This Is The Big Mistake Newcastle Made With Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye is now at PSG, and Newcastle fans are wondering how we lost such a skilled player – around which the team has operated this season, and we didn’t even replace him.

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Yohan Cabaye – left in mid-season

It seems that Joe Kinnear has paid for that piece of incompetence, in not bringing in a replacement last month, and he was fired on Monday night, but why he was ever appointed is a good question.

Anyway, that’s the only good news we’ve had in a while.

When  Joe was appointed we said he was never cut out to be an executive anywhere, and that’s the position of Director of Football, and Joe failed even though he told us he could pick up the phone and talk to any manager in the world – and on the moon for that matter.

He talked a good game but like many people like that – could never get anything done.

After reviewing what seems to have happened with Yohan, Newcastle’s big mistake was to agree with Cabaye last August, that if a good offer came in for him in January they would let him go.

That was a foolish move by the club because Cabaye thought the £11M Arsenal offered was good enough, it was over twice what Newcastle paid for him.

And it would only take an improved offer, maybe just £15M for Cabaye to have an excellent case that Newcastle must let him go.

It seems Newcastle got a decent deal at £20M plus £3M in add-ons, but that fee is certainly not on the magnitude of the fee we got for Andy Carroll – a massive £35M.

That’s the mistake Newcastle made, and if it was Joe who agreed to that deal to sell Cabaye if a decent bid came in – it shows you just how hopeless his negotiations skills really were.

He put Newcastle in a hopeless position in January if an improved bid came in for Cabaye – and of course it did, and don’t think PSG didn’t know about the agreement.

We couldn’t have kept Cabaye past this summer, but it’s embarrassing to have sold him in January with no replacement.

On the positive side Joe has now gone, and like Elvis, he’s left the building, so hopefully we’ll now do a lot better in this summer’s transfer window.

Here’s hoping.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Catchy – we’ve clashed in the past but you make some good points in your last post on the previous topic.
    Here is a thought – instead of David Beckham wasting his time and money on American soccer why doesn’t he buy a proper football club i.e. NUFC 🙂

  • Markaccus

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning martoon

    Hows life?

    I am sure becks would love to live in the north east of england instead of miami 😀

  • mindshaft

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Few things:
    By all accounts Kinnear didn’t speak to Cabaye at anytime throughout the transfer

    Received less than the 25 million than Ashley expected

    Agreed they could pay in installment’s when everyone’s aware Cashley wants an all cash deal

    Cabaye wanted to go although we could have made him wait till summer, all this talk about him buying himself out if his contract is bollox as buying club has to pay compo anyway which could have been way more than they paid

    Anyway, doesn’t really matter now as both JFK and Cabaye are history

  • yorkymag

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Move on the king us dead long love the king
    This is becoming tedious

  • Jamseyd24

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I would let Remy sit on the bench the rest of the season as he obviously has no intention of joining us in the summer ad give De Jong a chance to find his feet.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Martoon – because Beckham isn’t actually using any of his own money and is getting a very healthy wedge for setting it up

    I imagine if he was on the same deal at toon we’d be on here like a shot accusing him of pillaging club profits and raping our women

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m not having it that JfK had carte blanche on who came in and out, and if true that he’s paid the price for this last years transfer shambles then surely who ever decided to give him the job in the first place should be jailed for gross incompetence.

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    The biggest mistake in the Cabaye sale was not signing a replacement. It showed that we lack ambition and that puts off other players potentially coming or staying at the club in the future. I have no issues with players using us as a stepping stone, it’s worked for other clubs for a long time, but to not bring someone in once you sell a big player, that’s a disaster.


    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #9

    btw (by the way for those nubheads from gateshead) im just here to comment and maybe give some bantz as a rival fan.always good to see what the smaller clubs around us are up to

    man the blogmeister posts fast

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10


    I’m not sure I would want to be part of the brand beckham circus :(,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Only one repost is allowed and must start with repost, only under exceptional circumstances are three allowed and your pearls of wisdom certainly don’t qualify.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12

    here’s a thought

    you have heard the saying , you can lead a horse to water but you carnt make it drink it?

    maybe Ashley wants pardew to start using his squad, pardew signed a deal which was to have young talented players or players with tallent but are lost and need a little help to get them back, pardew was ment to develope them ,fix them , then the club turns them over for a nice profit

    now look at the season we finished 5th , cabaye was 25 million , tiote was 25 million, HBA after his 2 wonder goals 20 million, santon was 12 million , cisse was 20+ million , now there value has dropped, by a lot
    is that Ashley’s fault, no ,

    he has done many stupid things , and I really don’t want him at the club, but I don’t blame him for hiring AP, I blame DL for that,

    I really believe that Ashley wants pardew out , the cheapest way possible

    the sad fact is , all of signed up for this , no one protested when he signed michael Owen for 17 million and got his fingers burnt, he is not a football guy , he acts on advice from people who are ment to know more than him,

    in 7 years I think he has only made money on one of his signings , cabaye,

    by all accounts pardew and him have no contact, and for me , actions speak louder than words , I just wish Ashley would grow a pair and be ruthless and get rid of the weak link


    Feb 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    hostile place eh?

  • workyticket

    Feb 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    He was sold for about the right fee, this is just copied from a dishonest Simon Bird story in ther Mirror. It’s not as if he would have an axe to grind, is it?

    This Joe Kinnear witchhunt stuff with all the made up stories is just getting ridiculous now. They say more about the nastiness and lack of integrity of the people writing them then they do about Kinnear himself.

    Ed, for once in your life, try to have an original thought instead of just copying and pasting everyone elses like a parasite.

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Aw catchy in norway (from previous post), don’t be mean.

    If Beckham did take us over, he’dneed you in his circus.

    After all, it wouldn’t be a circus without a clown!
    Could’ve resist it after you’d virtually invited the comment!!



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