Redknapp Blasts Ben Arfa – He Didn’t Try Hard Enough At Newcastle


QPR manager Harry Redknapp has launched what appears to be an all-out broadside against Hatem Ben Arfa, and it looks to us that Redknapp thinks Ben Arfa is the epitome of the modern footballer  – they get paid huge wages – but they don’t train hard enough and don’t play hard enough in games.

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Ben Arfa – in action for Newcastle

Ben Arfa was allowed to join Hull City a week ago on loan for the rest of the season, so next summer he will become a free agent.

Writing in his column in the Sun today, this is what the QPR manager said:

“If I was a Magpies supporter I think I’d like to write back to him and ask why he didn’t try harder more often when he played for my team.¨

“How many games did he play, 50-60? He’s not exactly Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan or Jackie Milburn is he? Yet there now seems to be a growing trend among modern footballers to open their hearts and pour out sugar-sweet nothings to the supporters they leave behind.”

“You suspect it’s a cunning ploy to ensure they don’t get a barrel of abuse when they turn up in their team’s new colours as Ben Arfa will with new club Hull later this season.”

Ben Arfa played 86 games for Newcastle with 14 goals and 18 assists over four seasons.

We’re not sure why exactly Harry chose the topic of Ben Arfa for his column today, but we have to think he’s friends with Alan Pardew and is taking the side of the Newcastle manager, in what has been a stand-off between Ben Arfa and his manager since earlier this year.

Newcastle fans were furious last Monday night, after we had expected (or hoped for)  a striker and center-back to come through the door, which is what we badly needed,  but instead we allowed one of our four experienced center-backs to go out on loan to Roma, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa may have also played his game for Newcastle.

And then the thing that really tipped the balance was the news that Alan Pardew had basically told Ben Arfa in lte afternoon last Monday that he had to leave Newcastle, and if didn’t  he would never play for the side again this season – well as long as Alan was still the manager.

The fans took the players side, and there have been demands that Alan Pardew be replaced as manager.

We’re still a bit mystified  why Harry has issued this broadside – what has it got  to do with him or QPR?

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63 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Yet again that old tw*t has an opinion on NUFC when he should simply be keeping his mouth shut and worrying about what he’s gonna do when he takes QPR back where they belong.

    No wonder the man is despised and ridiculed by just about everyone

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Taking the “its all ben arfas fault” stance is as bad as blaming the whole thing on pardew. Steak face needs to shut his floppy gob.

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Well… at least everything is clear now… Redknapp and pardew are lovers.

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  • geordie157

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Ben arfa who.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #5
  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #6

    England on the rope’s here

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  • Peter Beardsley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #7

    100% spot on!

    “We had an agreement in place to sign Ben Arfa however, after doing some research we were uncomfortable with some of his actions so we decided to withdraw from the transfer.” -Besiktas president Orman

    Every club HBA has been at has ended in turmoil. He went missing in far too many games, especially the ones that were important.

    I don’t understand why our fans mourn for him.

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  • Charlietoon

    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Arry knows a thing or two about mercenaries I’d say and has been on the backlash of a few players only there for the bucks not to train hard or play hard. Might be a sore spot for him.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Good goal. Very good goal. Superb timing from all 3 players

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Jack

    Dont really think we were on the ropes. Got the goal while they were having their spell. England deserve the lead over all.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #11

    he does have a point tbh !

    70% of the games arfa couldnt care less about us so its no use in fans pretending he was the best thing since sliced bread.

    dirty harrys no right to talk mind you as he needs to sort his own team out before commenting on ours.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Markaccus

    It took a brilliant save from Hart to keep it 0-0

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Did Jeff from Benwell really say that on the last thread, he was talking about somebodies mothers breast cancer the other day, and he’s calling people vile.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #14

    croftus5678

    What infuriates the fans is that HBA was banished from the squad, a player who could score a goal, change a game in our favour and excite the fans, while players like Obertan are always involved.

    I don’t hold with the belief that he was some Messi-esque player by any means, but he’s far better than a lot of the players that Pardew has persisted with

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #15

    JFA, he is a vile social inadequate.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail

    He is a disgusting, vile, pathetic excuse of a human being

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Jack

    Yeah but one good save hardly constitutes on the ropes 😀 we had 3 or 4 golden chances first half.

    When do Wales play? Must be this week?

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  • NUFC-0180

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Peter Beardsley

    Well said, everyone forgets how we got him, exact same situation in which he is in now!

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Markaccus

    tomorrow night I think, as i said international football isn’t high on my things to watch 😉

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Bloody well offside. Good defending.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #21

    He only comes on here to abuse others but that really is beyond out of order, where do you draw the line.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Shut up Redknapp you saggy faced tart.

    you can hardly try harder when you are not even on the bench FFS. Shows how much he follows NUFC.

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  • scout

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #23

    next week in arry column, the importation of corned beef onto our shores and the perils of pickled mussles wtf is he writing about HBA for?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #24

    JB that’s a belting web site.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    scout

    because while he’s writing about us he doesn’t have to deal with the fat that QPR are having their arses handed to them on a regular basis

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Just looking at our group, it’s not that easy or am I getting Slovenia mixed up with Slovakia

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Novocastrian66

    I know mate, we all realise that Pardew is a poor manager but when it’s laid out like that it’s amazing to see just how poor he’s been

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  • scout

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Things will change when Gazza gets on his coaching staff. Has anyone heard how the lad is btw. I think he needs to live with someone really

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Rooney Englands best player ? .

    Na, more like Sturridge or Sterling.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #30

    jeff from Benwell alias the Howlett Heedabanger has yet again demonstrated what a thick/ignorant/vile/peverted scumbag he is -really a lot of folk did not need any further evidence of his behaviour.
    Accusing others of being vile -but the reality is that it is he who is vile and obnoxious and not others. He was slagging folk off at the N’cle Irish Centre not so long ago and then suggesting others go down the Quayside “to sell their bums”.
    I suppose it is a price we have to pay allowing thickos like him access to social sites. A truely ignorant thick f****r.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Group B looks alright

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  • JackButler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Alan Pardew has failed to win 104 out of the 166 games he has been manager at Newcastle United.

    Alan Pardew’s NUFC record vs Premier League (fellow) top 10 teams in last 2 seasons: P38 W 7 D 6 L 25 (27 points from a possible 114).

    Alan Pardew’s form record in 2014: LLWDLLLWWLWLLLLLLWLLDD.

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  • scout

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #33

    are the L’s

    LICKED?

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #34

    That delph is absolute fcuking PONY

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  • scout

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #35

    colback would walk in this team

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #36

    JB,
    Out of those five wins only two were convincing, I was at one of them against Palace and it was truly painful.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Jeffrey has finally outdone himself this time around! What’s the betting that “certain bloggers” aka his mates 😉 will no doubt decide to engage with whatever he is!

    Are you any relation to our esteemed owner? What a disgusting waste of spunk you truly are!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #38

    A_C,
    Who are Jefferys mates, I doubt very much the cretin has any.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #39

    @14 jb

    aye pards does pick his fave’s

    was pointing out that what harry said was true about arfa pretending he’s a toon hero as when he did play he couldnt care less about the team often not even thinking about going for the ball in a lot of games !

    you only have to look at what he did when he was played and the way the players around him played when he was on the pitch to tell he was all out for himself and not the team but with pards asking every man and his dog to defend for the majority of the game theres no wonder the only person to ignor pards and keep attacking scored a few goals in a team that was made to defend.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Well done England !

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