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Montpellier Manager Blasts Newcastle – I Wouldn’t Spend A Week There

1:47 pm, Sunday, January 19th, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 134 Comments

The Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis has been quoted in France, and has basically rubbished the Newcastle United club, and why he has done that –  we have no idea.

Remy Cabella Montpellier +Herault+SC+v+Toulouse+TiKjXZRmypXl

Remy Cabella – to sign for Newcastle?

It would appear that Newcastle are closing in on a deal for their top midfielder 23 year-old Remy Cabella, and his father yesterday said he would be moving to Newcastle in January, and maybe that’s what has upset the manager..

And Montpellier had a very good 2-0 win at Sochaux yesterday in which Cabella played for most of the game, and they secured  a valuable 3 points for a side fighting against relegation this season, after winning the French Championship for the first time a couple of years ago.

The news yesterday was that Newcastle had asked that Remy not play in that game, but it seems Montpellier ignored the Newcastle request.

This is what manager Courbis said after their win yesterday about Newcastle:

“They are not a big club.” “And I hope another club tries to buy him.” “As a player I would not even want to spend a week there Newcastle.”

And remember when we signed their captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January, their President Louis Nicollin was just as disrespectful to  Newcastle as he said this in L’Equipe:

“He chose Newcastle? If so, he is an ass.” “It is not my fault but I think the manager Alan Pardew played a role. Newcastle, this is really not a good choice. They will transfer him the next year.”

“It doesn’t bother me. We’re not going to cry. He is not irreplaceable. The important thing is that we get money.”

So  it’s safe  to say that the President and manager don’t think too much of Newcastle. :D

But why they would lack class and criticize Newcastle United in public like that – we have no idea – but it’s hardly professional, and certainly doesn’t reflect well on Montpellier FC.

Louis Nicollin

Louis Nicollin – Montpellier President

But since all they seem to want is the money, Newcastle may still be able to close the deal for their French U21 midfielder, but maybe the words from Rolland Courbis are a clarion call for Manchester United or some other “big” club to move in quickly for their player.

Manchester United are one of the other clubs said to be interested in the play-maker.

And given the animosity the club leaders seem to show towards Newcastle,  it’s a  wonder we can get any business done with them.

What do you think?

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134 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Rake

    If HBA is frustrating for not passing the ball to Cabaye in the 2nd half what do you make of Remy in the first half , there was a chance for him to lay off Anita but he choose to shoot which was blocked…..should we drop Remy as he does this on a weekly basis?

    I’ve just watched the full game and dummett did well when he came on, the 2 big chances West Ham had yesterday came from crosses on our left (there right) Gouffran let Rat pass him and put it on a plate for Carlton Cole (where was willo) glad he missed that sitter, 2nd chance went to Carroll this time dummett lost the winger and AC should have scored, no one has mentioned this but you can be sure if it was Santon he’d have got blasted for it!! I think the time has come to take santon out of the firing line, within a month most on here will be calling for his return

    One of the best things to come from yesterday’s game was the fact that our wingers got an assist each, just goes to show you that all strikers need service, we should have finished west ham off as we were fantastic in the 1st half but make no mistake that west ham team was shocking and ravaged by injuries and suspensions, Marty Taylor was right back!!

    I think Munster was referring to some article where west ham fans wanted Pardew back after watching how we played yesterday, I ask would any fan want to watch what Big Sam serves up every week? I certainly wouldn’t!!

  • 2 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    The subs were a bit strange in my eyes, Anita who was fantastic should never have been taken off, when the team is under the cosh what we need is ball retention and no one is better at this than Anita…..if the opposition don’t have the ball then they can’t score!!

    On the subject of youngsters, I don’t think some of them have been given a fair go, perfect example is Bentelab of spurs who is playing again today, this 18 year old played well against Southampton and hasn’t been dropped for a bigger name as his manager is rewarding him for doing a good job!! Can you imagine Percy doing that? Abide seems to living up to his hype in Greece amazing what a run of games does

  • 3 Graeme // Jan 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Ed, if the clown in the Photo is really their President – he makes Mike Ashley look a class act!! Which, I guess, by comparison, he probably is!!

  • 4 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    How good is Bony looking now that he’s settled, what a hit!!

  • 5 Toon1978 // Jan 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Thought it wouldnt be long until NUFC or Cabella’s club become awkward. Just look at the clip of him.

    http://www.sportsdirectnews.com/premier-league-news/38679-newcastle-french-midfielder-deal-hits-snag.php#.UtvZKxDFLIU

  • 6 lesh // Jan 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Mmm., Mr Courbis and Nicollin need to visit us to experience the city at first hand.

    A Friday night out with Ciaran and Catchy should be punishment enough for such utterences!

  • 7 Alems1983 // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I think the owner and manager are just passed that we keep going after there best players!!! Ginola always speaks highly of his time here! More importantly it seems Cabella wants to come here! Last season was hard on us all! But if this team stays together we will progress so much! So much negativity on here! If before a ball had been kicked this season, we would have snapped people’s arms off to be a point behind the mancs at this stage and in with a fighting chance of the top 4 or 6!!! Get behind the team AND manager

  • 8 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    We have fat joe in charge of our transfers. he probably did something stupid somewhere in the deal. who cares as long as we get Cabella. Looks a cracking player.

  • 9 70TWO // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    It maybe that Newcastle games and highlights are quite often shown in France, which leads to familiarity and easy criticism (not uncommon). Due to poor performances last seasons we are probably judged indifferently and have a reputation for driving hard bargains with transfers. Sometimes tho, beggars can’t be choosers.

  • 10 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Now the real question is,

    Who looks like the bigger muppet?

    JFK, or this orange haired clown?

  • 11 Graeme // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Anita – its Sunday!! Why such hard questions mate??

  • 12 JAMSHA // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    who belives sportsdirect.ass … bring on cabella..

  • 13 JAMSHA // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    anita ofcourse the orange cock

  • 14 mag // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Courbis rant shows Cabellas leaving for the Mags!

  • 15 catchy in norway // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    lesh

    I think you would be very surprised by what I know about music,

    but I’m here for football ,

    rgds our squad,

    it’s all ifs and buts , as we all see something we like or dislike in various players

    shola, has not been a footballer for a long time now, someone said his hold up is beyond shocking , his touch is none existent,

    HBA , what can I say, most have been hoodwinked into believing he does nothing but give the ball away and not track back, which is not true
    people have formed an opinion on the guy because he now does what pardew asks him todo, get the ball and score,

    I did a stat the other day, HBA has a much better goal/ goal assist ratio than both sissoko and goofy,
    and surely the game is about scoring goals

    now don’t get me wrong, I like goofy , but is you check where our goals have been conceded , I think you will find it’s his side, they run past him and he isn’t picking up the runner, where is his defensive bashing ???? if that had of been HBA he would be hung drawn an quarted , by most on here

  • 16 mag // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Lois nicollin looks like a mackem on invalidity benefits!

  • 17 gazzaforever // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Nicollin is an attention whore, he s famous in France for insulting even his own players and coach, dont bother about what he says, his hair speak for him, he’s an old clown.

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Little tip for you all. Ignore paper gossip on a Sunday!

    It’s no coincidence that there’s so much transfer ‘news’ on a Sunday. There’s nothing happening so they make it all up!

  • 19 gazzaforever // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    And btw, catchy and ourtoon are right AGAIN.

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Our manager is crap, our DoF is a fool, our owner doesn’t have a clue, all of our good players are leaving, all of our other players aren’t good enough and we won’t be signing anyone…EVER.

    Yet we’re still 8th and firmly in the top half while clubs like Norwich and Swansea, who had both ‘overtaken’ us last summer, languish in the bottom half.

    Can anyone explain this anomaly?

  • 21 Goodfella // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    That pic of the president says it all really.

  • 22 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    @Toondownsarf

    Fairies.

  • 23 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    What a disgusting, odious, classless fat pr!ck. And for once i don’t mean ashley!

  • 24 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Tds

    Magic? Am i right? What do i win :D

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Catchy…I had a fantastic discussion about Benny the other day with TS and for sure Benny divides the water in here.

    …I have no problem with that – that said I have just stopped discussing Benny with most posters in here because I find it pointless. When someone has made up his mind there is really nothing you can do ;)

    TS is great discussing football with I think – we disagree alot, but he is very insightful and informative; I like that and it makes me rethink my opinion at most times. He even gave in regarding Benny which shows some can reflect on things and reassess their point of view :)

  • 26 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    @Markaccus

    JFK then?

    There are so many of them at the moment… :P

  • 27 stuart no9 // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    anyone else having problems getting on this website from iphone. i am on the mobile theme , but it will not switch over to the proper page. any ideas how i can get it back to the proper page ?????

  • 28 Tsunki // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    stuart – can you select ‘request desktop site’ from the browser menu? I think theres a problem with the javascript on Eds Theme button it doesnt work on my android tablet either.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    stuart…try desktop version?

  • 30 JackButler // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    He is right as over the years I’ve found that I can’t spend a full week in Newcastle because after three or four days I need to lay off the booze and quit partying for a while, but I always come back for more :D

  • 31 JackButler // Jan 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Llambias linked with taking Southampton Managing Director role……………………………..good luck with that

  • 32 Shadow_Shearer // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Unbelievable!! Look at this clown who claims he wouldn’t spend a week in Newcastle. Now I can see why his players keep leaving to join us.

  • 33 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Anita One….

    Haha i’d forgoten about him. Maybe i should have added “french” to the description too :D

  • 34 wolfshead@toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    jesper

    i only like people who agree with me apart from you that is haha :-)

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    wolfs…I knew you liked me ;)

  • 36 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Tsunki

    Your android tablet should have a ‘desktop view’ tick box when you press the menu botton

  • 37 stuart no9 // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    thanks lads i,ll give it another go.

  • 38 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Sorry i misread that

    It was stuart who was having issues not tsunki.

    Appologies.

  • 39 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    70 two fofana scored a screamer from outside box to wrap game up for lyon. commentator said ncle are supposed to be watching gomis .clive allen replied ncle scouts watch every game in france at weekends including this one

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Does anybody know how much Wolfsburg paid for De Bruyne?

  • 41 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    TDS

    #20!! It was our manager manager who said we couldn’t compete with the teams you’ve mentioned, they are also looking and wanting to compete in every competition….dare I say we only have top 10 finish as an ambition/goal for this season!!

  • 42 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Jesper

    A player who will be very good, think they paid £16m for him, it’s an absolute snip for that lad!!

  • 43 ERER // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Surely this guy must realize he is just insulting his own players intelligence and beliefs; if Remy C likes the prospect of joining Newcastle then surely he would react badly to such an obnoxious outburst.

    Mike Ashley must be rolling around with his train set laughing, we could very well get Remy C for even cheaper now.

  • 44 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Our Toon

    He was referring to the transfer market I believe. Because those clubs were willing to spend some silly money for PL level players to ensure they stay up. I don’t want us to even try and outbid teams like QPR for the likes of Remy. If they prefer the money from a small club, let them go.

  • 45 stuart no9 // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    regarding getting on the site from my iphone, at the bottom of the page it says – mobile theme———–on/off . the on is written in grey and the off is written in blue. normally i just click on the blue off sign and it changes straight away , but it seems to not want to have it today, even though the off sign still written in blue and should click?????????

  • 46 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    17 Million

  • 47 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    their chairman quoted 50 mill for giroud 15 million for yanga and got less than half for both .he said earlier cabella was worth 100mill.he then quoted 14 mill for him. they obviously want to get someone else to bid for him. i would hazard a guess if ncle have bid for him it is probably about 7 million as they know they are short of money.

  • 48 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    £16 million for De Bruyne, oh dear, they overpaid by about 10 million.

  • 49 JP...from The Rock // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    BITTER TW@T!!!! Just like their deluded owner!! Fcuk off you miserable cu*ts!

  • 50 Ciaran // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Letch

    Ha, yup because you know what sort of person I am based on my comments on a football blog.

  • 51 Harley // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I wish we played like Swansea and had a manager like laudrup.
    Beaten 3-1 at home and 3 points above relegation. Wish we were doing that:((

  • 52 JP...from The Rock // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    …and we’re not a big club but I suppose Montpellier will be in their SECOND DIVISION! LOL SAD TW@T!! Go eat your sour grapes elsewhere you c*nt.

  • 53 martoon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I’m finding it difficult to take Catchy seriously any more after his previous comment about preferring Fat Sam to Pardew because he organises his team better. How difficult is it to play a lanky git up front and toss high balls into the middle?

  • 54 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    That president has eaten too many snails, frogs legs in garlic butter, goose liver from birds that have been force fed loads of corn, and baby cows that have been given gallons of milk, no exercise and have never seen daylight.

  • 55 cyprus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    TDS,
    I think you are asking that in irony(@20), right? But the truth is it’s a game of fine lines, like Hughton said. When we came fifth had we overtaken all those teams? Or, when we were really relegated? Drop your game one notch and you lose. A bit of hard luck and you lose.
    So, what does all this mean? There are 2-4 crap teams ie. Crystal Palace, Sunderland – they might disagree mind :), then 10 or so very similar teams, we are in there. And maybe 4-5 better ones. though not amazingly better, so I think we can push them with just one or two brilliant signings.

  • 56 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Afternoon Martoon

    It is beyond comment.

  • 57 cyprus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    really=nearly

  • 58 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Harley

    We were last season

  • 59 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Harley

    Yeah we can only dream of languishing down by the welsh sides. We have disapointingly moved forwards this season.

  • 60 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Ancient

    £17m I stand corrected, you say £10m to much….I think it’s an excellent buy for a 22 year old who will be valued at £30m + in a couple of years!! Have you ever seen the lad play?

  • 61 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Harley

    Dont forget about the young up and coming ole gunnar sausage, who masterminded a 4-2 defeat by citeh yesterday.

  • 62 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This news is rather worrying…. hope he signs today we have plenty French players surely that would make up his mind…

  • 63 JP...from The Rock // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Bony although can hit the ball very sweetly is just as slow as Strolla Ameobi. All he does is jog from place to place no energy whatsoever. I am glad we didn’t sign him.

  • 64 mag // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    The French lunatic must have mistaken Newcastle for London as that’s a craphole!

  • 65 catchy in norway // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Jesper

    I fully agree with you about TS . for me one of the best posters on here, very insightful, always willing to talk without going to slagging, most just slate you because there just mindless sheep ,

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Ancient
    Honestly i have no idea how Chelsea do it!
    Buy a player don’t use him and somehow add about £10 million to his transfer value!!!!

    Stuart
    The blogs been a mate from my phone today! The normal site kept crashing and the mobile site wouldn’t let you see the comments!

  • 67 Marty-Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Swansea play great football and have a top manager but they’re find in out just as we did that the Europa league isn’t worth it wth all the injuries and tiredness coming into the squad.

  • 68 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Let’s hope we continue to move forward lads, next season could be repeat of last season, we need consistency and we need to show ambition in cups!!

    TDS

    I agree to a certain point with you mate but don’t you think that’s what Montpellier owner thinks of us though…..we’ve not won anything of note since fairs cup, yet although they are struggling this year they did win the title a few yrs ago, in his eyes what’s the difference between Newcastle and Montpellier!!

  • 69 Harley // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Our toon

    But we weren’t the season before (not sure what that has got to do with anything).

    Yes markaccus and that gus poyet guy, he would’ve been brilliant.

    I wish we’d invested as heavily as Cardiff and Norwich too. We could be where they are too .

    I can only dream!!

  • 70 70TWO // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Gueïda Fofana has signed a 1 year extension, so I doubt he will be a target any more, although he does rate highly and still reasonably priced.

  • 71 kt97toonarmy // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I love how were a bigger club nd i also love how we are in a higher postion then them in a better league

  • 72 martoon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Hi Markaccus – a flying visit before back to the DIY :(

  • 73 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    JP

    Did you watch the Swansea game today? Bony was by far the best Swansea player, took his goal really well!! 5 in 5 for him now!! Why would we need pace upfront when we need someone to hold the ball up, Win headers and score goals? bony beat Dawson and Chriches to everything today!! I’d take him over Shola any day!!

  • 74 70TWO // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Does Bony ride a horse to the stadium or is that his natural gait?

  • 75 mag // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Chelsea will give Manchesters second team a good hiding!

  • 76 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Martoon.

    I prefer GSETDI.

    Get someone else to do it!

  • 77 Tsunki // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    stuart — thats what markaccus and I were saying – the blue button doesnt seem to work and I think its the script on the page thats the problem. to get round it, go into your browser menu and select the desktop site(usually has a tick box) option. Some browsers can be set to always get the dektop version from within the settings menu.

  • 78 Our Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Harley

    You miss the point, we have a top 8 squad I think everyone is pretty much in agreement with that!! The mangers your having a go at….Laudrup (won a trophy in his first season & refuses to use EL as an excuse) Poyet (been in his job for 3mths and has clawed Sunderland back from being 8pts adrift to now having a good chane of getting out of the mess they are in

    These teams are all performing as expected so what is your point? Do you go missing when we go on losing runs and then turn up when we win 1 game? Let’s see what happens throughout the season and hopefully we finish well and come next season build on what has been achieved here…..if we don’t build on it then it’s been a complete waste mate!!

  • 79 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Our Toon, I have seen him play, and I did not rate him at all. (Only in English Football)

    Mourinho has talked about developing a young Chelsea side, and it appears Mourinho did not see anything in him either.

  • 80 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Mag

    I think Chelsea will win, but not sure about a hiding. 2-0 i think.

  • 81 stuart no9 // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    TADS——————— thanks for clearing that one up mate.

  • 82 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    toonarmydownsouth – anybody would have thought a great player such as De Bruyne could have done better than a mid-table Bundesliga side, wouldn’t you think.

  • 83 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Stuart
    Lol soz mate, the desktop site seems to be working fine now, still can’t see the comments on the mobile site, only seem to have this issue in this blog!
    Only thing I’ve done is clear the history seems to of helped out a bit, also double tapped the home button to close any background apps which seems to of sped it up a bit

  • 84 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Our toon

    I think the point is this….

    Laudrup gets respect and praise for doing exactly what his squad is percieved capable of

    Pardew gets abuse for doing exactly what the squad is percieved capable of.

  • 85 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Ancient
    You would yeah, seems a good player but not seen him impress when he has on the rare occasion played for Chelsea, certainly wouldn’t of thought many clubs would of payed over £10 mil tbh but guess there desperate to bring in an early replacement for Diego

  • 86 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Laudrup may well not be using Europa league as an excuse but seeing as Swansea are in the exact same position we were in i find it hard to see where the praise comes from

  • 87 Barras // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTZvQncgP1k

    Cabaye is a lovely man, and a superb footballer. Firstly, we should offer him captaincy. Secondly, we should offer him a new improved contract. Thirdly, we should promise him we will sign at least 3 signings during this window and the summer to improve the quality of the squad. If Pardew made this vow, he would stay.

    The signing of Remy Cabella could be such a huge step to keeping Yohan.

    It also important to recognize that if Cabaye leaves, Debuchy will go.

    Cabaye is the centrepiece of our team. The foundation.

  • 88 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Barras
    How the hell could pardew offer that he has no dealings in transfers or contracts

  • 89 JackButler // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Chelski 1-0 up

  • 90 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Lovely little dummy by Eto lucky with deflection but great goal!

  • 91 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Tads

    Exactly. If a manager identifies something as a reason for his teams loss of form and fitness, and uses it as an ‘excuse’ then so be it.
    If a different manager refuses to use the same issue as an ‘excuse’ for an almost identical loss of form and fitness, then what else can he blame it on? All that is left is his own management skills. Laudrup is basically admitting he is mediocre at best if europa is not an excuse

  • 92 stuart no9 // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    TADS — what phone do you have mate ??

  • 93 Marty-Toon // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I actually think Pards could do well if our owner opened up to one or two purples each window and get rid of the dross
    He is certainly doing better this year in his sub choices and team selections.
    On occasions he’s been back to his old ways but last year his choice making was poor with Europe exhausting the players

  • 94 gazzaforever // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    FYI his hair’s color was just a bet if he would win the french league. Which he eventually did. And he’s meant in business

  • 95 Harley // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Our toon

    Don’t forget that rene mulenson (or whatever) from Fulham. He’d be great too!

    I’m taking the pass mate!!!!!!

    All the the idiots banging on all season about how good things would be with all these other great managers.

    You make 1 good point. Lets see where we are at the end of the season. I post when we win lose or draw and have the same opinion every time. We are having a decent season.

    But just think whee we could be with laudrup!!

  • 96 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Man Utd’s distribution out from the back is horrible.

    What a disaster.

  • 97 JackButler // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    To be fair to Pardew we were unlucky against Arsenal where we deserved a point, if that goal had been rightly allowed against city then who knows what the result would have been

  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Stuart
    I phone 5 mate, also just installed a new browser off the app store called puffin, its running much better than safari

  • 99 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Hopefully Chelsea will rout them here, which will damage their confidence for the next run of games.

  • 100 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I agree marty, even one proper purple every window added to the squad, not including replacements, would help us climb the table massively…just can’t see Ashley splashing the cash ;)

  • 101 stuart no9 // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    TADS —— same here. might have a look at that browser.

  • 102 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Have to say that little pip squeak Januzaj does my head in!
    Holds the ball so so long instead of passing the hits the deck when someone goes near him

  • 103 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    stuart
    Its alright tbf but the lay out takes a bit of getting used to!

  • 104 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I’ve never understood why you would so blatantly dive when you’re a young upcoming talent like Januzaj. I understand more with an older experienced player but when you have so much talent and potential show it off rather than fall over!

  • 105 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    David Moyes flapping his hands in frustration and looking at Phil Neville, and Phil Neville shouting in feeble fashion from a sitting position on the bench “pick it up.”

    Useless lol.

  • 106 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    @Toonarmydownsouth

    Atleast he is putting what they learn in training to good use…

    God knows how they are not part of the olympic diving team…

  • 107 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Put your hand down Welbeck, your just sh*t lad
    How the hell is Welbeck guaranteed place in the national squad!

  • 108 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The more i see that Willian, the more impressed i am. So aware, unselfish and creative.

  • 109 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Anita

    January transfer latest, Man Utd to sign Tom Daley

  • 110 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Anita
    Lol aye they spend two days a week diving over cones!

  • 111 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    TADS

    I really like Danny Welbeck, will score goals if he is played upfront, would take him for us!

  • 112 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Tads

    The problem with Welbeck is that he is not the player everyone in the media says he is….. yet.
    I do think he could be part of Englands future forwards line, if he ignores the hype and keeps improving. Sturridge, Lambert, Rooney, lallanananallanalalnanal are ahead of him atm. I used to hate him but i do think he has potential

  • 113 Ancientcoptic // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I think I would give up on football if we signed Welbeck.

  • 114 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Probably rodrigez too. Southampton have great forwards.

  • 115 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    @MiddxNUFC

    Tom Daley has been in contact with United Officials in regards to having the starting 11 take part in his TV show, SPLASH. In exchange for signing a three year contract as part time player and Coach.

    Looking forward to the Ashley Young Triple back flip dive.

    @Toonarmydownsouth

    and every other day on the springboard.

  • 116 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Middx
    He is played up front! Finished last season with 1 goal in 30 something games
    Sorry mate cant agree think the lad is a poor CF and if he wasn’t at manure you’d never hear of him again!

  • 117 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Wilfred Zaha told to improve his technique in the dive, before being considered for the first team.

  • 118 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    2-0 Chelsea
    How can you leave a player of Eto’os quality unmarked on the edge of the six yard box!

  • 119 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I used to like Cheaterito… he seems to dive more now as well…

  • 120 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    @Toonarmydownsouth

    Maybe they thought he was torres and would miss a sitter?

  • 121 IITianToon // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Hello guys,
    Great win yesterday!! :)

    Have you noticed that when Remy gets the ball near the box, you can tell that getting the shot away is all that is in his mind. Now whether that is due to his innate nature as a striker, or whether he just wants to up his market value at every given opportunity, your guess is as good as mine!

  • 122 mag // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Apparently NUFCs very own bon viveur Kinnear was spotted having a kip in the stands at Westham yesterday so much for his german trip.

  • 123 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Anita

    Ashley Young would get Team GB a gold in the olympics!

    Markaccus

    I honestly think if Welbeck played for a team who played him as a striker rather than a left midfielder he would come along leaps and bounds, the boy can finish, he runs for the team all day and he thinks less of himself than someone like Sturridge, seem to be a decent amount of people who would disagree with me but I would love to see him upfront for the toon!

  • 124 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Anita
    Given that RVP and Rooney are out i have no idea how Hernandez isn’t playing tbh, great player
    Mind you i cant understand how Kagawa isn’t plaing either!

  • 125 Markaccus // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Anita

    Haha thats my name for him too. Cheatarito!
    I think the ref should change his yellow and red cards fpr score cards and mark the dives instead!

  • 126 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    TADS

    Last season Welbeck was played more on the left wing than upfront and when he was upfront he never got a full 90 mins! Fair enough at ManU since he’s got RVP and Roo ahead of him.

    But it’s fair enough if you don’t agree, each to their own :) the stats definitely back you up more than my half arsed hunch ;)

  • 127 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Moyes simply doesn’t have a clue. The sooner they both leave United, the better for their personal career’s.

    I rate Cheaterito over Welbeck every day of the week.

  • 128 theartfuldodger // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Manu being very physical. Theyr stoppin counter attacks by hook or by crook and trying to close down forcing cech to hoof. Worked for a bit but in the end Manu attack just isnt good enough.

  • 129 MiddxNUFC // Jan 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    IITianToon

    I think it’s probably a bit of both, he is a natural striker but watching him can be frustrating at time, especially when there’s a much easier pass than shot. But if he scores that goes out the window :D

  • 130 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    @Markaccus

    To be fair, they should do that for most of their team. Howard Webb will just be dishing out the 10′s each time.

  • 131 JP...from The Rock // Jan 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Yes Man Ure lost hahah luvin it!! I fcuking hate them and are now still just a point above us.

    Out toon- bony played well today, is a great finisher but i would prefer a more mobile player that can also hold the ball and score like say a player similar to Adebayor or a quick and nimble player that is neat on the touch like Hernandez. Oh and i would have ANY player over our useless Strolla Ameobi lolol

    I am disgusted by Montpellier’s comments and I just wish we clinch Cabella and it’s a slap in their faces. Moving over here did no harm at all to Cabaye and M’biwa. Cabella will help take us to the next level.

    Come on get that deal sorted Ashley and bang the nail in Montpellier’s coffin.

  • 132 LGFUAD21 // Jan 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    This guy has no class. We may not be a top 4 team but we can certainly boost Cabellas national team prospects and we can give him a much better platform to develop than his club in a predominantly rugby dominated area.

  • 133 Roger // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    In Germany we said:

    Was stört es eine deutsche Eiche, wenn eine Wildsau
    sich an ihr reibt.

    This is for the president of the club of Montpellier.
    F**k them

  • 134 derekm // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    For me any team that has half the French National side in it, the dutch goalkeeper for the next decade and a sprinkling of other talents should be a threat to anyone. The fact is we CAN compete with the top four on our day at our place, but without the financial clout they possess we will stay at that level. Any of our french signings are here as a stepping stone to potentially bigger pay days and champions league level game time, so be it, Ashley’s ambition stays at the level of top ten revenue with the minimum investment. The idea that we can even think of competing with Abramovic, The Arabs who throw money at Man City, The Americans backing Liverpool and Arsenals revenue streams from good management and a 62000 seater stadium filled consistently is ridiculous. Fergie described us as a wee team in the north east – that description relates to our owners ambition, not the clubs potential if we had the same funding as the top four.




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