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Is Yohan Cabaye On His Way Out Of Newcastle?

9:59 pm, Saturday, August 10th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 154 Comments

We’ve heard during this summer that Monaco, PSG, Tottenham and Manchester United are interested in acquiring Newcastle’s central midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and there has been fresh speculation in the last day or two that PSG and Manchester United may be ready to put in bids for the player.

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Yohan Cabaye – in action this afternoon against SC Braga

There’s just three weeks to go in this transfer window, so it’s getting a little worrisome in case Newcastle do accept an offer for the 22 times capped French International, and Newcastle don’t have sufficient time left to replace him.

But Alan Pardew has come out today, after the 1-1 draw with SC Braga to praise Yohan’s professionalism.

“You want to keep your best players.” “Yohan has been brilliant.”He is in a good place.”He is linked with clubs but that can’t harm his confidence.”I think he’s coped very well.”

Manchester United seem to have failed in their bid to get Cesc Fabregas to the club, but it seems the next in line could be former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric or maybe Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, and indeed there was news just two days ago that Manchester United had opened talks with Everton about Fellaini.

So Yohan Cabaye seems not to be the number one choice at Manchester, but of course he could be PSG’s top target, with manager Laurent Blanc continuing to talk about wanting him in the French press.

And there was news today in L’Equipe that Cabaye is a wanted man, but that Newcastle want as much as €30M for the midfielder.

It will take £25M or more for owner Mike Ashley to sell Cabaye, and we suppose the bottom line is that if a club does come in with that kind of money, Yohan could be on his way.

But then we would quickly need to replace him.

What do you think?

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154 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kevymartins // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Man that top is cool, I can’t wait to get it.

  • 2 joppadoni // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    so far no one knows if hes going anywhere and Pardews comments dont suggest he is.

  • 3 Yohan Kebab // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    take that wonga logo off and that is one gorgeous top

  • 4 joppadoni // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    agreed its a nice changed

  • 5 pawl250 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Love the top, better than our official top!

    Hope it goes on general sale, would buy it in a heart beat!

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Where can we get this kit!!!!!

  • 7 toon1707 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    If we can get 25 million for him and the whole lot is invested in the team I would be happy with that but what will happen is out of the 25 million we would probably spend 5 million of it if we are lucky

  • 8 blew // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Every day throughout the break we had this same story.
    We needed a rest and we got it with Gomis, each day for the last 3 weeks.
    We are back to Cabaye, every day for the next??

  • 9 dazla23 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    if he wants to leave he will leave

  • 10 kevymartins // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    @Pawl I’m sure it will. They will make a fortune on it, a beautiful top.

  • 11 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Ed, the chances of us replacing ANY player, quickly, is NIL. We, as a club, just dont do quickly, it is alien to the management. We admitted we needed a CB 2 seasons ago – we are still waiting to see him!!

    We needed 2 strikers, last year, once Ba was sold off – we have brought a player in on loan, as the only 1st team recruit for this season.

    Quickly – they dont understand the concept. If Cabaye is sold his replacement wont be bought this year, Maybe Anita would get a game, which has to be a good thing!!

  • 12 Vask // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I’d take that top in exchange for Cabaye!

  • 13 Toonboy_84 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Agree with the majority. Kit looks great.

    I hope Cabs doesn’t go. Purely because we would never attract a player of his calibre to the club. When this lad plays well, the team plays well.

  • 14 nufc13789 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Did anyone see that Aubameyang scored a hit-trick on his Bundesliga debut.

  • 15 petchey22 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    The kit is so nice wow, need to get is ASAP ????

  • 16 Steven // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    That should be our away or third top .very nice .
    Cabs wont leave .no way

  • 17 Yohan Kebab // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    anyone know how long tickets take to come after being ordered ?

  • 18 2_goal_tino // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    re The Kit:

    As I said earlier this is the members shirt. Therefore all season-ticket holders and club members will be able to purchase it. It is this seasons equivalent of the home shirt with the gold badge that was available last year.

  • 19 Vask // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Be that as it may however bundesliga does not equate to a friendly against the 3rd best club in portugal, I reckon he would’ve struggled to get a game in our starting line up and even if he did get on there’s no guarantee that he would’ve excelled, make no bones about it.

  • 20 toon kk // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    To many fans blame Pardew for our poor performances, which is true to a certain extent but the payers must take responsibility as well. Fans expect too much we’re just an average squad with a few talented players. Best not to expect too much until there’s massive investment which ain’t gonna happen.

  • 21 padthemag // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Thought we played ok today except we lack a proper playmaker and a hold up striker not really to much cutting edge and as for our super charged fitness levels I don’t see it really. We defo need more firepower and creativity, on the plus side really like the look of dummett but anyone think benny looks like he needs to lose a stone or 2 chunky monkey!!!!

  • 22 SharpEnough23 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    If he goes it’s going to be hard to replace him now.

    Definitely one of our top players, just needs to get his fitness up he struggled to play the full 90 minutes last season.

  • 23 Burni // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I’d rather tiote was sold. But that isn’t gonna happen any time soon is it? I’d be gutted if cabs left.

    On the game today….. I thought it was a good game in all fairness and we were unlucky not to have got more out of it.

    I am, however, going to “bash” pardew. I can just feel that he will play Jonas and tiote….. I can just feel it…… Now I get that they give their all but IMO their all is not good enough. I think Anita is more composed than tiote and I think marveaux is a better player altogether than jonas. I think the game against city will be OK…… But that’s it….. OK. I don’t want OK….. I wanna feel like I did when we went on a 6 game winning streak…… When we beat villa 6-0 man u 3-0 scum 5-1…. Best result last season was 3-0 to a 10 man wigan….. And we got booted a few times…… Again, imo, because pardew sees that we have a goal and tries to hold on and defend…… Poor, boring, ineffective tactics…… Yawn..

    Still holding hope…. Don’t know why coz its no doubt gonna get kicked in me face on numerous occasions this season. And hearing pardew say the same things need to be improved every week to then not improve them adds insult to injury id like him to show some balls and play players who are performing better not just keep playing them blindly hoping.

    Sorry for upsetting the zen guys

  • 24 JackButler // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Wonder if Anita would get a game if Cabaye is sold

  • 25 big papa // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Many emotions in farewell to Lyon licha people a real pleasure to have played with this great player
    <<< gomis teeted 26 min ago

  • 26 Munster Mag // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    As I said last night and previously, you can expect another poor season from Newcastle. S

    Santon – Rubbish defender ( hope Dummett or Haidara make it )
    Mbiwa – Doesnt like heading, too relaxed, needs taller man beside him in English football
    Debuchy – Poor spatial awareness, slow. Simpson was better defensively.

    Midfield – Imbalanced and confused. Pardew doesnt know his best unit, and doesnt know the best positions for Cabaye or Sissoko.

    To re-iterate, expect a bottom half finish, lower bottom half.

    Then finally, the last of the happy clappies will have realised that Pardew is poor and Ashley is only using us, and badly at that.

  • 27 big papa // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM


  • 28 SharpEnough23 // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Anita from the little I have seen is never going to be a world beater, his set pieces are awful aswell!

  • 29 Yohan Kebab // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    ordered tickets for charity match last saturday, still haven t arrived :/

  • 30 2_goal_tino // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I’m pretty happy with the performance today. Dominated possession, lacked a bit of creativity and quality in the final third. My only problem with pre-season is that it should be used as an opportunity to try different things out. If they don’t work fine, move on and revert to what was done previously. We never try something different. We’ve had 7 pre-season games and I would like to have seen Santon given a go on LW with Dummett or MYM at LB, if Jonas had to play put him as CDM. I would also have liked to see us try having 3 cb’s with wing-backs as lets face it both Santon and Debuchy are good going forward and careless defending. Finally, the game time Marv has received is a disgrace.

    All in all though, can’t wait for the new season. It’s been too long. Can’t believe we have to wait two days longer than everybody else though!

  • 31 geordie157 // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I hope Pardew has the bottle to drop players this season, ie if either debuchy or santon are playing poorly give Dummett a chance. That’s possible, but will the two favourites tiote or Jonas ever be dropped.

  • 32 MC Brown // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Bafetimbi Gomis @ BafGomis 1h
    Many emotions in farewell to Lyon licha people a real pleasure to have played with this great player

  • 33 MC Brown // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    On his way

  • 34 Ben3arfa // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Gomis was tweeting about Lisandeo “licha” lopez . Dont think were any closer to any deals

  • 35 Burni // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Geordie, u know he won’t have the balls…. He will play the same players over and over

  • 36 Beardosfacedouble // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Gomis & Sinclair?? Any chance??


  • 37 colwell // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Well if Cabaye does go I can’t wait to see his replacement in Jan 2016.

  • 38 Banjo // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Really think Marveaux is majorly overrated by the majority of people on here. Have never seen that much good of him apart from that delightful assist to Ba v. Man United. Honestly he’s just as un-influential as Gutierrez as he goes missing for 89 minutes. 1 pass or mazy run does not warrant a guaranteed start and for all we know, he could be rubbish in training.

    On another note, Dummett seemed to look good for 45 minutes, hope he’s a starter by the end of the season

  • 39 Felipe // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Children, children, it’s still pre season. Settle down now…

  • 40 pawl250 // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    States on NUFC official the shirt is exclusive to members only, anyone a member wanna buy me one?

  • 41 pawl250 // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    States on NUFC official twitter account the shirt is exclusive to members only, anyone a member wanna buy me one?

    Obv will give you money.

  • 42 low fell mag // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Enjoyed the game today,quite touching the minutes applaud for Sir Bobby even the 3 officials took part .
    The ref was a tw@t ,though through out the game.
    The positives to come out of the game out weighed the negatives by far.
    Tiote had a good game and looks back to his best.
    Santon had a good solid game and linked up with Guti well in the first half.
    Collo looked top draw.
    So next up man city and we are not in bad shape.
    Cannot wait,and a round of applause to the lads in the corner of the Gallowgate with that thing that man city do ,I think they call it the pronan or something.

  • 43 low fell mag // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Pawl , im off to bed now ,but if you really want a shirt get in touch tomorrow and I will get one for you ,providing you give me the cash fot it .

  • 44 yo-yo // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Get the Wonga logo off that shirt and I’ll buy one

  • 45 lesh // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM


    Don’t worry about Cabaye moving on, as we’re like a well oiled machine and we’ll have a replacement teed up or in place before he goes – just like when Ba moved on.

    And, instead of implying that he’s for sale at £30m, maybe Ashley should adopt the Daniel Levy approach to these things – he’s going nowhere unless the supposedly interested club is preparer to cough up £100m.

    And adopt the Liverpool approach to Suarez to Arsenal – there’s no way we’re selling players to our competitors rather than accept the highest bid that comes in.

    As Rogers said, Liverpool are aspiring to winning a place in Europe, not give other hopefuls the players that could make that a non-starter..

    Does this club’s owner ever think beyond the immediate?

  • 46 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Yo Yo – the only thing stopping me buying a shirt is the sponsors logo – I’ll be wearing my “Broon Ale” shirt this season, no way will I buy a shirt with the new sponsors name on it.

  • 47 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Lesh – if only mate, if only!!!

  • 48 lesh // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Have faith Graeme. Our Director of Football will have been on the case and things will just click into place seamlessly.

    Now Joe, about our other new striker and er winger and er, er CB and er, er, er keeper?

  • 49 lesh // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Hang on a mo.

    If this new strip’s for members only, are we really, really trying to have them viewed as derigeur (?) throughout the world?

  • 50 vic2810 // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Cabaye will go, to be replaced at the end of the window by Siem De Jong, possibly Wijnaldum.
    If he doesn’t go it’ll be fed to us that “all our efforts were put into keeping Yohan, it’s meant we missed other targets but keeping him is like a new signing anyway.”

  • 51 lesh // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM


    Cynic. But you’re probably right.

  • 52 lesh // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Good lord. 11.45 on a Saturday night, on the blog (BLOG).
    What a lot of high rollers we are aren’t we?!

  • 53 Marty-Toon // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Why sell him for 25mill?
    Is Bale worth 4 times the amount of Cabaye ?
    I don’t think so,it’s just Bale was in a better quality side with a much better manager
    Cabaye is an excellent player who isn’t used properly by his manager and doesn’t have a team set up properly around him.
    If we’re gonna sell put a 40 million tag on him

  • 54 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Lesh, keeping the faith is not a new resolution mate – I’ve been doing that since the very early 60’s and where has it got us?? What have we achieved for the money invested / squandered??

    What we always had was the belief that everyone at the club only wanted what was best, to see the TOOON as worthy of the support, the passion, the drive. It was awesome.

    It probably peaked in 69, but we went on to even greater things with KK first time round, then with the Man himself, SBR.

    Now what have we got? A bunch of clueless puppets working for a Billionaire without the first iota of what this club is all about. To him, its a publicity stunt; an advertising hoarding, a marketing tool – he doesnt even understand how he could quadruple his exposure, throughout Europe, simply by making NUFC what the fans want it to be – succesful.

    Invest a few £££’s, get us back in europe, regularly, watch us become everyones 2nd club again – he couldnt afford to pay for that sort of advertising mate!!!

  • 55 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Oh, and of vital importance to the above – Employ a MANAGER who actually understands what the hell he is doing, together with some 20th Centuary coaches – not bloody dinosaurs – nice guys, but yesterdays men!!!

  • 56 vic2810 // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    It’s not cynicism, it’s 30+ years of being a toon fan ;0)

    I do think though that Cabaye is on his way. We will be holding off announcing Gomis to soften the blow. Would love to see the money reinvested in Alderweireld, De Jong and a left winger like Muniain. Along with Remy and Gomis I’d call that a very successful window.

    ……….if only they’d come!!!

  • 57 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Really like that strip like. Ahould have been our official one.

    Why don’t manafacturers like Puma & Adidas put forward a few designs and then let the fans vote for which one they want ? . I bet 80% of people would prefer the one we wore against Braga. If you could get one of those with the SBR foundation logo on the front I would sell my soul to get one 🙂

    Me personally I would love Nike to make our kit and for it to look exactly like Juve’s home one this year.

  • 58 Bearsize // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Prob be sold last day of window, fat ash can pocket the cash. No instant pressure to buy then. Can just let it gain interest in the bank(his bank) then buy a 5 million nobody in jan, then claim he is funding the academy again, the one that lost category A status then got it back

  • 59 roe997 // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Marvin martin to replace cabs?? He has in national french squad as a sub.why not for us.a little more attacking and creative.hes smaller and quicker aswel,but i think thats what we may be needing.a better version of marv but i dnt see why not marv could step up to the plate. Thorts on a cabs replacements peeps?

  • 60 Thirsty Lemonblazer // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    ManU can have Cabs if we get Rooney in return

  • 61 catchy in norway // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM


    his replacement should be vukic, if the lad stays fit,

    him and sisoko box to box

    but really, he is already there,, marv, fantastic player

  • 62 luke.r // Aug 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    I know there’s a lot of people on here that aren’t Ste Taylor’s biggest fans.

    But you’ve gotta love him really.

  • 63 Novocastrian66 // Aug 11, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    If we changed our strip from the black and white stripes there would be hell on. There is absolutely no way that top should be our official jersey.

  • 64 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I think we will only sell players if they’re surplus, or the money is too good to refuse. Which is entirely as it should be. Cabs is a wonderful player and will shine if we play well as a group, we might lose him sadly to a money bags club though. C’est la vie.

  • 65 stuart no9 // Aug 11, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    big pappa @ 54 its a good job we havnt got many fans like you ! |” change the strip now from stripes to the one worn against braga ? f//ck off . why dont we just change the name altogether ? newcastle city west perhaps or newcastle rovers ( taken the shirt into account ) no geordie in their right mind would want us to change our striped shirt , but then your not a geordie are you , so you dont count !

  • 66 soundoid // Aug 11, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    The Man the Legend the greatest English football manager of all time… Sir Bobby Robson, Happy Sir Bobby Day.

  • 67 Thump // Aug 11, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    @Big Pappa Cisse: Because the last time anybody tried playing around with the stripes, this is what happened. I love the shirt we wore yesterday, don’t get me wrong, but change the stripes in favour of it? That’s like asking Man U to start wearing blue instead of red, christ, even if they went with their original colours there’d be a riot.

  • 68 kevymartins // Aug 11, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    @Thump it’s still black and white, Maby not our new home shirt but why the hell is it not our 3rd top?

  • 69 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Aug 11, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    If we sell Cabaye this summer (especially for less than £30m) then we may as well give up this season. Not because he kept us up on his own or anything like that- I thought he had a fairly poor season last time but what passing CM wouldn’t when the ball just flies over your head all match!

    But because he is one of our most talented players, would show zero ambition and also because we know perfectly well that the money received won’t be either spent this summer or fully spent at all.

    Just like the Carroll money, they kept saying “the money will be re-invested” which was meant to sound like it will be spent on transfers but no, they meant it will be used all over the club, probably to make SportsDirect advertising boards.

    If the argument is made that we need it financially then I’ll be livid- we’ve just received a mammoth 70% increase in TV money! Yet we’re still not spending any of that either!

    We get 50,000 fans in and have hardly spent at all in the last few years so unless money has been literally stolen then there should be absolutely no financial problems at all.

  • 70 arctoa // Aug 11, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    @ 65

    The original point of away and third kits is that they are used when the home colours of each team clash. Therefore, having a third kit that’s the same colour scheme as our first kit would make no sense from that perspective.

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Morning lads!

    A. penny for my thoughts; I think the Gomis deal is off to be honest!

    …just hope to God that we are not back in for Bent! Who else is on our rader?

  • 72 beddersmag // Aug 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM


    Theres another aspect to hoofball alongside long balls. That is midfielders not showing for the ball. When cabayes hiding, he is contributing to hoofball as much as the centre half lumping it. I wish more people would understand that simple fact

  • 73 RonVanDam // Aug 11, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Has anyone seen this? Eto’o offered to us for 5m

  • 74 JAMSHA // Aug 11, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    would get eto if only he would accept pay as u play n 60k

  • 75 cyprus // Aug 11, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Is Eto at 32 as good as Gomis at 28? Hell yes! This guy is top drawer.

    Ed, is there any basis to that Cabaye story? Anyway, last time I’ll comment on that. I really doubt anyone will offer over 10 mil given his poor last season. In fact, many times he should have been substituted by Anita, Marveaux etc. when he wasn’t into it or failing to dominate at all. He still needs to prove himself (earn his spurs as someone may say) and try to grab a game by the scruff, as he did a couple times in the first season…

  • 76 JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I’d be amazed if anyone would come in with a bid of 25 million. Cabaye is a good player but going on form he’s not worth anywhere near that amount

  • 77 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    The Eto’o story sounds like an April fool story. Man… I can’t imagine how Eto’o could turn down Chelsea and come to us if he’s ever offered to two teams, and why us?

  • 78 bills-son // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Bedders @ 69 & cyprus @ 72

    Agree with both your posts.

    Cabaye has talent but he has been vastly overhyped by Toon fans. He isn’t anywhere near players like Fabregas or Modric who ManU have been linked with and no way will ManU or any other team pay anywhere near the £25M-£30M that Ashley apparently would consider. That means he is going nowhere.

    One of our biggest weaknesses is midfield the very area where the supposed genius Cabaye plays. Cabaye is our supposed midfield general but he goes missing in many games, rarely dictates the play or imposes himself on the game and his dead ball delivery is often poor.

    Him, Tiote and HBA need to prove to themselves never mind us fans that their undoubted ability can be turnd into a consistently high level of performance this season. Flash in the pan cameos now and again dont make you a great player.

  • 79 JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Why would Pardew want Eto when he has Shola?

  • 80 JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM


    You put Cabaye to play under a manager like Wenger or Laudrup and you’d see a very different player to what we have seen under Pardew, if he wants to realise his true potential then he has to move on

  • 81 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    JB, Eto’o does not do hoofball either.

  • 82 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    @mattspiro: France CB Mamadou Sakho has told #PSG he wants to leave. #LFC expected to lodge formal bid this week. AC Milan also keen (L’Equipe)

    @NUFCTheMag: Alan Pardew ‘Shame That On The Attacking Front We Haven’t Improved Since Last Year’ #nufc

  • 83 Sir Braveheart // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Im truly starting to believe that Ashley is in this to make his money back then he’s going to sell the club. Thats where the Carroll money went, thats where the TV moneys going. With that in mind selling Cabs for 25m and going with Anita/Sissoko as the replacements he can pocket that 25m and be off sooner.

    Who here would take losing Cabaye now in return for Ashley selling up 12 months sooner?

  • 84 JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM


    I love the fact that Pardew believes we are still lacking on the attacking front due to lack of players and that it has nothing to do with his tactics.

    Every man and his dog knows that we need a few players in asap, but we could sign 10 players and it would make little to no difference as the way he sets us up will always see us short of goals.

    For a man that works so, so hard on the defensive side of our game he has a shocking record there too

  • 85 bills-son // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM


    So his dead balls would improve under Wenger?

    I know where you are coming from but Cabaye’s performance levels don’t justify the hype and at the prices quoted he’ll be going nowhere.

  • 86 JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

  • 87 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Perchino will be walking out onto the Hallowed Turf of Wembley today – can’t see wor lot gracing the Wembley turf this season.

    Eto and the TOON – only reason been offered to us – cos we played Anji in the Europa Cup and most likely he enjoyed his stay/atmosphere of St James’s and probs mentioned in passing he wouldn’t mind playing for the TOON

  • 88 JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM


    Seem to remember him scoring a few important goals from set pieces last season?

    He’s not worth anywhere near 25 million at this point in time but he along with the rest of our squad are being wasted on a dithering, outdated manager like Pardew

  • 89 Slank // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Bills @ 75

    I agree with you that Cabaye, although very good, is not in the same class as Fabregas or Modric.

    Any club sniffing around him will probably be told by the club that he is not for sale unless they cough up big time.

    Perversely the closer to the transfer deadline the more he is going to cost but the less likely we would be able to get a suitable replacement. Deja vu Carroll.

  • 90 scout // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    The shirt is terrible as well as the man on it imo

  • 91 geordie157 // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I still doubt we are paying the whole of Remy’s wages, would be good to know for sure if we’ve got first option to but him or not.

  • 92 Ben3arfa // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Contrary to what he thinks, Kinnear is the worst director of football in the history of the game .

    Old turd

  • 93 cyprus // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Can’t argue with your point at 76 😉
    I hesitantly agree with you regarding the other two players you brought in the argument. Not because you’re wrong, but because I am biased toward them.

  • 94 Bucks mag // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Cabaye will leave this transfer window.

  • 95 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Cabs has already mentally gone…he’ll be physically gone in the next 3 weeks with the club stating “you can’t keep a player who really wants to leave”

  • 96 Bearsize // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I feel sorry for maurvaux. He is injured for 2 seasons then comes back as a bit part player. So he hasn’t been a permanent fixture for 3 seasons. I would consider loaning him out to a prem team until january. He needs to remember what its like to play week in week out. Pardew will never give him that unfortunatly. Look at tiger woods, long injuries, constant fannying on with his swing but now he is playing everyweek he is back on top. Not a bad analogy but you know what i mean

  • 97 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    This whole mess is due to p!ss poor management from the top level right down to Pardew…but Pardew is the real weakness in the structure because despite what a numpty Ashley is for hiring JFK and allowing lambias to give Pardew an 8 yr contract, the facts are Ashley has given us a very good squad who can challenge but not with the current manager…the team and the fans deserve a much better manager

    Ashley should bite the bullet and pay Pardew off…but then he’s got to hire another manager which will cost him another 6 million so the real cost of sacking Pardew is circa 10 million which at the moment he can’t bring himself to do. No good businessman pays for failure and Pardew is an abject failure which Ashley refuses to pay out

  • 98 Trent Toon // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I wouldn’t blame if he did. Way too much polotics at this club, the owner, director of football, and manager have not a clue what they are doing literally!

  • 99 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Matt Spiro ?@mattspiro 13m
    #PSG will come back in for Yohan Cabaye or Daniele De Rossi once 2 or 3 squad players have been shifted (L’Equipe) #NUFC #Roma

  • 100 LeToonARMY // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This what is annoying about Newcastle United we dont wanna spend money have you see how PEA is killing it in germany now and watch bony this season i bet any money Bony and PEA score more then sissy and gouffan and remy

  • 101 Taking the Papiss // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Some people are so frustrating – I knew as soon as aubameyang scored that we would get this. St etienne admitted we offered more than Dortmund did but the player chose Dortmund. What do you want the club to do?

    On Bony, just because the press said we were interested it doesn’t mean we actually were. You can’t whinge that we should have bought this striker or that striker any time someone comes here and does well. For gods sake people, be more realistic.

  • 102 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    THE GARY NEVILLE COLUMN: We needed the Special One back, but it’s insulting to write off Moyes already… why Norwich can be the team to watch and I fear for the North East clubs.

    Last 2 lines: Nail on the head

  • 103 cestriasteve // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Whoever put earlier in this thread is Bale worth 4X what Cabaye is worth…… Yes, completely different player and if we get 20 to 25 million we should definitely sell him but in truth we. Won’t re invest it in this window so it will leave us weak until at least Jan.

  • 104 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Why is Remy Paid more than Any other toon player?

  • 105 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    because we didn’t pay any money for him

  • 106 cestriasteve // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Taking the Papiss

    Good point,,he wanted champions league.

  • 107 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM


    wonder what Cabaye/Debuchy/HBA think of that

  • 108 nut meg // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Sparky @94
    Do you think it’s possible that Ashley is keeping any transfer money that is available to pay Pardew off instead of bringing a player in ? just a thought & a bit of wishful thinking !

  • 109 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    not happy i’m sure but the club will sell it to the players on the basis he’s a loan signing and if he joins the club next year he’ll be within the pay structure of the club or the deal won’t be done

  • 110 Rotonda heights // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM


    so you are saying keep pardew or else we may get kinnear and harford.

    Is that really the only good reason not to sack pardew. Accept his s..t because someone else’s s..t may be worse!!

    Poyet would do for me for now. good football, good contacts. yes arrogant but then aren’t mourinho and SAF just lovely guys!

  • 111 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Morning guys
    I can see a deal being done here with Psg and Nufc over cabaye.
    Psg are after getting rid of fringe players off the wage bill. And the likes of Sackho-Menez ect could be done in a swap deal.
    Sackho would be immense for the toon, And what I can remember torq quoting would be interested in coming over. The only downside is that Liverpool have already made tentative enquiries at the beginning of the window.
    On a personal note I think this will be an unmitigated disaster if all we were to acquire was a loan signing this summer.

  • 112 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    nut meg…easy for us to say stuff on this blog but I think Ashley’s being a really stubborn tw@t over pardew and his plan A of pissing Pardew off by appointing JFK hasn’t worked yet and he hasn’t worked out a plan B yet but I would not be surprised if Pardew is sacked within the next three weeks anyway

  • 113 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    “I was speaking to Joe to see what progress (pauses)…but team overall is in great shape.”

    My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets reading this!!!!!!

    He’s moaned all last year about the squad and now he says this, yest we’ve got LESS players than last year!!!! What a massive prat he is. I really don’t believe how even 2% of the fan base can be sucked in by his continuous propoganda he spews.

    Europe last year can constitute being in the 2 domestic cups this year, although we’ll probably be straight out of them, and he’ll be playing some of the youngsters and fringe players anyway. Just as he was in Europe.

    He’s wasting the potential of a good side. It’s really awful to see, then to hear his nonsense interviews before and after games is nothing short of disgraceful.

  • 114 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    LR32…That was a pop at JFK…simple as that

  • 115 Pokat // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I seem to recall Cabs coming back on field specially to applaud the fans. Strange in a way. The kind of applause when someone says goodbye? Perhaps he has reflected on how Pardew promised flowing passing attacking football?

    To poster on previous thread – Obertan was indeed on about 87mins but there was a bit of added time and he was involved in quite a lot of play. And Ed was wrong, Hatem is podgy and off-pace. yu could see him restingg by straying very wide and making himself unavailable at times. By contrast Jonas was up for everything, I find it strange how so many have jumped on his back when he works so hard – look at the managers style, not the player hamered by it. Same goes for Taylor, loads here rag him off yet he only needs a good run in a settled formation, again the pressures put on the back four by Pardews daft midline pressing up put the spotlight on the defensive mistakes. Sorry Pards, players like Cabaye are bound to get down if you cant get some ideas in.

  • 116 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    pokat…I thought the very same thing re cabs

  • 117 scout // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    If I was playing and a better player got paid more I couldn’t care less surely it justified isn’t it.
    20 million for cabaye being throw around, he’s no better than huddlestone for me. What’s he actually done, he goes missing in games. Gary Speed bossed games at home in the middle this bloke is a waste of time IMO

  • 118 John Tudor // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    everything in the garden is not rosy

  • 119 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    rotunda…I’d take any manager called Gus no matter how it’s spelt

  • 120 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I understand that Jonas has had a decent pre season, But many including myself paid good money to go and watch the toon last season week in week out and witnessed shocking performances that live long in the memory.
    The last game Gutti was any good in was against benfica when he looked half decent but apart from that he was average at best last season.

  • 121 John Tudor // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    i would take any manager named rex no matter how he resonds

  • 122 Klatoon // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Cabaye out, Marvin Martin in. Simple!

  • 123 bobby mango // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I’d take 25m if even just half was reinvested. Actually think the midfield could cope without him. Anita, Sissoko and wild Tiote are all quality.

    Last season Cabaye failed to take any game by the scruff of the neck. Was talk of him being captain, I don’t see him as a leader at all.

    If he’s a good as people make out he should put in some Stevie Gerrard type performances and inspired the whole team when we were in that rut. This never ever happened.

  • 124 scout // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Truth is if we finish higher than last season, they’ll just say we’re on the up. Everything is going as it should be craic

  • 125 geordie157 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    If Cabaye does go then I hope we bring in a couple of quality players.

    As Jazzy mentioned, getting Sakho and/or Menez in a deal if its PSG would be good.

    If a reasonable fee could be agreed then James McCarthy would be a great player to bring in. So maybe him and Wijnaldum.

    Do get the feeling that he will leave, if it happens better it happens now than on deadline day.

  • 126 Bambams // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I get so annoyed when we read statements from club officials ” It will take huge offers to sign any of our players” however whenever we are wanting a player the “We wont be held to ransom for any player and will only pay what we think is right”.
    Dont get me wrong I am all for preventing bad financial management but surely a club our size can pay that little bit more if it is the player we have been watching nearly two year’s (Gomis).

    Just seen Pardew int on sky……. Stalling again, blaming the international break why no players will be signed this week.

    They are waiting for the Cabaye money chaps. ……


  • 127 jackostoon // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Morning lads and lasses,
    Just received an email from the Newcastle Utd shop, only eight days to go, not long left to buy, they should be emailing bloody kinnear not me

  • 128 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    geordie 157

    with Jfk how long will it take?

  • 129 Pokat // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    jazzyp – so did I what a waste of a season ticket that was! But i disagree about jonas, yes he has lost speed but he was still the fittest man on the pitch and called on to run around a wide circle covering positions like santons and midfield when less fit players in DM were starting to struggle. This is a decent player hampered by a managers tactics and formations. The games he played better in imo were ones where he stuck to his old game and let others do the covering. Defensively, if he struggled, we struggled as a team too, especially Santon who was sometimes horribly exposed last year, athough he’s the golden boy. Why is it that last night three quarters of the play went down his side and not the right side of ‘maestro’ benny? I think we are crap fans if we constantly grumble about a decent grafting player who struggles holding a poor team shape together. There are causes for the effects.

  • 130 jasper // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    As Beddesmag said if the midfield go missing then when the defenders are pressured they will lump it.
    When you are at a game and can see the whole field the lack of support to the ball carrier is a feature of every match. They never look like they practice keep-the-ball as do most other sides.
    Nor do they ever get an advanced midfielder not the hole behind the striker(s). But this essential to the way that Cisse plays. He needs crisp shorter passes into the channels (swansea away) or balls inside the full back to an attacker to pull back (arsenal away) not long distance punts. So we need to work the ball forward.
    Nor do we.need long distance runs from HBA, Santon or Sissoko. Too easy to defend against. HBA in particular should be receiving the ball much further upfield if he is to be effective.
    But none of his does AP, Stone or Carver seem to understand. Nor does the preseason indicate that they have any idea of how to change. . That’s why I favour a clear out of the entire coaching staff.

  • 131 WWYCD // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I don’t see him leaving tbh.

    I don’t think PSG really want him (Blanc does) they’ve had plenty of time to bid and more money than sense but still nothing, Spurs have only been linked because Blanc linked them and I doubt they will drop 30 mill on a CM when they have too many as is and Man Utd have shown not interest in him thus far

  • 132 Pokat // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    If Cabs doesn’t leave now, and we are bottom at xmas, then he will defo go. Not in the same taxi as Pardew though.

  • 133 cyprus // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    So Pokat and others who watched the game,
    Are we any better than last year? Are they trying out new things/tactics/formations? Are players (especially Jan.) getting to know each other/combine?
    Have not seen NUFC at all. Any hopeful signs?

  • 134 Pokat // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    The only thing that changed the game were the players who came on. I know that sounds daft but to be clear, it was the determination and desire of those coming on to stake a claim for a place and not any shift of tactics or formation. Which for me is worrying. Brage isnt as shoddy an outfit as some would say, we have good good players. But our coaching is not great. Tactics don’t really exist. But the 4-4-2 is a much better lineup, might be workable with Remy there.

  • 135 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Sparky, yeah, the first line of the statement is, but there’s no need for him to tell us that the squad is in great shape when all he did was moan about it last year. It’s all so deflating really.

  • 136 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I agree that Jonas should not be played in a defensive manner-mackem game enough said. As I said Jonas when given a free role to play like against benfica looks something of old.But to often he is used as another holding midfielder, due to the inept tactics of pardew.
    If the fans such as ourselves can see what is happening with the club, Then surely the players no even more.I wouldn’t blame cabs for leaving us to go to a club that has ambition and wants to acheive things

  • 137 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    A transfer Headline i Saw today!

    Cardiff have smashed their transfer record!

    while we don’t want to be a leeds or portmouth when we could have been a Spurs!

  • 138 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM


    Jonas played LW

    Where is he in a defensive role? He is crap.

  • 139 yo-yo // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    If Cabaye goes it will all be very last minute and we will NOT bring in a replacement – as the squad will be said to be strong enough already.

  • 140 lesh // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Graeme @ 51 and Vic.

    Like you guys, I’ve supported the club since the late 60s and believe me, I share your frustrations. The best football we’ve played was during Keegan’s first managerial spell and under Sir Bobby’s tenure. Sadly, so near yet so far from greatness.

    To clarify and before the question’s asked, I haven’t been to SJP since the mid nineties and that is simply a result of being some 400 miles from our great city.

    It is I who’s cynical and trying to see a wider picture in the clubs actions and that is purely a mechanism that prevents me from pulling my hair out – as many fans are close to doing I’m sure!

    You guys on the ground as it were, I understand your frustrations and hope for an ownership that does show sufficient ambition to make adjustments to what we have in the management and coaching areas of the club.

    In fairness to Ashley, there was an inquest into last season’s debacle and Pardew seems to have survived that by blaming a lack of investment last summer. I had believed that Pardew would be given the tools to do the job to give him a chance to prove himself this season. Even that hasn’t happened!

    Rotunda, I have tried to convey my doubts about Pardew but I am mindful of the result of Kregan’s second departure – Kinnear, Hughton, Shearer and bingo,relegation. Do we want to go through that again with Kinnear and Harford setting the ball rolling down the slippery slope? I’d rather out, would you?

    Water under the bridge and we are where we are and changing a manager at this stage wouldn’t be a clever move. Is there ever a good time? Close season’s the best time and we’ve missed that boat.

    Keep smiling guys, easy to say but difficult to do when one’s a Newcastle United supporter!

  • 141 toon kk // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    MA is obviously holding back and waiting for a sale before he buys. He wants money in his pocket that’s what makes him tick.

  • 142 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Indian magpie
    Morning pal-as I said Jonas played his best game for me against benfica as a left wing and played his best game, Was voted man of the match.
    But far often last season was deployed in a deeper role to protect the defence.And like you rightly said is crap.IF other players are brought in then Jonas will be no more than a squad player maybe to brought on for the last 20mins or so to shore things up.

  • 143 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I hope your right mate re Cabs.But just remember his dad Pierre has linked his lad to Pgs many times already this summer,And if an offer were to come in at the right price I feel he would be gone.

  • 144 hotdog // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Jonas can run up and down that line all day but and it is a big but, what is the end product?

    Do you get excited when he picks the ball up, I don’t as I know it going to amount to nothing!

    A left winger needs to score and create and he does neither. He has been a good servant but does not deserve a starting shirt IMO.

  • 145 southerngeordie // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    In light of all their signings I bet Cardiff fans are bricking it about their wage bill. Same could be said for Norwich

  • 146 lesh // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    JackButler // Aug 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Why would Pardew want Eto when he has Shola?

    C’mon Jack it’s blindingly obvious – maybe not Pardew but Joe would be keen coz there’re only three letters in his name. Theoretically easy for Joe to get his head round a three letter name but then, it is the Director of Football we’re talking about: Eot, Ote, Oet, Teo, Toe, oh and Eto.

  • 147 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Player Norwich have signed.

    Van Winkle

    All could have done a job here.

  • 148 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    So after watching our pre-season and conducting our transfers, do you guys think we are ready for a new PL season?

    …I am hearing Pardew once again like last year is saying ou team is strong enough. So if he gets stick for not performing will he hide again behinde the excuse we didn’t sign enough players?

  • 149 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Pawl 00
    One of the biggest advocates of Mike Ashleys zero spend policy appeals to fellow bloggers that bother to spend the £27 that it takes to help support the club to buy him a shirt, Low full meg who claims that anybody who isn’t a member is mackem sc*m offers to buy him one. Priceless.

  • 150 big papa // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

  • 151 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    big papa…I think the Gomis deal has been dead ever since we signed Remy!

    …I don’t think we are going to let either OM or Gomis’ agents man handle us 😀 lol

  • 152 Dennis Twice // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Support Jonas! Attack Jonas attack attack!

  • 153 hotdog // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    My view on players yesterday

    ELLIOT – Nice & Tidy, got no worries with this lad.
    DEBUCHY – Does not seem comfortable with wingers running at him with pace, a worry for a Right Back! Solid apart from pen.
    SANTON – Didn’t really see much of him, didn’t get forward much.
    MBIWA – Good positional play, looked good and read the game well.
    COLO – Should have seen red, solid game but seems to be making some bad errors that will cost us.
    SISSOKO – Much better in the centre, some driving runs and good work rate.
    TIOTE – Cant fault his effort but you surely need more to be a top centre midfielder in the PL.
    CISSE – Same as last season worked had but feeding off scraps, getting more frustrated as the game wore on.
    AMEOBI – Didn’t see him for long spells, cant be in our starting 11, simples.
    BEN ARFA – My fav player left isolated on the left wing again. He had his hand up asking for ball and numerous times, which did not come. Must be played up off the striker IMO we are wasting his talent.
    GUTI – See earlier post.
    KRUL – Dropped one from corner, nowt else to do.
    TAYLOR – Not tested in second half.
    DUMMET – Liked the look of the lad, seemed composed and a left footer at left back which I always prefer!
    CABAYE – Put some invention into the team in the second half. Decent 45mins
    ANITA – See Tiote comment.
    GOUFFY – Id have him on the left all day ahead of Guti. Great touch movement and will give you an end product/goals.
    OBERTAN – Had one run fell over, enough said.
    SAMMY – He is too laid back for his own good. Needs to up his intensity in games by about 30% and he might have a chance.
    FAN 10/10 considering the lack of excitement/goal action, atmosphere and crack were good.

  • 154 peaco1980 // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Very ironic that some on here have been vocal about trying to force Ashley out through cutting his revenue streams, then as soon as a decent kit comes out they all want to rush off and buy it. He must be laughing his head off at you lot.

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