Cabaye’s Veiled Criticism Of Alan Pardew And The Coaching Staff

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.

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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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22 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    torq..should have saved the ‘cabaye leaving yawn’ comment for this one!

  • cyprus

    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • archaeomag

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    previous – “wingers” who can cross – not since Becks retired – and he had no pace!

    I think it must be playing FIFA gives people unrealistic expections of players !

  • Rainrix

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Well that does settle it cabaye IS leaving.


    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    get laudrup in, done a great job at swansea

  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6


    Gutted we missed out on Wayne bridge though!!! Even though we never approached him, don’t need him and never wanted him!!!

    If you can’t beat em….! 😉

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    ED… ‘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”

    You didn’t run this one past Lambias or someone else with the hierarchy at NUFC before you posted it did you?

    Too many games my @rse…the main squad players hardly played before February and Spurs did ok

    too many injuries…might give you that one

    too many players under-performing!!!!! make a striker play right wing, make Cabaye sit in front of the back four, make a Defensive midfielder play no 10 and that’s what you get…a team will no cohesion, no togetherness, a team that by-passed midfield under instruction from our esteemed manager and a team full of great players playing unfamiliar roles…no wonder they under performed!

    The blame has to be put firmly at the door of Pardew..he’s inept and that won’t change anytime soon so god knows what lies ahead for next season

  • Markaccus

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Of course there is no actual direct blame in any of his comments. He just says pre season waas for transfers no one would have known who was coming or going and what type of team they woould be playing in. He only says it was complicared. Hardly damning pardew is it?s bad. Dont forget our pland tour was scrapped and

  • Markaccus

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Wtf happened to my post?????

  • Rainrix

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Torq… Bridge would’ve been a perfect replacement for cabs in that defensive midfield quarterback role. Thats obviously why he’s called “bridge” in the 1st place. Though im not surprised pardew couldnt see that, bloody ape. Pardew Out!

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Markaccus…TDS has obviously got his censoring software working!!!

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    rainrix…fcuking hilarious!!!!


    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    What was our pre season? I keep thinking it was America but that was last year wasn’t it?

    Anyway Cabaye defending the French lads is standard but tbf he was poor this past season and he is what our team is built around

  • Markaccus

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Ok i will try again.

    He makes no direct comments vlaming pardew. He says pre season was complicated. This can easily be due to the fact our sa tour was scrapped. Also due to the fact our behaviour in the transfer market was fkd to say the least. No one knew who would come or go, and what type of team they would be playing in.

  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Sparky – I agree with you on the fixtures and the injuries, but our players MUST take some blame for our season as well as pardew.

    Sissoko has played many many games in the 10 role for Toulouse, and cabaye has played many times in the deep lying playmaker role.

    Worked well against Chelsea, as they switched it up etc. But maybe they weren’t allowed to be as fluid in their play as they should’ve been allowed. Both are by definition, box to box midfielders, with cabaye having better passing ability (although we rarely saw it last season) and sissoko more raw power and strength.

    We will see next season our true football when sissoko has a full pre season and adjusts, gets properly fit and cabaye strives for more consistency. His set pieces have been poor, but when he is on it, is truly a game changer.

  • GeordieDan

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Seems NUFC have well and truly cocked up this summers pre-season already as well!

    Why they even thought about going to South Africa again after last years shambles is beyond me.

    Why not Asia or America or anywhere else in Africa???

    Our board really are just a bunch of amateurs and that must be evident to players as much as us fans.

    A crap, bodged up pre-season usually equates to a poor start to the coming season and most probably Pardew’s exit early(maybe not all bad then).

    If they cock it up again then they deserve all they get to be honest.

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    torq…yes sissoko played some of the time at No 10 for Tolouse but I think you;ll find he played the majority of the time as a defensive midfielder…so by definition a defensive midfielder for sure.

    His performance against Chelsea was truly outstanding but he kept on running in dead ends and losing the ball when he should have passed earlier for the last 10 games of the season he played…he was out of position for sure.

  • MagicMag

    Jun 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18


    Cant see that happening. Just like “king kev”, Laudrup does not want to be a puppet of any chairman. Plus we would have to buy him out of his contract at Swansea, which could prove quite expensive.

  • ballerfan2

    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #19

    “Pardew should talk to the fans this summer”. Well that would be rather pointless as he could come out and say all the right things, things fans want to hear, but the usual suspects on this blog would use his words no matter what they were as a stick to beat him further. He really can’t win no matter what. As for Cabaye’s “veiled criticism” ….. only if you want to look at it that way. Personally I don’t see it. This is going to be a long and monotonous summer with the unrelenting negativity. Change the record or if there’s nothing new to say then don’t bother.

  • ballerfan2

    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t mean you Ed by the way, although sometimes I think you unintentionally perpetuate the negative comments.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21


  • Jinky Jim

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #22

    42 and counting


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