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News About Hatem Ben Arfa – What A Shock!

9:24 am, Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

News today in the Journal that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will not let any of Newcastle’s players who will leave this summer go cheaply, and that includes the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa.

Well isn’t that a big shock.

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Ben Arfa and Pardew – in happier times

Newcastle want top dollar for players they sell, and then we go after our targets with miserly and often insulting small bids – but that’s the way Mike Ashley is running the club, and it’s now getting Newcastle a bad name in the transfer market.

Over the last seven years Newcastle have already become a middle of the table side in England with no real ambition – except where our financial records are concerned – they are stellar at the moment, but the team on the field is very ordinary indeed.

And when Newcastle are short of skill and creativity in the side, how come we are selling our most skillful and creative player in Hatem Ben Arfa?

That’s because Alan Pardew is still the manager and he’s fallen out with the Frenchman – and that was one of the consequences of Mike Ashley keeping Alan Pardew on as manager – we will lose our most creative player, who is still a big favorite with the fans.

Managers are supposed to bring the best out of players and get on with them – not fall out with them and argue with them, so the club has to sell them.

And yes, we know Ben Arfa is not entirely innocent in this either, but if a new manger had come in at the end of the season, there was a chance he could bring the very best out of some of the players – like Ben Arfa – at Newcastle.

As well as Ben Arfa, we are unloading Sylvain Marveaux, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan – at least– so we just hope Newcastle can replace those departing players this summer.

Ben Arfa was linked with a Qatar club recently, but his agent came out and said he was not going there – and the French winger  would be a good buy at around £3M for a club with ambition in the Premier League – although he could also return to France.

Newcastle really need to get a move on and try to get some good players into St. James’ Park this summer, otherwise we will again be fighting against relegation for the second time in three seasons.

You either have results or the reasons (for no results) in life, and what we’ve had this summer are the reasons, with the last one coming from Pardew being that the World Cup is still going on at the moment.

And one last thing – when will somebody explain to Mike Ashley that a football club is a lot different to a bank, and finances are not the only thing that matters?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nufcalex // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Good he is our best player now

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Don’t be daft
    How the hell can Mike Ashley get top dollar for these players?

    Surely the only way you can demand a top fee is if the players are in top form or are top youngsters?
    On current form and shape and given the lack of game time and contractual status of HBA and Marv would should just be grateful of getting a fee!
    This is not Ashley stubbornly holding on, it contradicts his previous message of no player being allowed to run his contract down, this is the NUFC management team showing there ineptitude in all it’s glory

    Not only, despite having months to negotiate as some of our original offers were back in Jan, can they not negotiate and close deals of players coming in, they can’t seem to get shot of the deadwood either failing yet again to find clubs for the likes of Obertan Guti Marv Taylor HBA etc

  • 3 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    we will be lucky to get ant sort of fee for players like obatan marveax Jonas

    take the loss and get there wages off the books

  • 4 BuckLuck // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    This world cup shows us that philosophy is far more important than having better players than the opponent. Lovely to see!

    It does not bode well for us Newcastle fans though.

  • 5 lesh // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Judging by performances so far, there’ll be no shortage of interest in Debuchy, Sissoko and Tiote and there’ll be no surprise if they move at or near the last days of the window.

    However, I’m confident that their successors’ll be ‘over the line’ beforehand.

    Ashley’s demonstrated his commitment to succession planning so we can rest easy that things are under control and that enough players of better of equivalent quality will definately be recruited – well maybe!

  • 6 Mickalonius // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Ben Arfa had fallen out with every club and manager he has had. This is not down to Pardew?

  • 7 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    The club is a fcuking shambles

  • 8 Matt // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Managers are supposed to bring out the best in players and get on with them? Alex Ferguson fell out with van nistlerooy Beckham Keane stam don’t like pardew bit end of the day Ben arfa has been crap yeah he’s brilliant on his day but he’s far too greedy hardly even passes and concides possession far too often many seen him so many times make a run on the right them try cut in and shoot when he’s had players stood unmarked on the penalty spot he’s a class player but very inconsistent shame really

  • 9 JAMSHA // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    arfa haters are pardews puppet an fat mans aswell

  • 10 Dondatta13 // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Does this sound familiar lads?

    In the past, Odey Asset Management, Sports Direct’s biggest institutional investor, has backed the share awards for Ashley.

    But Pomroy said: “Our members are concerned about the significant lack of detail being provided about the arrangements of this scheme and the absence of substantive consultation with shareholders is particularly frustrating. As a public company, it is imperative that the whole board begins to recognise the obligations it has and, in turn, endeavours to better engage with and listen to its investors.”

    Seems like we supporters arent the only ones sick to the back teeth by the way Ashley does his business,,,, Heres the full article in the Guardian on Ashley & SD…

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/20/sports-direct-mike-ashley-share-allocation-reward




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