I Wont Even Say “Oui” In The Dressing Room

Alan Pardew has given a long interview in London’s Evening Standard today,  and he talks about the challenge of having so many Frenchmen in the Newcastle squad – and at the latest count there are eleven French Players now at Newcastle.

moussa sissoko june 4th

A smiling Moussa Sissoko in pre-season

In January when Newcastle brought in five French players – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Yoan Gouffran – the manager was adamant that they would need to learn French very quickly and only English would be spoken in the dressing room.

It would be good to know how much that has improved since January, when a translator was hired to help with the dressing room language difficulties.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Standard today:

“I won’t even say anything in French, not even ‘oui’. My job is to integrate them and the way I do that is make them speak English as quickly as possible.”

“It is very important they embrace the English culture and grasp the demands of the Premier League.” “One or two struggle but obviously having more French players here it is easier for them to adapt.”

And with Newcastle having seemingly withdrawn their interest in Bafe Gomis of Lyon,  it could even be that another striker brought  in this summer could be a Nationality other than French. 🙁

That would be a surprise for Newcastle, who have already brought in six Frenchmen this year.

But hey – as long as he’s a top striker who cares?

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Slow down ed!

  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    After the Blaydon races finishes they should pump out the speech of sir bobby followed by a round of toon toon black n white army. Match days used to be electric.

  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3


    Re last post

    I dont think its how pardew feels, I think hes just lacking a back bone when it comes to Ashley.

    Like you say EVERYONE knew we needed strengthening and even pardew said so before going back on it, I think Ashley probably sat him down and said me n lambeezee think the squad is strong enough so there won’t be additions, then pardew had to look like a schmuck and go back on his original statement.

    Blame for me is 30% pardew and 70 ashley and his “advisors”

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree they all shoulder blame, but come Monday when we play Citeh if the tactics and our football philosophy is shite then there is only one man to blame for that!

    …and if performance look anything like last season then the players need take their part as well!

    I blame Mike for a lot of thinks, but when it’s game time I know where I look!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5


  • toon1707

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I have no confidence at all that any other player will be signed this window it’s been so depressing seeing teams like Norwich and Swansea sign quality players and we get a player on loan who we know cares nothing at all about the club. None of this is down to pardew or even JK. Mike Ashley has to realise if we sign some decent players and play well we will get more time on TV and finish higher in the league and he will make shed loads of money if he doesn’t we finish near the bottom of the league nobody wants to see us on sky and he signs nobody again next summer as he made no money on us this year aghhhh it’s so frustrating loving NUFC

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    You’re obviously being brainwahed by our new regimes propaganda machine, although it pains me to say we are not a top club as in the big four but we are by all means much better than a mid table average than you and others like to portray.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    For anyone intrested nufc have listed that new top worn by all the players in the braga match on ebay for charity, all currently have around £100 bids on them so far though.


  • sweendog

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    yep he doesn’t say Oui when the French guys ask Pardew can they play pass the ball on the ground and attack ..

  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh but you are a Oui man Pards……..suckering up to the fat one and a oui man with no tactics


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