It’s All So Sad And Unnecessary – The Farewell Of Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa has contacted the Chronicle and sent a farewell message to Newcastle fans and we have to say this whole episode this  week with the mercurial Frenchman s all very sad for Newcastle fans.

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Ben Arfa – farewell message to Newcastle fans

This is the message Ben Arfa has sent to Newcastle fans around the world via the Chronicle:

“To the Toon Army I want to pass on my thanks to all the fans that supported me during my time at the club and living in a city that will be forever in my heart.”

“Thank you also to everyone at NUFC and to Hull for making this loan happen.” “I wish Newcastle the best of luck. I hope they have a good season.”

“I can’t wait to launch my career again with Hull and Steve Bruce. I thank him for the trust he has shown in me bringing me to this club.”

“Howay the lads.”

There’s a report out today that Alan Pardew’s job may be under threat at Newcastle, but we don’t know how accurate that report is in the Independent.

But this Ben Arfa episode this week is just a disgrace, and Alan Pardew has done himself no good at all on Tyneside – and it’s interesting to us that we haven’t heard from the Newcastle manger over the last couple of days.

It’s all so sad – and unnecessary. 🙁

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37 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    he has gone no comment

  • Slank

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    I bet he didn’t get any hugs and kisses from the senior players, especially Colo. Probably not a tear in the dressing room.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #3


    We won’t hear fcukall from the cretin until he does his pre-match conference for Southampton….I guarantee it!

    Hiding away like the creature he is under orders from the club no doubt but he won’t mind will he, infact he’ll fcuking love it as he won’t have to face the flak for 2 weeks and even then the club and parsnip will be hoping that the furore would of died down!

    Don’t let up and don’t forget!

  • Our Toon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4


    Not a tear yet but plenty of time for realisation to hit home. Who do the likes of Colo blame now? What funny is that we have a worse defensive record and goalscoring record without HBA than we did with him.

    60% loss ratio for 2014 and arfa has probably started 5% of those games. What went wrong in the ones he wasn’t involved in?

  • Bambams

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I am repeating myself here….but could you imagine how good Benny would have been under Keegan in one of his teams !


  • derekm

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Did’nt the same message get sent to the Marseille supprters?
    History repeats itself again Hatem -stop pandering to the fans, lose weight, track back, don’t lose possession, don’t you think even your biggest Newcastle fans realise these words were probably your only communication with Pardew over the last year? Wasted wasted talent due to attitude really gets me down as I sit here in front of my work computer.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7


    I’d be very surprised if pardew is in the UK at the minute, no doubt he will be away to get out of a city that quite frankly despises the stench of failure that follows him.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    more anti regime stories plz none of this fence stitting

  • Oleg G

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I for one, am very sad to see him go.

    He is a good lad. Not only he is a good football player, he is a good guy. He loved the city and the fans.

    Too bad this is how it has to end with a horrible second half season.
    He didn’t get the chance he deserved. Always dropped the moment he made one mistake.

    Pardew didn’t know how to handle him and he became now even more hated, at least in my view.

    I really dislike Pardew. Now probably more than I dislike Ashley.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #10


    I really hope he gets an earful of abuse in every game from here on until he is far far away from our club for good. He should be no where near our team, completly useless and damaging our club more by every day.


  • Average_Contents

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Ahhhh yes colo, the new club mouthpiece “Ashley promised and delivered”

    Perhaps colo’s happy that his direct replacement for when he wanted to leave us in the shit, has been shipped out on loan, the same colo who’s head wasn’t in the right place and went on weekly sabbaticals when he wanted.

    Or perhaps you mean the same colo who’s legs have gone like a 20 year old alsation and the turning circle of a Boeing 747!

  • Lynxie

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    For all of you lamenting the departure of the enigma.
    Go into work tomorrow and deck your boss. Lets see how that one works out for you.
    HBA was undoubtedly a talent, but lets not forget what a petulant tw@t he was. he went on strike at his former club, to engineer a move to NUFC, because he had ‘fallen out with the manager’. Ditto his time with the French national team ‘fell out with players and coaches’, and it appears the dressing room are overcome with apathy at his departure, which speaks volumes.

  • Oleg G

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13

    derekm // Sep 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    “stop pandering to the fans, lose weight, track back, don’t lose possession”

    You forgot – win all game, lose non. Score 100 goals a season, and make another 200 assists.
    Never get a card, yellow or red.
    Always save the team’s ass when it is behind.

    “don’t lose possession”.
    Which player in the history of football doesn’t lose possession? Specially a player who is trying to get the ball and create and who is being defended by 2-3 players?

    Looks like you want him to be a defender and a GK and not at attacking winger. “track back, don’t lose possession”. Come on mate. That is not a serious comment.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14


    He looked in good shape when holding the hull shirt up….he also look incredibly good in the reserve game where he took it past 4 and scored as well as getting 2 assists. Slightly overweight got a fine and rightly so but then got his head down and grafted.

    As for tracking players why do we concede more with Gouffran and Sissoko as wingers mate….logic would have it that they track runners so surely that means we must defend better?

    How often do other players lose the ball? I thought so….another brainwashed toon fan believing the Pardew mantra. As Pochettino said about Lamela and I quote “I don’t care what he doesn’t do defensively that’s not his job but I do ask all my players to press high up, his role is to get goals and create chances”

  • manxpie

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Plenty of reports thismornin that the players didn’t want him to play and even 1 of gentle giant shola having to chuck him out of the dressing room,
    I think that shows he was never gonna play again regardless of manager

    He and we are better off by all accounts

  • Oleg G

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Our Toon // Sep 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Stop asking serious and difficult questions.
    Let people blame HBA. He is to blame for everything this club is going through.

    Colo? He will find another reason. Maybe the sun was in his eyes, or there was a fan from the other teams screaming “Colo you suck”.

    People here blaming Hatem white he barely played for us.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    ashley is running the club fine pardew is managing fine the coaches running it fine
    yes to run us into the ground rob us blind and generally piss allover us
    some may find this satisfactory (golden shower brigade)
    me no no fcuk arf twasted tw@

  • Ancientcoptic

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    I have never seen Ben Arfa get into squabbles with other players… never once have I seen him give another player a dirty look for not passing to him if he in on goal.

    I have never seen him spitting, using foul language, kicking other players.

    He has remained dignified and loyal to the club and its fans, he even came out and said he wanted to fight his way into Pardew’s plans, after being forced out of the squad.

    On the other hand, we had Nile Ranger, who was given a 7 year contract. Figure that one out.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19


    The shining beacon for nufc….I’ve seen more light creak out of the club’s coffers than HIS actions!

  • Our Toon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20


    Go into work and put try putting up with your manager telling you and everyone else that you are the sole reason the team is failing….see how long it takes you to snap. Your blamed even when taking part in a losing cause half way through a match

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Seeing as all the stories are hearsay, supposition and the venerable 2+2=5, the only thing worth commenting on is why Pardew failed to integrate a talent like HBA. The player may have caused difficulty, but many of them do, these character flaws sometimes go hand in hand with supreme confidence and a highly polished ego. But it’s Pardew’s job. And he couldn’t do it
    If Steve Bruce can, we can make a definitive judgement at last.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    No wonder 50k still turn up, we aren’t the toon army but we are the gullible army

  • Ginger

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #23

    There’s nothing wrong with having a defensive manager. Jose Mouriniho is a defensive manager and is regarded as one of the best in the world. Nobody was complaining about our football when we finished fifth, that was extremely similar to the football we play now.

    The difference is, most managers will adapt to the players they have or change up their tactics per match and/or season depending on the opposition.

    We’re playing the exact same way we were when pardew first signed with us. We’re still lumping it to Willo the majority of the time on set pieces!

    This means the majority of managers we play against know how to play against us, because we never change it up.

    Sure I’d prefer an attacking manager, but I’d take a defensive manger like Moyes over pardew in a heartbeat

  • stuart no9

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #24

    stuart no9 // Sep 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    will we bennie back here next season???? I am pretty confident pardew is history now. 2 games to save his job is looking grim , i dont gthink we will get anyrhing at saints, at home to hull??? dont know, but what i do know is the fans will rip right into himfrom the off, that, ontop of a poor result, the taxi is coming . If or when he is sacked , who thinks bennie could be back next season

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Ancient @ 18 – good points. This latest statement was a golden opportunity for hba to have a say dig but he seems to carry himself professionally. Hypocritical Pardew hasn’t got the freedom of speech to talk about behaving as a professional.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    defensive manager no thanks even so pardews defensive tatics are shite was he in charge of the army in dunkirk

  • nufc786

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27

    I agree with Tsunki 21…

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Hba is gone. On a free by the time his loan spell is finished. For a new manager he would be virtually a new signing, doubt Ashley would want to revisit that.

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Has Ashley allowed Pardew to offload Ben Arfa to put him in a untenable position with the fans?
    How do you make an unpopular manager even less popular? Let him bullet the fans favourite.
    Or has he decided to back Pardew all the way?

  • stuart no9

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    At long last , fans starting to see the real pardew . Arrogant, childish, obnoxious, and above all , a shite manager. 4 years it has taken some people to ‘ get it’ but nevermind , they got there in the end. come on southampton and hull, lets get rid of this nobody and try to instill some dignaty at our club

  • Markaccus

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #31


    Just read through that article you posted. It’s the best, most balanced view i have seen. Its damning of both Pardew and Ashley, blaming each of them for their relevant parts in our current demise.

    One question…. who are the 21 percent ffs?!

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Nufc786 – hi there lad!

  • check the toastie

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Ginger – you are wrong by the way, i complained and many others did about the majority of the football when we finished fifth, back to the wall defending and amazing goals by the front three got us fifth not the clown in charge. All three of those super players would hae now left due to Pardews deficiences, Hes a goon.


  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    The pro regime brigade, even those who are but claim they are not have latched on to the Benny debacle to support their now failing opinions and assertions. Blame everything on Benny.
    We have one clot weaseling on that there are only videos of Benny scoring against the crap teams and tut tut none against the top teams. Well I suppose there are plenty of videos of our other top players scoring against the top clubs.(NOT you clot).
    Then we have the character assasination from the “leaked” insider stories – that no-one wanted to play with him. seems in contradiction to comments made by Cabs and Ba. All part of the Percy/Colo agenda I suspect.
    Diverting attention to Benny allows these lame brain supporters to duck the real issues that Percy is crap and his days are numbered.
    The storm clouds are gathering over SJP.

  • Davies

    Sep 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Would be very interested to know what actually transpired between player and manager for such a talent to be benched and then shipped out.

    Until I do know exactly what it was, I’d be an idiot to point the finger at either of them.

    Food for thought.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #36

    For whatever reasons, two words


  • Sav

    Sep 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #37

    First he’s sent to Coventry and now to Hull – whose mother did he shoot?


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