Newcastle Reveal Why They Sold Yohan Cabaye

The minutes of the third Fan’s Forum meeting are now available, and there are one or two interesting responses from the club, and we already covered one – where the club now say that Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct company gets all the free advertising, because of his £129M interest free loan he’s made to the club – and that was a different response from the previous one, that said the club were waiting for new advertisers to come forward.

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Yohan Cabaye – sold in January

They really need to get their story straight, and it doesn’t seem to us that the loan is free from Ashley, with all that world-wide advertising he gets in return.

And of course a  question was asked about the selling of Yohan Cabaye, and whether that could be prevented – and here is the official response from Newcastle:

“The board repeated that the player was adamant he wanted to leave. The board also explained that the player could not be sure the opportunity to join PSG would be available at a later date and he therefore wanted to take it.”

“The club’s preference was to keep the player and for him to remain at the club long term.”

Newcastle have to realize that top players will continue to want to leave the club when our ambitions are only to be a top ten club in England.

If we are to get players as good as the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba to stay on Tyneside, we have to be in Europe, and preferably the Champions League.

And the follow-up questions was what happened with Cabaye’s replacement – there wasn’t one – and this is the response from the club:

 “The board suggested that if it was to be self-critical, it should have had a young player who could naturally step into the squad as it aims to in all positions.”

“In respect of the transfer, the board explained that the club did not want to sell the player. However, the player was adamant he wanted to leave.”

“The club made a substantial bid for a replacement but an agreement could not be reached with the prospective selling club. The club also pursued other options but particular clubs were unwilling to sell.”

“The board explained that the January window is disruptive for clubs and that there are far more options available to it in the summer window.”

With any decision involving personnel, the company always takes priority – and not the employee – so tough luck if Yohan wanted to leave and maybe the PSG deal would not be available in the summer – Newcastle have suffered because of that really dumb decision.

The needs of the business must come first.

And a way of looking at that second response is that other clubs were not as daft as Newcastle, and didn’t want to sell their best players half-way through the season, when they probably couldn’t get in a suitable replacement.

It seems that only Newcastle sell their best players in January, admittedly for ridiculously high fees, but then fail to replace them.

And just to show it’s no accident, Newcastle have now done that twice – once with Yohan and once with Andy Carroll – all in  a short three years..

It’s simply ridiculous, and shows that at Newcastle money talks and the football on the field takes a distant second place.

That’s the truth.

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33 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    “The club made a substantial bid for a replacement but an agreement could not be reached with the prospective selling club. The club also pursued other options but particular clubs were unwilling to sell.”

    We were willing to sell though!!!!

    SUBSTANTIAL BID!!!!!!!!!!!

    1/2 the valuation

    Its a sad sorry and pathetic state of affairs

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee Charneley is a total wank who deserves the same level of criticism that Ashley and Pardew get.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Apart from COLO I don’t think we have paid market value for any player. Under Ashley i.e.

    Xisco may Be

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    What a croc of shite, it’s easier to buy in the summer, we signed five players last January when we were in the sh1te, how much more BS can they spoon feed us, it’s actually incredulous that some people will now come on here and say well we wanted to keep Cabaye, they said so.

  • hibbit

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    most of the money owed when ash took over was a mortgage for the re building of st james which he payed off even though it still had 8 years to run about 75m

  • stuart no9

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    th e sad thing is that we have been lied to yet again . these lies wont stop . its in his blood .

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    enough is enough its all tds fault im off

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    tds is ashleys man has a vendetta
    what he needs is a behaviour polan care and support

  • hibbit

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    john tds wont any soon to busy filling the dump bins at sd

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    plan tds lies covers his back
    twist and distorts to suit his mood
    i doubt ill post again well
    maybe just to harass him

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    having good convo yesterday till he burst on the scene harass and chiding me saying im a disgrace well he has no right to55er

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #12

    bye lads see you in the new era

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #13

    ashley get oot of my toon

  • John Tudor

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #14

    just had a good idea ill repost all his snidey comments since he joined to clog the blog with his bile arrogant condescending twaddle

  • cestriasteve

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m sorry ED but I have to disagree with your comments on selling Cabaye, much as I disagree with the sale it was:

    A, he was adamant about going.

    B, we will not finish much further up or down the league this season without him.

    I also disagree with people saying he is worth much more than we got too, he will be replaced with someone of the same mind set that he to will use us as a stepping stone. I think that after this season the g will be so big between the top 4 and the rest if us that there won’t be a hope of any one else getting there. Even the mighty Man U will only be able to afford 1 season outside the top 4.

    We will be a feeder club, nothing wrong with that but come on let’s play some nice fort ball with a forward thinking structured management and a much more develop focused coaching staff.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    hmm the thing is the players that mean something to us have gone to better clubs !

    cabaye to psg + champs
    ba to chelsea + champs
    carroll to puds + euro

    but with us trying to sign players what have we to offer them apart from coming to the prem ? mid table / not won anything for a hell of a long time / not known for our ambition / low wages compared to most other prem teams ect.

    theres not much mystery why we are not getting the “great” players in imo.

    i can only really see us attracting the less known players on carrs list like hairdryer or players with problems like remy was or luuk.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    The defence between Cabaye and the players we bid for is that Cabaye wanted to leave and had been told last summer that he could go to a CL club if they met his valuation. The ones we bid for weren’t demanding to leave. Simple.

    It doesn’t matter if we were in the EL this season, Cabaye would still want to leave for a mega rich CL team, why can’t people see that?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    can we keep things civil on here…if somebody else writes rubbish about you correct them but don’t waste all day arguing….sure it’s putting a lot off the blog.

  • cestriasteve

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #19

    TDS, we’ll said mate

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Wow. Obsessed much John Tudor??

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Defence = difference

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #22


    my only complaint on the cabaye deal was telling him he could go in january. We should have said end of the season and if you want to play for france put a shift in for us or you wont play.

    that’s my criticism, he was going to go at some point, just think we should have done the summer.

  • mattnufc

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Didn’t realise this was the John Tudor blog.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #24


    That’s right. That debt was already there. Mikey didn’t create it as some people believe, citing a lack of due diligence. The club was paying a substantial amount of interest on that debt but mikey gave the club an interest free loan. Yes, Ed, an interest free loan.

    In return the club gave SD free advertising. How can anyone bleat that the club is losing say £2m in advertising revenues when they are saving over £10m a year in return? Fans are doing the club no favours by crying over lost advertising monies because it will be far worse off if mikey gives them what they want and reverts to the position of the previous regime: no interest free loan but full value for advertising. How much incidentally do you imagine the club got under freddie shepherd for advertising?

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #25


    Well said. I totally agree. The only thing the club could have done better was to get in a quality replacement at a good price, but that would be a tall order.

    The reason PSG got Cabaye is that they are mega rich. We’re going to lose out to mega rich clubs all the time. Why can’t some fans see the reality and the bigger picture? It’s hellishly difficult to compete with these big boys or convince any top player that we could show the same level as ambition as them. Even Ed doesn’t seem to get it.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Send your season tickets back.

    Lets get him out.

    NUFC isn’t our club its his.

    Don’t support NUFC until he goes.

  • petey

    Feb 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Cabaye has been playing every game from the bench! Not a Good move right before the world cup …money money moneyyyyyy

  • Whumpie

    Feb 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Bloody useless bunch.

    Should have just said “no” like others did to them. Force him to stay as others have, e.g. with Suarez. Rooney etc. To claim we had no choice in one breath but blame other clubs for simply saying no doesn’t wash.

    And if you really haven’t got the balls to do that, then don’t sell for half the gping rate! 20m?? FFS that’s a pathetic figure in the current market!

    Couldn’t find their own arse with both hands this lot.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    And yep, Cabs is going to regret it just like almost all the others.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Feb 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #30

    This is anything but an interest free loan by fat man. If u look at the facts he’s making enough money off the club for the debt to be cleared off, but he wants the 110 million back. How is this interest free??

    In the last 5 years we have spend minus 45 million on transfers. In the last year we haven’t spent on trnasfers, apart from 2 million remy loan. We have last year’s money coming in for finishing 16th which will be about 40 million. The year b4 we finished 5th and and only spent 6 million on Anita. Then u have cabaye 20 million, not in the club’s account but in the fat man’s. All of this money should be either reinvested in the club, or used to clear off the 110 million “interest free” debt.

    Now to top it off and take the piss, the fat pig uses the interest free loan as an excuse to for his free advertising at the stadium. The interest free loan is not an acceptable excuse.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Feb 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #31

    ashley owes himself 120million plus not nufc we the fans dont owe him a penny because if he sells he will keep all the money what people dont understand is why he doesnt pay nufc the same as wonga do and use the money to reduce the outstanding debt to himself.a few years and the debt would look a lot healthier

  • Reggie

    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes cabs is a great player and was the best at the club, but think a lot of fans forget when he refused to play for us when the Arsenal turned his head, even Rooney and Suarez played out of their skins for their club when others were interested, yes they got a big pay rise to stay because the owners buckled in to their demands, no player is worth £300k a week, it would take me 10 years before I make that sort of money and I probably put in a harder shift than most of them…

    Time to forget about Cabs and support the ones left who want to play for NUFC, like Dummett and co…

  • breno95

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #33

    the thickness of most on here re finances is staggering.
    gullible people who buy into and lap up all the reports of how terrible MA is via all forms of media outlets.
    even Ed is on a crusade with every post repeating the same views with the sole purpose of whipping up a storm against owner.
    accept the fact cabaye left because he wanted to leave. players hold the power these days not clubs. short memory some have re golden boy cabaye. he went on strike and refused to play because he was not sold in the summer to arsenal for what was a far lower amount.


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