Manager Addresses Cabaye And Coloccini Concerns


Alan Pardew gave his press conference this afternoon, but the sound in the press room at Benton was very poor, and the club needs to fix that, and it was hard to understand what Alan was saying half the time.

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Alan Pardew – addresses concerns on Cabaye and Coloccini

Alan was asked some questions about the reports coming from abroad about Yohan Cabaye and Fab Coloccini, who both had seemed to make statements that could be interpreted that they wanted to leave Newcastle, but the manager played this down big time.

And the Newcastle manager looked calm and relaxed this afternoon, and put aside the idea there was any problem at all with Yohan Cabaye or his captain Fabricio Coloccini:

“Sometimes you know, they get asked questions that are slightly loaded.” “Yohan wants to play in the Champions League and who wouldn’t,” “I want that. Ask me that question. Yes I do, and we want to build to that here.”

“We need players like Yohan Cabaye to get us there. For him to express that ambition is no problem, I have absolutely no problem with that.”  “As far as Fabricio Coloccini, the pangs of home were pulling on him last season.”

“What he said this week is no big deal. “We just want to keep him playing well here.”  “Both of them have been outstanding players for this football club, and we need outstanding players if we are to make and impact at the top of the division.”

“So we are very pleased that they keep playing well for us.”

Good words there from Alan Pardew about two of his very best players.

And Alan also said that he hoped Newcastle could keep in contact with the leaders throughout this season, and he also said that he had been getting calls about the Champions League.

But he said that was a bit ridiculous,  because we are nowhere near that – and it’s all about wining the next game – that’s all.

Alan said they had just had their best week’s training in terms of number and quality, than he’s has since he arrived at Newcastle – so that’s good news.

It’s all looking good for Newcastle right now – but now we have to play well, very well in fact against West Brom – if we are to get our 4th league win in a row on Saturday.

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163 comments so far

  • Ciaran

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Building to a Champions League team? Don’t tell Ashley, he won’t like the sound of that!

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  • JackButler

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #2

    “As far as Fabricio Coloccini, the pangs of home were pulling on him last season.” “What he said this week is no big deal. “We just want to keep him playing well here.”
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    Cabaye wanted to play CL with Arsenal so that kind of put’s everything into context.

    Alan, he doesn’t want to be here and has openly said so numourous times. He should under no circumstances be given the Captains armband again

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Ciaran…Well, I suppose you could look at it that we are producing players that could end up at CL teams….that might appeal to Ashley.

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  • Rainrix

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Interesting that people are calling for benny to be put into a number 10 role, aka no longer use the 442 but ignore the fact that tiote’s and cabaye’s performances have improved greatly under that system

    So the arguement boils down to use the players to fit the team or try and fit a team round one player?
    No contest

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza

    I’d imagine that would appeal much more to Ashley, but for Pardew to make the claim that we are building to be a CL team is ludicrous and insulting to the intelligence of Newcastle United fans.

    Surely if we were building to be a CL team, then we would have signed a number of 1st team players in the summer of 2012 in order to kick on following our 5th place finish. Instead we deliberately scaled back our targets and as such pushed ourselves as far back from being a club with CL ambition as ever.

    Furthermore, by failing to adequately invest in the summer of 2013 we have ensured that there now exists a gap in quality and squad depth between us and those clubs with CL ambition thus ensuring that we will not be a CL club again unless there is a complete overhaul of our financial policies, none of which will be forthcoming under Mike Ashley.

    We’re building to be a Champions League club Alan? Shut up.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Ciaran…Well, he didn’t put a timeline on it 🙂

    Just you wait, when that TV money comes in, that all of those other teams have already spent…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #8

    It is no good screwing a winning team up to fit the crowds favourite player. It is team game and the 11 that has started the last few games are playing as a team.
    I can remember the the World Cup winning team when the press were screaming to get their favourites in – Jimmy Greaves and Roger Hunt in the team and Sir Alf kept with Peters and Hurst and look what happened

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  • JackButler

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Building a squad to challenge for Champions League places???

    someone needs to explain to Mr. Pardew that takes a lot more than only spending money when our backs are to the wall as seems to be the approach of Ashley and co

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  • AndyNUFC

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Cabaye did fancy Arsenal – but in reality his “strike” was nothing more than Kinnear pulling him out of games in order to facilitate a move and reduce risk of injury.

    Coloccini has a personal issue with being in this country – not an issue with playing football for Newcastle or any other team outside Argentina. Aside from this, his father is a part of San Lorenzo and you can’t blame him for needing to keep his family happy more than his bank balance/agent – quite a genuinely credible respect for that.

    Anyway it says more of our club and ambition that we can’t replace a 31 year old CB (admittedly the best we’ve ever had in the prem, though), and a 28 year old centre mid.

    In fact we do have M’Biwa and Anita (they will grow into the same quality of those forementioned I believe), but the fans seem adamant this is a signal of a downturn for the fact 2 of our best performers want to go. Got to look at the future prospects.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, a quote from your header:-
    “…but the sound in the press room at Benton was very poor, and the club needs to fix that, and it was hard to understand what Alan was saying half the time.”
    I find it hard to understand what Percy means most of the time -never mind dodgy audio.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ve tried to avoid the HBA argument for a couple of days but it seems like things are getting a bit silly and the bandwagon has well and truly began to pick up pace against him. Logically the lad should be in the team because even at 10% he brings more in attacking threat than some currently playing, Lee Ryder quite rightly pointed out that ratings wise he does get consistently good marks, even from ppl on this blog (I refer ppl to the voting of every game he played in last yr and consistently he was top 2 or 3 players). The team is however getting results without him on the pitch which is only good for HBA (at times he was shooting from impossible angles trying to do things himself) hopefully this shows him that he doesn’t need to blast them from 40 yards etc.

    I do think that his performances have been a symptom of last year’s inability to get results or performances, HBA’s performances are nowhere near as bad as some make them out to be but I feel he is unfairly castigated by some fans because they know he can be fantastic, if he has a decent game some people on here will blast him for being inconsistent. These are the same fans who will before the end of the season be telling the rest of us just how good of a player HBA, HBA is too talented for Pards to figure out how best to utilise him, the most important thing with players of this ilk is not to control them but to unleash them, they won’t always come off but no player plays consistently well every week (except Messi and Ronaldo) Pards feeds us BS and we soak it up, as I pointed out yesterday this is the same manager who preferred Carlton Cole upfront and played Tevez on the LW, no half decent manager in the world would pick strolla over HBA

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Keep this team that is winning at the minute but we have been far from convincing in our wins though, Williamson and MYM have conceded just as many chances if not more, we are acting as if we have been solid defensively, hardly conceding chances. We played 2 of the lowest scorers this season so far, let’s not get carried away, when we give a good all round performance then by all means hype this lot but it’s quite farcical to be praising Big Mike Willo and the rest for what have been inconsistent performances, game of 2 halves (one half we are decent next half we are shockingly bad) and some on here ask for consistency from HBA. The only thing we are consistent at is being dominated in a 2nd half when leading at HT (Realism)

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Clearly some fans on here did not hear SJP erupt vs Norwich when they were calling out HATEM BEN ARFA.

    Ciaran you opinion mean fcuk all, well atleast the 53,000 fans that fill the stadium disagree with you!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Our Toon…very nice addition to a rather oneside argument!

    …I have completely stopped commenting on the subject at hands – found it rather pointless to be honest.

    Like I said said earlier we all see what we want to see – the difference is some are respectful and. about and others are not!

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #16

    And what you’s on about Gouffran? I think you will find Yoan gouffran plays LM infront of Santon Benny plays RW or a free role.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    It’ll be interesting to see if HBA does leave us if he’s able to find consistency within his game as if he can he’ll be one hell of player

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Why are you all complaining about what pardew’s just said. He is trying to build a champions league team, because that is where Newcastle United should be! Yes we should of signed more players in the summer, and we still need more players if we do want to go as far as CL, you don’t think pardew knows that??? If he says anything like “we should of spent more” or anything like that, do you know what would happen? Ashley would sack him and JFK would take over. so just stop complaining about pardew’s press conferences!

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  • nufc 11

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    I dont know what games youve been looking at AP but Colo has far from been outstanding pretty awful to be honest just sit down and watch DVD’s of our games in the last season and a half and goals weve conceeded and ull know what im talking about its so amatur its a joke, because he can pass the ball out he was made a god why ill never know bcoz in every other department he is found wanting and he is leading the back four it shows how bad a judge of a player AP really is wen he is still the captain and in the team for that matter look at FER’s goal lst sat where was colo? I get so pissed off thinking about it feel really sorry for MYB or Willo who will be benched for Colo the great, what ever happened to earning the shirt? earning it with guts, balls of steel and playing and leading by example.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper

    I find it amazing how we set different standards for HBA than we do for others in the team, I firmly believe it’s because he’s the most talented. Shocking really that a player of his class can’t get into the team ahead of certain individuals. We prefer running around like headless chickens to actual attacking threat, we’ve bought into the cop out that is pards “work ethic” he hides behind that because he struggles to manage the talents of these individuals. Reo-Coker ahead of Mascherano and Tevez LW whilst Carlton Cole (Shola in disguise) up front.

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Kevy

    Stop being a child.

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Unless of course you are a minor, then you have no choice in the matter.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Young Strikers playing in the Champions League

    22 Nicolai Jörgensen, FC Copenhagen, 1.9M 87kg 2016 £2M

    22 Danny Hoesen, Ajax, 1.86M 75kg 2015 £2M

    22 Jordan Ayew, Marseille, 1.82M 80kg 2015 £4.4M

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Also, we are well within our rights to complain about Pardew’s press conferences if they are far removed from the club’s actual ambitions.

    Pards knows we are not aiming for the Champions League and suggesting otherwise is a deliberate attempt to deceive the fans.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #25

    MosesNUFC

    Then why speak about the CL?

    We all know that to get to that point we have to invest consistently as it take a lot more than hard work and a desire to get there. Taking one player on loan in the summer is not the sign of us wanting to be there so it’s simpler if Pardew doesn’t mention the CL

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Kevy
    I’ve also heard 52,000 chanting shola’s name, what’s your point?
    Of course fans will fully support players in the pitch

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Our Toon
    Pardew has been the most lenient manager for HBA in his career, his previous managers were far far more critical with consistency and maturity being a reoccurring theme, seems strange to then accuse pardew of holding him back

    Like it or not Pardew is here for a long time to come, benny in the summer will be moved on if he hasn’t signed a new contract

    HBA is technically a great player but is a poor fit at NUFC they simply don’t compliment each other and we’d do better with an old fashioned wide player in the Lallana mould rather than a flair player, sad but true

    The reason I’m happy to see HBA out the team atm is for that very reason, HBA is not a good fit for the set up regardless of how good he is it brings an imbalance to the team that we can’t seem to nullify
    So if benching HBA improved the team I’ll support it as I support the the team, not HBA which doesn’t seem to always be the case when discussing benny!
    If he can bring up his game and force his way back in just like cisse is being asked to do and were getting results in the meantime then where’s the harm? It’s worked for tiote

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry to copy my earlier comment:
    Dependable Shola deserves the plaudits for his performance on Saturday but given the amount of space Norwich provided to pick a pass, with willing runners and covering midfielders HBA would have performed equally well. He is a no.10 and it was the perfect game to play him from the start, instead of at the end when the rest of the team are only interested in defending. Plus if NUFC want to sell him before his contract runs down then they need to put him in the shop window and stop shoving him on at the end with offCisse’d.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #29

    One or two posters have correctly said that HBA is the most skilful player at the Toon but perhaps not the best team player, others have introduced stats to suggest the team doesn’t play as well when he plays.
    If anyone thinks he is not the most skilful at the Toon -could I suggest you need to change your game, could I suggest netball or ladies rugby.
    Over the last year, since his return as centre forward on an icy synthetic pitch, there seems to have been an attitude that Benny will win the game for us singlehandedly – just give the ball to Benny.
    It has been apparent that when Benny has received the ball -other team mates don’t do a lot to provide
    options for him -some have suggested they know he may get dispossessed so there is no point in a forward
    run. This is a bad foorballing mentality. The number of times he receives the ball -then explores left and right
    –without others making options is there for all to see. He then decides to do it himself by which time the opposition have doubled up or trebled up on him and he loses the ball. This also contributes to the “bad stats” others have quoted. Granted he sometimes makes the wrong decisions -all footballers do. The quest of Percy should be to learn how to utilise this player of undoubted skill.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #30

    What’s the big deal? Of course Pardew wants to build a squad to get into the CL, and so does Ashley when it comes down to it. What Ashley won’t do is gamble to get there. Now, we’d all applaud Ashley staking his own money on a gamble to invest in the club and push for the CL, but he’s decided on a more gradual approach.

    People keep banging on about when we finished 5th but really that was a gross over-achievement. Chelsea and Liverpool were shockingly poor and we had players like Krul, Colo, Cabaye, Tiote and Ba/Cisse who played out of their skin.

    But consider the weaknesses in the squad. The following are listing league appearances that season:
    Simpson (35) – yes, he played well but where is he now?
    Willo (21)
    Guthrie (16)
    Loverman (9 + 0 goals)
    Perch (24)
    Gosling (12)
    Raylor (30)
    Jonas (36)
    Best (18 – 4 goals)
    Shola (26 – 2 goals)
    Obertan (23 – 1 goal)
    Marv (6)
    Sammy (10)
    Vuckic (4)
    Fergie (7)

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Even when HBA has not been the most skilful player in the team his contribution to any team he has played for has not been good enough. Easily the most technically gifted player on the team however I feel some people attribute his poor form for us incorrectly on his team mates or the manager.

    Why does HBA have no responsibility for his inability to be a team player or to provide more goals and assists? The reason he goes it alone is because he is a selfish player, not because of lack of options.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m not worried about HBA, I’m more concerned for the results.

    HBA will come on against WBA if we need a goal and we’re into the 2nd half. But if we’re protecting a lead then he’s a liability. I don’t know why he can’t get it into his head that when protecting a lead, you don’t just take a man on in the middle of the pitch, you find a pass and you move. Our other players also need to trust HBA that they can make runs and trust him to retain possession.

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #33

    spot on tds, and jack butler, why mention it? BECAUSE PARDEW HAS AMBITION!

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I do agree with williamson staying in the squad but colo in my opinions wasnt good at all. If he wasnt sleeping against fer for that corner it would of been 2-0 mbiwa nd williamson newcastle have. To drop them for colo who 1. Wants to leave and 2. Isnt up to it anymore replacing mbiwa is just stupid from the manager. Tiote is a better captain too

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  • JackButler

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #35

    MosesNUFC

    Pardew may well have ambition but unless he’s about to sign players using his own money there’s little chance of us being a CL side any time soon, it’s pointless talking about it until it’s even a remote possibility.

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Mbiwa nd williamson r the best defence partnership newcastle have. Correction.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #37

    kt97

    Harsh to say Colo shouldn’t start just because he was beaten by Fer to that header. Sure, you’d like to think your centre halves clear those sorts of balls but Fer is a beast! Plenty of better defenders have been beaten to a header by worse players.

    Also, don’t forget how many chances Spurs had against us. We’d have lost 3 or 4-1 if it hadn’t been for Krul on amazing form!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Mister Tuff
    Yeah I’d agree there’s a noticeable lack of movement when he recieved the ball, but why? It’s not there when he’s not in the team, there’s plenty of movement
    So yeah it’s up to pardew to get it to work (imo that’s what he is doing by dropping him just like he has with other players ) but surely just like the others who have been dropped he needs to shoulder a responsibility to tweak his game to suit a bit more?
    I’m not sure really what fans want done here, he’s a great player but not the right fit at all, that’s not his fault, but it’s not the squads either
    So as a fan would you rather see the squad doing at the coat of our best player or our best player doing well at the cost if the squad
    Personally think most are off the mark in there criticism of him not being played as the lad just doesn’t look fit atm and will prob be limited to sub appearances until he sacks that dietician he hired from stevie t

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #40

    @Tads Ben Arfa wasn’t on the pitch when they were calling for him, that has to say something.

    Look at Anita amazing we player, were they signing Vernon Anita? no Ben Arfa is a fan favourite.

    Half the times he is brought on I reckon is because the fans are calling for him. He sells shirts he puts bum’s on seats so why would they wan’t to get rid of him? And why would the fans wan’t rid of one of our most talented players? just because a player hits a bad patch doesn’t mean you sell him. I remember there was times Luis Suarez was hitting 25 shots a game and sometimes not even getting on the score sheet. Did liverpool sell him? No is he banging them in now Yes!

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