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Grave Concerns From Former Greats Over Newcastle’s Future

7:11 am, Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Former Newcastle icon Alan Shearer had come out yesterday and talked about the effect that selling Yohan Cabaye and not replacing him will  have on both fans and players at the Tyneside club.

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David Ginola – lack of ambition at Newcastle

It’s certainly had an instant negative reaction from fans, who are shocked the club has been so incompetent again, as well as lacking any ambition to be a great side again.

And former great David Ginola also worries of the negative effects the transfer may have, as David had to say in the Daily Star:

“Newcastle really needed him as a player. He was the biggest asset in the team for Alan Pardew.”   “They’ve got £19M in the bank but they are without him or a replacement.”

“It’s very strange and it sends off a strong message of a lack of ambition.  “The other French players will be saying ‘we are fighting for the club, every day in training, every game and you are selling Yohan’.”

“I think about players like Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran. They will be devastated and think they’re at a club with a lack of ambition.”

“It’ll be difficult for them. They’ll wonder: Why am I staying at a club with no ambition at all?”

With Loic Remy, there’s absolutely no chance he will sign for us this summer on a permanent basis, and that was true even before this latest debacle at Newcastle.

Newcastle did attempt to bring in a replacement and Remy Cabella was an initial target from Montpellier early in the window, and then Clement Grenier from Lyon, but it’s worrying that both players made statements saying they didn’t want to join Newcastle last month.

Joe Kinnear rightfully was fired on Monday night for the mess, but we are still worried that some lasting damage could have been done, and if we don’t sign either player in the summer, maybe permanent damage was done by Kinnear before he finally left the club for the last time.

There’s nothing Newcastle can do about it now of course – other than to soldier on for the rest of the season – but we’re the only Premier League club that came out of the January window weaker than we went in.

As we said, it was complete incompetence by Newcastle, and my dear father will be turning in his grave.

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:15 AM


    Is a Newcastle United resignation a euphemism for being sacked?

  • 2 nut meg // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Maybe a good time to move 1 or 2 of our young,well qualified coaches further up the ladder.

  • 3 catchy in norway // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    I was only trying to be a little funny with the comment a few threads ago

    really happy he is gone ,

    I want a full clear out

    clean sweep

  • 4 Slank // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    They have got it wrong about Cabaye.

    Cabaye wanted to leave and he made it quite clear to everyone about his intentions. It wasn’t an if but a when.

    The club didn’t want him to go but given the circumstances he went.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM


    I’m not sure on the whole Kinnear resignation/sacked….officially a resignation but then Pardew said the decision was made by the board (not kinnear) so who knows.

    I presume to save a lot of hassle they just got asked to resign or be sacked. But I’m just guessing there.

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Catchy…The bit about wanting to be like Terry made me laugh.

    Lil (From previous thread)…Thanks for that info, Rebecca mentioned that earlier…interesting yet ultimately depressing really.

    Slank…What have they got wrong about Cabaye and who are “they”?

  • 7 firebug666 // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Newcastle needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up.

    1. Communication with the fans NEEDS to be established, and then continued.

    2. the back-room staff need to be assessed, then removed or upgraded as necessary.

    3. The playing staff needs to be cleared out of all the dead wood and good quality platers brought in.

    4. Mike Ashley needs to appoint a Managing Director who knows how a football club should be run, who can come out and defend the club when needed, and explain to fans where the club is and what the future plans are.

    don’t see any off this happening any time soon.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    I still think cabaye should have been told to sit tight til the summer (not given the promise he could go in january) and the fans should have been told that from the get go.

    If cabaye had to leave in jan, after that daft promise made to him, a replacement should have been bought before he went, or else he couldn’t go, no excuses.

  • 9 naptoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Slank if the club didn’t want him to go he would still be here he was under contract and there was no obligation on us to sell …. Look at Suarez at Liverpool and indeed cabella and grenier with us … If the club who holds the players registration doesent want to sell they don’t have to. Either way if the sale was agreed and planned with cabs prior to it happening it still remains the club failed to plan and arrange a replacement. Unforgivable.

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    TS…It has crossed my mind that maybe Ashley isn’t even aware yet that Kinnear has gone.

    It was quite late when it happened, Kinnear may have had one too many, got in a rant with himself, fired himself / resigned and by the time he sobered up the next day realised there was no going back from this one.

    Honestly, is that too far fetched? It’s getting late here, but I don’t think so :)

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM


    100% with you there, would he really go on strike or play half hearted, miss a world cup in brazil and then risk a move in the summer as he hadn’t play much or with effort?

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM


    it’s about as likely as anything else he did haha

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    You are presuming Streete snitched. It could have been any one of the other staff witnessing it. Let’s face it, if your boss physically attacked you in the office, would you just let it slide, or report it to his superiors. Hardly think it makes whoever did say something look bad.

    No worries, full thing is here, page 69, section 4.2 if you want to check it yourself.

    Does blow the Rangers theory away a bit though.

    Nut Meg,
    Yeah, I’d like to see Bramley start to move up. then we just need to get rid of Richardson, Watson, Beardsley, Stone, Carver, Pardew and Ashley and replace them all and maybe we can start moving forward! Simples!

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    What’s 6 months interest on circa £20m?

    What’s the discussion, why didn’t we keep hold of Cabaye until the summer?

    No idea…

    TS…If you think about it, it’s really the only thing that makes sense and the most fitting of departures for dear Joe.

    I feel some closure now.

  • 15 naptoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    No chance he would’ve went on strike or bought out his contract (just a newspaper story making drama when there was none). He was dropped from France in the summer after downing tools for just a couple of games so like you say with Brazil just around the corner …. It just didn’t make sense for us to sell at the time we did ( to us fans anyway).

  • 16 naptoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Widely reported that streete and his dad went and snitched May be untrue tho like you say and in response no I would never snitch.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    I agree with most of that. Certainly it is time to evaluate and assess the players. We are virtually safe now, so I would recall Vuckic, Ferg, Newton, Campbell, involve Bigi and Streete, maybe Satka, Mbabu etc and say right, this is your chance to prove that you have a future. Go out there without fee of relegation, and under no real pressure. If you perform you will be involved next year, if not then time to move on. (Maybe move on is a bit harsh for Campbell, Streete, Satka and Mbabu)

  • 18 catchy in norway // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:42 AM


    at least someone laughed 😉

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:42 AM


    I think the club feared they wouldn’t get the cash for him in the summer.

    If he had a great world cup we might have got closer to 30mil, but if he had a bad tournament or somebody else outshone then PSG might go for the next big thing and we’d get to keep the lad.

    That’s the only reason I can think they sold.

    And the stories about him using the webster rule was tosh, nobody uses that, HBA could if he wanted so should we sell him now too?

  • 20 firebug666 // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    If a boss was ever to hit me I would just walk away….and leave him lying there. lol

  • 21 Slank // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Sage @ 5

    He didn’t have much of a choice as hitting a colleague is generally a sacking offence in most companies and is sometimes followed by a court appearance. Interestingly it doesn’t seem to apply to players fighting amongst themselves.

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Lil…Cheers. I shall study up and challenge you to a UEFA CL rules & regulations debate in the future…I wouldn’t be too worried if I were you.

    It doesn’t fit in with the Rangers theory at all really. Must simply be about club merchandise or that it was in trouble and cheap to get in to at the time…you know, see how it goes and see if an opportunity arises.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:47 AM


    I was on about kinnear, sorry

    on the coach well fair enough, he had to go for that really (although i imagine it happens more than is reported)…plenty of jobs have that sort of thing, building sites are full of arguments settled that way

  • 24 banjax // Feb 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    The lack of ambition at Newcastle is something the fans picked up on shortly after Ashley took charge. So nothing new there. We can only hope the owner sells up or has a severe change of mind – but good luck with that !

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