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Newcastle Put £35M Fee On Yohan Cabaye

9:29 am, Saturday, January 25th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

Newcastle fans saw in our last game at West Ham just how good Yohan Cabaye is as a footballer, and in truth the Hammers had nobody near the quality of the 28 year-old  top French International, who scored two magnificent goals for Newcastle in that game, has seven goals for the season, and has scored 5 goals in his last seven games for the Magpies.

yohan cabaye warming up

Yohan Cabaye – fee is now £35M

So after that game, and the way he’s been playing all season, has sent his transfer fee much higher  in January, especially when one of the richest clubs in the world – Paris Saint-Germain,  the 5th richest now to be exact according to the latest Deloitte rankings,  are wanting to sign him.

So into action goes Mike Ashley’s strategy of demanding a ridiculous fee if he is going to lose one of Newcastle’s best midfielders we’ve had at the club for a long long time.

The Chronicle is reporting the fee for Yohan is now around £35M, and if that’s true that should be enough to put PSG off even bidding for Yohan, and the top French club are seemingly looking at other (cheaper) midfield targets than Cabaye.

The Chronicle is reporting that a source in France told them the following:

“PSG know that Newcastle won’t give up Cabaye easily.” “There’s been plenty of talk over a figure, but Newcastle have made it clear he won’t be sold for a bargain price. The fee may have to be astronomical.”

Mike Ashley will sell any Newcastle player at the right price, but if the fee is astronomical – then that’s akin to saying they will not sell him, unless the buying club are nuts – as Liverpool proved to be three years ago when they paid out £35M for local striker Andy Carroll,

Andy is not worth a third of that figure right now, after suffering so many long term injuries since leaving Newcastle almost exactly three years ago,  in what has turned out to be a fantastic deal for Newcastle.

So if that fee on Cabaye  is true, that should be enough to put PSG off even bidding for Yohan this month, and the top French club are seemingly looking at other (cheaper) midfield targets right now.

We hope we don’t get another fantastic deal before the end of this month, since we want Yohan Cabaye to stay at Newcastle, so we can build a team around him.

Although that may be fanciful thinking on our part given the way Newcastle are run these days – seemingly with a lack of ambition.

What do you think?

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110 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Ed, I don’t regard it as a ridiculous fee. Cabaye is as good if not better than Mata and the price ManU paid Chelsea would make Cabaye’s fee about on par.

    He is only worth what someone is prepared to pay and there are some teams out there that have the money to pay it.

  • 2 Malta Mag // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Mike Ashley for Prime Minister!!!!!!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    So the story about the clubs agreeing on €26M and Cabaye not wanting to go yet are all now pie in the sky ?

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    For Malta yes, I would like to see him exiled there, surely there’s room for an SD in the Popeye village.

  • 5 clinath@ed // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    On the plastic fan subject….i find myself agreeing with bot i and stan’s “argument”, as I do not believe anyone can decide who is os not a fan of their club. Only that individual knows in his/her heart how mufh they “support” that club.
    I won’t state whether I attend games or not, as I do not want to be categorized, only to to say every generation of my family I have ever known have been MAD toon fans. Some attend regularly whilst others hbitually follow every tweet, blog or tv coverage.
    My 60+ yearold, ex nun, sister would tear you a new armhole should you even sugeest to question her support or slag off her team.
    To sum up, I believe everyone supports their team their ow way, and no one deserves criticism for how they display it.

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    35 million. if we could get that money off him it would be absolutely brilliant business.

    provided we reinvest accordingly though. could be used to funds atleast 4 new top class players!

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I’ve no complaints if Mr Tubbs has placed a £35 million tab on Cabaye. If it is PSG who are sniffing around – they have the money let them pay top price.
    PSG are another City -bought out by wealthy Qataris – looking to bribe and corrupt their way through football. Was reading up on this the other day. Platinis son, a lawyer, surprisingly works on behalf of PSG -got the job after a meeting of Platinin, Sarcozy and the wealthy Qatari. Platini voted for Qatar for the 2020 World Cup. Now the Quataris are spending millions upgrading certain banlieues (neighbourhoods) in Paris.
    Sepp Blatters’ nephew got the contacts for Asian TV coverage from FIFA. There are connections with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Somebody from Barcelona has got the contracts for works for the 2020 WC. -I think the same person has just resigned from Barca.We have the dodgy sponsorships -given to clubs. It’s all rotten to the core.

  • 8 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Clinath – I agree. I posted to meet my BBC requirement of educating, informing and entertaining -LOL. Many fans from the North East just can’t afford the cost involved even with our prices being amongst the lowest in the PL

  • 9 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    3/8 inches…

    Damn, will never understand.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Niafron…3 feet equals a meter 😉

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    A foot is 33,3 cm I believe

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Niafron…the UK is one of the only places in Europe who still drive on the left side of the road, uses feet and inches 😉

    …do the Brits use miles or gallons? What about the Irish?

  • 13 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    @Mister tuff

    The pound was in use in France before the metric system was created.

    In fact, it came from the roman empire.

    But quiet honnestly, almost no one use it now. Maybe old people (they simply refet ot it as once a kilogram).

    And sure we still have old expressions like “Une livre de beurre” (a pound of butter).

    Habits of language, nothing more.

    About grammar, i was myself a french teacher for foreigners some years ago.

    To answer your question, we indeed combine the verb “aller” at the present tense with another verb at the infinitive form to speak at the future tense.

    Like ” je vais manger quelque chose de bon” ” i will eat something tasty”.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I think I should point out to fellow bloggers there was are serious incident on the blog a couple of nights ago. The incident could I suppose, be classified as a Percy v Pellegrini type incident ie “You’re an old C**T”. Bloggers were posting as to who was the oldest and various threats were issued.
    One blogger – bohoo Bills -threatened to assault jimiley, (whose only “weapon” was a handbag) with a fully laden shopping bag. Talk about it not being equal. So you lads and lasses who post today -need to be careful – or the fully laden shopping bag may appear again.

  • 15 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    @ Jesper


  • 16 Cool Hand Luke // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Jesper, it depends, Britain uses feet and inches to measure a persons height, but in almost all other cases, meters, centimetres etc. also miles as opposed to kilometres and liquid is normally measured in litres. Ireland uses kilometres.

  • 17 breno95 // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    finally @ mister tuff
    you have the understanding of the world of football.
    would be a relief if a lot more were as understanding as you and realise that all of these groups for this snd a trust for that are p#%&* in the wind. they are a tadpole in an ocean of great whites.
    this blog is now just full of the wannabe protester/ politician/accountant and the “I could do a better job than MA” folk. repeating the same tripe hour after hour, day after day.
    would be good to read views on the possible transfers in terms of what they coukd add ti the team, stats etc other than the boring crap of will MA pay out what does JK do blah blah blah.

  • 18 Slank // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM


    Just to add what Cool Hand said that in the UK the habit is to quote winter temperatures in Centigrade (3C) but summer temperatures in Fahrenheit (70F).

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    niafron -thanks for that update.
    I’m pretty much ok with using the auxiliary verbs with infinitives. Last summer, whilst on holiday in France, in a restaurant situation I had settled upon the phrase “je vais prendre…” when ordering, but have also used “je prends”. However I have also seen information on the internet suggesting “je prendrai” and “je prendrais”.
    Whilst I appreciate language evolves over time, what would you advice be upon the best contemporary phrase.

  • 20 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM


    3 feet is a yard, not a metre, and a yard is slightly less than one metre.
    We use both gallons and miles, but our gallons are bigger than US gallons.
    All of the old imperial measures are in common use. And some are still the official ones to use – all road signs for instance are still in miles, no km.

    We use exactly the same form – I am going to eat something tasty.

  • 21 tequilamag // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Mister Tuff, just point and mime eating, that should do the trick.
    Jesper there are 30.48 cm in a foot

  • 22 tequilamag // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    We also drink our beer in pints.

  • 23 toonesia // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    35m or any high-flying price will be useless unless fat mike invest that money in transfer market. :)

  • 24 beddersmag // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    guys i have been thinking about how best to use technology in the game. Simple idea mixing best of rugby and cricket. One ‘appeal’ per half of football, which remains if appeal is correct. could be used for any decison and would get rid of the daft ones that so annoy us, ut with only one captains would have to be sure in order to use it. wouldnt take too much time, possibly stick with refs decision if fourth offical cant reach a conlusion in 60 seconds. Only issue might be a team being given offside and once play stopped its effectively to late to reverse the decision. However, refs would naturally be more inclined give advantage to attackers to offset that. Would mean more goals but captain can review if wishes. Minimal impact on game but the end of crazy decisions such as tiotes disallowed goal. What you reckon?

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Guys thanks for the update :)

    …I don’t know how you keep track of all that? And I have seen you also use the term stone when talking about weight?

  • 26 beddersmag // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    ..only one appeal per half i meant to say…

  • 27 Benji84 // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    big question is this it does not matter if he is getting sold is what mike will do with the cash will he buy some one or wait and see whats happens? His contract has only 2 years at the end of this year so he will be sold soon i feel

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Yeah I remember the pints from when I lived in London (seem to have forgotten the rest 😉 lol)

  • 29 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Why mime? Try

    “Allez vous Angles? Angles! Do – you – speak – Angles?? ENGLISH!!”

  • 30 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    @Mister tuff

    “Je prendraiS” is more polite, cause this is a conditionnal and it suggest the thing will happen if the person you talk to is pleased by it.

    “Je prendrais du poulet si vous le voulez bien.” would be the full sentence.

    “Je prendrai” is simply the future tense, and it mean the thing will happen in any case.

  • 31 cyprus // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Not much going these days…

    On Cabs, well we’re buying into the hype. He’s good but not top tier, a poor man’s Mata if you will. I’d be more upset if we sold HBA.

    Marveaux: what’s going on? Why can’t he get a game, especially now that we are playing for nothing?

    Ed, JFK did ‘announce’ a basic plan: we need speedy wily wingers and a CF.

    We’re still a couple of players from the next level. I hope they make the plunge and buy one marque player who will excite the fans and who will make a difference.

  • 32 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    In France a pint is supposed to equal half a liter.

  • 33 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Maybe is Marv injured again? The communication about players injuries is pure madness in the PL.

    Total blackout.

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    tequila @21 I’m sure you were not being serious. Please refer to Ian Toons’ new policy in an earlier post.

    niafron – thanks for that update -understood.

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Breno – I know that there are one or two on here who protest about -the politics of the club, accountants and other such types of posts -ie not specifically football. I think probably those who post the “politics” side of things probably would prefer not to and stick to a strictly football agenda. However, with the perceptions being what they are at SJP I think it is quite natural for those interested in the club to voice their concerns. It seems to me to be a natural consequence. I do not know whether they have similar posts on the blogs of other clubs -but I suppose none of them have a similar situation with having an owner whose primary interests may not be the club.
    One thing I do know is that if we were say third or fourth in the league and still in the cups these types of posts would probably not materialise. As Shearer spouted recently if a club are winning -they can get away with all sorts.
    As for getting rid of Ashley – I think we’ll just have to wait until he sells -does that mean others should never/not discuss the subject – clearly not -every fan/supporter has the right to voice their opinion. Some of the recent accounts posts have been excessive, repetitive and to be honest a turn off.
    But all in all there is a reasonable mix on this blog and some good laughs at times – even putting up with the loonies/bigots/idiots can be amusing at times.

  • 36 stan anderson // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Mr Tuff,sorry i did,nt make my point clear,i suppose all i should,ve said was that i resent being called plastic supporter or a non supporter by anyone.
    In a nutshell i feel the owner is taking the piss out of the fans loyalty to the club.
    I would not be happy to give him any of my cash to pay the likes of JFK what to me would be huge money?

  • 37 JAMSHA // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    history classes

  • 38 wolfshead@toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM


    re previous thread about plastic fans if i deserted nufc it would be for safc :-0 lol the f****** are in a cup final and have an owner that doesnt have palpitations at the thought of spending money :-( ashley out

  • 39 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM


    I’m in favour of more technology, but I don’t understand why we have so few officials. This is especially when the two assistants are required to stay level with the last man in their half of the pitch, and concentrate on offside decisions.

    I really don’t see why there can’t be six assistants, with two on the touchline opposite side to the traditional (offside) linesmen. They would not stay level with the last man but stay close to the action, as another pair of eyes to assist the ref with decisions on the pitch, and when the ball crosses the line their part of pitch. Someone like that should have seen that challenge on Haidarra last year.

    I’d also have a similar pair next to the goals, not to decide whether the ball crosses the goal line, but did the ball go out for corner/goal kick, fouls in the box etc. Someone in that position for instance should have been able to tell the ref that Gouffran didn’t touch Tiote’s shot nor was he in the keeper’s line of sight.

    Then there should be a video ref to help with decisions when the ball is dead. I’d always play on with offside, unless it is yards off. Anything close continue to play and review on video if it goes in the net, and the defenders captain appeals.


  • 40 kilcline // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    £35m or £100m it wouldn’t matter, that fat idiot in charge and kinnear wouldn’t invest even half back into the team, we would sign some french youngster nearing the end of his contract.

    Just leave Ashley

  • 41 lesh // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    At this stage in the window, I’m more concerned about who’s coming in and whether Kinnear has managed to get himself out of bed.

    All this crap about him being in France, Germany…… he couldn’t find his way to the toilet without help!

    As far as buying this one and that one, negotiations here there and everywhere plus possible sales.. for hells sake, the great useless lump of lard can’t even coordinate the use of a knife and fork, let alone manage a few projects simultaneously.

    I really wonder whether Ashley’s monitoring Kinnear’s performance, whether he’s aware that the clown is just way out of touch with football in 2014 and more to the point, out of his depth.

    Ashley’ll become interested when he sees the potential prize money diminishing as we tumble down the table. Then he might wonder whether a few millions spent now would have been better than losing more in prize money.

    Kinnear should never have been appointed!

  • 42 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Don’t know for technology or more linesmen.

    Would prefer new rules.

    Like 10 minutes out for a yellow card, or the possibiliy for the ref to move a free kick closer of the goal in case of protest.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Anybody enjoying the non football today while 70% of other PL clubs have an FA cup tie is a ‘plastic’ fan.

  • 44 themole // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    See that l’equipe are claiming that we bidding for Kurt Zouma …the kid is a beast of player , perfect replacement for colo……………………

  • 45 wolfshead@toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM


    joe isnt superman he is very busy at the moment what with being asked by the u.n. to work as a mediator at the syrian peace talks an all

  • 46 SuperShearer // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    L’Equipe saying that we’re going to make a bid fo Zouma this month. Can’t help but feel that with our French-Connection we’re being used by selling clubs in France as a pawn to smoke out richer suitors.

  • 47 kilcline // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Zouma will go to Chelsea

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    stan anderson @35 – knew exactly what you were getting at and agree with what you say completely. There are a few on here who question that others are not real supporters. I’ve had similar insults/cheap shots from boohoo Bills. Now known as “the fully laden shopping bag hoyer”. (what a tart).
    The mad greengrocer from the Heed (low fell mug) was on last night spouting similar rubbish.

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    My honest assessment before January was that we would sign non!

    …that is still my assessment, though I will stretch as far to say we might loan one player!

    Stop reading the papers – they are just throwing dice or reading tarot cards anyway – you are just setting yourselves up for a nasty fall come February 1st.

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Senor Tuff…I get that from the ever so annoying Manx 😉

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    niafron…are you still about?

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    What do you make of this:

    It seems Monaco can just pay them self out of being taxed accordingly?

  • 53 wolfshead@toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    when arguments break out about the validity of a supporter boredom really has set in never mind footy focus is on soon watch all about mata going to manure :-(

  • 54 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    What was your honest assessment this time last year? Were you expecting disappointment then as well? It worked out OK then and there is still enough time to get one or two in. I’m not bothered if De Jong is a loan, if we have an option to buy him in the summer. Give him 16 games to prove he can put his experience in Germany behind him and can make it in EPL, before we buy.

  • 55 wolfshead@toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM


    i see a blank page

  • 56 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM


    Yes, they found an agreement with la ligue for 25 millions euros a year.

  • 57 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Ribolovlev (Monaco’s owner) is upset about this agreement, but it seem Prince Albert personnaly involved in the matter in order to preserve a quiet relation with France.

  • 58 wolfshead@toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    im off to try hoyng a fully laden shopping bag i would think a few swings would be needed to achieve a decent distance so im going to test differing bags as strength would be an issue also

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    potski…last year I knew we would make a move for players because we were in trouble and some players contract were up in the summer!

    This year we very quite safe when January came rolling. I honestly doubt anything will hapen; maybe de Jong, but I honestly couldn’t be bothered.

    wolfs…there should be a link there

    niafron..find it a bit strange you can just buy yourself out of being taxed? PSG hurry there is precedence to get out of being taxed 70% 😉

  • 60 Dannyo // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Luuk says he knows of no concrete offers….

  • 61 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Mr Tuff- I always thought you were N.M. Gwynne . So your not ever in a mood but an infinitive mood. I am prone to the split infinitives myself.

    Should Cabaye go it would also mean we would be deprived of the superb partnership with Tiote. It would impact our CM where we should dominate in the Mackem game.

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Rumors has it Man Utd are to bid £22,5M for Luke Shaw?

  • 63 Novocastrian66 // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    People, especially us English, underestimate the lure of the Premier League. I cannot see Cabaye and Krul leaving us to go to France, Germany, Italy or Spain, unless it is for one of the giants.
    Playing for a club like Newcastle in the premier league carries a lot of kudos worldwide.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Split infinitives,
    Is that another word for personality.

  • 65 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Jesper- A friendly request- please refrain from criticising Ed’s choice of posting. It’s a quiet day for him as well on the football front. It puts you in the ” what can I find fault with” camp. But more importantly it doesn’t project your desired young mindset. Or is that a New Year’s.
    Resolution you have decided not to keep! -LOL

  • 66 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    So Dannyo…that settles it no player will come :)

  • 67 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Luke Shaw is a Chelsea fan. At one stage he was being lined up to replace Ashley Cole.

  • 68 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Novo- it also means you don’t have to pay as much tax.

  • 69 lesh // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    wolfshead@toon …… You’re in trouble with the dark forces for exposing Kinnear’s dicreet activities in the middle east.

    That was suppliers to information given to the few,.on a hush-hush, need to know basis and now you’ve blown Agent K’s cover! Expect a call from the man in charge of the middle east peace mission, Blair!

    I shouldn’t really tell you this but I will as I know you’ll keep this to yourself, but K’s been in Davos the past few days. You not spot him giving Ban Ki Moon advice on how to handle the Syrians? Awesome, magnificent he was.

    You’ll have gleaned that Joe’s appointment as our DoF was only a cover for his international activities and we’ll have to understand that when the window clises and we’ve lost couple of key players and brought in none.

    Newcastle United fans are the most understanding in the world and see those sacrifices as being made for the greater good.

    Despite all of that, Kinnear’s still a tosser!

  • 70 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Ian Toon @60 I’ll take that as a complement -I hope however you were not referring to his age.
    I noted your earlier post ….” BBC requirement of” :- 1.educating
    2 informing
    3 entertaining.

    I do not want to appear cheeky but were 1 & 2 New Year resolutions.

  • 71 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM


    Being located in Monaco, they do not have to pay taxes.

    But hte point of the other clubs was the federation wasn’t forced at all to accept them in the french championship.

    SO they pay to play not to have a better taxe rate.

  • 72 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” I am up for learning through living – as I am sure you are.

  • 73 Sazzer // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Cabaye, Matuidi and Pogba can play together so them signing Pogba should n’t really matter regarding Cabaye.

    Rabiot, Verratti, Motta would keep them on their toes but I would pick the above three first.

  • 74 Ciaran // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    There appears to be a lot of posters who provide posts of little substance and would rather only criticise the topic of choice of others.

    I would love to simply discuss football 100% of the time – I am a football fan. As for nonsense about not being able to call yourself a supporter if you are geographically and financially able to do so, that is utter rubbish.

    If the product is not fit for purpose then why should I buy it? If the business does not represent the values that it should, why should I support it? Does this invalidate my claims to supporting this club? Surely calling for those in charge of this club to espouse the interests of its fans and to be representative of our ambition and also trying to hold them to account for not doing so is part and parcel of what a true supporter’s job is?

    I’m not claiming to be a better supporter than anyone else, and yes I, and many others like me, will continue to abstain from SJP until Ashley leaves the club and I will also continue to take an active interest in the political side of the club because it is the right thing to do.

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  • 75 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Have to say i don’t know why the hell I was complaining about us being knocked out the cup!
    Sitting watching Bournemouth vs Liverpool, there’s no feeling we should be playing, more a sense of satisfaction that we no longer have to deal with those pesky extra fixtures, no worry of maybe picking up an extra injury, don’t need to bother ourselves with that frankly uncomfortable feeling of increases belief and hope with every round you get through and most definitely glad we don’t have to concern ourselves with booking coaches and hotels in the ghastly event we made it to Wembley, what a horrid financial strain that would be, not to mention the cost of additional silver polish if the worst should happen

    Yup it’s great to have FA cup weekend back for myself and not have to worry myself with results…

  • 76 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM


    They are not paying themselves out of being taxed. Monaco is an independent country, and the club pays tax to the Monaco government not the French. But since the level of tax in Monaco is quite low, and high in France, the other Ligue 1 clubs complain they have an unfair advantage when it comes to buying players and their wages.

    Ultimately the clubs in France could kick Monaco out of their league since they are not a French club. But the compromise is for Monaco to pay compensation to the league.

    Poor Berwick could be in this situation too, if those kilt wearing haggis eaters declare independence.

  • 77 yo-yo // Jan 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM


    A pint is moreorless 570 ml so about 10% more than half a litre


    Been following the plastic fan insults and, though I don’t agree with the way you bang on about your agenda ad nauseam (though I share your dlsilke of our revered owner), I certainly don’t think of you as anything other than a committed Toon fan – unlike Catchy who may well need to be committed given his high regard for fat sam

  • 78 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Kurt Zouma would be a outstanding coup.

  • 79 yo-yo // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM


    The Brighton game last year left me angry for the whole weekend – so maybe you’ve got something about being ‘losers’. Is the angst worth it if you get to Wembley though ?

  • 80 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Gfn France are reporting we are to make a concrete offer for Zouma very soon, would be ideal but can see it myself.

  • 81 Toon1978 // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Zouma has apparently already stated he will only go to Chelsea. We are still waiting for the bloody DE JONG deal to come to fruition. I have never known a Football club to take so long in transfer dealings. Zouma, not a chance, Cabella, maybe in the summer, De Jong, hopefully this window if JK can actually do his job.

  • 82 NUFCKingALLdWAY // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Cabaye will not leave newcastle in january!!!!!!

  • 83 NUFCKingALLdWAY // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    JK is absaoulutely shocking!!!!

  • 84 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    OMG Ciaran!

    You really trying to put yourself in the same bracket as people who fought the Nazis and other authoritarian regimes?

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    niafron…fair point mate!

    …I no that Monaco is a sovereign city-state with its own tax-laws, but as in the UK I don’t think either Wales nor Scotland can a no tax so to speak policy – it undermines the competition.

    As far as I know that is why the French League wanted Monaco to move their headquarter to France – I think thet call it anti-competitive advantage?

    And I must say I agree and I don’t think any team should be able to buy themselves out of it!

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM


  • 87 catchy in norway // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    worth a chance

    instant respect

  • 88 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Ian…good evening mate!

    …I don’t think I was in any way unfair to Ed? The point I was making was perfectly valid and reasonable.

  • 89 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    potski…I can see you didn’t really understand my point or post then?

    …I myself can read the link I posted (if ny any way that was not clear 😉 )

  • 90 Jackel001 // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    “Cabaye better than Mata
    Have you been sniffing Lynx? Glue perhaps? Mata is world class and he’s proved that time and time again. Cabaye is hit and miss and only of late he’s showed what he can do, if he can continue then he will be in the bracket of Mata

  • 91 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Hmm well let’s see £35m for Cabaye? Ashley is having a giraffe, isn’t he? Es good and all that but £35m :) dream on.

    I don’t want to complicate the argument over the perceived jeopardy presented by bring struck by a full bag of shopping but surely the contents would be an issue? A bag full of tins of marrow far peas or peach halves would present a serious challenge for body tissue, but a bag full of packets of quavers or a SD bag full of 3 for 1 sports socks would be eminently manageable, even hurled at appreciable velocity. If course, if we are talking about extremes of velocity of delivery, ah well that’s another matter…..

  • 92 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM


    Even if Monaco had moved it’s HQ across the border to be subject to France’s tax laws, the players and agents would not. You can hardly make the club move it’s HQ, stadium, training ground, players and staff to France. Then it wouldn’t be “Monaco” any more. It seems a reasonable compromise – they’ve paid alot of compensation to the French League.

  • 93 manxpie // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Jesper please shut the hell up and stop bringing me in to things especially when they are false statements that’s 3 times now!!!

  • 94 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    potski…that I disagree about.

    ..and of course you can tax the players, that was what the French League wanted :)

    …for me the compromise is like paying yourself out of paying the taxes.

  • 95 catchy in norway // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM


    and your just a silly prick id love to smack 😉

  • 96 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    We are a joke when it comes to transfers! Just bid for a player, if its accepted, great! Rejected, then bid higher. All this”negotiating” how friggin hard can it be!?

  • 97 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    On the metric v imperial argue that’s raging oh it’s not.. well anyway, in the building lark, we often shout measurements to each other in metric and imperial, sometimes when cutting boards one dimension in each :) the English are a bit twisted like that. Same with quantities, yards or cubes (metres) of concrete it could be deemed confusing to the untrained 😀

  • 98 terencelim // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    @Novocastrian66, not in Newcastle United.

  • 99 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Jesper- Good afternoon – fair enough. That was fairly painless! The blog is a great read and can be a hilariously entertaining company but it can also be toe curlingly boring with the endless repetitive drivel which I skip.

    Our academy side are playing ManU away with 12.30 KO and were currently leading 1-0 – Aarons.

  • 100 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    yo yo
    You were angry after our B team lost in the cup, who the hell wasn’t!
    So that’s justification not to even try in the cups? Justification of why its so much better to be knocked out early?
    Because that’s what some fans were bleating on about, and I can’t for the life of me see how any fan anywhere could not want a cup run

  • 101 mag // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    FA cup day it’s when you realise just how useless Pardew really is !

  • 102 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Ah I was going to ask about the academy side. Acid test today we are usually given a rough time at man u academy. Sounds promising. If we best them there might actually be a nod owed to the powers that be at NUFC for actually delivering on the Academy improvements.

  • 103 potski // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM


    You cannot tax the players. They are living and working in another country. Monaco (the country) is not part of France and not subject to French laws.

    Monaco (the club) have a nearly unique position in football. It makes little sense in today’s world. But it has been that way since 1924 when the French League accepted Monaco (the club) into their League.

    It makes as little sense as UK (one country) having four leagues, four sets of representing clubs in European competitions, four votes in EUFA and FIFA etc. It’s an historical legacy, and unlikely to change.

  • 104 Ian Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Tads – it was a long trek to watch that rubbish in consecutive seasons.
    Last season though did see the second half emergence of Dummett.

  • 105 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Err the UK is not a country mate

  • 106 niafron // Jan 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM


    It make a huge difference to be located in France.

    Well, must be a strange concept for an english man, but in France, the hospitals are working. Wich cost money.

    In my personal case, for all the social system, i cost to my society twice the money they give to me (and i give myself 20% of what i have at the end to the state for general purpose, but indeeed cause i’m living in France).

    And with the incoming new taxe for high wages (which will concerne companies and not individuals), would have been a disaster for Monaco to be relocated in France.

    25 millions a year is peanuts beside of that…

  • 107 toonincheek // Jan 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    “Cabaye, Matuidi and Pogba can play together”

    OK, that’s an opinion, I think.

    These players are used to being the kingpin, the focal point.
    Put (outstanding) players like that in the same team and it often doesn’t work.
    IMO that was the problem with Gerrard and Lampard playing together for England.
    Both were used to being the focal point and when they are playing together, only one can be that and they BOTH end up in a different role to what they were familiar with.

  • 108 toonincheek // Jan 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Correction – Sazzer@73

  • 109 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    potski…the dispute was that Monaco has enjoyed a position in French football that is totally unfair and that hasn’t been questioned.

    The club has enjoyed an unfair advantage over every French club. Monaco should be subjected to the same tax regime as the other clubs in Ligue 1. I would assume that would mean the wages they would pay their players would be taxed the same way as the rest of the French League (LFP)?

    In any other country this would be unthinkable. Imagine if Welsh clubs Cardiff and Swansea didn’t operate under the same taxation regime as the other 18 English Premier League clubs?

    The league has a perfect right to ask Monaco for this and the law should have been applied a long time ago.

    In my opinion :)

  • 110 curmon // Jan 25, 2014 at 6:08 PM


    when ordering in a restaurant etc can you use ” je Voudrais”

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