sissoko will be key. I hope he can emulate Yaya, he definitely has the talent to. If Vuckic steps it up and we get 2 pacy wingers, 1 small striker, we should be set to go. We lack pace and players to bring the ball up, without hoofing it.

    This will give AP room to rest out of form or tired players (e.g. Cabaye, Jonas) and to NOT play (or sell) the usual culprits.

    Our team has to become less predictable from more sources, still, 3 players are already in place for that: Marveaux, Cisse, HBA. The latter needs to pull off a full season…

    0
  • Rainrix

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Torq…. Its Common knowledge that man, i thought you were ITK 😉

    0
  • beddersmag

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    As bad as obertan is we seem to do better with him in the team. I put this down to his electric pace which doesnt allow teams to sit in our half for fear of thr counter. When hes not there we are one paced and no risk to the other side. If he goes can we bring more pace in please- and use it? Sorry jonas but need someone who can attack and defend now, thanks for your efforts and stick around the squad

    0
  • Tommyy

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Also sounds like Arsenal are set to compete at the top again. We’ve absolutely no chance of hitting that top 6 in the foreseeable future I’m afraid.
    Financially we’ll have to settle as a low midtable club, with teams like West Ham and Villa likely to be apending bigger than us.

    0
  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Shit Manager,Players not upto Standard,Twat for an Owner…

    0
  • archaeomag

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabaye va rentrer chez lui, comme . .

    0
  • davis_toons

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Really have doubts and question of coaches role in Newcastle United.

    – Newcastle Under-18s head coach Dave Watson

    He was a Goalkeeper formerly so is he doing an overall role or just Goalkeeping?

    If he is watching the overall training then thing might not be right unless some attacking coaches is also watch our attacking youth under 18 players.

    http://www.goal.com/en-sg/news/3880/singapore/2012/11/08/3511208/adam-swandis-newcastle-adventure?ICID=AR

    0
  • Tommyy

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Bedders – it’s excruciatingly difficult to back a manager who is visibly out of his depth and not a likeable person to boot.

    Agreed on Obertan, he’s the only natural winger in the squad, which is why when he plays we have more balance. He just can’t do anything with the ball.

    0
  • TALKOFTHETOON

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #16

    PARDEW OUT, LAUDRUP IN!!

    0
  • cyprus

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17

    beddersmag,
    must disagree with both your posts… Fans are a motley crew, you can’t have them agree on anything. Obertan’s electric pace? etc… dude, I honestly don’t know if he’d make it in the championship, sadly. At least now it’s all talk about (in)ability, the confidence thing has mercifully been dropped.

    0
  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Rain – My bad…sorry! Haha

    0
  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    no doubt obertan stops the opposing full backs from charging forward but I’m sure there’s a fast winger out there that can cross a ball too!

    0
  • davis_toons

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Sorry the wrong dave..Ours was a former defender just like Pardew.

    I wonder will that connect to the mentally of why our game is always so defensive?

    KK is a Striker and he attacks like a tiger.

    0
  • davis_toons

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    With Pardew he should how a good defenders attributes is like..

    0

You must log in to post a comment.