Alan Pardew was gutted when we lost Andy Carroll three years ago, when Liverpool came out of the blue on the last day of that transfer window, and offered Newcastle a ridiculous £35M in cool cash for Andy, and owner Mike Ashley took the money.
Alan Pardew – expected Yohan to play tonight – he will not be playing
Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday for the Norwich game – and he was cool and looked very relaxed, but at the time he was hoping Cabaye would be playing for Newcastle tonight and on Saturday against Sunderland, but of course that will not happen now.
And he did say Newcastle couldn’t take the blow of losing such as class player as Cabaye without replacing him, but of course Alan’s role at Newcastle is to get the best out of the players we have – and Mike Ashley, Joe Kinnear and Secretary Lee Charnley are the ones that do the deals in the transfer window.
Alan had this to say today about Cabaye:
“You need big performances at club level. The goal is to wear the blue shirt and be selected by your country.” “I don’t want Cabaye to go.”
“We have not indicated for one moment here from the owner down to any of my staff that we want him to go, not one iota.” “You are talking to a manager who actually when he lost Andy Carroll, lost a massive part of a team that wasn’t safe.”
“We didn’t have 36 points when we lost Andy Carroll, so it was a hell of a blow.” “I still maintain that was one of my best periods as a manager at this football club, getting us safe that year.”
“So in terms of my mentality, I’m just strong about it. I am the manager and I have got to deal with it.”
It’s not completely clear what the transfer fee agreed with PSG is for Cabaye, and generally it’s said to be close to £20M, but the base fee may be lower than that but L’Equipe are reporting today there is a €5M add on clause – based on appearances.
But it seems Yohan’s gone, and he will take his medical in Paris probably today and then sign on for the Paris club.
So Yohan spent only 30 months at Newcastle in the Premier League before returning to France.
It’s now important that Newcastle get two wins at Norwich tonight and against Sunderland at home on Saturday, otherwise the Newcastle fans will not be happy.
And it will help the mood on Tyneside if we can get a good replacement in before Friday night, and there’s four days in which to do that.
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