International Defender Turns Down Newcastle

Assuming Newcastle can stay in the Premier League this season, we may have some trouble getting some of our targets over the line in the summer, because we have not done well in the Premier League for the last three seasons, and we’ll probably finish no higher than 15th this season – after the last four games are played.

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Aymen Abdennour – 25 year-old Monaco center-back

And there’s been enough publicity about how limited owner Mike Ashley is in his ambitions for Newcastle United – to basically stay in the Premier League so the club can pick up the big TV rights money every May.

There is news in France that we have tried to sign 25 year-old Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, who has played 33 times for Tunisia, but apparently we were quickly turned down.

Aymen finally signed a new deal only last month to stay at Monaco for the next four years, but Get French Football is reporting that Newcastle approached the player in an attempt to get him to sign on for the Tyneside club.

But the news is that Abdennour’s agents quickly turned down Newcastle’s approach because if the defender was to leave Monaco he wanted to join a club that played in the Champions League – which Newcastle haven’t done since back when Sir Bobby Robson was the manager over ten years ago.

Tottenham, Arsenal and PSG were also credited with an interest in the 6’2″powerful central defender, but at the end of the day he decided to stay at Monaco.

Abdennour joined Monaco only last year from Toulouse and he has so far played for Monaco 29 times with one goal,  and now has contract with the French club which ends in June, 2019.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1

    From previouspost. Evidently Carver had a major run-in with fans after the end of the game, squared up to some of them, effing & blinding, wanted to fight them – unfortunately witnessed by quite a few people from within the Club and many spectators. It was brought up by a reporter, later and now this has been released!!

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #2

    25p a week and no ambition, what’s the bonus like?

  • JamesToon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #3


    I’m assuming Graham Carr is currently operating as the DOF in the DOF/head coach model.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #4

    How long till we hear it’s the fans fault we can’t sign players due to the bad atmosphere?

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #5


    Is anybody working in that position?

    If so they need the boot pronto

  • Jamiemac

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #6

    How can one miss a man called Alan so much

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #7


    Carver cracking up was inevitable..I expect more meltdowns in the next 4 Games..he will have a go at the players in his next episode..

    Ashley is never going to attract any decent HC..who on earth wants to work at this circus!!

  • jane

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #8

    I feel sorry for JC he is trying his best.

  • spitfire_

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Turns down Newcastle? Why?

  • JamesToon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #10


    Yeah unofficially, i think carr is working as DOF, i wouldn’t be surprised if his job title changed to that in the summer

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s all Ashley at the end if the day,

    Any DOF would struggle to sign EPL quality players on a championship budget.

  • andrew84

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m more surprised that he turned down Arsenal.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #13

    An old guy who goes from chief scout to DoF who doesn’t have final say on player recruitment? When was that career changed announced?

  • toon kk

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #14

    We’ve been run like a championship club for years, but what goes round comes around. Mash has pushed his regime to the limit and now it’s come back to bite him.
    Trouble is I don’t think he cares.

  • banjax

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #15

    By allowing the situation at Newcastle to fester the reputation of Newcastle United sinks further and further down the pan. Newcastle is a club in crisis and only the owner can stop the rot. Ashley needs to start with an emergency coach who can bring discipline and focus on winning points for the next few games. Next is to hire new management with football experience and begin the job of clearing out existing deadwood and start buying quality players in sufficient quantity to change the focus of the club towards winning the Premier league, and competing for Cup and Europe competitions. Once that is done, the club will be worth buying, enough for Mike Ashley to sell up and make a profit. Start now with Carvers sacking !

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #16

    The career change was not announced but evolved – as per the Chronicle.
    Please increase your knowledge of what is happening at the Toon.
    Plastered all over the papers. Keep up with the programme.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #17


    I know, from everything I’ve heard he appears to just be chief scout, passes on names to charnley and the manager, have a discussion then charnely buys the best option (cheapest).

    Don’t understand people blaming Carr.

  • Mint

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Who agrees with this? We’re 5 points above 3rd bottom and 12 up for grabs

    Assuming we get ZERO points from our last four, here’s the minimum points needed for at least FOUR teams to put us 18th:

    Aston villa – 3pts from four games
    Hull – 4pts from five games
    Leicester – 4pts from five games
    Sunderland – 6pts from five games (assuming their GD remains worse than ours)

    It looks like they have plenty of points to pick up, but lets be real, all FOUR of these clubs have picked up less than a point per game for the whole season! Aston Villa are the only club who will probably leap frog us as they have an inspirational manager. Leicester’s run could keep going so lets say they leap frog us too.

    That means Hull and Sunderland basically need two wins each from five games. 6 points would be a better than usual return from 5 games for all of these teams so I just don’t see it happening.
    And lets be honest, are Newcastle really going to make history with an ELEVEN game losing run??? Unless Carver is match fixing I seriously doubt it! We will at least draw one of our last four and that’s as good as us winning the premier league for the teams below us.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #19
  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20

    One relegation and two other flirtations with it in eight years for a club the size of Newcastle is a hopeless record, made worse when you consider the calibre of player we’ve had lost in that time.

    With money in the bank, if the squad and staff aren’t radically reshaped in the off season, I’d pretty much support almost any action to get rid of him. It’s not just a sense that this slow burn they’ve touted is might actually be a slow burn to a mediocrity that will eventually come to define us, but also the growing realisation that even if there is a genuine intention to build from solid foundations, the expertise is most likely sadly lacking.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Yea, caught on camera inviting a dumb cnut out the back of the stands to “discuss” it further.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #22

    No announcement from the club. No name change. A chief scout who hasn’t got control of the budget. And John Gibson reading between the lines. No wonder I overlooked that chip wrapper.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #23

    How can an old pensioner be both chief scout and director of football? And the office manager have the final say on player recruitment? Shambolic.

  • MacToon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #24

    The “dumb cnut” has tweeted:

    “Asked carver why players won’t pass to Armstrong and he said “I don’t know what do you want me to do get out there yourself and do it””

    “Then when Armstrong missed a header pointed at me and said “that’s Armstrong for you””

    “Also told me to meet him outside after the game and a lot more when I asked why there was no passion, always swore at me.”

    He has a lot of people saying they were there and this is what happened and the lad did not swear as there was a father with a child very close by.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Charnley and Carr have conspired to balls up last summer’s recruitment. Their negligence might well cost the club its top flight status. Time to go.

  • brklyngeordie

    Apr 26, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #26

    this man is a awesome no nonsense defender who plays every game as a cup final so wont work here..But one wonders when his agent proposes to him will you not consider working with the great Willo?


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