Joe Kinnear said early in January that no Newcastle player would be leaving the club in the January transfer window, and certainly not Yohan Cabaye.
Joe Kinnear – we didn’t want to lose Yohan Cabaye
But we did
But we’ve come to realize that you have to take whatever Joe says with a pinch of salt.
And in the program notes for yesterday’s game, which turned out to be yet another disastrous 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland, the Director of Football tried to defend himself.
This is what Joe said:
“We didn’t want to sell him, make no bones about that.” “Yohan made it very clear to us that the opportunity of playing Champions League football and being part of the sporting project at PSG was something he wanted.”
“On that basis, we felt that if we received an acceptable bid for him, then it was the right decision for the club to do business.”
“Now is the time to look forward, not back. We have a number of highly talented midfielders within our ranks.”
Joe Kinnear wrote those notes before the game yesterday, and we didn’t see many talented midfielders in the Newcastle side.
Too many Newcastle players again showed they didn’t have the heart to fight too much against a good Sunderland side, who were again seemingly more prepared and ready for this game.
And the game was essentially over after only 23 minutes, after Sunderland had gone 2-0 ahead.
It’s hard to think of a more insipid display by a poor Newcastle side yesterday, who again badly let their fans down.
It was a shameful display – especially in that first half – a disgrace – and we’ll leave it at that.
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