I Am Very Happy – We’ll Be Representing Newcastle United

Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site today, and the Frenchmen was not surprisingly upbeat about the fact that the Les Bleus have brilliantly made it through to the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer, with a sensational 3-0 win in the second leg in Paris on Tuesday night, to become the first European country to ever come back from a first leg two goal deficit and still qualify.

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Yohan Cabaye in action on Tuesday night

Yohan admits that he cannot wait for the World Cup to come around next summer, and the draw for the groupings, so France will know who they are up against:

“The World Cup is a long time away but I cannot wait,” “It is a big competition for every football player – the biggest – and I want to be in it.”

“I am very happy and am now waiting for the draw, to find out which teams we are going to play.” “It is good for the club that so many players could be going.”

“We know we are a good team with good players and so it is no surprise that Newcastle will have so many at the World Cup.”

“We will be representing Newcastle United as well as our countries when we are out in Brazil.” “It is a nice feeling because we were 2-0 down before the second leg and it was going to be difficult to come back,”

“But we did the right things in the game to get through.” “We always believed.”  “The spirit from everyone was amazing, from start to finish, and we were very confident.”

“We knew we would get chances to score and once the first goal went in we pushed on and managed to score enough to get through.”

Alan Pardew was also upbeat in his press conference today, and was pleased for his players who had made it through to the World Cup, and he mentioned France’s win, and how Yohan Cabaye was central to that, with a great display he put in on Tuesday night when it really mattered, and France were through against all the odds.

Now we need the Frenchman to put in a similar performance for Newcastle against Norwich on Saturday afternoon, and that will be a difficult game – very much like the Hull City game at home, when we were also doing very well.

Maybe this time we can win the game and not lose it.

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16 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #1


    The loans are interest free from Mike Ashley. People really need to understand that there are 3 separate entities here, NUFC, Mike Ashley and SD. Transactions between those organisations need to appear in the account and be controlled by rules and potentially tax.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #2

    There have been various financial journalism articles on the merchandising at Premier league clubs as distinct from commercial revenue.

    I would say the majority of posters hold a more tarnished view of Ashley than yourself. Yes, there is a very vocal minority of posters on here who carry this cross throughout, but I’d say the majority are more anti Ashley then yourself which makes my statement correct, without you being an Ashley fan.

    Why not get accountants to look at things? Erm…. that is pretty much what true faith have done mate. 4 or 5 actual trained qualified and very real accountants have looked at the club and SD accounts and none of their findings are positive reading for fans of the club. Sadly, as the only easily contactable representatives of the forum, NUST, have now been removed who do you get in touch with. I haven’t seen contact details for forum members anywhere.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Please don’t continue with the accounts, I get it.

    Business is business and numbers move from there to there – back to the football?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Which bit of the football. You never responded to my Cabaye+Tiote>Sissoko+Anita but against weaker teams Anita+Cabaye>Tiote+Cabaye.

    Also, Shola, a fine servant to the club, or a bloke who has taken millions and given nowt back.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I would second the point about contact details, as it said in the last Fans Forum minutes about generating a critical mass behind questioning NUFC banning organisations. But where from / to?

  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #6

    I got side tracked by m’tea!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Still think he won’t be with us for much longer .

    Maybe we can keep him for another season with his best m8 being here, but unless we make some serious moves in the transfer market and look like we will challenge for something can you blame him for wanting to jump ship ? .

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Cleared the debt?? The debt is greater just to a private entity rather than to a commercial business (bank). Good as that is, debt isn’t cleared.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #9


    I don’t know, but there are other fans on the forum so I’m pretty sure that they will be members of other groups. There’s a list of who they are on the NUFC website.

    It’s great that True Faith have someone who knows what they are doing to question the accounts and that question has now been put to the club. But I don’t think the club should have to immediately reveal its inner workings every time an accountant asks a question. There’s no urgency, so hopefully we’ll get an answer in the next Fans Forum.

  • DokToon

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #10

    this coment made me laugh:

    I think it’s because we are so close to the city of Sunderland, that it puts off any prospective buyers.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #11


    Shola…lead scorer in Europe, a man who has put his body on the line time and time again for the club. Remember SBR lauding him because he played on with a hip injury when we had no other strikers?

    How about comparing him to Harper…a man who has made millions from the club to sit on the bench?

    Harper – 199 appearances cup and league, Shola 375 and counting.

  • Jackel001

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #12


    As long as Fat mike is the owner we will NEVER be taken seriously. For god sake he’s employed JFK! And you don’t want players on 250k a week? How many players do you know on that? Personally I can only think of two and they are the best players in the world. We just want some ambition ffs!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #13

    I have no problem with selling players, it i what happens after that is important. If we can replace with a younger player with higher potential or realised ability then great. If we stow the cash (which I personally doubt would happen) then we will end up knee deep in it.

    Sell players at high value, replace with a couple of players who have the potential to be more than the 1 to the team. Repeat. Very sound business model, whether that is how we will operate when the time comes, who knows.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Is it true that this blog was hacked yesturday.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Certainly the squad needs rotating, but options also lead to lack of consistency. I think Pardew has begun to realise he needs subs for tactical changes and to keep players ‘healthy’, swapping like for like without loosing momentum. However, it is to easy to become too reliant on the same 11 players and for fans to expect the same 11 to produce every week.
    Playing in Europe was not or should not have been a problem last year, I think Pardew became to distracted and has not got the whole squad operating at a high level. The result is that still the likes of Marveaux /Brigi /Obertan are not able to reach good form.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley DOES have ambition for NUFC – for it to become a profitable business so that he can make even more ‘loads of money’. And anyone who was in the same position would do likewise. The example of Swansea FC and Germany is used to promote Supporter ownership and I would agree that it would be more ideal. However, change won’t happen over night or with name calling.


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