France Manager Gives Veiled Warning To Cabaye

Didier Deschamps, the France manager will be naming his squad on Thursday for the World Cup qualifying games coming up against Georgia and Belarus, and for the second time running Yohan Cabaye will not be in the squad.

Didier Deschamps white shirt

Didier Deschamps – France manager

Yohan Cabaye has refused to play for Newcastle in the last two games, and we think that’s more likely to be the case, than Newcastle not playing him in case he gets injured.

And Alan Pardew has hinted that Yohan didn’t want to play – and that has gone over like a lead balloon among Newcastle fans, which is not surprising.

Of course with it being the World Cup in Brazil next summer, our French players will be anxious to get into the French squad, but from what Didier Deschamps said today – Cabaye will not make it for the upcoming qualifying game:

“If you do not play for three weeks, how can you be in shape to plan an international? It is impossible.” “I do not ask them anything, they are free to pursue their careers, but they know very well and it is the same for everyone, you need a minimum of playing time.”

“You have to have minutes on the pitch, start games, to be able to hope to play for France.”

Moussa Sissoko had a good game for Newcastle against West Ham, and while Mathieu Debuchy had a better game than he did at the Emirates, he still looked a bit shaky dealing with the speed of West Ham’s Matthew Jarvis.

Ben Arfa looks in decent form and he is running at the opposing defenses – something he does very well. although he wasn’t able to create many chances on Saturday.

But we don’t expect Deschamps to choose Ben Arfa anytime soon, because of their arguments when Didier was manager at Marseilles, when Ben Arfa arrived on Tyneside three years ago.

But Yohan Cabaye will need to get things sorted out soon, but we have a sneaking suspicion he may be staying on Tyneside, because the fee being asked by owner Mike Ashley is just too high.

We hope it’s too high, and then maybe Alan Pardew will need to get the Frenchman to apologize to Newcastle fans for refusing to play.

It didn’t help Yohan’s case that in the turmoil surrounding his possible transfer to Chelsea, Wayne Rooney played really well last night for Manchester United – that’s what professionalism is all about – and Wayne did himself a lot of good with that performance.

And there was a really funny piece by Neil Cameron yesterday in the Evening Chronicle on the Cabaye situation – some much-needed levity from Neil – here’s the article if you haven’t already read it.

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182 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #1


    You forgot ”the grass is too long”

    It’s very worrying when somebody keeps saying ” Trust me and ”to be honest” .

    How can we have stumbled on 2 more repellent people as JFK and Pardew?

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Grass was too long.

    Can’t see pardew using that excuse! ever

    Perfect for hoofing

  • Graeme

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Cant see the problem in what he is telling his potential players – if you aint playing for your club, you wont be playing for your Country either.

    Maybe it will focus Cabaye’s mind on the reality of the situation – he is being hansomely paid to play footy for NUFC; he is allegedly a Proffessional Footy Player and his current antics will do him no long term favours!!

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Great comment from Deschamps. Very clear message to Cabaye “Why aren’t you playing for your team so I can see your form?” In other words how Cabaye expects to go to the world cup if no one meets our asking price and he refuses to play is anyone’s guess. Get your boots on lad and prove to your suitors why you’re worth the money Newcastle are asking for you.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5


    he used it on pre season in Scotland which was so ironic
    because as you say technical pass and move, certainly the move part, football is anathema to pardew

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6


    I know, I was being ironic 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all !!

    Pardew vows to protect Newcastle

    This guy must walk crookedly. He has only ever had one agenda, namely his. When things go against the team it’s always bad luck against him personally!!

    Not once does he ever come out and say ”I got it totally wrong and I am out of my depth” like KK did when England manager.

    Everyone knows he’s only here for a pay off and the only consolation I guess is that Ash will have to pay him off. Karma of a kind but no good to the fans.

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone watching Freiburg Vs Bayern

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 27, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Can anybody point to a quote where Yohan Cabaye has said he is refusing to play for the club, every game I have attended he is the first to come over and clap the fans, like Jose Enrique if he has had enough of our lies and deceit I don’t think anyone can blame him.

  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Well said Didier
    Now Cabaye “get your finger out”
    The price we’re asking for Cabs is not too high at all,the guy is a classy player and tbh if he went to Arsenal or PSG then we’d see how good he is a lot more often because of the style of football and their coaches know how football should be played and have their players playing Sexy Football not like our lot.
    20 million is almost a steal for a clever player like him when ya see the prices other clubs are looking for a players that’s never played for country or the PL


    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    no 😛 but watch karate kid 3….

    indian is the match live? or repeat shown?

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #12


    Its on now

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Some of the things Pardew says makes you wanna slap him.

    He is the dump responsible for all this. Protect Newcasle My ass!

  • Toon1978

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #14

    It does not take someone to be in the Football business to know having two great wingers, two great strikers and a man with vision in behind the strikers will win you more games then you lose. You have the opposing team at sixes and sevens not knowing if you are going to play a defence splitting pass OR a quality ball in from either flank. It’s not rocket science but people like Pardew make it sound all the more complicated then what it is. At grass route levels having two good lads out on the flanks also works wonders and that’s after a week at graft doing a proper job and a night on the p1ss even before you kick a ball. Years ago, Footballers got on the bus with the supporters to go and play at SJP. Nowadays, Footballers live in another world to a normal working class supporter. This is the problem with the once great game. It’s all been made to complicated and to expensive for most people while players like Cabaye refuse to wear the black n white shirt that has been around far longer then him. No top class Footballer would have touched Man City 10 years ago, now they are queuing up to sign for them, why we ask? Not because of the great history or the masses amount of trophies they have won, it’s because that is where all the money is. I know normal working folk do the same but we ain’t got the expectations of fifty thousand supporters on our back who pay good money to see us build a bridge or mill some steel but they are privileged to be doing something they love and get paid well for it. So far removed from reality. But the supporters will never go away and neither will the club. Cabaye will not be the first and certainly will not be the last.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Marty toon,
    I think our transfer policy is far too rigid.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon 78,
    See post 9

  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Indian, I’m watching

  • Pokat

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Here’s a French manager warning a prospective international not to be petulant and get on being a pro. Why? Oh yeah thats right because players like that fecked up their last world cup thats why!

    I still dont know if he is being shelved by Ashley but if not and he is striking, he needs a boot up the cleft. In fact if its true I hope PSG buy him and stick him in a box under the stairs.

    Makes a change though, normally you’d expect a French manager to say ‘get out of ze ‘orrible northairn backwartair or you weel nevair be in zees team!’. 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #19


    U enjoying

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Your use of grammar suggests intelligence, your use of words suggests otherwise !

  • breno95

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Elliott – no where near as bad as some make out.
    dummett (where is Haidara?)

    cabaye (name the arrogant buggar on the bench)

    Above good enough and strong enough. Laugh also how this cup is always our best chance to win some silverware. Its the same every bloody year. Shame its always been taken too lightly.

    As for cabaye, needs a slap from his boss. Sick of player power crap. Its not rocket science. Unless i am missing something he has not been sold hence still a NUFC player.

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22


    What is it that I did?

  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Its alright mate, not too bad. Didn’t realise how quick Shaqiri was. Our wingers could learn something from that, being at the back post when cross comes in from opposite flank.

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #24


    Like Jonas

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Roy Hodgson please take note on this…………

    Anyways, team for tomorrow night:

    Debuchy Willo Coloccini Dummet
    Sammy Anita Gosling Santon
    Anyone except Shola

    Off topic as well here, but some guy on twitter going on about how L’equipe are saying we’ve agreed a £8.5 million deal for Andre Ayew? Bullshit?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #26


    No. It takes someone who plays Championship Manager…

    It does make me laugh the way football fans seem to think they know more than football managers who are paid hundreds of thousands or millions a year. Yes, let’s run Newcastle like Championship Manager…2 wingers whose jobs are to get crosses in, 2 strikers to score goals and one attacking midfielder given a free role and told to play through balls…

    I think football is a little more complicated these days…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #27

    See assaidi has joined stoke on loan
    Wingers going everywhere in good deals yet we still seem to be nowhere near even showing an interest in one

  • Toon1978

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon downward

    Tell me about CC manager, you seem to know what it is about mate. I am old School. Spend more time at work then in front on the PC. I think your tactical noose is more Cc manager if I am write it understanding my son 😉

  • ToonArfa

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #29


  • Toon1978

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry the post was for toonsdarnsarf me I phone is predicting bloody text.

  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #31

    pardew just talks shit, we are selling cabaye and we wont sign any1.but don’t panic joe says we have a big enough squad.

  • ToonArfa

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Sissoko for anita for abit more attacking intent.

    Pardew should be sacked because if he played this line up or something very similar we wouldnt be in this situation.


  • dantoon85

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Liverpool going for Sakho and Moses supposedly

  • breno95

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #34


    no it is not. Its what yr drip fed by those in the game and the media that make it out to be complicated. You and alot more obviously buy into it all. the reality of it all is that football is the easiest game ever end of.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #35


    I played it many years ago before more important things overtook it and I realised that if I installed it again then I’d lose countless hours to staring at a screen! The terminology you use is pretty similar, that’s why I said what I said.

    If that is just coincidence and you’re just old-school, then a different argument applies instead. Football has moved on over the decades, look at the way the most successful clubs play these days: Barca, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal etc.

    It used to be a case of 2 wingers, 1 big striker, 1 little striker, 1 defensive midfielder and 1 more attacking midfielder, but not many teams play like that any more.

    We need to play a more dynamic style and for what, we just need to have the players understand each other better and play a confident, passing style. I heard there’s a guy called Cabaye who might be available…

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #36


    If that was true, why doesn’t Ashley just hire you to run the team and pay you say £50kpa?

  • Toon1978

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #37

    33breno (95)

    Exactly mate.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #38


    Why doesn’t Ashley employ Mourinho if thats the case and pump money into the club? Swings both ways.

  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #39

    @JaxtheMag – we do have a big enough squad- if everyone stays fit and in form then we can just about get 19th instead of 20th.

    Don’t forget we’ve got the controlled shooting of Sammy Ameobi to come of the bench.

  • DokToon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #40

    next excuse:

    “the chalk on the lines was far too thick, causing our players to trip over the line, and would make the ball skip directly to the opponent…”

    “the sun was in my eyes, i thought the ref signalled halftime, when it was full time, and i made no changes, our side was strong though, i mean, arent two ameobi’s better than one?”

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