Yohan Cabaye has made a veiled criticism of Alan Pardew and the coaching staff, as the Frenchman has been interviewed on the French TV channel Canal + and he says pre-season preparation last summer did not go particularly well.
Alan Pardew – must do better next season
In a fairly long interview, Yohan comes out positive on Newcastle, and defends the new Frenchmen who arrived in January, and of course we cannot blame any of the five new French lads.
If anything they played well most of the time, as they tried to quickly adapt to a new language, a new team, a new manager and all that stuff, which is very difficult for any player in those circumstances.
But Yohan said he didn’t think pre-season was planned well – this is what he said – with the interview being translated by The Mag:
“It was a complicated season,” “To pinpoint reasons for this, I don’t really know, it is a bit of everything.” “We did not particularly prepare well in pre-season; the beginning of the season; Europe and the extra matches; plus a smaller squad and a younger one.”
“We encountered difficulties in playing in two competitions, also physically a lot of injuries and players were missing.” “We rarely managed the same starting XI in consecutive matches – all this added to the complication.”
During the TV commentary of the Uruguay vs France game on Wednesday night, the commentators mentioned what a terrible season Newcastle had after doing so well the season before.
And they seemed to lay the responsibility for that at the feet of players like Yohan Cabaye – who didn’t play particularly well – and will need to prove himself all over again next season at Newcastle – although that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Yohan.
It’s not surprising the question of what happened last season keeps coming up for Newcastle, since we largely had the same squad as we did the season before.
Too many games, too many injuries, and too many players under-performing are probably the right answers – although Alan Pardew will need to do a lot better next season – if he is to continue to be the long-term manager at the club.
He should also talk to the fans this summer, and attempt to clear the air so he can form a better relationship with them, and at least tell the faithful what he’s trying to do with the team.
We continue to live in hope – much like we’ve done over the last 60 years or so – but hey – time is starting to run out.
Howay The Lads!!
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