Newcastle Legend – I Just Don’t Understand What Happened


Alan Pardew mentioned a year last August that some club had come in for Yohan Cabaye late in that transfer window, and that his head had been turned, and at the time Newcastle managed to keep all their top stars on Tyneside, including Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba.

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Yohan Cabaye – refused to play for Newcastle

Well that club were thought  to be Arsenal, and sure enough they came in again for Cabaye last August, and offered Newcastle £10M for him, but the Magpies turned down that bid instantly,  and wanted at least double that amount to let one of  our best players leave Newcastle.

And the way Yohan Cabaye reacted to the Arsenal bid is now history – bad history – and not a good precedent at all –  he refused to play for Newcastle.

Yohan has since apologized for that and come to his senses, and has also been punished for what he did, and we are all moving on.

Former great David Ginola has been interviewed in the Chronicle today,  and David says he just doesn’t understand what Yohan was thinking about:

“I didn’t understand the situation with Cabaye.” “For me he has always been a fantastic professional.” “Not just on the pitch but as a person.”

“He’s a guy that usually respects the game and respects his club and the players.” “I didn’t understand what happened there.”

“Now he’s back on track and it’s good for the club because he’s a big asset for Newcastle United. I hope he is going to be really good in the future.

“They still need Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle to win games and do something in the league.”

Most fans have forgiven Yohan for what he did – we all make daft mistakes  in life now and again – and even more will forgive the Frenchman if he can get back to his best form for the club.

And a good time to do that would be tomorrow night at Goodison Park – and a goal would help too. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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6 comments so far

  • Rooster

    Sep 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Cabaye, saw the bigger picture, and you know what it is a bigger picture, The gooners are light years ahead off us, hestill should not have took the huff though, this mob in charge of us have taken the soul and passion out of the toon, and I did not think I would ever say that.

    Mike you have probably earned more in interest in the last year than virtually every toon supporter who goes to SJP, how much do you want!!!!! (even more n more I suspect) show some humility, show some passion for your (purchase?!?)

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  • Graeme

    Sep 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    The grass often looks greener on the other side of the fence, but it seldom is. No doubt the same issues will come up in January, if not with Cabaye, it will be another player.

    The lack of ambition, shown by our Owner, D of F, cannot help the situation though and probably makes it a lot worse. Why would you, as an ambitious player with dreams of playing in the World Cup, winning things, playing regularly in European Compitition etc want to remain with any club who shows no sense of similar ambition for the Club or the team?

    Surely it defeats your ambition as a player to stay?

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  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    2Graeme // Sep 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM @2

    you’ve hit the nail right on the head.

    I’ve seen similar disillusionment in staff I’ve recruited to a company whose name is synonimous with quality. Howver, the reality after joining appears poles apart from expectations and that’s probably the situation that Cabaye and others have and will experience.

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  • JaxtheMag

    Sep 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #4

    the toon or arsenal, no brainer really. we will loose our betta players thru time to teams that try and want to win things.

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  • Constanstine

    Sep 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Next up is Ben Arfa and I can’t wait till the day we nufc fans will be screeching and questioning him about his loyalty to the club and then curse his career. Simply because we love him so much right now and can’t accept the fact that he will leave for the better.

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  • workyticket

    Sep 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    “I didn’t understand the situation with Cabaye.”

    There have been several situations at the club since Ashley’s been owner that I don’t understand. We shouldn’t pretend that we know what happened in these situations because they’re all stage managed by the club’s propaganda machine and the players can’t really give their side of the story because of confidentially agreements in their contracts.

    Virtually everything is a lie at St James’ Park nowadays when you look into it a little more closely, and we fans are manipulated like idiots.

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