Cabaye – We Thought We’d Done The Deal For Him

Yohan Cabaye had an excellent game for Newcastle United at Cardiff City on Saturday, and still remembers the night that he had dinner with Loic Remy, and shook hands with the French striker, but within a day or two he was a QPR player.

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Yohan Cabaye – wants Remy to stay at Newcastle

This is what Yohan Cabaye has said in the Mirror today:

“I wish he had signed for us in January. I still remember clearly the night when we thought we’d done the deal for him – I had a nice glass of wine, we shared a hearty handshake,  and the next day he wasn’t there.”

“Sometimes in life you have to wait, though – and if you wait long enough, the good things come around. We’re really, really glad to have him, not just for his goals but his work-rate, and everything he did here was competent.”

“At the moment he’s a QPR player, but it was interesting to see Harry Redknapp’s comments that he probably won’t be coming back. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but we’re pleased to have him.”

Newcastle come back on Saturday was after their shocking performance at Everton, with one of Newcastle’s best performances for a long time in that first half, and we must have created about six or more top chances, and Loic Remy scored from two of them with excellent efforts, and that was enough to win the game 2-1.

And of course Loic is now very popular with Newcastle fans, and we are all hoping he will want to stay at Newcastle after his loan spell ends, or even before that time.

Here’s hoping.

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41 comments so far

  • darrylwe

    Oct 7, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Is the buy -out clause still active?

  • Rooster

    Oct 7, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #2

    I do believe we will have first dabs on the lad, lets just hope he continues his good form and that he dosnt have a spell in the BIG HOUSE!?!? cos if he gets done, he will do a couple of years at least and that’s with time off for good behaviour!

  • Blofal

    Oct 7, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Ill say again. Any first offer / buy out clause will be void if QPR are promoted. It’s stupid business by them if thats not the case.

    If they get promoted they will need Remy… and he won’t be going anywhere.

    I think we should offer silly money (ie ALL the tv money) for him and Lukaku. Then maybe fish around for a good experienced defender on a free / cheap transfer.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 7, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Arry and the fans may well be pissed at Remy for leaving them immediately after relegation, as he showed going there was purely a money move. Everyone knew this but you always like to think a player wants to play for your club and is not just there for the paycheck. I hope in there eyes that they see him as a mercenary and everything wrong with the team that went down and if he happy with all the frenchies who knows he might just stay on

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Unlike you came down in the last shower, you’d have to think the chances of getting Remy on a permanent deal were more than a little slim.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #6

    For unlike read unless, of course, isn’t auto correct a load of rubbish. Spend a big chunk of time overriding it and still fail to overcome it.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Excellent result and excellent first half performance, even so, Pards will be doing well to still be in a job at the end of the next five very difficult matches. Thanks in no small part to a very slow moving and frugal transfer policy. To be honest, I think if he is sacked the moral blame will be Ashley’s.

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with you on the two points you’ve raised – autocorrect can be a real time-waster and I do hope Remy will be with us this time next year. Although as Kinnear may still be with us in the next few months, there’s a fair chance he won’t be!

    Speaking of Kinnear (it’s strange that autocorrect went to ‘spewing’ – it does have a mind of its own!), This Mirror piece and the comments reportedly from Remy and Cabaye, does have the hallmarks of an article manufactured by our Comms team to distance Kinnear from any involvement in a foul-up if Remy does go to another club when he’s free to do so!

    Balls up? Kinnear? Never in a million years ….. Mmm, mmmm.mmmm, well……

  • Sav

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought the quote you are attributing to Cabaye was actually from Pardew?

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Jimmysmith, you’re churning posts out at Ed’s pace!

    Must say, you’re very kind with your words to convey short-sightedness and naive as descriptive of Ashley and the great lump of lard’s transfer policy. Now there’s prize for the first one to correctly name the one I’ve described as ‘the great lump of lard’.

    The top prize is half of Extra Strong lager in a top drawer Snderland bar and the runner up, dinner for two with Joe Kinnear!

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #11

    lesh @8 – I’ve got to agree with your suspicion of the articles being “manufactured” -for whatever reason. I read the reports before I saw your posting and formed the same opinion.
    There are not many English speakers who use the expression “a hearty handshake” never mind French lads who are learning the language. Clearly some skulduggery afoot.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Obviously, most things Newcastle are less than perfect, but unless you accept that Kinnear was brought in to undermine Pardew, which seems far fetched, then I think he’s an upgrade on Llambias, and if it means that Ashley and Carr as well as Kinnear are at the games and afterwards joining in regular debriefings with Pardew, then that surely has to be good also, not least of all as Ashley then becomes a more involved, hands on owner. A bit more emotional buy in and tactical awareness by him would do both us and him the power of good, it seems to me.

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Sav @9, I think that Cabaye comment wouldn’t even be attributed to Pardew – it has the grubby pawmarks of an exercise aimed at positioning himself far away from any accusations of even more incompetence on Kinnear or Ashley’s part in this deal, if he does go another club arte end of his loan period!

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #14

    So you had a glass of wine together, and shared a hearty handshake but you forgot to whip out the FIFA 12. Way to go Cabaye!

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #15

    @13 and for clarification of ‘aimed at positioning himself far away from any accusations of…..’,

    I should have used ‘…… aimed at positioning KINNEAR as far away from any accusations of incompetence …. ‘

    Hope that makes sense!

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #16

    And as Mr Poirrot would ask: And who was the last representative of Newcastle United to.see Mr Remy?

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Perhaps a bit naughty of me to guide you too this article from ‘The Mag’

    You could be forgiven were you to be seen rolling over the floor, giggling!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 7, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Of course no player is beyond criticism, but it has been mindblowing to read all the criticism of. Benny the last day or so…or even the praise of Pardew for dropping both Mbiwa and Benny!

    …he most be a genius because we got a win 😉 Wonder what that makes him when he gets it wrong? The simplicity of some NUFC fans at times are mindblowing!

    As a group of fans we really do see football very differently 😉 I’ll be back more reguarly when sanity returns to the blog!

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 7, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think Remy will go back to qpr and play in front of 12 people

  • bills-son

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Think about it – Remy took the money at QPR and ended up with a Champs team. Only us showed serious interest because of the rape allegation and would only take him on loan.

    Imo its not QPR who won’t agree a buy clause its Remy. He didn’t want to sign permanently for a team who might end up struggling and has enough confidence in his ability to know that he can attract a top four team if he has a good season.

    He is using us as a stepping stone – simple as.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #21

    WHAT ??? Remy may not want to sign for a team with fantastic looking financial books..

  • Thump

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Cabaye back on the ambassadorial role?

    @bills-son: Spot on, unfortunately. It’s not a case of waiting for QPR, he’s waiting to see his options.

  • Malta Mag

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree with the last comment. Anyone that can criticise a player of Ben Arfa’s ability really does not know football. This player should be cherished. A couple of weeks ago he was being talked about in the same breath as Messi yet now we’re coming up with stats on how many tackles he is making.
    We have a strong squad and as with the big clubs, players have to realize they will not be playing week in week o

  • bills-son

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Malta Mag,

    The criticism of HBA is over the top but his last two games were absolute shockers. When he plays he gets fed alot of the ball and that can be devastating if he is on form but a real liability if he isn’t. Plus, whichever wing he plays on his lack of closing down and tracking back further exposes our defensively suspect full backs.

    I would seriously consider playing HBA through the middle instead of Cisse – that takes away any defensive responsibility, he doesn’t disrupt the shape of the midfield and I could see him getting 15-20 goals from that position.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #25

    I think that’s how West Ham set up against Spurs, no recognized central striker just a no. 10 through the middle, and of course they got that shock result. Mmmm………even so. But yeah, unless he’s on form he’s maybe doing more harm than good.

  • bills-son

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #26


    HBA holds the ball up well with his back to goal – better than Cisse – and he also looks quite decent in the air. I doubt Pardew wil play him through the middle but I’d love to see how it would work out.

  • JaxtheMag

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #27

    the deal will not be right for us.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #28

    You are spot on with that. If Remy has a successful season with us, and the signs are encouraging so far, then there will be higher ranked teams interested in him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him join Spurs or Arsenal at the end of this season.

    As for ‘Arry saying he didn’t want any of the loan players back, he also said that no one would leave the club on loan a few days before 2 or 3 players left on loan.

    Anyone comparing HBA with Messi needs to give their head a shake. Messi has scored more goals in each of his last 5 seasons than HBA has in his career.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Spot on with the Remy bit, I disagree with HBA as the sole man through the middle, although at the minute I wouldn’t want him selected on the left or right of a front 3 either….

    Will be interesting to see if Pards selects him against Liverpool, where even though we are at home, we are likely to be under pressure from the outset.

  • Slank

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Remy is a QPR player and at the end of this season will return there. It’s looking like QPR will be promoted and I expect they will want him.

    The only way to get him is to pay their assessment of him, which if he continues to score at his present rate, will be very high. I doubt it will be less than £20M.

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Morning lads hope the blog is cheery after what was a fantastic result and performance. Feel for Anita but when tiote is on form like that he’s a bit of a monster. Sissoko is undervalued by our lads I think. I watched a re run of the match and I think he had a very decent game getting box to box side to side. It ain’t always about having the ball that dictates how well you play. Ben arfa is our diamond if people want rid then they can’t complain that we don’t entertain. He is our arses off seats guy. Frustrating but genius.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #32

    yeah, would be interesting, although I think it’s probably a safer bet to back Cisse to come out of his lean spell with a swag of goals.

    Maybe Pards, just needs to be a bit more flexible with him. If it’s not working for him, bring him off early, or yeah play him through the middle if Cisse is also off colour, or perhaps better still sit him down in front of some videos of Ribery and Robben and let him see how they contribute when the opposition has the ball or one of Messis’ distribution, seeing as this seems the level he aspires to. Then again, he probably already knows when and how he’s dragging the chain.

  • banjax

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Ashley has the opportunity to sign Remy in the January 2014 window. If for whatever reason (including Remy not wanting to sign) we don’t sign him then we will know for sure about Ashley’s lack of ambition for Newcastle United. Hopefully, Ashley has learnt another lesson by now that the Football business is different to what he is used to, and bargains are as rare as rocking horse shit and waiting for them has got us where we are today.

  • Slank

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #34

    geordieboy83 @ 31

    Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein were geniuses.

    Hatem Ben Arfa is a footballer who is very good when he is good but terrible when he is bad.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #35


    Give it a rest. As Remy said he’s got half the French national team with him for company. Those 6 players in Jan and now Remy didn’t just magic themselves here. Pardew has got backed as much as anyone outside the top 6.

    Even the biggest Pardew fans will have to agree with this below as it is absolutely spot on.

    santonthenewmaldini // Oct 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Yeah thing about Pardew is he only seems to be able to have one plan we usually start games well and the other team then sorts it out in the 2nd half and we dont know how to rectify it

    Or we start terrible and it takes him till half time to remedy it when it is usually too late

    He needs to figure out how to control games for whole games or to turn it around when we are under the cosh

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #36

    You know what I meant you pedantic little so and so : )
    I think he’s a genius as he gets me excited to watch the match and I’m a miserable sod. So making me smile is genius in my eyes

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #37


    M’Biwa once valued at 13.5M, we paid 6.7M
    Sissoko once valued at 22M, we paid 2M
    Cabaye once valued at 15M, we paid 4.5M
    Marveaux once valued at 7M, we paid 0

    etc, etc

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #38

    Isn’t it’s relative? I think we are big club that should be backed accordingly and in a timely manner and I think Ashley has fallen short here, plus you do need to figure the abnormal injuries of last season. But yeah, he’s got some talent at his disposal, but quite some way short in quality depth compared with the top 6 and too lean particularly at key times for a club of our stature. This season is better though, but again still lacking here and there.

  • yo-yo

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #39


    Pity you’re still pushing your own anti Pardew agenda so hard. Its a game of two halves and it takes two to tango. To imply only one manager is going to call the shots and outsmart the other for a full match is just plain stupid.

    In the real world games ebb and flow, usually no team manages to dominate for 95 minutes. Managers are tweaking and adjusting their sides and themselves responding to the oppostion’s responses to their calls. The half time talk (and personal pride in players) is a big motivator after a bad first half for most teams.

  • Yorkgeordie

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Ed , you have attributed this statement to Cabaye but the Independent is saying that this is a Pardew statement, which seems more likely


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