Let’s Hope This Newcastle Star Can Make A Good Recovery

Yohan Cabaye has come in for significant criticism for the unprofessional way he went about trying to force a move away from Newcastle to Arsenal in the summer, and there were plenty of other players who were linked with big moves, who didn’t let is go to their heads, but kept doing the right thing and playing for their clubs.

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Yohan Cabaye – after he came on against Fulham

Wayne Rooney was a good example of that,  when he came on and played a great game against Chelsea, while his future was up in the air and he could be joining the London club, but to play was the right thing to do.

What wasn’t the right thing to do was to go off and sulk like Cabaye did.

Former Newcastle great Malcolm MacDonald never pulls his punches, and he has this to say in the Chronicle about Cabaye:

“If ever a player got it wrong it was him.”  He went on strike at Newcastle and now he has to repair the damage with the Toon Army, because Arsenal never followed up their initial offer and probably only saw him as a squad player anyway.”

“Cabaye made a dreadful decision not to play in the first three matches of the season and his agent ought to have warned him against such a confrontational stance.”

“Others did it well – Marouane Fellini at Everton who played right up to the death and Wayne Rooney, wanted by Chelsea, but Manchester United’s star man played against them.”

“To be fair I thought the Frenchman did well when he came on as a sub against Fulham.”   I have never heard a Newcastle player being booed on to the pitch by his own fans, but he went about his business well and played a significant part in lifting the team.”

Malcolm is right in that Cabaye did well when he got on against Fulham, and in fact in those last 25 minutes of the game Newcastle even looked a good side,  and were moving forward all the time until Hatem Ben Arfa hit that scorcher to get all three points for us in the 87th minute.

We have to hope that Yohan now shows a lot more professionalism  and starts to play consistently for the Magpies, and it seems to have done him no good either with the France manager Didier Deschamps, who said it was never good when a player goes against his own club, and he was left out of the France squad for the two Wolrd Cup qualifiers.

What do you think?

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12 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    So take a small story from Saturday’s chronicle but ignore the front page, the back page and a double spread on pages 50-51.
    Neil Cameron has been spot on with his articles this last week and his 10 questions to Ashley should be seen by every Newcastle fan.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning MacToon,
    Mike Ashley has killed the blog.

  • MacToon

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha, he’s killing everything else mate lol. I see the Guardian have wrote a piece on him today:

    Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United spent less in the recently closed transfer window than the price of a couple of pairs of cheap trainers, much to the chagrin of many of the club’s supporters.
    But Ashley will be hoping for a better reception when he meets shareholders of his Sports Direct empire at its annual meeting on Wednesday. He will have good news to tell them: trading is expected to have remained strong, with the company benefiting from an increasingly dominant position as competitors such as JJB have fallen by the wayside.
    The retailer is also likely to be confirmed as the latest member of the FTSE 100 index of Britain’s top companies following a surge in the value of its shares. A far cry from its troubled stock market debut in 2007 and fractious relationship with the City.
    But it is not all sweetness and light. Some of the doubts over Ashley’s stewardship of Newcastle United also afflict Sports Direct. Following its final results in July, the retailer was praised for paying bonuses of up to £100,000 to 2,000 staff. However the shine was soon taken off when it emerged that 20,000 part-time workers were on so-called zero-hours contracts. These mean staff do not know how many hours they will work from one week to the next, nor do they get sick pay or even holiday pay. A former employee has begun legal action against the company.
    Sports Direct is not keen to comment on the issue, but on Wednesday it may have no choice

  • bills-son

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4


    So – if you force Ashley out…..

    Can you guarantee the next owner will be better?

    Yes or no?

  • MacToon

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Bills-son, of course you cannot guarantee anything in life.

    What Time4Change are trying to do is sell the club and the North East and show what a potential new owner could have. We know this should be a little gold mine for the right person in charge. Sir JH and FFS were lambasted for taking so much money out of the club but this was only possible because they tapped into the Geordie dream and realised the club’s potential by making it one of the top clubs in the world.

    Ashley’s done the exact opposite.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    When I used to work on the building sites, when offered a different job sometimes you would be wary of the new job in case it was worse than the one you had, however if the current job was minimum hours, and the gaffer was a cnut then it would be a no brainer, meaning unless we got really unlucky and landed the Venkys, I can’t see how we could be worse off.

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7


    Great comment on the last thread to Ginola, what a knob jocky!!

    Being a ardent Geordie are you going to go to the Colin Veitch talk on the 25th? or will work prevent it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    I go away for two weeks on Thursday, but going to the testimonial on Wednesday night.

  • cyprus

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    The relationship is broken now, so yes, MA should probably sell, when and if someone shows up. But, how many billionaires are there out there who happen to want to buy a club in the NE. This is so deja vu I won’t be commenting on it again. He handled it wrong. Frankly, so did the fans. The obvious thing would have been to fire AP. It’s him who plays crap football…

    On this article: Cabs is not as good as he thinks. Couple that with the way he snubbed us, sure that he was off. He should get ten minute cameos while people like Anita, Marveaux are given the lion’s share of game time. He should also apologise to the fans. The real difference in those last 15 minutes was in Gouffran and Remy. This guy (Cabs) gave away a very dangerous foul on the edge of the box.

  • bishopblaize

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    This time last week every Geordie I met was ecstatic about the Day befores Win. All week everyone looking forward to travelling to Villa.
    They still got the Buzz about cheering on another Win with our New Found Team (yeah .. they winning aint they?)
    I log on here to keep up with Buzz n the Latest Gos AND its like looking a Mackem version of the Parliment Channel.
    Where’s passion please?

    Mike Ashley – we’ll never know coz we’ve hurt him in past and a better man will come back stronger (he knows what he doing but not our call)

    Alan Pardew – I wondered why chosen as Gaffer BUT he’s here so I’ll back him while we winning and playing well.

    Kinnear (I’d love to know why he here .. But like I say .. We’ve pissed Ashley before and he better @ pissing back)

    Anyway, looks a canny day .. Gonna gan for a walk down woods with me bairns.


  • bills-son

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11


    The way I see it is that only a new owner like the Mansours would give us a chance of becoming the next Man City.

    I don’t believe thst will happen because imo Newcastle as a city is not big enough to attract the world class players that a Mansour type owner would want to buy – or they would have to pay those players a huge salary premium to tempt them.

    Imo that means if Ashley leaves we get an owner who competes financially in the second tier of the Prem exactly as we do now. And then what?

    One thing Ashley has done since promotion is give us stability both on the field and off it. Contrary the vociferous predictions of many we are not a selling club and all of our key players are still here. Almost without exception those players are worth more than we paid for them and are regular first team players – how many clubs are as successful as us in that respect? Lets see how the new guys at other Prem clubs fare before we praise their transfer activity this summer.

    I’m not happy that we didn’t sign more players but I did expect that one or two key players would be sold – that hasn’t happened. The Jan signings have games and a pre season under their belts and Remy will make a big difference.

    Outside of the top 5/6 our first eleven is as good as any and surely we can’t have the horrendous injury situation of last season repeating itself.

    In summary: I don’t think the reality is anywhere near as bad as that being drummed up and there is no guarantee that a new owner would be any better. There is a hysteria surrounding NUFC and hysteria never goes hand in hand with reasoned thought.

    Protests will do absolutely nothing to help the team gain maximum points from the next six games which offer us a chance to get the season away to a good start. You and your fellow protesters could end up dping alot more harm than good.

  • MacToon

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Bills-son, We will never be able to do as much damage to this club as Ashley has done. Your statement of I’ll be disappointed in Ashley if…. rhetoric at the start of the summer didn’t last long.


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