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Ben Arfa’s Failure Is Newcastle’s Failure Too

4:22 pm, Sunday, June 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 117 Comments

When Ben Arfa first arrived at Newcastle airport in August of 2010, just after we had been promoted after a terrific season in the Championship that saw us get a massive 102 points and come straight back up under then manager Chris Hughton,  we had a young 23 year-old mercurial French international travel to Newcastle to try to force through a move to the club he wanted to play for – Newcastle United – while he was still on the books at Marseilles.

hatem ben arfa flying

Ben Arfa – was once flying at Newcastle United

Ben Arfa knew all about the great French players of the past, who had played on Tyneside, for former great Newcastle sides, and he wanted to do the same thing.

And while his career at Newcastle didn’t get off to a good start,  and he broke his leg in two places at the Etihad Stadium in October 2010, he recovered from that terrible injury, and he was ready and started to play again in the following season, during our American tour.

And Ben Arfa played very well for Newcastle in the second half of the 2011-2012 season,  and finally nailed down a starting place at the beginning of 2012, after he stepped up to the plate and did a lot more work than he had been used to in France, and we finished in 5th place in the Premier League – the best league finish since 2004 under Sir Bobby Robson.

And in that season, Ben Arfa graced St. James Park with some unbelievable individual goals, like those two efforts against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup and Bolton in the league, which Alan Pardew said at the time were two of the best individual goals ever seen at St. James’ Park, and he was right about that.

But fast forward two years and after two poor seasons, when we have been on some terrible runs in the league – we lost 10 of 13 league games in the 2012-2013 season, and in the season just finished we lost six in a row for the first time ever in the Premier League, and we lost eight of our last ten league games we played. 🙁

And Ben Arfa rarely played this year, and in the final games of the season he wasn’t even on the bench, as the relationship between Ben Arfa and manager Alan Pardew seemed to sink to new lows.

No one person is to blame for this situation – Ben Arfa has to take responsibility for not working hard enough on the field when he did get a chance, and presumably not following the instructions he was given when he did come on.

Alan Pardew has to take responsibility because here is a mercurial winger, blessed with terrific skills, whom the Newcastle fans love,  and we have simply been unable to get the best out of the player.

And now because we are more of a grafting side these days and cannot be accused of being successful, it’s hard for the present day Newcastle side to support a player like Ben Arfa – since everybody needs to work their socks off  just to be in the side.

And nobody is a winner if Ben Arfa does leave in the summer, which now looks to be almost certain.

Ben Arfa failed at Newcastle, and Alan Pardew and the club failed to get the best out of a very good player who first arrived at Newcastle, even though he had a reputation at the time for being hard to manage.

We’d  still love to see  Ben Arfa stay on Tyneside for next season, even though he will be in the final year of his five year contract, and maybe also Sylvain Marveaux, who we haven’t seen the best of in his three years on Tyneside – but he’s another good player with good skills.

But it’s very likely that both players will leave the club this summer and everybody will lose – the player(s), the manager, the club and the Newcastle fans.

And we still think if Ben Arfa does leave, he will be picked up by a Champions League club – and that’s a statement in itself.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Hatem Ben Arfa · Premier League · Sylvain Marveaux · Transfer News and Rumours

117 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I really like this kind of thing but I bet Carr can’t stand Pardew’s non-development of his finds.

    Just hope Kemen, M’Babu, Armstrong, Satka etc don’t get” pardewed” with negativity and exhausting percentage hoofball.

  • 2 Graeme // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    P45DUE should hang his head in shame – that he is a dinosaur is without doubt, but not getting the best out of the players you do have at your disposal is an absolute disgrace to his profession.

    Does he care? Shit, does he even realise that he is at fault here?
    I very much doubt it – that’s sad.

  • 3 Graeme // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Rotonda – why would such a player be interested in joining NUFC? He surely has far more choices where he could get great training, help him develop into something special.

    Sad to say, but we are not in that position.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:41 PM


    Well remy has gone, debuchy is wanting out too. sissoko is being looked at, as are Tiote and krul.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM


    Nail on head. Pardew can’t even see the problems so how can he address them. scandalous he is still here.

  • 6 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    How many people would argue if they bulleted Pardew and got in a cheaper manager from the Championship? Not many, and ive watched some great football from lower down using very much lesser quality players.
    Also Reme Garde linked with Brighton, a sleeping giant of a club. Please Ashley if youre not planning on spending Pardew must go

  • 7 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Id sooner have Paul Clement anyone agree?

  • 8 toon22 // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    To be fair Ben Arfas a show poney,how many games has he ran one too many players and lost the ball.
    There just no end product from him,true to form he has fallen out with another manager.Dont get me wrong i would drive P45due to the airport myself if he would leave.But as for Arfa he just isnt going to improve the team.
    Hes a winger who cant cross,cant pass and is regularly injured or fallen out with which ever manager no matter what team he is in.

  • 9 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Everton have made a £4m bid for Deeney.

    Swansea City agree a £6.5m fee with FC Twente for forward Luc Castaignos.

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Anyone know about – PSG midfielder Kingsley Coman – young kid said to be interested in coming to the TOON

  • 11 tynesidetommo // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Don’t understand how the finger if blame can be pointed when we have not been privy to what’s been happening behind the scenes. I can only trust what I see with my own eyes – a talented lad who looks more like the bulky Hulk than a skin professional athlete

  • 12 beermonkey // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    this talented striker we have supposed to have signed from Spanish 2nd div cant remember his name

    along with his signature it was rumoured that the reason he chose us is the plan the club have to get the best out of him does any1 know what this great plan is, and are any other of out talented strikers on it or any other of our young talented players

    doesany1 know what the plan is cos the kid is gonna be very disappointed when he realises it involves st Mirren and Rotherham onloan via gateshead

  • 13 nut meg // Jun 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Scout @ 7
    IMHO a top quality coach is what we are crying out for & PC fits the bill so yes I agree.

  • 14 spitfire_ // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    I know that if he came to Newcastle, he will be the next player ruined by P45DUE.

  • 15 nut meg // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Shush it’s a …secret man.

  • 16 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Nut meg
    why dont we get the lad involved, whatever they do all week isnt working so get him in to change things.
    Has anyone ever watched a proper coaching session, you wouldnt look like HBA if youre training correctly

  • 17 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I think everyone deserves their fair share of the blame.

    Ashley, for the lack of ambition which results in poor morale, lack of determination and incentives. And also the poor timing of letting our top players go and not replacing them at the same point in time, this disrupts the team as whole and affects performances on the pitch.

    Pardew\coaches, for not getting the best out of him during the full course of his contract when he has been available.

    The player himself, poor attitude. Proved to be a complete liability when selected this season. His problems has always been his consistency and attitude not just with NUFC but every other club he has been at.

    But this is what you get far too often with Ashley. Players with behaviourial problems, loop holes in contracts, cheap imports either unproven or riddled with problems.

    I’ll be shocked when this club actually goes out and buys like a genuine honest football club again. Actually spends the money to get a proven Premier League footballer through the door and of course pay the going rate.

    Dreaming maybe.

  • 18 nut meg // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    He let it be known last week that he was ready to come to the Premier league but I’m pretty sure he was meaning as a manager.They won’t sack Pardew & he won’t walk so what they could do is to move sh#t for brains upstairs to make room for PC as new head coach…..easy peezy eh.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Forget the players i mentioned earlier, watching the the final arsenal ladies vs everton i would get smith and yankey from arsenal.

    Get your money out Ashley

    Ha ha ha

  • 20 Ancientcoptic // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    toon22 – What makes you think Ben Arfa has fallen out with the manager?

    Btw- Ben Arfa had a pass completion of 84.5% – not bad for having an off season. That is higher than Cabaye, who had 82% playing for us last season before he left.

    Anita is supposed to be a great passer, and again Anita has a lower pass completion with 83.8%

    Benny didn’t get much game time last season, and out of our current squad, was still the 2nd highest performer in terms of goals and assists… remembering that he keeps getting played in different positions and dropped out of the team, which hinders any players ability to perform at their peak.

    Looking at Ben Arfa’s stats, most people would find that a lot of what is said about him is mostly untrue.

  • 21 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Nut meg

    well said lad

  • 22 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Im better than that Anita, id sooner have charlie adam

  • 23 Ulster_Toon // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    This is going to be one depressing summer of being linked with poor players. Not getting senior players in. Then calling abeid and tav “like new singings” then a season of crap football and finish about 16th again. If we get no quality players in given how much money we can spend (which is a lot) pardew should walk with what dignity he has left.

  • 24 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Have things got so bad that they’re no wingers who can beat a defender and cross a football, as we seem to have none??
    Remember Gillespie bombing down the wing like yogi bear and whipping ball after ball over pinpoint. Great days

  • 25 nut meg // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    If you want to see a player who can do what your asking then check out this player. Dusan Tadic FC Twente.If you like stats you’ll be slavering down your chin when you read what this boy has been doing year in,year out.Let me know what you think……….. i said last year i wasn’t going to say his name again…shit.

  • 26 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Nut meg
    You’re not wrong there he looks the business, can’t be on big wages at twente either.
    BLOG to ASHLEY do you copy squire…

  • 27 beermonkey // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    nut meg

    sorry I didn’t know

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM


    paul clement is a great shout but ash has probably never heard of him !

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM


    That boat sailed a long time ago. the headbutt should have been the end

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    nut meg @18

    if only!!

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Some of us would like to see Benny here next season (I know s few who wouldn’t 😉 )

    …the problem here is not Benny; you could take him out of the equation and the problems will persist!

  • 32 Bambams // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    To me the biggest change to any one player is not Benny but Sissoko.
    I remember P45due saying when we bought him that he went to see him play and told whoever went with him “I would love to have him in my team” or words similar. When Siss first played for us he was absolutely a beast. Remember him doing Ashley Cole on the wing….But now he is half the player because we do not play enough attacking football…But you lot know that and the rest !

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    The idea to have an Arsenal of the North is not bad in principle at all, but you must have excellent coaches and a manager to fulfil the potential or it’s a total waste of time. Simply not going to develop anyone with pardew, stone and carver who won’t upgrade themselves to modern coaching methods .

  • 34 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM


    Crown prosecution service

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    So swans have had 6.5 million bid accepted by FC twente for one of their forwards, boy is my city going to be a team next season

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Pardew and Ashley want to take a leaf out of Jenkins and monks book

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM


    swansea have had the right blueprint with their managerial appointments for years

  • 38 Ben // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    The word Mercurial only used twice. Tut tut.

  • 39 Marty-Toon // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    He’s so blessed with skills but loses the ball way too easily to be called one of the best.
    Mr.Pardew doesn’t have a clue how to use players most of the time.
    Ben Arfa should’ve fitted perfectly in front of a Four man midfield with De Jong and Remy ahead of him.
    Had he been playing for Brendan Rogers Liverpool he’d have been excellent his year and used like Coutinho.
    He was difficult to mark on the right but would’ve been much better in the middle or Nr.10 spot under a decent manager.
    Rubbish last four months of the season by all accounts by the whole team and it’ll just be worse next season,I for one cannot see our squad being strengthened or even get the same amount of players in to replace those going out.

    Really excited …..NOT

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Jun 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Rotonda heights

    i know that, i wish newcastle was the same

  • 41 beermonkey // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    welsh & RH

    come on you know we cant compete with clubs like Swansea

  • 42 Belfast // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I honestly think if he went to Liverpool, he would be brilliant.

    Think somebody like Rodgers would get the best outa him

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Newcastle has its moments as well – we seem to get the best out of the likes of Perch, Simpson and Willo 😉

    …not bad! Not bad at all. Let Liverpool have the flair players whom doesn’t track back!

  • 44 Belfast // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Amen Jasper amen

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    A lot of confusion over Ribery, could be set to miss the WC
    The favourites to step in are Lacazette or Cabella

    We best get our skates on then before there fee’s rocket!

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM


    i took your advice and asked for help and the cheeky sods said that there’s nothing wrong with me, how bad is that.

    Ha ha ha

  • 47 Belfast // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Phone the Cardiff funny farm instead, far better apparently

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    If Ribery and that little twat from Citeh are not going then France only have to get rid of Benzema and I actually think they have a shot at winning the WC!

  • 49 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Who called Pardew a motivator? Is there really a condition that can be described as having been ‘pardewed’?

    I’d like to ask Cisse, HBA, Mbiwa, Goufy, Colo, Sameobi and others if they have been pardewed or if they just lost form collectively.

  • 50 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Sad day when-if HBA goes. He was supposed to be the beginning of the new entertainers (ask Ginola).
    Btw, would Ginola (a strong character on and off the field) have gotten a game under Pardew? Would he have been the legend that he is? Fine lines here and a guy like Pardew can do damage, even unknowingly.

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Cyprus…I think alot of us thought he had great man management skills in the beginning. Appearances can deceive you know!

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Cyprus…where did you study in the States (and for how long?)

  • 53 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    I was pardewed after watching the 6 nil liverpool game

  • 54 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Is anyone on here from Newcastle?

  • 55 Graeme // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Scout, yes mate, I was born & bred in the Toon
    Now live in Lancashire, but usually in West Africa

  • 56 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Originally yeah why?

  • 57 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    University of Montana, Bsc and Master… UK, London: PhD

  • 58 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    50% geordie…

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Only at heart 😉

    Cyprus…so you are a business major?

  • 60 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Yes Jesper

  • 61 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Are you back in Cyprus again or still in London?

  • 62 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    I’m in Cyprus hence the name 🙂

  • 63 Graeme // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Cyprus, North or South?

  • 64 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    The Republic of Cyprus, Graeme 🙂

  • 65 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Cyprus…my dad was a UN soldier (from Denmark) for three years back in the late 60tees 🙂

    …he was also in Gaze!

  • 66 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Did he like it? UN soldiers I’ve met tend to enjoy it here. Not much ‘action’, nice beaches etc. Even though Cyprus in the 60’s was not all that peaceful!

  • 67 mindshaft // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Whitley Bay, parents from Fenham

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Cyprus…he stayed for 3 years 😉

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    He didn’t enjoy Gaza though! To rough and violent!

  • 70 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    how come you chose NUFC if I may ask?

  • 71 Ben3arfa // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM


  • 72 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Can you remember a man called john jobie???

  • 73 Toon1978 // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM


    I live in Wallsend. Just a few mins drive from training ground and 10 mins from stadium. Born in Toon, lived here all my life.

  • 74 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Cyprus…I love football and have played it since I was 4 years old. Been a prof. but injuries ruined it for me at an age 16-17 🙁

    …grew up on Man United because Jesper Olsen played there (he was my favorite Danish player) and we always watched English football on Saturdays in my house.

    I saw Le Tissier and Shearer from SOTON an was really impressed as a kid. Followed Shearer to Blackburn and when Shearer moved to Newcastle U followed. At that time I really lived the football they were playing and they were probably my second favorite team at the time.

    Shearer changed all that.

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    *U = I

  • 76 the truth will out // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    wots this and torres ffs

  • 77 toonluvva // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Born & bred Geordie origionally from Walker, then Fenham and now Gosforth.

  • 78 the truth will out // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

  • 79 Graeme // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Cyprus, My dad was in Kyrenia in the the mid 50’s with the UK Police, I didnt get there until a few years ago, now looking to buy a place out there. Makes a great escape from Nigeria, thats for sure lol

  • 80 kevymartins // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Fernando Torres like pfff is there any players we have not been linked with?

  • 81 beermonkey // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    torres lol

    he already plays like he has been pardewed

  • 82 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I read you. Unlucky that, regarding prof. football. I never got that close, but I was pretty amazing 🙂

    This Newcastle team doesn’t inspire much anymore 🙁

    And I think it narrows down to the manager, although I have nothing against the guy as a person, not even the ‘head butt’.

    Anyway, off for now…

  • 83 cyprus // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    great area, that. Make sure you buy Turkish Cypriot property rather than Greek Cypriot. Hoping for a solution soon and you may end up empty handed.

  • 84 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Remember my parents buying a yorkshire terrier from Walker the bloke was mad on the toon it was about 25 year ago

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Cyprus…take care mate

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    What’s your point ?

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Jun 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Can anybody come up with 2 different songs that ends in the same tune

    Rolf harries sun arise
    Christmas song winter wonderland

    God I’m so talented

  • 88 scout // Jun 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    People from Walker generally good eggs haha

  • 89 rowly // Jun 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    My feelings are that creative players like Ben arfa and marveaux are gold dust and usually cost a lot of money. Who ever picks these two up have got a fantastic bargain. We need to find a system that can incorporate players like this or we won’t have a chance of breaking teams down. You can’t score goals with a team of work horses as we proved at the end of last season. Look at the best players, silva, mata, hazard, messi all have one thing in common – they aren’t expected to get back behind the ball

  • 90 Shot Bru // Jun 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Born Wallsend…Lived away in Africa and Oz most my life…spend a fortune every season coming back to watch the Toon..

    Not next season though…exasperated at what is happening…2 signings a year with the holes filled by loans…I feel no more connection to the club I love…

    We will finish bottom next season!!!!

  • 91 ToonMobile // Jun 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I guess I am missing some obvious reference here or something but did anyone else see on the line – “PS: we can also confirm that Alan Pardew has now definitely vacated the home dugout…” under the report on the gig last night? What am I missing?

  • 92 jimmysmith // Jun 2, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Can’t see us finishing bottom 3 in this league, with so many duff sides around, unless the relationship between Pardew and Ashley has become entirely dysfunctional, and out of sheer bloody minded ness Ashley refuses to sack him because he doesn’t want to compensate him, or something equally hopeless.

    I don’t see any real evidence of that, so mid table, or best of the rest if Ashley is true to his word and puts the profits back in, but moreover, so long as it’s done in a thoughtful and timely manner, which too often hasn’t been the case up to now, I’m afraid. So optimistically 7th or 8th, less so, anywhere from there to 15th.

  • 93 jimmysmith // Jun 2, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Hoping Woy throws caution somewhat to the wind and picks this side for the Ist match.



  • 94 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    What is wrong with the blog? No comments since 4:34pm???? No new articles??

  • 95 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Ahh there they are, my browswer is playing up!

  • 96 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Good to see some Walker lads in, born and bread also

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 2, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Prodigy…I find the refresh button very helpful as well 😀

  • 98 nut meg // Jun 2, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Aye,i’m a walker lad also.

  • 99 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 2, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Gosforth born and bred, although now exiled to beautiful Lilongwe.

    I’d agree with that starting 11 although I’d have Rooney and Sterling either side of Sturridge with Wilshere and Lallana as a central 2 behind and Gerrard sitting deeper.

  • 100 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 2, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Probably a load of betty swallow given it is from the Mail, but
    ‘Swansea captain Ashley Williams is ready to leave the Liberty Stadium for newly promoted QPR in a £4m deal.’ Daily Mail

    I’d take Williams for £4million. Although probably couldn’t match the amount ‘Arry drops off in some dogs bank account for him.

  • 101 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 2, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    swallow=swallox should have known auto correct would do that!

  • 102 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:04 AM


    Very funny! 🙂 haha

    These comps at work need updated! Get nothing but trouble going online now. Not that I should be online anyway like

  • 103 maikelw // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Yes ben arfa is a good player but also has a louzy mentality. Any great player would prove his coach/manager wrong. I did not get that impression from him. It is better to cut him loose and build up again and make sure nufc is not depending to much on one single player like for last 2 seasons with cabaye.

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Prodigy…with that freedom comes great responsibility 😉

    …some smoke some check nufcblog!

  • 105 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM


    Lets see what articles Ed has in store for everyone today.

    Hopefully good news on the horizon? But I very much doubt it! More of the same no doubt coming out of NUFC.


  • 106 firebug666 // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Ben Arfa did not help himself towards the end of last season performance wise, but he is an attacking player who was being forced to play from a defensive position. The whole team under Pardrew was forced to sit back.

    Benny is the sort of player who should be playing further up the pitch to offer an outlet for the team out of defence. When making his runs forward with the ball none of our players got into the box for a cross until Benny run at their defence.

    It was all to easy for opposition defenders to crowd Benny with 3 or 4 players simply because none of his team mates were there to pull defenders away.

    I’m not saying that Benny is not blameless, but he has been totally Pardrewed, in that he lost the will, the passion, and motivation to drive on. Then to be singled out and blamed for the Man Utd defeat was diabolical.

    Benny may well have been a poor player last season, but so was the whole team, and that is Pardrew’s fault.

  • 107 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:26 AM


    I think everyone is accountable for blame on some level, the club is a shambles from top to bottom.

    The board, the coaching staff and the players also.

  • 108 firebug666 // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:31 AM


    There is no doubt about that marra, and already the same pattern we have seen in previous transfer windows is being woven again.

    The staff may have changed but the clubs policy and excuses stay the same.

    I have never worried more for our club than I do now.

  • 109 Ben3arfa // Jun 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Well what do you know , all the teams around us are making in-roads on transfers whilst Charnley haggles fruitlessly with Montpellier.

    Stoke City making a move for Diego Capel and Swansea agreeing a fee for Castaignos are two deals we could have completed ourselves

  • 110 firebug666 // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    This Cabella saga looks to be the one to drag on for a good while until he signs for someone else, Then the club will blame their failure on everyone or anyone but themselves.

    Same old; same old.

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Hopefully FIFA will get found out for what it is and that ridiculous decision to give Qatar the WC reversed.

  • 112 Blofal // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Is it going to be like a few windows ago qhen they announced 5 transfers at once?

    Or is it going to beclike other windows where no senior players are bought in.

    Im starting to get a bit worried. I don’t care about haggling for Cabella. I worry about the 3 strikers we NEED and no real news about us in advanced negotiations for any.

  • 113 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    They’ll wait until next season if need be unless of course we look like we’re in trouble in January, it is deemed unnecessary to spend excess on a tenth place finish.

  • 114 Blofal // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Jail Blatter has been stonewalling from the beginning. Until he goes it will be same old. Mind you whoever replaces him will be just as corrupt.

  • 115 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Pleasant morning on the banks of the Tyne rain has stopped and the sun is breaking through
    Lets hope the TOON have a breakthrough on the transfer front today!!!!!????

  • 116 Blofal // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Charlie gimme some of what you just took.

  • 117 Whumpie // Jun 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    There is no way a CL club will want a fat, inconsistent whiner who clearly doesn’t look after the basics like diet and conditioning. I do think the club failed to get the best out of him but are assuming it would have been worth it? The effort and resources needed coykd be better spent on other players who want to do their bit.

    Get rid. £3m tops.

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