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It Was A Mistake To Sell Yohan Cabaye This Month

4:49 pm, Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 176 Comments

Newcastle United  have certainly been weakened by the loss of Yohan Cabaye tp PSG – Yohan is having a medical today and the transfer could be completed before the day is out – unfortunately.

Yohan Cabaye scores against ManU_3047906

Yohan Cabaye – gone to PSG

Cabaye will be a huge loss to the side for the rest of the season, and it begs the question as to how important it is to the owner Mike Ashley that Newcastle finish high up in the league table,  when for the second time in three years Newcastle have sold one of their best players mid-way through the season.

Most good clubs don’t sell their best players in January, as Newcastle are now finding out, when they have been told their number one target to replace Yohan – Clement Grenier of Lyon – is simply not available this month.

Why couldn’t Newcastle have just told PSG that Yohan Cabaye was not available in January, but for the second time in three years, it’s a self-inflicted wound – after we did exactly the same thing three years ago when we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

We shouldn’t be at the mercy of these big clubs – rich and powerful clubs to quote Alan Pardew –  coming in and having to accept their offers for our best players.

And when will Newcastle ever be a top side again, if we continue to sell our very best players – last January it was Demba Ba, who went to Chelsea.

We could have sold Yohan in the summer, and used his services for the rest of the season, and allow him to help Newcastle finish high up in the league table.

And then there would have been players more readily available in the summer, and certainly a lot more than there will be in the next four days, that’s for sure.

And Yohan could have a great World Cup, and his transfer fee could have gone up over the summer.

Unless the leadership at Newcastle starts to think more about the team than simply the finances of the club – we’ll never be as good as we were under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, when we were regularly a top four club in England.

And that’s not even an opinion – that’s what the facts and the actions of Mike Ashley over the last three years are telling us.

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176 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonluvva // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Just wondering if we could sell Cabaye to PSG and have him on loan til say the end of February?

  • 2 spitfire_ // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    IMO it wasn’t mistake to sell Cabaye this month. However it was mistake to sell him with 4 days to go. FFS jfk needs 28 days to bring De Jong who didn’t start a game from April I think. Even that I think De Jong deal was sure a days before but was on hold to ‘please’ the fans after Cabaye departure. And even so now for 4 days jfk he should bring his replacement.

  • 3 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Bigger mistake if we have no chance at signing a replacement.

    While I’m confident in Anita, the combination of profiting off our best and only signing on loan is ruining our depth.

    But doesnt surprise me, Mashley strikes me as the type of guy who would demand a 6 month test drive on a Rolls Royce before actually buying it.

  • 4 swemag // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Charlie Adam will be our saviour apparently.

    I bet people will get excited by that.

  • 5 spitfire_ // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Of course I’m not happy with his sale but this gonna happen soon or later with our lack of ambition.

  • 6 Markaccus // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    I like this blog, ed, but are we going to get 6 months of “…..blah blah, but since the sale of our best player in january….” in EVERY article, like you did when Andy Carroll was sold? :D

  • 7 joeinthecheapseats // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Hope the Charlie Adam report on talk sport ain’t true
    What a cart horse he is should go in for Adam Lalana and spend some of that cash that’s in Ashley’s back pocket

  • 8 Ibizatoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    swemag…Charlie Adam?!? Where did you hear that one?

    Don’t see it at all. Where is the sense in making this money on Cabaye only to spend some on Adam who will have zero sell on value?

    On that basis alone I just don’t see Ashley sanctioning it…never mind the usual obstacle of actually been able to complete an incoming transfer.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Why do we always come here
    I guess we’ll never know
    It’s like a kind of torture
    To have to watch the show

    And now let’s get things started
    Why don’t you get things started
    It’s time to get things started
    On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational
    This is what we call the Muppet Show!

  • 10 magicbus // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Of course it was a mistake to sell but we are owned by a person who sees nothing but £`s, that is what his world solely revolves around and hell to anything else.

  • 11 h-train // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Maybe Adam wouldn’t be the worst in the short term, he’s certainly be in good form this season playing more advanced, would slot in without much hassle.

    If he didn’t look like Stig of the dump I reckon people wouldn’t be as critical of him

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Charlie Adam ;) Wow!

    ..and here is comes to safe the DAAAAY! (picture Jim Carrey in Liar Liar)

  • 13 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I think there will be a major major clear out this summer Cabaye was just the start with Colo , Cisse , Taylor, Shola, Marveux and Obertan probably on the way out if we were to get say Cabella , De Jong brothers and a centre half would people be happy ?

    I honestly think the intention is to bring through a lot more youngsters of our own to play and to be honest I would rather a youngster took up a slot rather than any of those players(apart from Cabaye)as they are on good wages and dont really offer much

    Would also like us to get a proper look at the likes of Dummett , Vuckic , Abeid and Armstrong all getting some game time not 20 minutes but a few games in a row to see if they can adapt not all of them but maybe one at a time we are safe from relegation and to be honest probably not going to get Champions League so might as well give the youngsters a proper go if we cant be arsed to spend money !

  • 14 BandB // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    jazzyp,

    Absolutely. Wait until the window closes, then judge.
    The only people whose bets are off so far are those who hooted at the idea that Cabaye would be sold.
    I was wondering though, why it is perfectly okay to post time and time again that people WILL be coming in, and outrageously beyond the Pale (and into Muppetry) for others to harbour some small doubts?

  • 15 anthc // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Well the only thing left for me this season is to beat the scum and even thats looking unlikely. I hope his departure doesn’t have a negative impact on the rest of the squad, particularly debuchy.

  • 16 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Jonjo shelvey would be a shout for an English lad, or Ince. Both cheaper than the french guys and probably about the same level.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    It looks like we will be playing either 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 in simething like this:

    ______________________Krul__________________
    Debuchy____ Mbiwa_________Willo________Santon
    ___________________Tiote__Anita______________
    _____________________Sissoko________________
    Benny__________________________________Remy
    ____________________Shola___________________

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    *something

  • 19 beefman13 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Wow, charlie adam, right out of left field that one, a joe kinnear signing if ever there was one, maybe just hearsay!!! Yikes!

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Has that Will Hughes kid left Derby yet? What would he cost?

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Wow Charlie Adam!!!!!!
    Cabaye who? I take it all back JFK your a f**king genius

  • 22 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I wish some of you would engage your critical faculties before fretting about rumours of us signing players of the Charlie Adam ilk, sourced from a commercial radio station that survives on winding fans up and propagating pure manure.

    Hoping we’re giving Jeremy Menez’ consideration on a pre-contract, given his predicament at PSG and the fact the genuine wingers we have are of poor quality, aside from Sissoko who has done rather well, and we’ve just said faewell to Jonas. Find it hard to believe we would dismiss him out of hand or overlook him – he’s Obertan with a brain. There’s Matuidi too, but seems some of the top dogs are sniffing around him already.

    Grenier would be a major coup. Doesn’t quite have the scurrying grit of Cabaye, but is a top draw technician with both feet, intelligent, moves with more grace and has a bit more stature. Not as good all-round, but edges Cabaye on footballing ability and he’s 5 years younger.

  • 23 will die for the toon army // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    For the money I would sell him. I ve seen wat e Carroll money got us. Am a business man I think I know wat MA is doing.

  • 24 h-train // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    jesperfuglsang

    think hughes is destined for liverpool. They’ve had their hooks in a while.

  • 25 swemag // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    @ santonthenewmaldini

    Agree. We will not be fighting for CL football now one would think. We don’t want EL. What is there to play for?
    Save the money, get rid of a few more (read Obertan) and see what Vuckic can do. He should be up to speed now. I would even give Gosling a run out after his spell in Blackpool seems to have worked out pretty well.

    And yes, don’t through them all in at once.

    If they are not good enough it is time for someone to have a chat with them and let them go. Sooner or later the kids have to live in the grown up world.

  • 26 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    “And it’s asshole sphincter tightening,with 3 days to go,got more chance of ,getting struck by lightning,than Jabba splashing the dough”.Though it’s obvious

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    h-train…I just thought if they are not looking to buy him in this window, then maybe we should ;)

  • 28 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    BandB
    Why do people jump on the bandwagon of negativity. .we all knew he was going sonner rather than later and im as gutted as the next fan. But we aint a one man team and never have been.
    Its the same for luuk. Fans writing him off before hes even kicked a ball. And then wonder why we dont attract players

  • 29 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    “Your everywhere and everywhere Jabba,because your fat”.

  • 30 MontySmythe // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    First time poster but regular reader…the negativity and over reaction on this blog is ridiculous.

    The squad is improving year on year and the club is progressing, possibly not at the speed many of us would like but it’s definitely moving in the right direction. There was an outcry when Carroll was sold but in retrospect it turned out to be a great move for NUFC.

    Maybe the Cabaye one will also turn out to be inspired if we replace him with 2 or 3 players and make the squad stronger.

    If we can’t get the right replacement i this window I’d rather wait til the summer rather than just buying someone for the sake of it.Hopefully it’ll be Ben Arfa’s opportunity to shine.

    If you look at where the club was 5yrs ago and where it is now it’s definitely progressed substantially. Had a blip last year but it’s rare that a business doesn’t have a bad year occasionally and I think we learnt from that.

    I think if we continue to progress at the rate we are then in 3-4 years time we should have a genuine tilt at the top 4.

    Personally I’m quite happy we’re on this path.

    HWTL

  • 31 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    lemon crew @ 9…very funny :-) tea all over me lap-top!

    there’s no problem with selling with now…especially if he could have bought out his contract in the summer whereby we get nowt…and no problem based on the fact we’re already safe from relegation so doesn’t matter if we don’t win another game in Ashleys book because nowt to play for and nowt to lose…

    …so a good time to get 20 million now v’s nowt in the summer.

    not that we’ll see any of the cash like…straight into fat boys gambling kitty to blow on black in the casino on friday.

    Fear not lads and lasses…it stops with de Jong…because we don’t need anyone else til the summer when he’ll try again to get some un tested players on the cheap.

    We’ve still got a good squad so lets be thankful we’re competitive and still watching the likes of Man city and Chelsea as opposed to mansfield and colchester

  • 32 h-train // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    jesperfuglsang

    a sound tactic haha, but I heard they’ve got a pre contract agreement in place for him in the summer. I may be mistaken though.

  • 33 Barton // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    “Absolutely. Wait until the window closes, then judge”
    …..no offence but fekoff,how many windows are the pro Cashley crowd going to come out with that great line? ha’way man has the experience of the last 5+ years under this owner not telt yer owt? crist sake WAKE up!!

  • 34 SholaHeskey // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Charlie Adam, JonJo (Dr Evil) Shelvey…rather have steve claridge if we have to a clampit.

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Ince has been given permission to speak to several clubs including the Mackems (not us though). Therefore please don’t mention him again.

  • 36 BandB // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    jazzyp,

    But it is not for you, with respect, to deign those who have a different opinion to you as negative.
    I want to see us trying to win every game and finishing as high up the league as possible. And I am regarded as an arch negger.
    I am reminded today of the Eloi in HG Well’s “The Time Machine.”
    When one of their number is abducted and consumed by the predatory Morlocks, they simply pretend they never existed, and never mention them again.
    Now to me, THAT is a negative outlook.

  • 37 SholaHeskey // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    will hughes is good…so we wont get him…

  • 38 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    MontySmythe

    Welcome!

    Wearisome isn’t it? You’re trying to appeal to a tidal wave of whiny tears. Good luck!

  • 39 BandB // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Ted,

    Weren’t you going to look for a new team a few weeks ago?
    Sick to your back teeth, and that?

  • 40 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder
    De Jong arrives on Tyneside after jetting in from Amsterdam #nufc

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Sorry got busy and missed all this exciting new blogging. Charlie Adam? :) Our season is saved then. :)

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Monty
    5 years ago? You mean when Ashley came in and got us relegated? What huge aspirations you have
    If you look at where the club was 7 years ago we’ve gone nowhere

    You say the negativity and over reaction is ridiculous but frankly it’s no more ridiculous than the carbon copy statement you’ve made is, someone makes a like for like statement every season under Ashley which in 5 years has bought 1 top half finish so where the hell does 4th come from?

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    No tears, just grief from our useless owner.

  • 44 BandB // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    “First time poster but regular reader…the negativity and over reaction on this blog is ridiculous.”

    This is rapidly becoming the stock opening line of “first time posters.”

    Have a check back.

  • 45 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Methinks a good result beckons tonight.

    Don’t see any real danger in their front line tonight and Anita along with whoever replaces Cabs will be busting a gut to prove a point.

    We will playing on the break because houghton needs a result to placate the fans…so we’ll be playing 4-5-1 and playing the waiting game because it’s a game Pards won’t want to lose either…so don’t expect existing attacking football…he’ll park the bus for 60 mins and then go into 2nd gear hoping we get then on the break…

    won’t be very exciting but I expect a win

  • 46 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    BandB

    Mistaken identity. Unless Ruddy has been playing impostor again.

  • 47 theartfuldodger // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Charlie Adam….guys behave…ppl might have an attack

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Judge Roy Bean – top man – gave ‘em a fair trial before the hanging.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Mike was certainly hot to get some fresh new cash in his pocket. Will we spend 4 or 5 M of it or is that too much to ask? Three days to go big Joe.

  • 50 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Barton
    Yes mate last jan window was a total disaster wasnt it….. Not

  • 51 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    jazzyp
    “We’re not a one man team”
    Take a look at our win percentage with Cabs in the team compared to when he doesn’t play and those stats will tell you a very different story

    There’s a reason for the reaction, if no replacement comes in this window then it’s a disgrace, we were poised to push for the last Europa spot, some fans seem happy to accept our seasons over and limp through to the summer where we can “have another go” blissfully ignoring the writing on the wall regarding some if the clubs top players and Ashley’s record of not replacing players

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Spot on as usual tads @42.

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Jazzy
    Last window? You mean the one where he went in to blind panic as his gamble in the summer had us staring at relegation, bringing in one player who he had delayed for the sake of little under €1 million euro’s and two players who the club admitted they wanted to sign in the summer for free?
    So yeah it was a disaster because it was sheer panic from p*ss poor planning the previous window leaving us play catch up once again

  • 54 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    The last January window was panic buying jazzyp. We were in danger of being relegated (that should tell you something about Ashley as owner right there after nearly 6 years at that point). Now he’s back to his old tricks. Sell our best players for a nice bit of cash for his purse and put a little back into the club.

  • 55 studsy // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Bye, Bye Mr Dreamboat Cabaye
    You put the ball into the net
    But Fat Boy is bleeding us dry
    A bid from PSG so he had to say aye
    Will you finally p!$$ off fat guy?
    Oh will you finally p!$$ off fat guy?

    To american pie!

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    If I was Hughton -I would be demanding his players get all over Anita -nullify him and there will be absolutely no creativity. Knowing our luck we’ll be beaten tonight -hope not though.

  • 57 ErnestHemingway // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    had a 33/1 winner on the horses today. Yohan who?

  • 58 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    We can discuss and complain all we want but the end of the day Ash will do whatever he wants and there is nothing we can realistically do about it.

    My biggest concern is a club the size of Newcastle United HAS to sell before we buy anyone!

    I am going to be very honest here and i believe we have made a good deal here IF it is true about the possibility of Cabs buying out his last two years (makes contracts themselves pointless). I think he is 29 next birthday and if £20+ million is accurate…… I would of much rather he signed a 5 year extended contract but thats football.

    I think we will spend about £15 million now, leaving ash a nice bonus.
    IMO

  • 59 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    jazzy P

    You say no wonder players don’t want to come here
    You sound like pardew blaming the fans!!

    How about a D.O.F not fit for purpose, a defensive, mediocre average manager and an owner whose only ambition is to advertise SD.

    In fact these people put it a lot better

    http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=27671&posts=12

  • 60 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    adam hes must be 40+

  • 61 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Nice one Studsy,looks like i have a co-writer for my “Jabba,The Musical” score.

  • 62 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Study I thought of the same song –

    Bye bye mr Yohan cabaye,
    Without you we’ve anita,
    Guess we’ll have to get by,
    Now poor ol’ Joe is drinking whisky n rye,
    Thinking ‘this’ll be the day that I die,
    This’ll be the day that I die’.

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    50000 will turn up regardless every home match so it’s always going to be a losing battle to instigate change on any level.

  • 64 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    surprised after so many years of the same old sh!te from ashley that all of you aren’t a bit more pragmatic about the whole situation…it is what it is and is exactly what his declared blue-print was for the club after we got promoted again.

    it is sh!te, and it is demoralising…but it is what it is

  • 65 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Tsunki

    Superb. I’m singing it in my head now!!

  • 66 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Best of damn luck to Cabaye, I was proud to cheer him on during his time here. Its unfortunate he came to us while we had this owner and these ambitions

    Been a pleasure watching him for me

    Now we just have to pray that we find a way to get through with what we have imo I doubt we will see a new play maker in this window

  • 67 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Nice one Tsunki mate @62. It’s just too bad it has to apply to us. Does Joe have the cajones to actually bring in a player? I mean actually buy one, not borrow one (I don’t think we’re allowed any more loanees so it’s buy or nothing).

  • 68 logantoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I quite like Charlie Adam.

  • 69 SholaHeskey // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    John,

    According to Wikipedia he’s 28 – but he could of written it. Most players have age height weight etc on wikipedia – strangely his doesnt have the weight on…maybe because he would make Geremi/Andy Reid/Mick Quinn look thin – fat git and we dont want him

    actually Mike might want him as a body double.

  • 70 G // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Yes, this is a dreadfully timed piece of business, however, I do feel we are not exactly short of midfielders. People above talking about Charlie Adam, seriously guys? Talksport link? No chance, I would rather we went with one of our own youngster such as Ameobi Jnr, or Bingirimana, whom I feel needs a bit more game time to develop. Given the tactics we are likely to play, I would have said tonight was an ideal time to give the lad a start. Just my opinion like, but we still have the two already mentioned, HBA, and Marvaux, who is apparently still a footballer, although I expect AP will go with Anita in the centre. Even if we don’t bring in a replacement, are things really that bad? I don’t think they are. Cabaye will be a big miss, but we will be fine.

  • 71 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    “On a cold and grey cockney morn,a fat little smelly child was born,in the ghetto”

  • 72 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I also do weddings and the occasional private function but that’s a different thing altogether
    … studsy and I could probably do a reduced rate for blog members.

    Please dont forget to tip your waitress.

  • 73 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Studsy/Tsunki
    Lads get it copyrighted sharpish before Ashley nicks it!

  • 74 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Main thing is we wont go down this season we are sat on 36 points big chance to make that 42 in the next two matches then we are almost certainly secured PL football next season

    Job done as far as our ambitions are concerned

  • 75 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    WWSBRD
    Spot on mate
    For me one of the best midfielders ever to play for NUFC, under one if the most unambitious owners :(

  • 76 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Tds
    Yes mate i totally agree. Piss poor planning from a piss poor scouting network that has bought in piss poor players that have turned into piss poor performers on the pitch. So yes your quite right in your assessment

  • 77 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Are we really a devastated side without one player? Come on it can’t be that bad. We would have had to adjust if he had a long term injury so let’s roll with the punches, chin up and all that.

    Dreamboat arrived on a high and left on one. FK’s to savour, good memories, now let’s move along. Norwich tonight. Let’s show Cabs that there’s life here without him! HWTL!

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    I like that one and all Mr. Mojo @71. Sing in your best Elvis voice. Beautiful. :)

  • 79 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    If Luuk signs in next 24 hrs….Do we think anyone else will follow ?

    Pards said if we lose Cabs HE (ie a midfielder) would need to come in, surely Luuk is an attacker !

    Maybe we are going to strengthen……Thoughts

  • 80 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    @79
    HE…a replacement for Cabs would have to come in, sorry

  • 81 G // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Bambams, if memory serves, De Jong can also play on the left of midfield, and did so occasionally for Twente. Could still be a midfield option.

  • 82 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    jazzy
    Wow got ya blinkers on much
    We were almost relegated last season and stayed up through Wigan losing and a bosingwa own goal
    Spin it how ever you feel mate but yeah p*ss poor planning and a massive gamble forced Ashley to panic to protect his investment, this season were floating away mid table and what a surprise not a single player in permanently this season

  • 83 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Bambams – nope mate I am totally lost no idea at all. Can’t see it but never saw last Jan coming either :)

  • 84 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Yes! by Thor’s mighty hammer that’s right Tsunki mate! We will crush them. I feel the juices forming between my toes already.
    I’ve got that squishy feeling,
    Whoa, that squishy feeling,
    I’ve got that squishy feeling,
    Now it’s back…back…back…wooooooh.

  • 85 mattnufc // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Revenue from matchday is almost negligible compared to broadcasting revenue.

  • 86 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Righteous Brothers. Beautiful.

  • 87 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    If buts and maybes mate. He came whilst we had Ashley and thats how that story ends, big shame for us fans but hey ho NUFC goes marching on and Ashley wont be around forever

    I wish nothing but success for Cabaye though I am happy I will never have to see him Play against us as St James. Now time for us to nut up really

    Luuk De Jong could be a inspired signing or a flop, Remy could sign full time with us come Summer (though that will need us to show some ambition) and hopefully the club weren’t naive enough to of not lined up a Cabaye replacement

    Any further news on that 11mill bid for Grenier?

  • 88 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Cheers for the replies chaps.

    Wishful thinking from myself that we may replace Cabs….

    I believe the Cabs money will be in a Wonga ISA as we type

  • 89 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Now, thanks to Tsunki I’m feeling good again. My aura is bright, my plume shiny. I’m tingling all over. We cannot be stopped or contained. We will slap them, drink their coffees and mock their ancestors. Beautiful.

  • 90 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    WWSBRD…

    On one of the threads on newsnownewcastle Arsenal are also after Grenier !

  • 91 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Rotonda
    Thanks for the link @ 59 for Vital.

    Jeez I thought my Missus could go on a bit , however those guys could provide the full England Whinging team.
    I swear I will never complain about this blog ever again

  • 92 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Bambams
    Good means hes a good player and they are stacked in the CM so they wont actually bid for him

  • 93 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    We will crush their will to live, steal their toast, and molest their budgies. They are cringing in fear at this very moment.

  • 94 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Maybe it would have been best to sell Cabaye in the summer. I would have waited after the WC when his price goes up. £20M+ is a good bit of money we can re-invest like we did the Carroll money in getting all them Frenchies.

    We should replace Cabaye now and complete the de Jong deal already. Although I do feel we already have an ample replacement in Anita.

    I prefer we use the money in signing a proper winger at last.

    It’s not the end of the world and if Cabaye threw his toys out asking for CL I think it’s the best we could do as there is also no guarantee that he would continue his good form after the moral blow of not being able to play CL football with his boyhood team, and no guarantee that PSG would come back for him in the summer. He will be 29 soon and it’s a profit of like £17M, so it’s good business by us.

  • 95 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Fulham have reached an agreement with Olympiakos over striker Kostas Mitroglou for a fee of €14m.

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Is everyone else feeling rejuvenated now? Do we fear Norwich? No! Do we wear black and white thongs? Yes! Are we manly men of principle? Always!

  • 97 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Cabaye gave uz 30 months ..realising that we have no real ambition after that time ..he’s gone ..cannot blame him.

    We have a Manager that is not allowed to Manage, or build a top side ..its all about money, and not what the Football Team achieve.

    Strange one that , as the real purpose of any Football Club is football , and winning trophy’s ..and the fans..

    We are pissing in the wind , nothings changed.

  • 98 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Tads
    All im saying is that no matter what you complain about,Whether it be about transfers in or out,Percy’s tactics…..Whatever it maybe. Nothing is going to change while Ashley is here.
    Yes slag him off come Saturday if no replacement has been bought in, I will be one of them by your side.But what if come Friday Cabella and Grenair come in. I know its a big if but what would your thoughts be then

  • 99 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    From David Craig SSN….. Its a loan deal initially for Luuk !

    MMM…Not sure here chaps, could bite us in the backside, shop window and all that. Surely we know enough about him having scouted him over two years.

  • 100 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Ashley not paying for advertising round the ground, offset by not taking interest on his so called loans to us ..is a scam

    The cost of the advertising Sports direct would far outweigh the interest we would have to pay him on his loan . Con Man Ashley?

  • 101 GeordieTwo // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Same old song
    Just another player in an endless sea
    All we do
    Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
    Piss into the wind
    All we do is piss into the wind
    Sung to Kansas Dust in the Wind.

  • 102 Our Toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    JP

    Its being reported that it may only be £19m and that’s after £5m gets included for bonuses based on appearances. Jordan Henderson cost more than Cabaye….hows that for perspective. You say its good business by us, I ask how much of that money are we going to see reinvested?

    Jazzy P

    Do you suggest instead of complaining that we tow the party line as well and just sit there and take it? There’s a way of doing business mate, make sure you have already got a deal lined up before selling your prized asset. We have sold Cabaye and no one is lined up!! apart from another loan

  • 103 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/watch-luuk-de-jong-arrives-6640131

  • 104 south coast toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    cabeye dosent want to be here let him go walste still get money for him, hes not in the same class as alot of others hes scored seven goals and alot of them have been lately as he looked to move, anita and co havent wanted to move to try and get to the wourld cup, hope he falls flat on his face,lets hope anita marvo and beny get a chance and we bring in a couple of players but no rush we are safe and can wait another 50 yrs to win something lets stuff norwich now

  • 105 Harley // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I completely disagree with this headline.

    The sale of cabaye could improve us but only if we reinvest. Everyone is assuming no one is coming in and with Ashley you never know.

    But may as well leave the bitching til Friday night. If no one comes in then it was a disgraceful decision. If we get gomis and grenier/cabella (to go with de Jong) It will have been a great window.

  • 106 yorkymag // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    For gods sake guys move on
    Cabayne has gone
    We have a new centre forward who will IMO improve the balance and may even get the best out of sissoko and benny
    Onwards and upwards

  • 107 BandB // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    jazzyp,

    As you said, most of us expected this anyway. What is striking to me about this sale is the LACK of animosity it has generated. It seems to have been accepted with a degree of resignation akin to your own. So why are you tilting at windmills?
    I happen to think we will bring someone in before Saturday.
    Possibly a goalkeeper :)

  • 108 Spreadthetoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Tim Sherwood has stated that Lewis Holtby and Capoue could leave Spurs. Anyone willing to take these two as a punt to replace Collo and Cabaye? Put in a bid of £16m for the two of them…..

  • 109 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Ourtoon
    I have never stated for anybody to tow the line anywhere bud. This blog is there for us all to voice our opinions whether it be positive or negative and we all should respect each others.
    On the other hand if your asking me if I think guys coming on here and saying that because we have sold cabaye we are going to lose then I would say that is a load of tosh.As stated before mate…walk in to the toon dressing room tonight and say we are a one man team and we are going to lose cos Cabs has gone and you will get the same response as how I feel

  • 110 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Our Toon- I agree that Hendersson and Fellaini were overpriced and Henderson is very over-rated imo. But they were sold to Premier League rivals and not abroad. Selling to clubs in the same league will always raise the price.

    Where did you see it’s £19M with the add-on already included?

    All I’ve seen everywhere is £19M up front and an extra £5M in an appearances clause. For a near 29yr old that wants to leave I believe that to be good business considering we only bought him for £4.8M. We need to invest the money though, or else it’s bad business. I hope the club has learned from past mistakes. Also I hope the club have also set a fixed future fee with the proposed loan deal of de Jong.

  • 111 studsy // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Glad you like the chant @55 lol! To be honest they were the best words to fit, but my actual feeling about the whole situation is slightly

    I have respect for cabaye for what he has done on the pitch, but i also have respect for ashley. Two totally different jobs, two totally different people and certainly two different types/quantity of respect – but still respect!

    My respect for ashley is completely different, he cleaned up our financially unstable club, using his un-arguably fantastic business skills and has also at least tried to bring stability and longevity to the club with pardew and carr signed up long term and a new state of the art training complex – but he also makes quite a few mistakes – some bigger than others.

    Personally, i thought of anita always being the player to step into cabaye’s position at some point – although i wasn’t expecting it just yet. But if you have a chance to sell something above its market value – when you are certain in 12 months time there is an option to get no more than 1/3 of that price – it would be hard to turn down. But then add the fact that 18months prior you invested in something else to replace the old thing – you would be in a win-win with both bases covered.

    I can totally understand why the decision was made – i dont agree nor disagree with it. I think the deal was done at the right time for a great price – in business terms – but i also think in football terms that it has the potential to go horribly wrong.

    But personally ive been waiting until this seasons PL prize money arrives – thats when i think we will truly see how things will be at newcastle under ashley. Until then, i think the club has been playing a waiting game. Lets just hope its the right way eh lads?

  • 112 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Ciaran

    Reading your posts yesterday I got the impression that your Girlfriend was rubbing your back and caressing your chest with scented oil’s in front of a log fire , whilst you drank a glass or two of he finest red wine as you typed.

    Are you mellowing ..?

  • 113 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Jazzy
    I’ve said all along that i would hold my hands up if he strengthened this window
    But I’ve seen nothing to suggest Ashley is ambitious or conscientious enough about the club or fans to do that

  • 114 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Must be quite a boost for luuk de Jong getting the feel of the fans on his arrival :D

    Welcome to the Toon, Luuk. No pressure.

  • 115 Our Toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Jazzy P

    I didn’t say you said to tow the line but you dd say not to complain and to take it, we are currently under a dictatorship with no communication to fans. All I keep hearing is IF, Harley summed it up for me though, IF we buy Cabella De jong Gomis etc then we’d be happy….All I ask is why not buy them before we sell!!

    As for 1 man team….no we are not a 1 man team and will get a result today even without Cabaye but what message does this send to others, here is a player who came out 2 weeks ago and said that he was happy at how we were performing and we could challenge for CL this season (could have been his way of saying invest in the team, take a gamble) instead he’s off!!

  • 116 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Spread The Toon

    Spurs want 15m euros for Capoue

  • 117 Toon1978 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Luuk and Siem De Jong would be a great way to pacify the supporters for the Cabaye loss.

  • 118 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Lets pick off of last game, and continue our winning ways! HWTL.

    Build back up the positive spirit amongst the squad, and adding Luuk de Jong, also I am hoping we add either Cabella or Grenier, but would prefer Grenier and Cabella in the summer.

  • 119 p // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    For me, they have to bring a decent replacement in before the deadline.

    I am okay with this transaction so long as they get a suitable replacement, the price paid is irrelevant.

    There was always a high probability that this was going to happen and I think Pardew is on record saying there is a contingency plan in that event and I don’t think he was talking about Gosling, Vuckic etc.

  • 120 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hatem starts tonight lads

  • 121 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    TADS….The simple fact we only sign players after we have sold one to generate the money shows Ash has NO ambition.

    I googled ‘is newcastle united for sale’ twenty mins ago and there was a good write up in the Guardian re Ash has plans for Rangers and CL…. Only then (when Rangers are in Scottish Premiership) will he leave. IMO

  • 122 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    BandB
    I was hoping for a new manager myself bud,But hey beggars can’t be chooser’s.
    Im as gutted as the next fan about the departure of Cabs but its time to move on mate.Did Percy say we had a replacement lined up for cabaye ?? come Friday night we will all find out.
    My main concern is I cant comprehend how Mata is worth double to that of cabaye

  • 123 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Sammy is also starting

  • 124 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Curve ball alert. Sammy starts –

    (4-3-3): Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Tiote (c), Sissoko, Anita; Ben Arfa, Remy, Sammy Ameobi.

  • 125 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Adam Armstrong on the bench 16 years old

  • 126 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Anybody else heard on the radio that Nigel de Jong is in Toon for a medical? Dear me. Quality research, lads. Benny will be hiding behind the shoe rack in the cupboard under the stairs hearing that.

  • 127 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    ** Basically would want Grenier in now rather than Cabella, so we could still get Cabella in summer otherwise get them both in!

  • 128 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Sammy? Wheres Gouffran? Dear lord hes driving Cabaye around France isnt he?!

  • 129 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    team
    Krul
    Debuchy, Williamson, Taylor, Santon
    Tiote, Anita
    Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi
    Remy

    Subs no Marvo

  • 130 p // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Bambams, that does make sense. Getting Rangers to CL is far easier than getting the toon there, much lower outlay for a larger return.

  • 131 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Wow. Pards going for the nuts there. Flipping the bird to Mike or just being audacious? Hmmm. ;)

  • 132 Jonny // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Tiote-Anita-sissoko
    Remy-cisse-Ben arfa

    My front 6 tonight.

  • 133 Our Toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    JP

    We sold him to one of the richest clubs in world football, we should have milked them for every penny especially considering they were told that Pjanic would cost £55m…28 and in his prime, what good is it if we keep selling players in there prime. I’ve heard a few fees banded about mate but in France they claim it £19m including bonuses. The same club that spent huge chunks of money on all players they’ve bought

    Either way we have been mugged in this deal, don’t forget Wenger said he thought the player would have left lille for £10m+ and had no idea about a clause in his contract!! Take a leaf out of Southamptons approach – NO ONE IS FOR SALE

  • 134 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Wow…stupid idoit Pardew. What could we have expected? Mbiwa getting dropped for the likes of Saylor, wouldnt blame Mbiwa if he wanted to leave us. Also, why not start Marveaux??? Look at how weak we can be when 1 player gets injured and another gets sold. We really need to strengthen, not looking good at all.

  • 135 ONLINE GUY // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    If Ash is only taking players in on loan , it could be that he is in process of selling up ?

  • 136 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Marv must have sublimated – not even on the bench in these circumstances.

  • 137 BandB // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    p

    I agree. I can foresee much cut and thrust over whether it was £19m (23 euros) or £23m.
    Unless we get a suitable replacement, the price paid is irrelevant.

    Anyway, game on soon. Surely no-one is seriously hoping to see us lose?

  • 138 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Sammi…..Never saw this.

    Hope he puts the effort in, often seems to drift out of games.

    Could also be a way of showing Ash we are short of players by starting Sammi…Hence a green light to sign. I will smack myself for suggesting stupidity

  • 139 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Ashley gets us merged with Rangers as Newcastle Rangers United, black and blue strip, black and blue fans. CL football and all the ads you can eat. Pow.

  • 140 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Why drop MYM?

    Sammy?

  • 141 Toon1978 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Not a bad line up.

    KRUL
    Debuchy Taylor Willo Santon
    Tiote Sissoko Anita
    Ben Arfa Remy Sammy Ameobi

  • 142 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    hmm interesting, formation is 4-2-3-1 with Ben Arfa playing a number 10 role, not a 4-3-3.

  • 143 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Our Toon

    You believe the 19m including bonuses if it fits your narrative.

  • 144 p // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    is Gouffran injured?

  • 145 Our Toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Happy to see adam armstrong on bench and to see sammy get a start ahead of obertan seeing as Gouff is injured……lets be positive, howay the lads

  • 146 jimiley // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Mike Ashley and Pardew have a seven year plan. They know what they are doing. Financial security and then a serious attempt to win the league. European glory then beckons. We need to be patient. Keep the faith in Mike and Alan to bring success.

  • 147 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Maveaux really must of said something that hurt Pardew which was the truth and now he does not even make the bench with the likes of Sammy in front of him??? Something has behind the scenes which Pardew or NUFC does not want to tell us.

  • 148 Ted Bundy // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Jimiley

    Why haven’t you topped yourself yet?

  • 149 croftus5678 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    the only light i can see from whats happening today in all honesty is that we need a striker more than we need a cm and add to that cabayes age and that this would have been the highest amount of money we could get for him being 28/29yo (not that fat lad will re-invest ofc)

    on paper we still have a very very good team but i’m preying anita and sissoko can create a lot more chances.

    my team.
    —————–krul—————–
    deb—will———mbi——-sant
    ————–tiote——————-
    ——-siss——–anita————
    remy————————goofy
    ————-luuk——————–

    ofc remy will be gone also at end of season along with cisse so i’m kinda worried about the future atm.

  • 150 Our Toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Ted Bundy

    You believe £20m + Bonuses if it fits your narrative, no one knows until he signs, at the minute its all speculation

  • 151 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    @nufcfans: #NUFC XI – Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Tiote (c), Sissoko, Anita; Ben Arfa, Remy, Sammy Ameobi.

    That’s how we look from now on, the most defensive line up in NUFC history!

  • 152 Toonfan8 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    if they want to build champions league team, they must spend money…Cabayes money used on Cabella and Grenier…also need to buy Remy and De Jong and one young CB…and we are solved…then we will have strong team all over the pitch, also good cover

  • 153 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Also
    TOON on 99 away wins before the night
    and 299 wins in the Premiership

  • 154 Bambams // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Tiote, Sissoko and Anita have got some running/work to do tonight !

  • 155 jimiley // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Sammy Stroller should not be in the reserves never mind the first team. He might get in the Hartlepool team.

  • 156 swemag // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Ben Arfa and Sammy starts today. Looking forward to the game.
    Toon to win 3-1.

  • 157 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Apart from MYM getting dumped for Taylor thats a pretty good looking team

    Sammy is a decent wee player if he can add workrate to his game then he would be a good player its time for him and Arfa to step up

    Hope Sissoko stays out wide and its Arfa in the no 10 role because Sissoko is better out wide he looks lost in the middle

  • 158 calvinho // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    3 defenders, 1 midfielder, shola & a 16yr old on the bench. Yes Mr Pardew, we have great strength in depth……

  • 159 swemag // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Young Armstrong on the bench. Could be fun to se this. Hope we score a few so he can get some playing time.

  • 160 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    like I said earlier up in this string…we’ve still got a very good chance of picking up all three points tonight…anita and HBA will be working their respective nutz off tonight and Norwich have very little to offer up front…I think we’ll win by a couple of goals tonight, both scored in the last 20 mins

  • 161 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Just really, what else does Mbiwa have to do? we signed him for no reason? Saylor comes straight back in after sulking and threatening to quit the club. I hope he f**ks off our club. We are ruining Mbiwa and his development, and no matter how he plays, he will get dropped. Just like when Anita was playing well but still got dropped untill Pardew is forced to play him…

  • 162 JAMSHA // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    i rather play amstrong in front n remy on wing than sammy

  • 163 mattnufc // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    As expected, dire bench.

  • 164 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    toonfan8…they don’t want a CL place…where’d you get that stupid idea from?

  • 165 jimiley // Jan 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Ted Bundy
    Because I have faith in our owner to bring us glory. Pardew was interviewed today after the sale and was talking about getting a Champions League spot. He dreams my kind of dreams. Without dreams, football is dead.

  • 166 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Ourtoon
    Sorry bud for being ignorant but where have I said to lie down and take it.All I have stated is don’t judge until transfer window is open. As for most what is said I agree with.Do I agree with Mashley and his methods….No. Do I agree with the appointment of the Joker…..no.I wish as much as any we showed ambition but we are stuck with what we’ve got pal like it or not.
    Me personally am just trying to look at the positives rather than negatives all the time

  • 167 phatt knacker // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Last time cabye played a full epl season then major tournment it nearly broke him mentaly/physicaly and dont think we were ever going to take that risk on him again. If that means taking the money and limping till end of season they will do it. We have had atleast since the summer to line up deals but with nothing left on the line i dont expect much. As we have been left in far worse mess’s by fat ash. Sibierski anyone?!?!?!???

  • 168 JAMSHA // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    2-1 to norwich

  • 169 Spoof // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Sammy in the starting 11, ffs, this is what Pardew has to deal with due to Ashley, we sell 1 decent player and then have 1 or 2 injuries and we resort to Sammy who was pi$$ poor in the Championship for Boro, yet you still get dimwits who claim that Ashley is slowly but surely guiding us to the Champions league, ffs will you half wits please wake up, Sammy Ameobi to replace Cabaye ffs that just sums up Mike Ashley perfectly.

  • 170 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    This is Hatem’s time to shine.When he’s at his best i hardly notice anyone else on the team,it’s all Benny baby.

  • 171 Toonfan8 // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    sparky55
    I read it somewhere…in their 5year plan :D :D why not, he can make more money with CL football, and sell whole club with more profit….he isnt that stupid i think

  • 172 jimiley // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    We sell Cabaye for 22 million and get a reserve player from Germany on loan. Another big middle finger to the muppets on the terraces

  • 173 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    I kinda like that line up. It says on the official sit it’s a 4-3-3 formation with “Up top, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi will be either side of 11-goal leading scorer Loic Remy”. Not bad at all imo, looks promising and Anita seems to have taken over Cabaye’s position. Gouffran is injured and young Campbell is on the bench, we might be able to see what he’s made of in the EPL.

    It will be interesting to see who plays the Captain’s role now ;)

  • 174 HullMag6 // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Torq heard anything? – anyone?

    I miss him during windows, shame on the crackpots that drove him away. If you don’t like it scroll past.

  • 175 lesh // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    P…….. There’s not a cat in hell’s chance we’ll get a replacement for Cabaye this window.

    Lyon have said that Clement Grenier is not available this month, and the big question an owner with any pride’d ask his DoF is why in hell have we left it it til the last three days of the window to find that out? Why wasn’t the target identified in anticipation of Csb’s sale and a deal agreed in principle? Like what proper clubs do and in the event of a failure, Kinnear would have been sacked!

    However we know that won’t happen as Kinnear’s party to Ashley’s short termism and lack.of vision and I must say I feel sorry for Pardew who’s left to pick the pieces up.

    Then as summer draws on, we can expect to lose a number of players, some key ones at that. So what’ll happen then then. A mass recruitment if new faces bought at the last minute and we all saw what the result if such a strategy brings when we look at Sunderland!

    Whilst I appreciate what Ashley’s trying to do with tge financial side of the club, his deliberate neglect of the playing side can only result in a tricky season.

    So, when he’s completed his five year plan and got the club onto a sound financial footing abd tries to sell it, is hr seriously expecting a buyer to come in and start ftom scratch?

    Of course this is where a clued up DoF would have been handy to advise Ashley of the folly of his ways.

    But, we’re stuck with an ignorant, foul mouthed drunk for s so-called director.

    Hey ho abd away we go….. Welcome to the pleasure dome that is Newcastle United.

  • 176 gmo16 // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    http://freshairfootball.co.uk/2014/01/newcastle-united-a-quoi-bon/

    Does that sum up what everyone’s thinking atm?




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