One of the things Newcastle have had to their advantage since June of 2009, when Chris Hughton took over a Newcastle team that was almost down and out, and inspired the players into getting the club promoted from the Championship at the first attempt – is that Newcastle’s team spirit has been fantastic.
Yohan Cabaye in action yesterday
After Chris was so unfairly fired by Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias (Llambias was the instigator of that) and Alan Pardew came into the club in December, 2010, the good team spirit has continued, and that’s because both recent Newcastle managers are very good at man-management.
And even through the bad times of March, April and May this year, the spirit remained strong, even though the Telegraph put the boot in when the team went through those terrible losses to Sunderland and Liverpool, and reported there were feuds with the Frenchmen in the dressing room.
That report was false and Newcastle just survived in the Premier League last season – but no thanks to the Telegraph for that.
Yohan Cabaye has been linked with Manchester United, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but Yohan is looking forward to the season starting at Manchester City on August 19th, and he has said this in the Chronicle today:
“I’m just working hard,” “We have to be focused and ready for the first game on August 19.” “It was a good win at Blackpool.” “For me, it was my first win of the season, so it was nice.”
“We played well in the first half.” “The second half was more difficult, but we were still working.”
The more than 2,000 Newcastle fans who made the trek to Blackpool yesterday were in fine voice, as usual, and they made it clear in the second half with their chants, that they didn’t want Yohan Cabaye to be sold – and in fact the Frenchman looks to be getting back to his best, in what will be a key season for the Frenchmen on Tyneside.
Most of them will be trying to get into the French squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Yohan talked about those positive chants for him, as he continued:
“It’s always nice to hear that, and the fans were fantastic, as they are every time.” “It was a great moment.” “The feeling in the squad is very, very positive.”
“It’s nice to work in this atmosphere.” “We just want to progress with the ball and keep more of the ball than last season.” “We gave away the ball too easily sometimes.”
“The manager wants us to take one or two touches on the ball and move after the pass.” “It’s good.” “We’re not 100% fit, but we’re working hard.” “It was a good and bright win.”
“It’s good for Shola and for us.” “We worked really hard in Portugal. The week was fantastic.” “Everybody’s focused on the team. The win was good for the future.”
Yohan seems to love it at Newcastle, but if a bigger club than Newcastle comes in for him, he could still want to leave Newcastle.
But it would have to be a club like the Red Devils, but Mike Ashley will want all of £25M for him, and if Manchester United sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona soon, presumably Cabaye will be off their radar screen.
It’s important that Newcastle keep their class players like Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside this summer.
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