Newcastle’s French Contingent Have Been Brilliant

This season if is a fairly regular occurrence that more than half the side starting a game are French, and as an example last Saturday in the 5-1 defeat of Stoke we had six Frenchman start that game.

Mathieu Debuchy new home strip

Mathieu Debuchy – one of the top French players at Newcastle

Newcastle are on  a run  of seven wins and one draw in our past nine league games, and to think some fans were calling for the dismissal of Alan Pardew a short two months ago, but Alan has again proved he is doing a good job on Tyneside, and certainly his players are behind him 100%.

Alan has said that he would like a lot more British players in his squad, but he;l come out today and said the French contingent on Tyneside have been brilliant:

“We’ve introduced a lot of French players because of market forces.” “Arsene’s first port of call when he arrived here was France, for the same reason.”

“I’m disappointed not to have more British players in my team. I want more British players but I’m certainly not going to argue with our French contingent.”

“They’ve been brilliant. It’s a world transfer market now. Arsene maybe saw that before other managers; we owe him a bit of a debt.”

Alan Pardew is the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League these days next to Arsene Wenger, and that’s after only three years on Tyneside, but Alan has  a chance to have Newcastle finish in the top six in the league for the second time in three years.

Bobby Robson was the last Newcastle manager to achieve that record and in his final three seasons on Tyneside, Bobby had us in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in the Premier League.

And then in late August of 2004, Freddy Shepherd in his wisdom ruthlessly fired one of the best managers Newcastle ever had.

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13 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #1

    How can MOTD spend the same amount of time on a p1ss poor, dull as fcuk 0-1 away win for manure as two games which both had 6 goals??

    And aye Pards the French lads have done very well this season, you’d like some more British players, most of us would just be happy with a couple of quality additions in jan


    Dec 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #2

    When Debuchy first came I was sceptical, he just didn’t look any good………now you can see exactly why we were after him for so long….hands down best right back I can remember in a black and white shirt

    but to be fair Simpson wasn’t exactly bad would have liked to have kept him as cover

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Debuchey is the shit……even with the misguided Travis Bickle do!

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 29, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #4
  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #5


    Why Manure on MoTD so favoured?

    Probably the same reason as Livetpool, Citeh, Arsenal and Chelski.

    They are perceived as big clubs with an international following. Ergo, good ovrseas viewing figures, more pennies for the been and, er, the so called big clubs.

    Is it any wonder they do so well from tv money, the wealthier they become, the more they can afford massive fees nd wages for world-class players.

    It seems all very cozy, so very very cozy.

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #6


    That’s an interesting article you posted.

    If, IF, it’s true, then Jonas’s absences are explained.


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #7

    What a strange situation if true!

    I get the “Big club” thing, but they were like the second to last game that’s normally a 40 second clip show followed by another 40 seconds of Hanson mumbling some incoherent sh*te!

  • swemag

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #8

    On Jonas – if true really weird. On the other hand, he has been injured a lot and during that time the team has been on an amazing run. It is hardly like he would walk right back into the team.

    For the world cup. Well, it has been some time since he last featured in the national team, honestly cannot see that being on his mind.

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Tads…….maybe the MoTD producer had allocated ManU a set period of time edited the 6 goal games against their time-slots, found the ManU game was crap but had to put it where the boring games usually go anyway?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #10

    About Jonas; if this is the case then why wasn’t he sold in the summer?

    …makes to sense keeping him if that was the truth?

  • bills-son

    Dec 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #11


    Guti started the first game against City so it might be that Pardew still saw him as a first team player. Since Sissoko, Anita and Gouffran have come into form that may no longer be the case.

    If the story is true that may be why he has been left out since.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Bills…I am not sure I still get it, cause Pardew would know playing him would trigger a new contract and then as well be allright with it?

    …other players playing well right now should not really change that.

    I think some journos are reaching for something that might not even be there 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #13

    …and it seems the article are suggesting that Pardew is not interested in that happening!


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