There is news doing the rounds that Alan Pardew has told Hatem Ben Arfa that he is surplus to requirements at Newcastle United, and he wants him out of the club by 11:00 pm tonight.
Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa in happier times
It’s not like this any more between them
But something tells us that the Frenchman will still try to resist being moved out by the manager and Newcastle.
We have said for some time now that he will still want to leave Newcastle next summer as a free agent – when he could get a decent deal for himself with no transfer being needed – and he could still do that if he accepts a loan deal for the season.
Lee Ryder of the Chronicle has tweeted this on his Twitter account:
#nufc are spending the last few hours of the window trying to sell Hatem Ben Arfa.
And talkSport radio is reporting that Pardew has told the Frenchman he is surplus to requirements on Tyneside, and we wrote a piece this morning stating this altercation between the manager and Ben Arfa cannot be allowed to continue at the club.
As sometimes happens when this kind of thing starts to get out of hand, it seems to have become personal – but in our piece this morning we were hoping that Pardew and Ben Arfa could resolve their differences – for the good of the club.
It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
These kinds of things are always sad – and nobody gets to be the winner, and quite honestly it reminds us of the fights we used to have as kids in the playground (Wharrier Street Primary School in my case) – it’s that bad and that unprofessional on both sides when it’s between grown men.
And there’s always a way to get to a solution to these problems – if only both men would get together, talk and try (and want to) fix the problem.
Life’s too short for this kind of thing.
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