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Cabaye Helps Newcastle Regain Good Name In France

1:40 pm, Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

At least Yohan Cabaye is talking about his time at Newcastle in positive terms, and that’s always good for the club, as we try to attract other potentially very good French players this summer.

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Yohan Cabaye – in PSG colors
It’s true that Alan Pardew wants more British based players at Newcastle, but we doubt many will come in when Newcastle realize the significant premium they have to pay to get good home based players into the club.

At the Fans’ Forum meeting on Monday night, Newcastle explained that Cabaye was desperate to leave Newcastle – which is never good to hear – but we think the mistake Newcastle made was to agree with the Frenchman last August that is a reasonable bid came in during January he could leave.

Maybe Joe Kinnear was the one who made that foolish agreement – which immediately put Newcastle into a weak negotiation position with their best player.

Yohan is now at PSG, and while at Newcastle he improved a lot, and became one of France’s best players, and remember when he arrived on Tyneside he didn’t have one senior cap for France, although he had been called up as part of previous French squads.

Yohan has said this today in Le Parisien:

“I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed myself. I ‘m glad I had this experience.” “There is little downtime, the referees whistle less than in France, you must always be focused. There are no easy games.”

Yohan wanted to leave Newcastle when it became clear that Newcastle had no chance of playing in the Champions League anytime soon, and you cannot really blame the player for wanting to join a much bigger club with higher ambitions than Newcastle have at the moment.

But it’s good to have these positive words from our former central midfielder, with the Montpellier President and manager both bad mouthing Newcastle last month rather unprofessionally, when we moved in for their 23 year-old winger Remy Cabella.

It’s not the first time Montpellier President Louis Nicollin has heavily criticized Newcastle – when we signed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa thirteen months ago, Lou thought it was a terrible choice by his then captain.

Newcastle need to build up their good name again, after being criticized so heavily last month, and of course we also shot ourselves in the foot by allowing Cabaye to leave and then not bringing in a replacement.

There’s not many clubs that weaken themselves by choice in a transfer window, but Newcastle have now done that twice, and we didn’t seem to learn three years ago when we sold Carroll and didn’t replace him.

However – hope springs eternal – and we are hoping for a great finish to the season, and then an excellent transfer window over the summer – and who knows – we could become a good side again.

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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mister Tuff // Feb 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    ethiomag – ref the VSO downoader. Whilst I knew about the principles – I do not know about any ongoing problems – as I do not use it myself. Surely you should be able to hit on a link somewhere to sort out any problems. If you look hard enough there is usually somebody “who has done it before”.

  • 2 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Awww, int he just adorable :)

    Can’t believe (from the last topic) there is no mention Heitinga….

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Feb 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    70TWO – when you read my posts -the quality should be self evident -even though I say it myself.

  • 4 jimBOB // Feb 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I have a big feeling that this transfer window is going to be as dismal as the previous ones. I cant see ashley spending his pot of dosh and I cant see him spending much on agent and signing on fees for out of contract players.

    Think we may be met with loose ends and one or two long running saga’s.

    on a better note, I hope everyone is gunna get to the youth game at St James’ on the 11th (think its the 11th) to show them lads the support they desrve against chelski.

  • 5 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM


  • 6 archaeomag // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Ahh Cute

  • 7 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Natasha Shields, a 26-year-old mum from Newcastle, has been sacked from her job at a money transfer and payday loans company. When Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse used The Money Shop to send money home to Senegal, she took a picture of him on her mobile. It was uploaded to Facebook, and her employers were not impressed.

  • 8 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM


    She broke her company rules. Her fault, no one elses. It only made the news because he’s a footballer.

  • 9 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    bit sad tho

  • 10 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM


    Yep, but it’s just the way the world is these days. Life can be hard, you don’t have to make it harder by doing stupid things.

    I found the quote from her, about him choosing that branch for privacy reasons, quite amusing that she then didn’t see what she did as wrong. All because “he earns so much money”….

    Rather than moaning about having a child to support, she should think: “I have a child to support… I’d best not risk my job over a stupid photo”.

  • 11 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    and the cameras in the shop which are possibly remote and accessible to the public

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:33 PM


    100% agree…you know company policy so if you break it then tough, it’s your own fault for taking a risk.

    why people feel the need to photograph on comment on everything on facebook/twitter/etc is beyond me. People seem to lack the sense to know what to post.

  • 13 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    All i inferred it was a bit sad, no offence, i took my shot of Obertan where i work i posted it, nothing was said. loan shop Cisse etc

  • 14 mag // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    @10 she probably isn’t a jobsworth like yourself.

  • 15 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    @11 quite possibly, but you would expect your staff members to not take photos of people and then stick them on facebook (unless they specifically ask to have a photo taken with them and they concent).

    If someone was to find a way of remotely accessing their CCTV and then publish the video/image online, then the company itself would be responsible. Not some random girl from behind the desk.

  • 16 mag // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Probably because he’s a celebrity footballer Doh!

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM


    He isn’t taking a loan though is he? Just transferring money…surely it would be easier through a bank transfer?

    But that’s the deal really, if you know your company policy on photo’s then stick to it, even if it is harsh.

    not meaning to sound like I was having a go though pal

  • 18 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    No problems i just thought Cisse loan shop.In all my recent employ there has never been anything like that pointed out to me ,never mind

  • 19 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Truth, for reference I wasn’t having a go (at you) either :)

    I don’t why Cisse was in there anyway. You would have thought he could afford a more discreet way of getting money out to his family (or whoever it was), than to go to a loan shop.

    He sought of deserved what he got, but that’s not defending the employee who took the photo. If it had been another customer then he’s on his own.

    I do, however, find it quite unprofessional for a staff member to sneek a photo of a customer purely to sling on social media. Especially in a place where discreetness is part of the business.

    This whole situation does make you (well me) think that the Wonga shirt situation was even more a load of b@lls.

  • 20 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    As suggested it does seem strange not to use a bank.

  • 21 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM



  • 22 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Was it a sneek photo then. How do they know this.

  • 23 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Bin- ladin used those places to transfer money about? Is it a way of masking transfers for tax purposes.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    It isn’t particularly strange not using a bank. Senegal will be the same as over here (Malawi), most people don’t have bank accounts, and transfers to and from UK or foreign banks can take a long time even if they do. Using the Money shop to do it would be a far easier, quicker and more straightforward transaction.

    Given the girl took the photo, I would assume that it was an unusual circumstance Cisse using that system, in which case it would probably be more of an emergency transfer, in which case the funds would be required quickly.

    Money Shop/Western Union/MoneyGram are all quite common methods of people living here receiving money from family abroad.

  • 25 Spitfire // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Thought Cisse had a moral or religious problem with loan shops/ sharks etc made enough fuss about Wonga anyway

  • 26 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    And these African nations put their faith in mobile phone money transfers do they not.

  • 27 Phatoon // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM


    Didn’t mean sneek like a hidden camera in a handbag. Just a sneek as in taking a “cheeky one” where people aren’t aware/”posing for it”. I highly doubt she made it obvious to everyone she was doing it.

  • 28 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Was it a selfie like ,who knows only her and Cisse and the followers is it still there i wonder,was it worth it

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Cisse has a religious problem with the interest charged on the loans, not using a money transfer system.

  • 30 Spitfire // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Ok accepted. But that problem only arose once Wonga became sponsor not when Virgin Money Northern Rock was sponsor

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I’m not saying there isn’t contradictions in the story, but that is the issue, so it wouldn’t be a problem transferring money.

  • 32 Spitfire // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM


    Yes cheers. I think I’m just a bit bored and trying to squeeze some excitement into my afternoon!! Sick of reading other people s mindless witterings so thought I would try one of my own

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM


    Thanks, clears up why he used them anyway. I had no problem with him using it, not a loan as you say.

    Just don’t see how people can be upset by getting sacked for breaking their behaviour protocols in their contract, if it wasn’t in their contract then take it to a tribunal.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Yeah, she can’t have any complaints. A stupid thing to do, and only one possible outcome for her. Daft really to lose your job over a situation that was completely your own making.

  • 35 Transfer Sage // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM


    people seem to think posting anything on twitter/facebook is harmless and don’t consider the outcome.

    there are so many stories in the news now about twitter and facebook resulting in sackings/arrests people have no excuse not to know the dangers.

  • 36 the truth will out // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    So do you think that will happen on places like this blog?.
    There has been some sh1t flying about for months

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Yeah, I have never really understood the obsession with posting your every thought, or every single thing that happens in your day. Seems a really odd fascination.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if companies such as the Money Shop, and other businesses that require discretion didm’t have certain clauses in contracts forbidding that sort of activity.

  • 38 70TWO // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Mister Tuff – you demonstrate ability above your peers.

  • 39 mag // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    The bingo must be closed.

  • 40 catchy in norway // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    servs her right

    I bet she thought that she was great when she posted it on FB,

    I bet nothing would have happend if she had of just kept quite and just showed friends and family, but she tried to show off and it back fired ,

  • 41 Belfast // Feb 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Deserves to be sacked for being on facebook, never mind posting photos.

  • 42 Mister Tuff // Feb 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    70TWO -@38 – very kind of you sir – if I could add that you are also an excellent poster.

    God this is boring – no good stories- having to be nice to folk -need a ruck to get the blood going. Tudor -where are you when you are needed- only joking.

    Ref the lass at The Money Shop – probably a good yardstick to measure this by would be if you went into your bank and the cashier took a photo – there would be hell on -more or less the same type of situation.
    Perhaps harsh sacking her -yellow card in the first instance might have been better.

  • 43 Beattie25 // Feb 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    With all this awful football, new lows in terms of quality and more records being broken you have to ask yourself…

    Was beattie25 a moaning sod for the past 3 years or was he some kind of prophet that could tell this club was going nowhere fast?


  • 44 mag // Feb 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    The knitting circle is in full flow!

  • 45 derekm // Feb 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    apparently Cisse went to put the money across the counter and missed

  • 46 nufc 11 // Feb 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    The thing MA is forgeting or over looking is all the PL teams will have the extra cash from the TV money come summer time. So nufc wont be the only ones with extra money to buy so it will drive prices up which we all no MA wont pay you can almost see the club statement come september 1st 2014.

    Due to upreceedented levels of difficultly buying playing players or getting deals done during the summer window due to so many other PL clubs wanting to buy at the same time nufc just could not get good value for money in the current climate. However we are striving to improve our team and will look again in the winter window of 2015. We did go to the ends of the earth to try and sign 2/3 players we had identified but could not get them over the line. This window like others in the past we felt as a club that agents were just looking for to much money from deals that involved nufc or selling clubs moved the goal posts in terms of asking price for players. We dont accept that at our club. We as a club feel we have a srong enough squad to see us through the comming season with AP leading us and look forward to it with great anticipation.

    It will go something like that mark my words for all those who really think AP actually has money to spend this comming summer.

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