Newcastle Interested In The New Claude Makelele


The Chronicle (Mark Douglas) is reporting today that Newcastle are scouting for a replacement for Cheick Tiote – so if that is accurate it tells us that Tiote has let it be known he’s the next player who wants to leave Newcastle, and we suppose that could even happen in January.

Nampalys Mendy

Nampalys Mendy – the new Claude Makelele

The report suggests we are interested in the France under-21 captain Nampalys Mendy, who is currently playing his football at Nice.

The 22 year-old defensive midfielder was at Monaco for three seasons from 2010,  before he joined Nice in the summer of last year.

While at Monaco he played 80 times, and last season at Nice he played 19 times.

Nampalys has played for all the French Youth sides, and he has five appearances for the French U21 side, so he seems to have a good pedigree.

Mendy started his career at his home town club Toulon in the south of France,  where he stayed until moving to Monaco in 2007, while still only 15 years old.

Mendy is only 5’6″ tall and because of his small stature, his simple distribution and reliability, he has been compared to former French international great Claude Makelele.

In fact while at Monaco club scout Didier Christophe referred to Mendy as a carbon “copy of Makelele”, and just like Makalele he doesn’t score many goals – in fact he has yet to score his first goal in his senior career. 😀

For the record Makalele scored 22 goals in 802 first team appearances in his career, and it’s not that defensive midfielders score many goals, given the role they play, and Tiote has one goal for Newcastle in 119 appearances.

From what we can tell Mendes fits almost exactly the profile of players Newcastle want to recruit – he is young – having only turned 22 in June – and seems to have the class to become an excellent player in the future – hopefully at Newcastle.

But it also tells us that if we are after defensive midfielders, then Cheick Tiote’s time at Newcastle is limited at best.

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160 comments so far

  • Pottz

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Beware the Pardew factor Mendy.

    He’ll have you playing regularly at LB for the reserves before you know it.

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  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Ah, so it does look as though Cheik’s on his bike – we really make an effort to retain and build a side around our top players!

    Forgive the repost, but I wonder if Ed could arrange an on-line sweep and offer a prize for the lucky poster who predicts Pardew’s behaviour at the press conference?

    It’ll be interesting to see how Pardew handles the conference – or more to the point, how Wendy whatsherface’ll manage him and the media.

    My guesses to the answers to Ed’s questions, if asked:

    1 – Why did we allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to move on loan to Roma when that leaves us with only three experienced center-backs?

    A – Mbiwa went out on loan because he has been unable to adapt to the Premier League and we we had been negotiating with a CB right up to the close of the Window. Time constraints and the player’s demands were such that despite our best efforts, we couldn’t get him over the line!

    2 – Why did you force Hatem Ben Arfa out of the club, when we could have used his creative skills in the Newcastle team this season?

    A – We are a professionally run club and have high standards that include players returning from training at near peak-fitness and committing themselves to training and our playing style. Unfortunately, Hatem couldn’t adapt to our requirements and we felt it better that he move on.

    3 – Is there any truth in today’s rumor that Mike Ashley is willing to sell Newcastle, in order to invest more in Rangers?

    A – Dunno, Mike never involves me in business matters but rest assured, he is fully committed to developing Newcastle United into a financially sound club which can compete with the clubs around the top six.

    No doubt well hear more bollocks which will further enhance the litany, the library being assembled by Sackpardew.com.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Firebug

    The problem is Wendy of course but the more pressing concern I have is, will the journo’s ask the right questions and if they do will they just settle for “no comment”. The answer is probably yes as they won’t want to be banned.

    Banned for enquiring about why no fcuker was brought in after two were shipped out! It’s pathetic but a certainty under the dictatorship of fatty! How very dare they ask pertinent questions eh!

    Fat slob out! Puppet out!

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Lesh; your replies are far more coherent and articulate than Pardew could ever manage.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Lesh are you with pardew now? Haha
    Knowing pards he will probably bring it up thats hes soooo popular, that his loyal followers have dedicated a website to him. Egotistical tw@t

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Today’s outstanding article on the sackpardew site:

    Tonight, We Dine in Purgatory

    ? 11/09/2014?

    It has been 600 days since Reading beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James’ Park. By that point in the 2012/13 season Newcastle had already suffered home defeats to Manchester United, West Ham, Swansea, Manchester City and Everton. It was January.

    For many it was a turning point, the conclusive proof that his time had come; the final straw. For me it was confirmation of all my previous concerns.

    The manner in which the game was lost, and it was lost, as opposed to won, was a combination of many of the areas of management in which Pardew is severely flawed. Pardew would tell you, with a straight face, that he sets his teams out to attack. However, here he tried to defend a 1-0 half time lead at home to poor opposition, getting it spectacularly wrong in the process. He’ll tell you that he likes attacking players, yet he substituted the effective Marveaux for Perch; a move which made the team substantially less threatening and showed an alarming lack of foresight. He will also tell you that he’s a fan of Newcastle United, yet he blamed the rest of us for the result stating that the substitutions “brought a negative reaction that spread around.”

    Cabaye had just returned from injury and likely wouldn’t see the game out. Common sense would suggest that the Frenchman should be the one to make way for Perch, rather than the industrious and fully-fit Marveaux. Marveaux won the free kick from which Newcastle took the lead in the first half, but by moving up the pitch he broke one of Alan’s first rules of football; stand by your fullback. As it turned out, Cabaye had to be substituted anyway after the midfielder reported pain in his recently ‘recovered’ groin. A woeful combination of decisions killed the side’s rhythm and ultimately set the tone for yet another appalling home defeat.

    “You don’t know what you’re doing!” sang the home fans. They were right.

    The game was an important milestone in Pardew’s Newcastle career, but it wasn’t a one-off. Had it been an isolated incident I wouldn’t be writing this article. At the time of writing, this is Newcastle’s competitive record since:

    Played 56
    Won 21
    Drawn 9
    Lost 27
    F 63
    A 91
    GD-28
    Pts 71
    PPG 1.27

    Statistics tell you part of the story but that’s not all there is to it.

    There’s no joy in watching Pardew’s Newcastle team. There’s no endeavour and no intention to threaten the opposing team in a cohesive way. You rarely see the team work their way up the pitch as a team, and when it does happen the impression is that football has all of a sudden ‘broken out’ through fortune rather than design.

    The standard rebuttal is usually something like ‘it’s Ashley’s fault’ or ‘who else would we get’? Ashley is at fault, no question, but that shouldn’t mean Pardew gets a free pass. The clearest response to the second question is that we need someone who gets the team playing football, as opposed to telling them exactly where to stand and not to move forwards unless we win a corner. We need a manager who thinks football is to be enjoyed by those playing as well as by those watching, I don’t particularly mind who it is but I’m convinced we could attract someone who fits the bill, even with ‘this owner’.

    Mathieu Debuchy recently revealed that he was frustrated during his time at the club because Pardew ‘told him to stay back’. That’s French international first choice right back Mathieu Debuchy. I’m not going to go into how utterly mismanaged Newcastle’s squad of players has been over the last four years, that’s a different article, suffice to say that failing to get the best out of Debuchy, by being negative rather than positive, is a microcosm of the way Pardew approaches football in general.

    Keep it tight at all costs and hope the lad up front can score on his own. That’s it. That’s his thing. It’s ineffective and it’s incredibly boring to watch. Keegan once remarked that we go to the football to be entertained, the Geordie equivalent to visiting the theatre; for the past four years we’ve been waiting for Godot.

    It’s Pardew’s negative approach that has brought about all the hideous results we’ve had to endure during his time here. Head to the Dark Days section for a sample of the awful results we’ve had to endure due to his management.

    What’s the solution then? Well here’s an idea. We’re Newcastle United, odds are we’re not going to win anything any time soon, right? So why not employ someone who’ll have a go? I’m not your typical Geordie stereotype who would prefer losing 4-3 to winning 1-0, in fact I don’t really believe those people exist, but there’s a middle ground to be taken here. Going out to beat teams like Reading at home isn’t going to get us relegated.

    Football, when it’s good, can be a beautiful, life-affirming game to watch. Watching a well constructed move can be a powerful experience no matter which team is in possession. The game isn’t about keeping it tight and hoping for some ‘magic’. Magic, that’s what he calls it, as if the ability to attack a team is some unfathomable voodoo. This is the way Pardew looks at the game, he’s reduced it to a turgid, boring, passionless thing. Wins, when they do come, are usually by a one goal margin and nail-bitingly close as we take the lead and immediately relinquish all momentum in favour of backs to the wall defending. That might be acceptable at Old Trafford but it’s not acceptable, or the right thing to do, every week.

    There’s plenty of first hand information available which backs up the way Pardew sets out his team, I don’t need to discuss four days a week working on defending on the training ground or quotes from current players stating the aim is to ‘keep it tight and nick one’. Its all out there for you to find yourself, I suggest you do so.

    Have a read and make your own mind up. But don’t let anything you read, including this article, dictate what you think about the way the team plays. Watch the football, the football Newcastle United are playing these days. Watch closely, and don’t under any circumstances let Alan Pardew tell you what Newcastle United are about, he’s a liar.

    It’s time to sack Pardew. In fact, that time came 600 days ago.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Thought i dreamed that article last night.

    Could it be true?? Is the sale of NUFC visible on the horizon. Could i get my wish of Ashley out BEFORE managerial change? It is the best way. A new owner will want to pick his own guy.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    If the owner goes, it automatically gets rid of Pardew. That is the best option. I’d buy us if I had a spare billion lying about. Unfortunately, I don’t have, so we’d have to wait for an interested buyer.

    In the mean time, Pinocchio has to go immediately. I cannot bear him any longer.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    I see someone beat me to it regarding the sack pardew post lol 😉

    The “bit of magic” explanation sums him up doesn’t it. Cretin!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    A goal difference of minus 28 since that Reading game.

    And the blind faithers wanted to give him a chance? There’s the result. Stability ‘ey?

    Awaken from your slumber.

    No more.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Average, I’m on the ball today again 😉

    Sharing is caring.

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    if check plays 3 games in 8 days, good for him as it only makes him fitter.we need his presence every day,every minutes on the pitch. what a game coming up,for Newcastle and for us to watch:
    soton, hull,stoke…big games!!
    all of them like playing with top 4 team!!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    “Tiote has one goal for Newcastle in 119 appearances.”

    …and we all know which goal that was. Further highlighting, with the two penalties how fortunate we were that day. As greatly enjoyable as it was.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    put me in charge

    I know I could do a lot better than this team than the current crop of poor coaches
    in fact I could do all there jobs on my own with my eyes closed and still have half the day left to do my normal job

    make no mistake , pardew has to go , but I want all the hangers on gone to

    Beardsley gets to stay as he is my all time hero, but I want him as far away from the training as possible , him and bobby monk can both be ambassadors for Ashley

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #15

    INCREDIBLE STAT: Alan Pardew has lost as many Tyne-Wear derbies as the previous 22 #NUFC managers combined!! (via http://t.co/y8RigoCxvS)

    Great work, Alan. You’re a real winner aren’t you?

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Laurent
    I stopped reading when the words”Industrious” and “Marveaux” were used in the same sentence.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    booohooo booohooo I don’t want to hear bad things about Percy booohoo.

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    catchy
    if pard departs,Beardsley will take in charge ,no doubt,till end of season at least,
    we become horrible,destorted,unshaped, miserable..
    that’s why the gaffer should stay at least eos..

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Mister Tuff
    Very mature Mr Tuff.Maybe you should change your name to Esquire Tuff.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Mojo, well more fool you then. He was probably our best player that day and was substituted simply due to us being ahead. That says it all.

    Do you wonder why the lad was thoroughly de-motivated with things like that going on?

    Playing well and is substituted. Sure fire way of ruining a player over the course of time. That is just on the pitch. There’s all the things off the pitch too.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Laurent
    You say”Thoroughly de-motivated”,i say “Lazy B@stard”.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Sorry ed, tiotes scored twice for the toon. I refuse to acknowledge his raker against city being ruled out

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Fair enough, if that’s what you think.

    He’s not the hardest working, neither are the likes of Cassano and Berbatov, but they are in the side to open the door and create chances. Chances where we are highly limited with otherwise.

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  • popscott

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Just think in 2 years time, with a bit of luck, Pardew will be leading his Rangers side into the Champions League and we will have god knows who in charge!

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #25

    should have carried on with bigi’s development pards instead of dropping him quicker than your strides when one of the players wives walks by

    he might have done a job in tiote’s absence

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Mister Tuff intolerance of any other opinion than your own is both childish and boring.

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  • nufc 11

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Whatever happened to Oliver Kemen? Wasnt he suppose to be the next Paul Pogba maybe he got Pardewed something has to be wrong with the coaching our the standards at the club these should be coming through but dont. If its the french market we cointinue to scout in doesnt it make sense to bring in a french coach to work in the development squads like a Manu Petit, Turam someone of that nature for these young french lads to look up to cnt think Peter Beardsley or Steve Stone would inspire me.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s alarming really,the amount of people who post their football opinions yet do not know the basics of football.I’ll say it again,EVERY winger in this league has to do his defensive duties.Everyone that is a fact.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29

    tequila – do you mean childish being something like playing the triangle which you accused me of doing. Double standards here mate!

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #30

    nufc11 he is only 18.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Mojo, yes they do. However when the whole game plan is based round having 9 players back with an isolated forward, the negativity can drain the players.

    Hatem tracked back a lot more than Ginola or Robert. However did Kevin and Sir Bobby cope? Oh yeah, they made attack their defence.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #32

    If the opportunity arises I fully intend to have a few laughs at the expense of the pro Percy Brigade -it’s heartening to see them on the run -wiggling and squirming – no hiding place for them now.
    The storm clouds are gathering over SJP.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    MrMojoRisin76

    who says wingers don’t have to defend
    they do
    also full backs have to offer something going forward as well

    when rogers took over at scousehampton he swapped Enrique and downing over to get the point over to both players it was a good move not long after downing was shipped out but it did improve Enrique

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t write Kemen off just yet, he is still just a bairn. It would be nice to see him get a loan this season given his age, and the fact we are in the second tier of the development league so a lack of quality opposition or games.

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff, I was only injecting a little humour into the debate in response to your signature posts which are a constant disparaging of ant poster who disagrees with you.
    There must have been 100s of posts already today all focussed on Pardew in the least favourable light.. Mojo makes one post and you you make with the boohoo.
    It`s pathetic

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  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #36

    How come fowler and hasselbaink are both interested in the leeds job? Kluivert was interested in the huddersfield job, edgar davids ran barnet. Now i cant say theyd be good managers but if i was those clubs id be quite happy with those names being linked.

    Yet we sacked houghton and brought in pards, dont think ive ever been as angry as i was that day. I cant believe the boring gary megson hasnt been linked with being our next manager.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #37

    Laurent
    If your a winger in a good attacking team you will spend less time defending,you still have to defend but not as often.When your in a winger in a team that is struggling your winger is going to have to do more defending.It looks like your playing more defensive.But the fact is if your not attacking your defending and if you don’t have good attacking players your always going to struggle.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Yes, wingers have to track back, but not as much as seems to be wanted by Pardew and others.

    They have to work hard, which is far more important than tracking back. Pressing the opposition defenders high up the pitch is a far more effective way of defending than tracking back with their full back who provides an extra body for them even if he isn’t used. Pressing high up also increases the chances of getting a chance when you pinch the ball or the opposition make a mistake.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Pardew creates his own negativity with his abysmal record. We just comment on it.

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #40

    LR I don`t have an issue with people criticising Pardew By the same token people who do not feel the same way or not as stongly should be able to express their views as well.
    Mister Tuff clearly wants the blog to be a place only for people who agree with him.

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