This Altercation At Newcastle Cannot Be Allowed To Continue

There’s a bit of a circus going on at Newcastle this season, in case you hadn’t noticed, and it’s because of the falling out of Ben Arfa and manager Alan Pardew.

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Ben Arfa – integrate him back into first team squad

We suppose Alan Pardew has every right not to play Ben Arfa – who is the type of player we would be trying to sign now to bolster the team – a creative and skillful player who can create goals and score goals.

But Pardew has banished the Frenchman to the Reserves, even though we could use his skills in the first team.

And it looks like the 27 year-old is determined to stay at Newcastle over the last year of his contract.

A manager is measured by what he can get out of each player in his squad, and  it seems Pardew has decided he will not get anything out of Ben Arfa this season, one of the most naturally gifted players in the squad.

That’s his right of course, but the manager is also totally responsible for the results on the field – and Pardew is still being judged this season – after two poor seasons which have simply not been good enough.

Ben Arfa’s representative, Jean-Jacques Bertrand has said this over the weekend over potential moves for his client:.

“For Birmingham, there is nothing,”“They are just noises.” “However, I received an Email from the club confirming that Newcastle had found an agreement with Besiktas for the transfer of the player.”

“I discussed the sporting advantages with his agent, Michel Ouazine, and Hatem, without talking about the figures. Finally, Hatem has decided not to go with this offer. He prefers to stay in England and play at Newcastle. Besiktas is therefore a no go.”

“It is absolutely abnormal that he is not treated in the same way, and with the same conditions, as his team-mates in the first team,”  “If this continues after the transfer window, we will look to take action through the FA.”

“He must have the same working conditions as the others. We are not asking for him to start games or be subbed on, but he just deserves the chance to train with the others. This situation cannot go on forever.”

Bertrand is hinting there that he might bring in the FA to look at why Ben Arfa is not allowed to train with the rest of the first-team squad,  after the transfer window has closed.

So it’s now very likely that Ben Arfa will still be with us tomorrow, and if that’s the case then surely he should be integrated back into the first team squad,  if only for the sake of the club.

And Ben Arfa will need to ensure he trains hard, gets his head down and not upset team spirit among the lads, which is what he was accused of doing last season.

The goal this season is that Newcastle do (very) well in the league – and Ben Arfa can help us achieve that – as long as Alan Pardew and the Frenchman can bury the hatchet.

Their stand-off is not helping Newcastle United – that’s for sure.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Two huge ego’s.
    Pards will never play him again because I believe Benny will show what he can do and would embarrass Pards.

    just my opinion

    We must sign a CB in this window !!!!

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Ben Arfa will outlast Pardew. That means I think Pardew will be gone in a couple of months. This window will show that creative players doesn’t make Pardew a better manager.

    That said I’m hoping the next manager will be able to manage Ben Arfa. He’s a complex kid with wonderful talent. Time to harvest!

  • Spoof

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #3

    According to talksport a deal for Lacazette is all but done !

  • Markaccus

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #4


    Talksport are almost always full of sh1t, so prepare for disappointment 😀

  • jettson1971

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #5


    I could not agree more, P45due, is snookered as HBA will show him what we all know, he is a top quality player and he is the missing link for NUFC at the moment. P45due wont play him as it will embarrass him either further and show his total lack of managerial skill and tactics.

    Managers play there best players, HBS is the most skilful player we have had since Ginola and Beardsley, HBA must play, NUFC are a weaker side without him in it. P45due is so inept and clueless he would be sacked for incompetence at any other club.

  • Aegon

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #6

    So sick of Ben Arfa talk. He’s never lived up to his potential cause he is lazy and has a poor attitude. Would be glad to see him and Pardew leave.

  • Santon03

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #7


    pard play 1 striker, so if we bought another one then how many strikers will be on the bench?
    Armstrong, Riviere, Campbell, Cisse, Ferreyra, Perez are all strikers.
    Satka and Streete will play at some point if we are challenging for both cups. I don’t think both Willo and Colo can play all the games.
    Btw I’m so happy Willo get his 1st goal, I’m quite surprise that he was the furthest forward

  • Aegon

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Jettison, comparing HBA to Beardsley and Ginola is an insult to both those legends

  • John Tudor

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #9

    removal of this lot is the priority
    pardew must go and it must be soon
    everything must be be done to ensure this he can have no more games
    if that does not happen all hope is lost

  • jameskwl

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Our center backs of coloccini and williamson / Taylor are poor . The match against a weak crystal palace team was embarrassing and frustrating to watch. Pardew is One lucky manager who despite being so lousy can still remain in charge. Maybe Ben Arfa can see parser getting fired soon that’s why he doesn’t need to leave

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Every blogger must have come into contact with people whose sole objective is disruption be it work or school for whatever reason““““The standard solution is isolation

  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #12

    I answered your comment on the previous thread Santon, Sorry.

  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Just a thought but don’t you make more money from more globalisation aka champions league, europa league. So if our “billioaire” aire owner were to invest 100mill (not a hope) on players and we got in these comps he would first of all make money from the tv rights in the epl, position in which placed in the league, money in the competion that we were placed in, more shirt sales as we would have household names on our team that ppl know, the stadium would be full for all game so more revenue there, the list goes on.. Surely this has crossed his mind.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #14

    @13 It might of crossed his mind but i think he,s quite happy just picking up the 60M prem lge dosh every season.
    We are stuck with this blinckerd leech until he gets bored with us.
    Once again a club notibly smaller than us has beaten us to the signing of one of our so called targets.
    Toby is heading to the south coast bcos they have ambition,and a manager who plays attractive football.

  • MidlandsMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Jeff from Benwell @ 11

    Some pretty abysmal schools and workplaces you know then. What does isolation achieve? Negotiation is the only way forward.

    The way Ben Arfa is hanging on in there makes me think he does not expect Pardew to be there for much longer.

  • murvar

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Ben Awful must go. He has merely become a symbol for the Pardew haters. He is no miracle worker – idle and predictable. There is no evidence whatsoever that he is capable to transforming our team. He has failed whenever he’s been used last season and he’s liability defensively. A great team could maybe carry him – we’re not good enough to. He’s trouble wherever he goes and Pardew has had enough. The owner supports Pardew- so get the message Benny and clear off, please.


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