It’s Not Surprising Newcastle Terminate Frenchman’s Contract


It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle United have tonight confirmed they have terminated Ben Arfa’s contract with immediate effect, so that he becomes a free agent and can presumably now join Nice in the French League.

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Ben Arfa while at Newcastle

It’s said to be by mutual consent – but it’s Newcastle who wanted Ben Arfa out – and the club didn’t want to pay his wages for the next six months – when his contract was due to run out on June 30th.

As we have pointed out before, Newcastle did almost exactly the same thing with Joey Barton in the summer of 2011,  after Joey had criticised the owner for selling captain Kevin Nolan to West Ham.

This is the statement that Newcastle released tonight:

“Newcastle United can today confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the Club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent.”

“Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future.”

Ben Arfa is a wonderfully gifted footballer, but his lack of discipline is costing him what would (should) have been a wonderful career.

We hope he gets to grips with things and can start playing good football again at Nice.

We wish the 27 year-old all the best for the future.

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84 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #1

    HBA is yet another player who will look back on his career and think what could have been.

    All the talent in the world but zero control over himself and his application

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    So long Hatem and thanks for some classic moments. Not a great fit for a Pardew side, sadly, a luxury we could ill afford under that hapless plank. I hope you find your place in a decent side and resurrect your career.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #3

    What`s Paul Jewell doing at the mo?

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  • manxpie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #4

    The fact that he’s joining nice when he’s on a free speaks volumes about how many wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole
    Wasn’t it just last year where he said he dreamed of winning the best player in the world
    Absolute waster imo

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    He still tracked back more than Ginola and Robert. Sir Bobby and Kev played them.

    Ben Arfa vs Robert vs Ginola:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/nufc_stats/status/494815561600495617

    I’m still a big fan of Hatem for sure.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Not a great fit for ANY side. Class A plonker who thought he was too good eo be treated like everyone else

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    I really hope Paul jewell is available. He has a very square head, I think he could balance a really high pile of pies on it.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #8

    john carver is in the bar at the denton buying a pint for every one that votes for him

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #9

    “most difficult player I have ever worked with in my career” – Sir Bobby on Robert.

    That’s having also managed Romario who said things like this:

    Romario on his sub role towards the end of his career at Vasco: “If they had asked me if I would accept to start on the bench when I was younger , I would answer a resounding ‘no’ in a instant. Today , I’m 38 years old. I’m more mature, and I try to think more before answering. But I would still say ‘no.”

    ——–

    Point being, if he was forced to the reserves for his attitude we wouldn’t have seen one of the greatest goal scorers ever to play the game.

    Another thing…

    Romario’s fellow striker at PSV was Dutch international Wim Kieft. He told this story: “Romario had no self-doubts whatsoever. Before every kick-off, he’d say to me: ‘give me the ball, I’ll dribble past 5 defenders and I’ll let you score.’ He tried it all the time. It never worked.” The dribbling part of the plan wasn’t always the problem. “He never passed it in front of goal. Meanwhile I díd pass him the ball quite a bit, allowing him to score more goals. He’d respond by saying: thank you, next time you’ll get one from me. But when ‘next time’ arrived he’d always just shoot.”

    And…

    As coach of PSV, Sir Bobby Robson experienced Romario’s typical training style. From his autobiography:

    “In a large pool of good players, we had one tropical fish. Romario, the little jinking Brazilian striker, was as brilliant as he was unmanageable. He was a fantastic player, a match-winner, but his indiscipline was a constant cause for concern. He would train only when he chose to. When it came to one of our brisk five kilometer runs, for example, he would lose all interest in the job. One day, we were playing eight versus eight. One team seemed to be struggling. There was an inbalance somewhere on the pitch. So I counted the bodies – one two three four five six seven. Someone was missing. Just then I turned to see Romario disappearing into the dressing room. From sixty yards away, I shouted, ‘Hey! Romario! What are you doing?’ He pointed to his lower back, made a dismissive gesture and carried on walking in.”

    ——–

    At any point he could have been banished to the reserves and forgotten about for his attitude.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Mag52,
    I can categorically state that Alan Pardews rejection of our club in favour of perennial yo yo club Crystal Palace has not hid me hard. What has though is the memory of the 0-3 defeats to the mackems and that 0-6 to Lpool, I will never forget the abject boredom of some of those 1-0 wins I sat through in his reign. The fact that he has rejected us for a better offer rather than when he was betrayed by his boss and took an eight year deal instead makes me very angry, the man has been complicit in helping keep the fans off Mike Ashleys back whike serving up absolute dross week in week out, I don’t need to metion the stats, fifteen outstanding games from 200 and the rest absolute crap. Very angry Mag52.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Romario was fond of Cruyff anyway. “By far the best coach I’ve ever had”. During his first training session at Barcelona, Romario was eager to impress his new coach. Finally a coach with a decent career himself. So for the first time in his career, Romario considered it worthwhile to track back and help in defense. So when his side lost the ball, he sighed and started running back to his own half. “Romario, no!” he suddenly heared. Cruyff was shouting in his direction. “Romario, stay. Don’t run back. You will need all your energy for your attacking actions.”

    Yes, Cruyff said that…

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Just some food for thought

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Yep add Paul Jewell to the undesirable list.

    Was he not into swinging or something dodgy

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #14

    LR32,
    As much as I came to dislike Pardew it is unfair to criticise his treatment of HBA, the bloke is obviously an outstanding tw@t.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #15

    He starred in a bondage porn video that was it.

    I won’t be watching

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  • toon kk

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Mashley could badly miss Pardew, these last few years having a muppet taking the flack for all his sh.t decisions it could take a while to get a like for like.
    Big question how long will a new manager put up with the regime and MA personally.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail, he may well have been, but there are lots of players who are in the Romario and Ben Arfa attitude mould. Good managers still tend to somehow keep them involved and get them producing.

    Just my view.

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  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #18

    The only people who we will get are the dead wood and the desperate.

    Would love to see exactly who they have on the “list”

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I think jewell was involved with a hooker or dominatrix possibly. News of world nonsense i wud imagine. Anyway hookers are hardly a big wow.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m not sure how Romario would have fared in this current incarnation of the EPL though. He’d be good of course, but as great, that’s highly debatable, unless he won trophies, which are essentially won by sides with a real team ethic. Utd did alright with Cantona a few years back, but that is going back, different game really, but there was real talent and graft alongside him too. Benny’s individual contribution needed to be far far greater, at Newcastle, not a glamour side, if he didn’t fancy mucking in for the group. Will still continue to watch his highlights reel on youtube though, 3 or 4 minutes of spine tingling joy, which it certainly was live.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Hatem still produced among two of the best goals I’ve ever seen at St. James’ bar none, not to mention the amount of times I’ve cheered for him shimmying past players, wrong footing them through sheer skill. That alone is more entertaining than watching a Gouffran or Jonas instructed to run up and down the flanks all game to the point of burn out with zero product, but a lot of ground covered.

    Again, just my view.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope we get a good foreign coach. It looks like it’ll be left up to Carr. I really hope so and have been hoping for it for years if Ashley won’t budge.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #23

    He had an affair Munster and filmed him and his mistress having a bondage session.

    Collymore was the dogger

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #24

    There’s no doubt Ben Afra is a talent but when his own team mates want nothing to do with him that tells you something. He went missing all too often during matches. Undoubted talent but his attitude was his undoing and I don’t blame Pardew for getting shot of him. The fact he’s ended up a Nice rather than a ‘big club’ tells you all you need to know about what football currently thinks of him.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #25

    V good thinking re the pies tsunki. Strangely i dislike pardew now more than when he was with us. I guess i just objected to a lot of the unfair stuff thrown at him but not sad to see him gone. How he got away with so many poor efforts in 12 months plus headbut is beyond me. But ashley looks like a clever chappie now after with the long contract. I wud have a concern that the next boss has to keep the backroom staff. For that reason hoddle is now my best guess as he may not have a backing team of his own.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Feel free to watch the movie. 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Tks belfast. Ouch!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #28

    We are not going to get anyone that’s better than pardew, like i said last I’ve got a bet optimus prime, anyone else wants to get involved.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m reliability informed Paul Jewell keeps his t shirt on in most scenes.

    Apart from one, don’t watch that bit.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone watching the darts tonight on sky sports, very good match so far.

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  • marcotoon

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Very sad to see Hatem go, would’ve loved to see him get back into the side, although I reckon that that’s for personal reasons. The Bolton game was my first game, and he scored that brilliant goal when he went by the entire team, I was right behind it, magic.
    I own, a signed photo that I got from The Back Page, top lads in there btw, I can put it up now, I didn’t want to when he was technically a Hull player.
    KTF.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Munster,
    Not really sure that Mashers looks like a clever chappie over this affair but rather as a man who just doesn’t give a fcuk about the footballing side of things here. I really don’t think he gave the eight year deal to Pardew because he was worried somebody would poach him, I think it was more to do with him being complicit in his midtable plan and after a fifth place finish looking able to carry it out.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #33

    welsh

    how are you going to define a worse or better manager than pards

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  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Jed Evans, the convicted (albeit pleading his innocence [harrumph]) reported to be signing for Oldham Athletic.

    Oldham Athletic eh? Now why does that ring a bell?

    Ah yes, isn’t there a financial arrangement between Oldham Athletic and er Sports Direct?

    Of course we won’t expect Ashley to deny Evans a chance would we.

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  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #35

    And having an eye for a bargain, Evans’d cost Oldham nothing.

    Could there be yet snother Ashley-related controversy looming?

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  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Correction

    Evans, the convicted (albeit pleading his innocence [harrumph]) *rapist* reported to be signing for Oldham Athletic.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #37

    170lesh // Jan 4, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    musomag

    You’ve got a bigger spoon than Welsh and he really stirs things up!

    ????

    Me stir never, would i do such a thing.

    Ha ha ha

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  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Bring back Pardew!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Out of everyone on here I’m the quietest and don’t get in to any arguements, when was the last time that I did.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #40

    There’s ignorance and there’s hope, and then there’s realization. That’s life, in my experience, but really why not us. A little benevolence Mike, time to give a little more back, you’ve more to gain than lose. It’s within our grasp. If Tuchel were a player, we’d be after him, so why not as manager, and now more than ever, but experience tells me Hoddle is the better bet. Tuchel actually looks too bright and honest for Ashleys Newcastle, as we know it, in reality. Still hoping of course.

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