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Newcastle Summer Exodus Led By Mathieu Debuchy?

10:26 pm, Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

If we look at who are the best players left at Newcastle after Loic Remy leaves the club this summer, most fans would probably say Mathieu Debuchy is our best player, and certainly he has had an outstanding first full season on Tyneside, and has quickly become a better player.

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Mathieu Debuchy – leaving Newcastle this summer?

But there’s some bad news today for Newcastle fans (what more bad news?), in that Debuchy seems unsure of where he will be next season, and he has already been linked with a move to European Champions Bayern Munich recently.

And we cannot think it helped last month, that his best friend Yohan Cabaye, who had persuaded him to move to Newcastle during the European Championships almost two years ago, was sold for £20M to PSG.

It will not have gone unnoticed by Mathieu that Newcastle seem to lack ambition.

Mathieu has been speaking to the French media today, and he was invariably asked if a move to PSG to join his friend Yohan would interest him, and then about Yohan’s move to the Paris club last month:

“PSG? I am here at Newcastle until the end of the season and for next year, I do not know.”

“This is a great loss for us so obviously I was sad but I cam happy for him because PSG is a great club.”

“I had the opportunity to talk a little with Yohan Cabaye and it is clear he is really happy there.”

Mathieu has a five and a half year contract that lasts through the summer of 2018 at Newcastle – so that response  does not fill us with great confidence that he will still be at Newcastle come September.

It was a really dumb move by Newcastle to sell Cabaye last month – and it only sent a very clear message to the players (and fans) that Newcastle lack ambition – so the best players at Newcastle will now be looking to leave in the summer.

It seems that Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy will be two of them that will leave Newcastle for bigger and more ambitious clubs in the summer.

And don’t think that Yohan is not telling his best pal how great things are at PSG, and that playing in the Champions League is terrific. :(

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78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Debuchy would be a great buy for PSG and I wouldn’t blame him for wanting to leave at the moment .

  • 2 G // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Are people still overlooking the fact that Cabaye could have walked for 2.5M at the end of the season, so getting 20M now, however disastrous a move for the current season, is a sensible move by the club. Not having a replacement on the other hand, is a major b**lock drop.

  • 3 toonluvva // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    We will lose a lot of important players in the summer transfer window.

    A$h£€¥ will always look at the bottom line financially, namely have we made a profit on the players sold.

    He would, in my opinion, sell every single player in the summer if the price was right.

    He lacks, and is careful to avoid appointing, anyone with a knowledge of football who would warn him of the damage hi attitude is doing to the club.

  • 4 naptoon // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    G that was never going to happen don’t believe the newspaper bull. If you can name 5 players ever who have invoked that rule you get a gold star

  • 5 lesh // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Between Ashley and Kinnear, they’ve caused more upset and dissent than than at the tine we were relegated. Coincidental that Kinnear was with us during that season too.

    Just to think that apart from having Wise and Jimenez to advise him at the time (and possibly Joe The Orange Tree drunk) to advise him, sacking Keegan was when the mayhem that is, first kicked off. We’ve never recovers from that.

    If Ashley was an employee of an owner, he’d probably have been sacked but as he’s the owner………. What a f%£)g mess!

  • 6 jimmysmith // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Even though Pards does come out with some drivel in his all too frequent press conferences, for which I have some sympathy, considering the number of times he’s asked to front up, as well as the sheer banality and leading nature of the questions he’s asked, he does seem to tell the truth, generally speaking.

    His latest, and paraphrasing, “I’ve already built two sides here and it looks like I’m going to have build another”

    He’s had a wrongheaded self serving owner, some dud footballers and others who’ve flattered to deceive, a comical DOF, players wanting to leave, an untimely foray into Europe, at times horrendous runs with injuries, players winding down their contracts and now for the third time in his 3 years he is rebuilding another side.

    I’m sure he has his failings and limitations but he’s likely been outstanding overall and all things considered as manager of NUFC as far as I can tell.

    Players come for the manager and for the money, Pardew needs to backed properly first if he’s to be fairly judged.

  • 7 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Debuchy, Krul. . . this is old news for me as I have been saying for a while that any player who is any good will take a look around and see that they have earned their PL badge, time to get the hell outta Dodge, and the shoppers will be queuing up to buy them, just like Cabaye.

    Yes, we may well go a-bargain hunting again but we wont bbe buying ‘replacements’ or like-for-like, oh no. £20m in means a raw, rough at the edges junior for £3-6m to step up to the plate. If Ashleys wonder influx from the new improved rootin’ tootin’ academy dont come in first.

    NUFC – Player Farm with mediocre intent and a healthy ledger.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Added to that he’s had his best player sold and not replaced, on 3 separate occasions. You could go on all night.

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Jimmy – I am willing to give any poor sap like Pards some slack but you actually credited him with the word ‘outstanding’?

    Shut the front door! :)

  • 10 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I dont recall slating Pardew for his spin, it’s part of his remit and I doubt he likes it one little bit himself. But many of the situations you describe happens at other clubs to other pporr unfortunate well-paid managers and they get on with it and dare I say it, invariably get sacked for not getting on with it in very short order.

    Lets not forget he organises one of the most fickle teams the PL has seen in a while, and has garnered several terrible club records in one sitting. I am amazed he hasnt gone as a scapegoat for Scheming Mike already.

  • 11 jimmysmith // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Likely been, I think I said. I don’t actually know how you could judge him harshly under the circumstances, but yeah, ok, outstanding might not hold water, but Jesus, what a shit sandwich he’s been given.

  • 12 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Not suprised at this tbh

  • 13 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Whoa! Aunty Nora! Its never safe is it?

    :D

  • 14 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Hey princess

  • 15 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Jimmy fair enough poor deal but admittedly for a pretty poor manager. Its a two edged sword, I think the whole panto is set up badly, top to bottom.

    Oh no it isnt!
    Oh yes etc..

  • 16 Thump // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    That’s one hell of a headline, Ed. I happen to know the Daily Mail is hiring at the moment.

  • 17 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    You just finished reading through my volumes of twitterton-by-the-sea ramblings then Belfast? No wonder you are late coming in. :)

  • 18 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Remember at the end of gladiators when they do the eliminator ?

    I want to see Ashley do the eliminator over and over again.

    It’s all part of my plan to get rid.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    When I say “you” I always mean in the general sense.

  • 20 blew // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    G @ 2
    Taking £20M was a sensible move?
    I would agree if it had been re-invested,
    but it was not.
    Nor will the cash see the light of day in
    terms of investment. Our Leader is disinterested.
    The £20M was a sensible move for Mr Ashley.
    I fear a lot of players will want to quit in summer.
    Who can blame them.

  • 21 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Yeah Skunki

    I’m one of your many followers, me and two other fools.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Does anybody else find Markaccus’s fascination with moth testicles puzzling? Is it common in his part of the Toon? Is this going to lead to budgie neglect again? Where is that man’s focus these days? I mean really.

  • 23 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    s

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    blew @20 please don’t say G@2 because I am G2 and I will find that very confusing. Please say hey G you knob end when referring to G from now on. I have spoken with him about this and he understands completely. Regards G2.

  • 25 JackButler // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Debuchy will be one of many on his way come the summer as unlike our owner these players do have ambition

  • 26 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Wouldn’t actually suprise me if he went to Psg tbh

    Their right back hasn’t looked that great any time I’ve seen them

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Tsunki has been very confused lately Belfast mate. Please excuse him. He has been sniffing moth balls along with Markaccus and it has disoriented him. I’m trying to reach out to both of them but they have little focus right now. Quite a sad situation. :(

  • 28 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Aye geordietwo is the sexist one

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Just kidding G. I know you would actually prefer to be called G1. I’m not surprised. It’s got a wonderful sound to it. Not as good as G2 but still.

  • 30 Belfast // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Makes a change from drinking his own pee through his eyeball geordietwo

  • 31 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Ed as much i love you and appreciate the time you put into this blog you have to realise Kebab did not want to be here i mean we could of lost him in the summer for 3.5m or less you have to start being logical at the end of the day this is an amazing club he made it very clear he didnt want to be here we should be hunting down JFK he knew there was a chance of losing Kebab and did fuck all about it. As for players like BA we do not want him back here atleast i dont let him flourish at the “bigger club” players like that are so disrespectful f him no loyalty

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Doh!!!! Please don’t say that Belfast mate. I’m still quite sensitive on the subject. I prefer to think of myself as manly but in a very woman friendly way. I have a sensitive side as I’ve already mentioned. I listen to Barry Manilow, I admire and respect Barbara Streisand, and I would gladly give Bill Clinton a good telling off for Hilary. That’s what I’m talking about.

  • 33 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Ed as much i love you and appreciate the time you put into this blog you have to realise Kebab did not want to be here i mean we could of lost him in the summer for 3.5m or less you have to start being logical at the end of the day

  • 34 mattnufc // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Can’t wait to see our back-up right back getting some game time…

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Feb 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Has he started doing that again Belfast? I thought he had turned the corner on that. Hmmm. It’s got to have something to do with jesper’s hallucinogenic pie filling I fear.

  • 36 Belfast // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Once a sexist always a sexist.

    Hard to shift that tag once you’ve got it.

    Of course this could all change, if you were to make a large donation to my paypal account.

    You got paypal ?

  • 37 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    As for players like BA we do not want him back here atleast i dont let him flourish at the “bigger club” players like that are so disrespectful f him no loyalty

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    I’m sorry I’m not receiving your signal well anymore Belfast. Something about going off to visit your pal? If it’s Tsunki don’t expect much intelligent conversation as he’s still got a case of mothball vapours.

  • 39 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    this is an amazing club he made it very clear he didnt want to be here we should be hunting down JFK he knew there was a chance of losing Kebab and did f all about it..

  • 40 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    bull

  • 41 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    this is an amazing club he made it very clear he didnt want to be here

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    What’s really happening with Tsunki these days? He’s on here, he’s not on here, he’s on the mothballs, he’s off the mothballs. I can’t keep track anymore.

  • 43 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    we should be hunting down JFK he knew there was a chance of losing Kebab and did f all about it..

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I made it very clear I didn’t want Joe to be here but he kept ignoring me. Now he’s finally come to his senses and taken the tea lady position.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Is it really true Tsunki has a tiny bag of moth testicles that he fondles between each post? It’s a rumour going around but I have to ask the question. We deserve to know the truth.

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Kebab loved us. He also loved Joe but in a confused man love kind of way. That’s why he had to leave. I blame Joe.

  • 47 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    I am just gutted that it looks like our team that had so much potential a few years ago has crumbled with the loss of Cabaye, and it looks like it will only get worse .

    If we kept hold of our best players we could have still had this team today :

    —————————–Krul——————————-

    –Debuchy——–Collo———M;biwa——–Enrique–

    ————-Sissoko————————Tiote————-

    —HBA——————Cabaye—————-Remy——

    ——————————Ba——————————–

    Funny how people say we don’t sell our best players yet half of that team has either left or is on the way out, and if we kept that group together we would have had some team .

  • 48 Ancientcoptic // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Debuchy would be better suited to playing in an attacking team.

    Our tactics are all over the place, with Debuchy and Santon being so attacking, it just further adds to the confusion. (Not that I am saying getting rid of Debuchy is the solution)

  • 49 jimmysmith // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    I can well imagine Yohan’s and Mathieu’s private conversations regarding the ownership…………scathing more often than not…….he’s off, given half a chance and the likelihood of a move and a World Cup place at seasons end the only things keeping him and a few others relatively competitive from here on in.

    Unless Ash gets the lads together and personally promises key and extensive strengthening in the off season of course…….oh no no no no, there I go again, romancing. Sadly afflicted.

  • 50 davetoon // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    The future looks bleak

  • 51 Blofal // Feb 20, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Nothing short of panic buying will save this club next season.

    We will lose or have lost…

    Cabaye
    Shola
    Remy
    Marveaux
    Obertan
    Gutierrez

    and we could likely lose..

    Cisse
    Ben Arfa
    Santon
    Debuchy
    Colocinni
    De Jong (he could decide its not worth staying)

    Thats a lot of fcking players. And those last 6 arent just a random list… they all look like leaving at the moment!

  • 52 microbar // Feb 20, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    the bouche will be off to psg no probs.

  • 53 DENIro // Feb 20, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    I think that best we can afford in this circumstances are players like Gouffran.. Not big stars, but hard workers and good and team players..

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 20, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    It is not easy being manager of the year with all that latent talent and nothing to show for!

    …Pardew to Mansfield!

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 20, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Harrumph!

  • 56 jazzyp // Feb 20, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    Jesper
    Retract that statement please !!
    Not only do I have to put up with this man as our manager. You are now trying to send him to the place I live as well lol

  • 57 Santon03 // Feb 20, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    As soon as we are out of top 10 pardew will be sacked. MA can’t sack pardew if he set the target this season is to be at top 10 since we are still in top 10.
    I said before that we will finish in top 6 earlier this season and I am wrong. I think we won’t be in top 10 at the end of the season.
    I’m willing to sacrifice this season to finish just above relegation zone so I could see new manager come next season. Even if we bought great players, we won’t go higher than 8th with pardew in charge. Even the players right now nolonger have any spirit and they get booed and blamed everytime when they already followed their manager’s instruction. It’s normal human reaction when their leader (manager) doesn’t want to take responsibilities and shifting blames.
    I bet they will become different players when they have a new better manager. We have good players when they came to NUFC, even big teams wanted them and now they performed like Sh!t. If one or two, I can’t blame the manager but all the players has turned to sh!t and frustrated. Well… except Willo.
    No use to invest more money on great players when the man in charge can’t utilize them to their full potentials. Hopefully this season is the last season I see pardew as NUFC manager.

  • 58 Santon03 // Feb 20, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Vincenzo Montella is a great maanger. Fiorentina give him very low budget and he bought outcast players and free transfers, he sold all superstars to make fund for transfers. Look at them now.
    The only team that can beat Juventus.
    He bought Joacquin, Rossi, Ambrossini, Valero, Pizarro, Savic, etc. Total he sold 17 players.

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 20, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Jazzup…sorry mate. ;)

    …I just thought Pardew would want to be closer to the man Mike Ashley himself. – do you ever go visit the SD Headquarter just for kicks?

  • 60 stan anderson // Feb 20, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    No sympathy for that excuse of a manager.
    He has,nt the bottle to stand up to Ashley and tell him to stick his job.
    So much easier to feed the fans a load of bull and get well paid to do so.
    He only has to endure the fans anger on match days for 90 mins. or so.
    I hear that they have reduced the S T prices,if that is so does it mean he is concerned about a drop in demand for them.
    I think the time is right to not renew S T.and bring this situation to a head.
    I still have ambition to watch a team that entertains and at least shows passion and pride in wearing our shirt.
    Even if we dont win trophies at least we would be able to say we tried.

  • 61 Slank // Feb 20, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Blofal @ 47

    Cabaye – has already gone.

    Shola – not first choice and contract ends in summer and is possibly too old to continue. Armstrong should take his place.

    Remy – is not our player and QPR can keep him or sell him to whoever they want.

    Marveaux – rarely gets a game and has already gone even though still physically around the club.

    Obertan – rarely gets a game and therefore surplus to requirements and will probably be gone

    Gutierrez – rarely gets a game as he is on loan elsewhere and is unlikely to return as age has caught up with him.

    So, the only one who would be a loss would be Remy but given that he is here temporarily it is up to QPR to determine whether he stays with them or goes to the highest bidder.

    Apart from Remy, no great loss.

  • 62 Klatoon // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    We should try for the Benfica, would satisfy both board and fans. He’s used to buying cheap unknown players then turning them to mega million assets. Oh and he plays attacking flowing football. Thats Ash and us sorted.

  • 63 Klatoon // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    ‘benfica coach’

  • 64 mindshaft // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Hold on a sec, cabaye had already thrown his toys out the pram once by going on strike over the arsenal move, he was desperate to join PSG and I don’t think it was realistic to block the move without more disruption – think its clear that any player who gets a bid from a decent champions league club will be off – luckily of all the players at toon, Debuchy is the only player we own likely to attract a bid

  • 65 thai-mag // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Slank
    What about Debuchy Krul Colloccini Santon Ben Arfa Tiote will they be no great loss either, because most of them will want to go to

  • 66 Markaccus // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Klatoon

    The only trouble with that is he would not have the same type of player at nufc as he has at benfica. The style in portugal is totally different, as it is in each different country. I agree we might play more attacking football, but i think we would suffer badly when we didnt have the ball.

  • 67 mindshaft // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Thai – when did tiote, krul and santon come out and say they were unsure of futures at toon – I can’t see Ashley allowing more than 1 more first team player leaving in summer although reckon all the fringe players could go I.e hba, Marv obertan etc
    If we lose debuchy and tiote as well as Remy bodding off without bringing adequate replacements we’ll be relegated for sure

  • 68 Blofal // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    My point Slank wasn’t who is going… it’s the amount of players that are going.

    6 Definitely leaving and another few very likely to.

    We already have a depleted squad and are going to have an even more depleted one by next season.

    Unless MA has come up with a way of not only running the management of Newcastle on skeleton staff… but also a skeleton playing group… he has to buy or we will be relegated in the very near future. It’s that simple.

  • 69 Blofal // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    I’m just hoping Carr has some more gems tucked away… because I don’t see Ashley opening his wallet regardless.

  • 70 SuperShearer // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Given Debuchy still has 3 years left on his contract if he goes to one of PSG or Bayern then the money would have to be good…they can both afford it and let’s be honest MA probably needs a new belt or something.

  • 71 thai-mag // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    mindshaft
    they wont have any choice if a big enough offer comes in, they will be sold

  • 72 Ben3arfa // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    ASHLEY OUT

  • 73 Santon03 // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    MA only opening his wallet on the right price not for 20mil/player like oil clubs.
    The problem is what does pardew want, what kind of a player he needs, can he maximize their potentials?
    I think Carr already gave pardew the list which contain players within our budget, since Carr already knew our financial strength so no use of him scouting for 20 or 30mil players.
    I gave Montella as example, because he know what he wants and needs. That is specific players for specific jobs (the right players for the right jobs regardless age and price) unlike pardew who wants 1 player for multi functions and he ended up putting players at the wrong jobs and when they can’t do it, all they get are blames and critics for being put there in the 1st place by the manager.

  • 74 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Sad to say but watching PSG the other night Debuchy would be a fantastic signing for them and he’d slot straight in :(

    Genuinely petrified of this summer window we stand to lose several players and need at least 4 before any outgoings!

    Can’t believe how much Wenger is complaining about the result last night night and the sending off!

  • 75 Klatoon // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Markaccus, that was the case when we had the Nolans, Bartons and Carroll, but now we’ve got a group of versatile, adaptable players under a rigid manager.

  • 76 Slank // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    thai-mag @ 61

    Debuchy – first choice and deservedly so and is current French international. Arguable whether he came here only because his best mate was here and therefore could be easily persuaded to leave especially to France. Would be a major loss as we don’t have anyone waiting in the wings to replace him.

    Krul – first choice and deservedly so with years ahead of him and therefore very attractive proposition to clubs elsewhere. Whether he is sold is dependent upon the price.

    Colloccini – first choice and deservedly so but his heart is in Argentina and his age and injuries are starting to creep up upon him. MYM is his replacement and so I think the club may let him leave.

    Santon – first choice but only just with both Dummitt and Haidara arguably better full backs. No great loss if sold.

    Ben Arfa – not first choice but more than great when he is great and rubbish when he is rubbish. Could be replaced by Remy Cabella or someone more consistent. Gouffran showed that you don’t have to be mesmeric and cost a fortune to be very effective. Future is uncertain I’d say.

    Tiote – first choice and deservedly so and probably has a bigger positive impact on the team than any other player and because of which don’t expect the club to sell him although I expect there will be lots of bids.

    Players have to leave or retire at some time. We have to face facts that we have some very good players that will attract the attention of bigger and more successful clubs many of whom have almost unlimited funds to spend in England and elsewhere and as we are an unsuccessful club in a provincial backwater players heads and pockets will be turned. That is life for a Newcastle supporter I’m afraid.

  • 77 Santon03 // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Slank

    I’m being fan of Santon, I followed his career since Inter. I think with the right manager, he will be great again. He was great when he was playing under Mourinho and then sh!t under Benitez. He was great in his 1st season, now he is lost. He was great under Mourinho because the players knew their jobs and did their jobs, Benitez was awful at Inter that’s why he got sacked.

  • 78 Slank // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Blofal @ 68

    All clubs know, although some (Sunderland, Spurs and QPR) forget, that mass comings and goings of players rarely, if ever, achieve success in the first year and very often lead to a major decline in performance and sometimes relegation (eg QPR and hopefully Sunderland).

    I would imagine that there will be quite a few bids in the summer coming in but I don’t expect all of them to be accepted.

    In terms of a depleted squad we can only have the required number specified by the league. It’s the depth of quality that is the worry and not necessarily the quantity. But having said that most teams outside of the top four have this problem.




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