The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Alan Pardew Slams Arsenal Over Timing Of Cabaye Bid

11:07 pm, Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

We couldn’t have done much worse tonight if we had tried, and we also thought the Arsenal bid of around £12M for Yohan Cabaye came at a terrible time for Newcastle – why couldn’t Arsenal have waited until after the game at Manchester City tonight before they lodged the bid?

yohan cabaye in new blue strip

Yohan Cabaye – unsettled by Arsenal

And Alan Pardew has slammed Arsenal FC for almost deliberately unsettling Yohan Cabaye before tonight’s game – where we were truly thumped 4-0 by a slick-looking Manchester City team, who were superior in Newcastle all over the pitch tonight – and in truth that score-line could have looked a lot worse.

Of course there’s no love lost between Alan Pardew and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but apparently the bid was made yesterday, although the news only broke in early afternoon today, and it was anywhere from £10M to £12M, depending on which reports you believe.

And Alan Pardew is saying that things would have been different tonight had Yohan Cabaye been able to play – and this is what Alan said after the game:

“You prepare for three days with a player of that talent and that was taken away from us because we were shown disrespect from Arsenal on the eve of the game.” “They could have bid when the game was over and it had a huge effect on the game.”

“The two goals City scored, they have a lot of talent, but we threatened their goal and we looked like we could get something, but it was a silly act from Steven Taylor and he has apologized to the lads.”

One man may have made a difference tonight for Newcastle  - but in truth we  were completely outclassed – and it was a worrying game to watch for Newcastle fans.

Yohan Cabaye is also paid big money to play at Newcastle, and the professional thing for Yohan Cabaye would have been to play tonight.

But unfortunately that didn’t happen – and it was almost like a perfect storm tonight  - everything that could go wrong – did go wrong.

We have to do a lot better against West Ham United at home on Saturday, because the last thing we want is to get off to bad start this season.

But West Ham will now fancy their chances of getting all 3 points again at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at

Tags: Coaching · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rooster // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    No Problem, could have been 8, what an incredible farce with this Cabaye transfer, he is getting paid fortunes to play football for NUFC and he gets dropped from the opening fixture because his head might not be in the right place, yet Pardew says yesterday he is the best he has ever seen him, earn the wages and play, tell the manager no ifs or butts, im playing im ready, what has he done moped in the corner, more like they don’t want him injured incase it falls through!?!? it bloody stinks, oh and Krul and DUMMET WHO AGAIN HAS NOT PUT A FOOT WRONG FOR THE TOON WERE THE ONLY PLUSES OF A COWARDLY PERFORMANCE BY nufc, and ANITA AND CISSE hang your custard limbs in shame for that disgraceful attempt in the wall. summed our performance up, AP give over with the we were still in it patter before the sending off, you massive SACK!

  • 2 wolfshead@toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    pardew out joe in :-)

  • 3 hotdog // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I can see a bid for Hatem coming in. He has the quality top teams are looking for and then it is goodnight Newcastle united.

  • 4 Zero // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Thanks Arsenal you just gave Pards the excuse he was looking for. Just because Cabs was missing doesnt mean we should play as bad as we did… its a complete discredit to the other 8 international players we have. And MA guess what any other team would have a good enough replacement on the bench just incase something happened. And guess what pards…. they should be such one track minded in their play style…. its called having a second plan, you know plan B!!!!

  • 5 jonobbad // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Arsenal did nothing wrong. Cabaye on the other hand went completely the wrong way about it.

  • 6 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    If I was Sam Allardyce on Friday i would put some bids in for Ben Arfa, Sissoko and Krul, maybe Collocini, clearly they would then need to be pulled from our squad.

    A new tactic for opposition sides, put ridiculous bids in for our players and then they wont play. For F#cks sake.

  • 7 Harley // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    How come a bid from a club can cause a player to not play? That’s insane.
    He’s paid to play for us no matter what. I really don’t get it,
    I have to say it wouldn’t have made a bit of difference tonight anyway but surely he has to still play.

  • 8 Cool Hand Luke // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I wish this pair would sort their little ‘feud’ out, it bores me.

  • 9 toonking // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    BPC actually I am annoyed at these result but I am not brainwashed by tis stupid belief that any player from a different league is a super star as carr found him I look at the facts.

    1. team such as lyon hardly ever progress beyond the group stages of the CL

    2. this is call the premier league a league which is physical and fast the French league is a league with players take ages to close down on the opposition

    3.the fact that we lost out on remy to a team that was already virtually relegated.

    4.when ba got put back into the centre right away he was back to scoring lots cisse on the other hand goes into the centre in January but is always offside.

    5. when simmo and raylor were FB we had a excellent defence and the midfield were always able to get forward then santon replaced raylor due to injury and goals started leaking then we change to a 4-2-3-1 concerned about the leaks with our defence then simmo goes causing the right to get leaky too.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Absolutely fcuking disgusting
    Never have I seen a more pathetic looking NUFC team, cabs would of made no difference tonight pardew so shut the fcuk up with that one

    Embarrassing truly embarrassing

    Steven Taylor, a pro footballer? Is he fcuk I’ve said all summer this fat idiot needs replacing as he’s a complete liability can’t stand the bloke he can chest pump himself to another club!

    And all the mini accountants saying we only needed one more player, give your heads a shake, were shockingly short of any squad depth and lack serious quality in our starting 11

    As for pardew carver and stone, these clowns need to p1ss off to league 1 ASAP

    Absolutely fuming, set up to win? Behave yourself pardew

  • 11 Brutooon // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    correct me if i am wrong but other clubs can bid for our player ANYTIME during the transfer window open right?????????

  • 12 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Think Ben Arfa may end up at Tottenham, defo if Bale goes. Lets hope they don’t put a bid in as he will be removed from the squad for the next two weeks.


  • 13 geordie1892 // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Hotdog your right, if HBA leaves we are fcuked. Only creative player on the pitch today.

  • 14 RonVanDam // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Heres hoping cabs is injured instead of unsettled by Arsenals bid

  • 15 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Seems like all those Pardew fans are beginning to actually wake up and smell the coffee.


  • 16 wolfshead@toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM


    tayls half time pint must have went straight to his head haha :-)

  • 17 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM


    You’re probably right about the last bit – The telegraph is reporting that we told them to come back with at least £20m, rather than telling them to f’ck off.

    Is it bad form to put money on your own team to be relegated? Because I’m inclined to do it now while the odds are still decent. And I’m not exagerating, I genuinely do envisage relegation if Cabaye leaves and we don’t do some serious business in the next 14 days.

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Don’t be naive mate, pardew said before the game he was pulled because of the bid and no other reason

  • 19 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Pardew dropped Cabaye, don’t believe this rubbish that the player his head wasn’t in it. Yes the player will want to leave and I for one don’t blame him, we show no ambition what so ever, why would anyone want to stay. The manager picks the team and this numpty had the perfect excuse before the game even started.

    To all the believers on this blog, the people that were talking about being optimistic….that performance was what most of us had been saying was coming.

  • 20 SeanNufc87 // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM



    im usually quite timid on this blog compared to on other social media, but shut the fcuk up.

    there are NO supporters of the regime, just people who dont look at everything through an emotional teenagers glasses.

    nobody wants ashley most didnt/dont want pardew but we are stuck with him.

    its people like you that make our club look like crap, our biggest stock is the fact we have an amazing fan base, if you lose us our team is just another sunderland.

    your not supporting the team, your not supporting the manager, your not supporting board, tell me what team you support and ill show you a liar.

    i know sunderland fans who think more of our club than you

  • 21 hotdog // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    When pardew was appointed some fans on here questioned it and his relationship with Ashley. I’ve got to say after reading these comments above, he is just the mouth piece for Ashley. No spine. Keegan walked,grow some pardew or take a walk please!

  • 22 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Is that Pardew shifting the blame ? , well I never .

    What message is that to the rest of the team that without Cabaye we can’t get a result . I am going to write out a list of all of his excuses and staple them to his forehead .

    Actions speak louder than words you incompetent moron .

  • 23 jonobbad // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Seannufc @ 20

    That was uncalled for. Maybe you should take your own advice. Specifically the first sentence.

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Seriously fella I can’t even laugh about it the blokes a Cnut!
    It’s not as if this is a rarity for him nearly every game you watch the fat t1t play he has his hands all over someone, shirt pulling, handballs etc
    The blokes a complete joke and is only in the team because he’s a Geordie

    Alot were saying we don’t need to strengthen at the back because we’re solid there……are we fcuk!

  • 25 dan5679 // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    the bid was on a sunday its not like it was 2/3 hours before the game ..i dont think arsenal did anything wrong they are free to bid

  • 26 PMartel // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    “The performance up until the sending off was pretty sound. The two goals City scored, they have a lot of talent, but we threatened their goal and we looked like we could get something.” – Alan Pardew.

    What a plonker.

  • 27 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM


    If everyone really wanted change – and 90% of fans I know personally, along with almost every single one on this blog, believe that Mike Ashley is ripping the soul out of this club – then what else is there to do? The only way to effect things is to protest and boycott, all these people sitting moaning on blogs all day rather than doing things gets on my tits.

  • 28 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM


    It seems that our approach now is simply to get as much as possible instead of saying he’s not for sale under any circumstance.

    Personally I have no issue with him going as long as we reinvest during this window Cabaye for James McCarthy and Ince would leave us in a good position

  • 29 TimKrulFan // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I’m not buying any Newcastle products or going to any games intill something changes we need a new manager and new players. A St a winger and RBS are a must we will be relagated under pardew and it will be the best squad ever to get relagated!

  • 30 SeanNufc87 // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:23 PM


    i didnt give any advice, by all means voice your opinions but to be so negative to anything newcastle gets my back up, and if ANYONE did it in front of me id argue back and thats merely what i was stating.

  • 31 thejokethatisnufc // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    F*****g shit pmartel couldnt agree more with you

  • 32 Toonfan8 // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    so if Cabaye wants to go, then let him go, for 20M…bring Erikssen, better and younger player and Ince too….14M Erikssen and 6 Ince and we are much better…Pardew is joke manager, Tiote, Saylor, Debuchy, Jonas every one of them is not good enough…

  • 33 jonobbad // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Shut the fcuk up.
    Thats what you were stating and it was in response to a post I agree with.
    Action needs to be taken unless youre happy seeing the same as today and the same as the last year or more.
    Bad owner
    bad manager
    bad dof
    bad tactics

    We just want whats best for the club.

  • 34 Beattie25 // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM


    Lets go through your post bit by bit:

    “im usually quite timid on this blog compared to on other social media, but shut the fcuk up.”

    Does this mean on other social networking sites you’re a rude little prick?

    “there are NO supporters of the regime, just people who dont look at everything through an emotional teenagers glasses.”

    Obviously you don’t attend games, interact with other fans or visit this site often enough to know that the regime does have support out there. Also it is better to be an emotionally invested individual that sees the world through teenagers glasses than a whiny little tosspot who obviously watches from the comfort of an armchair tutting throughout a match before quickly turning over to watch the only way is Essex/made in Chelsea/keeping up with the kardashians as soon as the game is over.

    “nobody wants ashley most didnt/dont want pardew but we are stuck with him.”

    Correction. Some people actually think Ashley has done good and will continue to do good for this club. Pardew has some staunch support also from many nufc fans. Also you are never stuck with something just because you feel weak against their power. They could be removed if enough people realised it.

    “its people like you that make our club look like crap, our biggest stock is the fact we have an amazing fan base, if you lose us our team is just another sunderland.”

    You’re obviously living in the mid to late 90′s, early 2000′s. Our stock as a mighty fanbase has fallen considerably. We are now looked upon as a laughing stock. We are just a gropinofmstaunch supporters that turn up no matter what and that respect we once had died away a long time ago. Just because you turn up and sing loudly doesn’t make you the best fan in the world. You say if the fans weren’t here the team would be another Sunderland. Well what good is a brilliant fanbase if it stands still as it is fleeced, abused and corrupted by the people that should be caring for it? What good is a fanbase if the team they support is not worthy of them? We may become another Sunderland without the fans but without the quality team we deserve we might as well be another Pompey. Die hard fans that are fcuked over again and again and sit by and take it.

    “your not supporting the team, your not supporting the manager, your not supporting board, tell me what team you support and ill show you a liar.”

    I support Newcastle united which is bigger than any player, any group of players that make a team, any owner, managing director, manager or other employee. It’s a inheritance of broken dreams, a current dip that has the making of a sinking ship but an ideal to work towards for a better future. What are you doing supporting this club if that’s not what you want?

    “i know sunderland fans who think more of our club than you”

    Well once you finished sucking them off thank them for me.

  • 35 wynsleap // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Ask any supporter of any club if they would like Pardew as manager, Kinnear as Director Football and Ashley as owner of their club.
    We are becoming the biggest joke in football only it’s not in the least bit funny to Toon fans.
    Really think this season could be the lowest point in Newcastle’s history unless The Tight One slings his hook for some reason. But I’m not holding my breath.

  • 36 magpie_army // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I was one of the group willing to keep Pardew on through the back-end of last season in the hope that something would change.

    Absolutely reversed that now. I actually want him and his backroom ripped out tomorrow and replaced with quality footballing coaches who can actually coach the players in basic passing and moving.

    So disheartening when you see a player turn around and pass back to Krul as it instantly signals that we’ve lost posession as a aimless long ball sails to either the opposition centre halves or out of play.

    Nothing wrong with the quality of many of our players, we obviously need strengthening in a few areas and more depth added but the matter of the fact is that the quality we do have is being suppressed by the muppets in charge. Can’t actually believe I ever thought it would change for this season.

  • 37 Billythefish // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Wasn’t expecting to win tonight, but was expecting a game of high tempo and passion. Pardew is clueless our team have no fight we had players booked and one oaf sent off and not one booking was for a dodgy tackle, all unnecessary. I don’t believe for a second It was Cabayes choice to not play.
    We are being sold short and have been since the Fat man took over. He is the root cause of all our problems.
    Good accounts though. What a shambles of a club we have been turned into and the worrying thing is some fans accept it, and believe the bullshit we are fed.

  • 38 toonicle // Aug 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Can’t see how Cabaye would have helped a whole lot.

  • 39 Geordie crappa // Aug 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Honestly, I was distaught at last nights game. Debuchy AND Cabs should do us a long term favour and hang their heads in utter shame and leave. This pair can ply their trade in Monaco or wherever because they are only interested in money, oh yeah, and they both rely on cabs state of mind if they play well or not. Wish we had Raylor back. And Ashley, do the right thing, replace these divvits or just please stop messing with my club.

  • 40 savio // Aug 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I was somebody who was ready to give Pardew time till November….That was mainly because of our 5th placed finish the season before…But the performance from our lads yesterday was really shocking….and i truly believe pardew is the one to blame for…he has got a really talented squad…still we couldnt create 1 clear cut chance….people might say that we must be more realistic…we never have the chance against city…i know that…the reason why i am sad is beacause of the way we play…i think we should plan boycotting games…some action should be taken…

  • 41 Hobs // Aug 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Two reasons why this excuse is just not good enough:

    1. Cabaye was injured a lot last season and we were awful without him. We should have bought in a backup during the summer.

    2. Cabaye is a wanted man. They should expect bids to come in, and there should be a replacement ready if should leave.

    I think it’s only an excuse to take focus away from the bad performance.

previous post: Newcastle Need More Players Signed In The Next Two Weeks

next post: Manchester City 4 Newcastle 0 – Video Highlights