Newcastle Player So Relieved


Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put in a tackle from behind on Samir Nasri,  during the second half in Sunday’s game against Manchester City, and that tackle eventually resulted in Nasri stretched off the field, and it turns out the French International is out for eight weeks with knee ligament damage.

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Samir Nasri – after Yanga-Mbiwa’s tackle

That’s the bad news, but the good news is that Nasri should  recover and be available for France in the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.

But it appears that Samir is not at all keen to talk to the Newcastle defender, who has done his best to contract Nasri to personally apologize.

This is what Mapou has said in the local press about the incident:

“I was waiting to meet him in front of the changing-room door but he got treatment,” “Then, I immediately tried to get his phone number. I called him several times but he never answered.”

“I left a message, I tried again on Monday but I failed to talk to him. I will try again because I want to apologise personally. I was so sorry. I clearly didn’t want to hurt him or be violent.”

“I wanted to trip him up, there was no nastiness. I finally heard it should be a two-month absence and I was relieved. When I heard it could imperil his World Cup, I felt really bad.”

Mapou is at least being honest, because he did try to stop Nasri in what was going to be  another  quick breakaway by the visitors, so it was what’s called a professional foul.

And we suppose Mapou’s doing his best and doing the right thing by wanting to apologize personally to his French International team-mate.

But we can also understand why Samir is not happy with Mapou, and certainly City manager Pellegrini thought the tackle form behind was a red card offense.

But referee Mike Jones had already done enough to ensure a Manchester City win, by amazingly disallowing a perfectly good goal in the first half by our stand-in captain Cheick Tiote.

You can’t expect everything to go your way.

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72 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    REPOST

    Knowing our luck Jay Willie Donchie is probably being groomed for the role, or Carver and Stone lol

    TS

    Much better way of working it mate, a transfer cap value would be better and would also bring down the ridiculous transfer fees….especially the fees paid for British players!

    Can someone please answer this question:
    Why are English players so over priced? Italian players aren’t over priced in Italian leagues and French aren’t in French leagues as German players aren’t in German leagues!!

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    REPOST

    Pochettino in Subway…..’nachos nachos nachos si sis is is si scorchio jalapeno nacho si si si chipotle scenorita’

    Translator: “One six inch sub.Nacho’s. Salad. More nacho’s’…”And Hot Jalapenos on Top, with Chipotle good Sir”

    Jayphoto…Ketsbaia? Or too much of a nutter?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    @2

    lol sounds like a fast show sketch 😉

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    wolfshead…that was the inspiration 😉

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    How’s this for madness

    Nemanja Matic who is apparently going to sign for Chelsea for the 2nd time was initially bought for £1.5m he was then exchanged to Benfica for David Luis + £21m and now they are buying him back for £24m (something around that mark) that is just crazy

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Same Nasri hacked Joey Barton in 2008

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    went to my first Gateshead match in years last night. 0-0 with Aldershort and the ‘Heed’ missed a penalty in the last minute. it still moves them up to Fourth mind. I reckon they’ll be in the Football League soon, they’ve recently turned Professional, have a fairly well off chairman and moving to a new stadium soon. Imagine if they did a Wimbledon and ended up in the Premier League? Would they be massive rivals like Sunderland? Its weird coz after going to the match, half the fans there seem to be Newcastle fans, lots of NUFC shirts, jackets, etc being worn. Would be interesting if they ever did make it up there with the big boys! Terrific night though, great atmosphere and some decent players!

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Jay

    In response to something you posted on last article, about grooming a new manager, maybe for next season or the one after. I think that is spot on. All this sack pardew now is silly, simply because the is NO ONE available who would do any better imo. There are some who think our players are top 4 material. I would argue against that and say that they need to improve their standard. once we DO have a top four squad, then we can have a top 4 manager groomed and ready to go.

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  • cjtoon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Hi all,

    Hypothetically if you were offered the choice of the following two scenarios which would you choose:

    1. MA Releases £10Million to spend on transfers including their salary/ies for the rest of the season? Pardew and Carr have total authority of who to sign as long as it fits within this parameter. Kinnear is tasked with getting the best deal for whoever Pardew and Carr identify.

    2. MA Uses £10million to release pardew from his contract and then advertises his job. With the remaining money a very competitive (£3-£4mil pa) salary is promised on an initial 2 year contract with ambitious (perhaps even strict) targets in terms of league position.

    Personally i would see option two as the better investment i know this will divide a lot of people though.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone else go to the Gateshead games?

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Man Utd are crying out for a really good CM yet they kept Tom Cleverly (pants) and sold Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba!! The latter 2 wanted more first team footy as Scholes was ageing yet he was bought back from retirement and Cleverly was preferred ahead of them both, again absolutely bonkers!! Pogba is now valued at £30m + and is French international

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    cjtoon – at this very moment, option 1. in the summer, option 2

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Cjtoon

    Personally don’t think it would work with the managers we would be able to get right now. Plus even if we do find an upgrade, the shake up could just as well land us a lower finnish, and less money. People assume i am against an upgrade on pardew, but i simply do not think it is the right time. Manager switches should happen in summer idealyn and it worst BEFORE january transfer window.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Our toon

    I believe that English players are so over-priced because of English snobbery, for some strange reason we feel we are better than foreigners and when the chips are down we fight harder for the cause than our foreign counterparts, which is complete and utter nonsense imo as they fight and battle as equally hard as English players do, so there you have.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Markaccus

    It’s funny you say that, I’ve just seen an interview from the exiting chairman of Southampton around the sacking of Adkins, he said Adkins was a fantastic man but the club is ready for the next step, unfortunately that won’t happen under Adkins!! That’s called ambition mate, it’s called having a plan to progress, you can’t progress with dinosaurs of the game such a JFK and Percy!! This squad is achieving what it should 8th but we will never go above expectations because of the ppl at the helm

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Jay

    Grooming a new manager

    our Useless owner can’t be bothered about a signing. you think he will be bothered.

    Yes he is billionaire but a STINKING one. Friends with Kinnear a Shame of a man. Pardew Liar-liar. Llambias?

    Busy leeching money out of club.

    He has not done anything out of the ordinary for the club. Interest free loan. My A*s

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    If we can upgrade our squad to a potential top four side in summer, then this summer would be time to make the switch. I doubt that will be thencase, though.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon…I think English players most be fashionable or something…at least in the UK.

    …they are the only one who wants to buy ’em – at that price anyway;)

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Our Toon

    you could say that about Cardiff too. Although their owner is a bit of a crack.

    and WBA got a manager who is better than clark

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Our toon

    I agree we wil need a new man in charge to make the next step. I have always said that. The only point i am debating is that i do not think oir squad is top 4 material yet, and if we had a guy in who was pushing for it, it would have a detrimental effect. We do have some good players, and some.promising youngsters, but we are still short of a couple of world class names imo.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    we dont play football in the summer

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Spoof

    Just never understood it, the likes of Barkley, Wiltshire, Morrison etc look to have benefitted from the foreign lads because technically they play like the foreign lads

    Markacuss

    Thought we normally got a better deal in Jan window, why get a new manager in the summer? Pochettino came in jan I think

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  • cjtoon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    I hear what your saying and for the record i doubt either will happen in reality.

    I would think replacing him now would give someone new half a season with very little pressure as we are effectively safe from relegation bar an absolute unprecedented collapse. It would give them time to assess the squad give everyone a chance stamp a new style on the team and evaluate ready for the summer (im dreaming i know).

    I think we are being naive if we think we arent an attractive prospect for managers looking to make a mark on the game. We have everything ready to really push on. I said last week i would love to see the list of applicants should the job arise in the near future. I bet we would be suprised.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Our toon

    Yes but as someone said earlier, pochettino was a gamble that paid off. There is no garuntee that sacking pardew now would not blow up in our face. Everything is being done in baby steps at the moment at nufc, and while it is frustrating to fans (quite frankly toon fans are amongst the most impatient when it comes to change), I personally don’t mind waiting a bit longer. Its not as if Pardew is actually ruining the team, although some will say that, he just plays dull football at times.

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  • DokToon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #25

    him,

    while i loathe alll your utter nonsense, and your jaded comments… MA HAS provided an interest free loan… he isnt interested in the club, therefore, no interest.. lol

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Markacuss

    I agree with most of what you say but our season is over….we won’t get into EL we aren’t in any cups, perfect time to kick Percy to the curb and bring in a manager that can get the best out of the creative players and bring modern new ideas into a team starved of creative thinking

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #27

    ou toon

    the reality is we simply don’t know is available and who would come, i’m sure clubs with much better contacts would be aware of who they could get well before they thought of sacking the manager.

    ideally the summer is time to change but we are safe from relegation now and wont get europe so whether we come 8th or 14th isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things, especially if we dropped down a few places due to a transition under a new manager, so he was ready for next season to be 100% from the off

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #28

    DOK

    don’t read. would spare you loathing.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Cjtoon

    I think.we probably would attract a young manager wantingnto make.his mark. I do quite like the idea of grooming one in preparation that Jayphoto suggested

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  • cjtoon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #30

    I must admit that im suprised how many people think pardew is doing well or even O.K. On the other hand they criticise MA for having no ambition it is slightly ironic. As settling for Pardew doing O.K is fairly unambitious is it not?

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    @cjtoon; the question you pose is unreasonable as for £10 mil, which has to include wages, signing on fee etc, we couldn’t get much bang for out buck…you’re essentially looking at a £6 mil player. Furthermore I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, this whole sacking AP is pie in the sky, we can hope it, dream it, demand it but at the end of the day he’s a ‘yes’ man to Ashley, has 7 years left on his contract and is going nowhere.

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  • martoon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    HD – I like reading your posts but this constant harping about leeching money out of the club is becoming boring. There are many posters who have stated he can’t just take money out without it showing up in the accounts. \Yes he has taken about £11m out of a further loan of about £30m but he always said he would be claiming the £30m back and in fact I believe has defered some of the further payments. I’m no Ashley lover and wish we had a more open owner but I don’t want facts to be distorted just to try and make a hysterical point.

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  • DokToon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #33

    martoon,

    my point exactly

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Pochettino wasn’t a gamble or should I say all appointments and signings etc are gambles as no one knows if they will pay off!! However that coutise guy (chairman of S’hampton) said they had there eye on Pochettino for sometime, he was doing well in Spain and was quickly identified as the replacement before Adkins was given the chop!! Scouting managers…..not bad

    Jesper

    You are right only in this country could Stuart Downing go for £20m and AC go for £35m absolutely bonkers!!

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #35

    cjtoon – I think the fact that MA and Joe Kinnear are the club could very easily put off top managers applying for the role if it were to arise.

    I think the list of applicants if we got rid of Pardew now would read:

    Steve Clarke
    Joe Kinnear (I know!)
    Mick Harford
    Phil Brown
    Alan Curbishley
    Owen Coyle
    Di Matteo

    None of which I would consider an upgrade.

    Available managers though who in an ideal world would come: Dick Advocaat, Capello, del Bosque, Trapattoni…de Boer from Ajax would be interesting.

    Don’t think any of these would come and 100% couldn’t afford any of their wages, other than de Boer I reckon

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #36

    T sage and Our toon

    So, can we say this…

    Only drop pardew now if there is an available manager who is known and is capable of a top four charge next season with a slightly improved squad, all incomming players would have to be earmarked now and brought in asap in summer, or if no manager like that is available, get in a couple of players now and also either groom a new manager for six months, or pre arrange a big name to join us in summer.

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  • cjtoon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #37

    In reality unless we get in a new coach or assitant manager. We cant effectively groom anyone as they will always be liable to be noticed by other clubs and poached before we react.

    The last thing we would want is somebody with potential working under AP! i can see it now:

    AP: “well i like to play attacking football on the front foot, I will teach you a lot lad”

    New Guy: “So why is it your leaving Hatem out of the team against a struggling side at home?”

    AP: “well im afraid he’s not quite good enough at defending….

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #38

    We all know pards won’t get the sack but I’ve enjoyed the debates on here today, no name calling, no aggressive behaviour, no childish remarks, good contributions and healthy discussions!! All seems good on the blog long may it continue

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  • roblee7

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #39

    not being unrealistic with them names by the way, just mean in an ideal world 😀 I also wonder how Sven would get on…perhaps wouldn’t be after such stupid wages now he’s been around a bit and not been all that great

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Roblee

    Is steve keen not available? 😀

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