Ben Arfa has not trained with the first team during this pre-season, and his days seem to be numbered at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – fell out with Ben Arfa
In the open training session today at St. James’ Park, which should have just started at 9:00 am Newcastle time – he will not be participating at all.
And because of that Ben Arfa had arranged to meet with fans at a Newcastle city center bookstore tonight, but that has been called off, and we’re pretty sure he was told to cancel that appointment by the club and probably be Alan Pardew himself.
Fans have already decided who is to blame for this altercation with one of the most skilled players at the club, but Newcastle now have to manage the situation – we are not taking any sides in this article.
It’s got to be handled well in the next three weeks, otherwise it could all blow up, and have a negative impact at the beginning of what is a crucial season for Newcastle United.
We want Newcastle to do well this season, and real success would be finishing in the top six, and we still think that’s possible – although there’s a lot of hope in that statement.
It certainly didn’t help with the news last night that assistant manager John Carver, first team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman were informed on Saturday that a new system would be implemented and they now will not get any free family tickets.
That’s been quickly picked up by the press, and it’s another opportunity to hit Newcastle and Mike Ashley, although that decision could have been made by Lee Charnley.
If we just think about the coming season, the club has done well to get in nine good players this summer already, and the situation with Ben Arfa and to a lesser extent Jonas Gutierrez – who is not even in Newcastle at the moment – must be contained until September rolls around.
Otherwise the whole thing could blow up about how Ben Arfa has been fed to the wolves, and how Jonas has been badly treated, when it’s not even clear what he did wrong last season.
It’s just five days to go before our first game against Manchester City next Sunday afternoon – and Pardew and others get big money to handle (big) problems.
The very last thing we want to see is more negative headline in the press – we’ve had enough of that already this year.
What do you think?
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