Newcastle Midfielder – I May Leave In January

Yoan Gouffran got a lot of games when Alan Pardew was the Newcastle manager mainly because of the Frenchman’s work rate – but since Alan left he hasn’t played too many times this year and he’s made only two appearances in the league and two in cup games.

It seems obvious that Steve McClaren doesn’t rate him very highly,  but Yoan could certainly do a job for a good Championship club in January.

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Yoan Gouffran – in action at Manchester City

Of course, we are losing so many players to injury this season that we may want to keep Gouffran on board because we could repeat what happened earlier this year and have a huge number of players not available through injury and suspension.

On the other hand, if we are to bring reinforcements in during January we will have to let some players leave.

This is what the 29-year-old has said about his current situation:

“I’m here. I work hard,” “If I don’t play, maybe I’m going to leave in January. I don’t know.”

“I need to be ready and to stay fit. I don’t know what’s happening after.”

Yoan could stay in England to play his football, but we’ll just have to see what happens as January rolls  around.

Yoan still has 18 months left on his contract on Tyneside.

One big decision the powers that be at Newcastle will have to make fairly soon – is whether to stick with Steve McClaren as manager before identifying which players to bring in over the January transfer window.

If the players coming in are again chosen  by Chief Scout Graham Carr that would be daft and then maybe we cannot recover this season and will face relegation.

At the moment, that looks like a distinct possibility.

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Clippety Clippety Klopp,
    Expect another flop.
    A cricket score
    Of ten or more,
    And Macca’s for the chop.

  • AncientC

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I recall Gouffran being quite good when he first arrived, even scoring in 3 home games in a row.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    They’ll extend his deal and send him on loan hoping to make a few quid back

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Just back to work and people can’t help but notice how well Pardew is doing, if we didn’t have such ridiculous policies we could have got a good manager in and nobody would be talking about how well Pardew was doing.

  • expatmag

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Well, it looks like the following may happen in January:

    Cabella to Marseille………..6 million
    Williamson to Wolves……..1 million
    Gouffran to Lille………………..1 million
    Perez to Spurs…………………..15 million

    Nice little profit there for the fatman

  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6


    You missed out Cisse – to Qatar or similar
    and McLaren – what’s his transfer free ?
    and Charnley on secondment
    and Carr paid up pension

  • hibbitt

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    expat they will want 20m for perez not a penny less

  • Mag52

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8


    Why’s Pardew doing well ?
    1. He’s a decent manager and deserved more credit than he ever got during his time at NUFC.
    2. He’s being given a much freer reign to manage at Palace, which Ashley denied him here, and Ashley needs to learn from this serious mistake if he wants to pocket the TV millions at the end of this season.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    looking at events over the start of this season the owner and our pathetic mr charnley have only one ambition this season and that is to see us drop out of the prem.
    Sorry but no one can tell me these 2 cretins have anything other than relagation planned for this club . no body.
    and ill tell you why . Who can remember a couple of years ago when someone in the know said Ashley wont sell up till 2016.
    I cant remember who it was , but that was mentioned on a couple of occasions . Now at the time i thought why would he sell up if he was making millions from the club?
    We all know how Ashley despises everything associated with Newcastle, not just the club , but the fans , the city , the people , the council who have blocked certain interests he wanted get involved in, and lets not forget , we ALL hate him.
    Hes been at the club since 2007, nearly 9 years , in that time he has achieved his goal by taking SD from a european entrerprise to a global commodity , THAT is what his sole aim was- that done , time to move on to a new adventure , however , he has unfinished business with the north east, something to remember him by – a parting shot,
    Ashley wont leave us in the prem , oh no, thats not the slugs style . he will make sure we ALL pay for the continuous hatred towards him, he will achieve that by leaving us ( a club ) that will take 10, 15 years to recover.
    , we will recover however , there is a long long road ahead , it may even see us having to come not just from the championship, but from the lower leagues in order to build.
    Good players are not going to all of a sudden want to sign for us , there are going to be lots of players come and go, players from non leagiue even , kids , has beens , players who come for their last payday, what is certain , to get a team worthy of the prem we are looking at 10 years unless of course some very very rich arab who loves football and who loves NUFC steps in and splashes billions into the club and puts NUFC back on the map , yep a dream that probably wont happen.

    NUFC will go down this year because ourb owner wants it . He will say goodbye at the end of the season having ahieved his goal and gave us fans one last kick in the teeth as he flies out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    He was given a double manager of the year award for that remarkable achievement in finishing fifth, so not as bad as the five or six people who constantly went on about him on here, but you said yourself his football was shite to watch, we tried to force Ashleys hand into getting us a better manager and it has spectaculary backfired, were you happy for Ashley and Pardew to continue sucking the life out of us while he lined his pockets just for PL football.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think he would have spent 52M if he planned to take us down this year, I’ve no doubt he planned it at some stage but this year is down to spectacular failure at all levels rather than a plan.

  • lesh

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m finding that my pc freezes on this desktop site – anyone else or is it my pc?

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    JAIL- £50M to Ashley is pockey money . one night out at the casino. That money should have been spent at the start of every season , when you look at the incomings and the out goings , he has spent nowt .
    One theory could be is that he had to spend something to convince a new manager to take over ,
    How many times was he knocked back ? people didnt want to know, managers looked at the job shook their head not wanting to get involved in something they knew wouldnt help their own career .I believe he panicked into having to spend a few bob or he simply wouldnt have a manager at all , and again 50m is not the end of the world to him, so the ulterior motive is there and the pleasure in making people believe that he ‘did try ‘ to give the fans what we want hidden behind a sick sneer to all. i dont trust the man at all . he always done things – for a reason , to satisfy himself.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Not having it Stu, he could have spent a lot less to try and pull the same stunt

  • jayphoto

    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    The way Newcastle is, always papering over cracks it wouldn’t surprise me if they beat Liverpool and then lose to spurs and villa.

  • solano

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Zzzzz…Pardew revisionism again. His record was shite overall at NUFC, but much easier to be wistful about the time we lost 3 times to Sunderland under an abusive, womanising, brown nose than address your own shortcomings of continuing to p*ss and moan about the current situation when you contribute to its continuation!

  • Jamesnufc94

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think I’ve ever herd some much bollocks from one guy^

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Stuart………… Of all the Shyte I’ve seen written on this blog that takes the biscuit. The most ridiculous conspiracy theory that makes zero sense.

    Why would he want us to fail and/or be relegated. He doesn’t care about us so why would he go to all those lengths to affect us.

  • AncientC

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Pardew was on a slippery slope of 1 win in 6 until the gift horse that is Nufc turned up. Now we have Ed shaming the rabble, claiming Pard’s looks like a world beater…

    Replacing a poor manager with a poor head coach in an unworkable system, does not make the last guy any better.

    Pardew is not responsible for the coaching set up at Palace, nor Bolasie or Zaha.

    If I am not mistaken, Pardew was responsible for hiring Carver. If he had his way we would probably have had Tomkins, Noble, and, Lambert playing for us.

    The expectations of fans have been demolished when you can paint a guy like Pardew in anything but a negative light.

    This club once soared under Keegan and Robson. Look at Everton at the moment, how difficult would it have been to be above Everton right now, given the platform we once had.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    ok , that is only my opinion , we shall leave it at that . however i will revisit these comments in may . i wont say ‘ i told you so ‘ ill just refer back to these comments , and it will be upon yourself to think , i was right or just a bloody good guess.
    Has anyone else any theories as to why we are the worst performing team in the league – why nothing is being done about it – why this is our worst year in the history of NUFC- why 90 % of fans on the poll are saying we will get beat ( AT HOME) – why the players dont want to be involved in a game on a saturday or sunday , why we are the laughing stock of the football world , WHY.?

  • weg

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh @12
    I’m not a regular poster, but a regular reader.
    I’m getting the same thing. Having to ctrl, alt and delete just to get out of the page.
    It only happens on this blog though. Don’t know why.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    MAG 52

    You’ve got it real bad for Pardew. some real man love going on there, absolute blind obsession almost, despite all the facts and AP’s totally underwhelming CV over nearly 20 years in management. Why has no big team ever come in for him.

    Before us making them look very good I think CP had only scored 2 goals in open play from 8 games or something similar and just got beaten by Sunderland and were slipping down the table quite rapidly. NUFC are very good for teams looking to get back on track.

    Another thing to consider is that AP is being measured against 2 managers that nobody, but nobody wanted, ie JC and SM.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #24

    So if we get relegated it has been deliberately done rather than a monumental fcuk up

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Stuart……. In my opinion Ashley would like to have a successful team to advertise his main love in life without having to compete in the spending department with people who can and will beat him.
    To suggest he is deliberately setting up to lose makes no sense and I don’t think anyone at the club expected us to be in such a mess after having spent more than in previous Windows.
    What he decides to do about the mess is the 100 million dollar question.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Well have munster on next “Pardew was average not as bad as he was painted etc…”

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #27

    betty…Is your opinion what you think Ashley wants, based on what you know of Ashley, or what you would do, if you were Ashley?

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Just for the record , here is a comment i posted in 2009

    stuart no9 // Oct 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    changing the name of the ground just makes my blood boil,what else is this specimen prepared to do to our club BEFORE he finally slimes off ,after stripping our club of nearly 120 years of history.Think about it,120 F…..g years gone because some cretin, who actually loathes us ,who would do anything to annoy us ,wants to get his money back any way he can. He has already got rid of our prem status, he has given us a team of 2nd rate players in a 2nd rate league ( sorry but that is all they are) NOW lets get rid of SJP , lets get rid of everything Newcastle United stand for,lets get rid of 120 years of history WHY? to make a couple of million that he will no doubt pocket( those of you who think he will put it back into the club obviously think he is a decent bloke,are deranged) like the rest of the cash from the summer sales.I used to live in Louth ,lincolnshire, in the next street to his family,i used to watch him pull up in his ferrari , he still does. his brother still has his shop there (Ashleys blinds) If ever he tried to change SJP i will be tempted to put the street and the house number on this site, no doubt some nutter will see it (lets hope not

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #29

    nearly 7 yrears down the line , when everyone thought ashley had a master plan and i got crucified for writing a ridiculous comment. not far off really am i ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #30

    No Stuart not everyome thought he had a master plan

  • Mag52

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31


    The point I think some supporters (although clearly not you) are becoming aware of, is that if Pardew, or indeed any other half decent manager who might have been employed in his place, had been left to manage the team as he would have wanted, we could be up there in the top eight where Palace are at the moment.
    You talk about goals in open play. Goals are goals. I bet you won’t hear many Palace fans complaining at their team’s performances this season.
    Whenever I’ve seen them they’ve looked an impressive side.
    With a team minus Wini, minus Mitro and minus Mbemba, three of our better buys in recent years I think you’ll agree, he had us in the top ten when he decided he’d had enough.
    You figure that one out.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza……… If I was in Ashley’s shoes I would probably allow my passion for the club to take priority over being self funding and employ a competent , proven manager and back his judgement in the transfer market.
    However I do try and think what makes Ashley tick and I genuinely believe that he would prefer a winning team to a losing one. His stubborn buy cheap sell dear approach is not working and I think the last window saw him go ankle deep as oppose to just dipping his toe in.
    My worry is that he will now step back again rather than keep going up to his knees.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33

    parachute payments irregular betting patterns assets 3 things why ashley couldn’t give a fcuk

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    jail – if i remember correctly , you never trusted ashley from the early days . but i do believe more fans than not had this dream that we were heading for some sort of glory years – Billson in paticular was a constant fight . the sun shon out of ashleys backside , with not one bit of evidence that he was doing the club any good.

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Betty…Firstly, please don’t think I’m being tricky, just curious. It fascinates me, especially seeing as it was only a couple of years ago (from memory…although it’s possibly longer now) that I supported Ashley, more so his plans. Usually it would fall down to, why wouldn’t he want us to be successful?

    I don’t object to the idea of the model, never have. I don’t believe it’s in place here, it’s more of a charade, but anyway, not the point.

    Earlier you used the word “succcessful” and now “winning”. Stick with me, i’m not being pedantic (well, no more than usual…). “Successful” is clearly open to interpretation. £130m odd invested, which he’s likely to get back when he sells, and free advertising in the meantime could be argued as successful for him.

    That’s without diving in to topics of revenue to SD, the outsourcing of services (like catering), etc, etc.

    I don’t think it far fetched to think that Ashley would deem the experience a successful one, as things stand.

    That’s why I asked. I don’t think successful means the same to us fans as it does Ashley.

    Sure he’d prefer to have a team that wins, but work or gamble to get there? Time and time again, he’ll only gamble that they’ve done enough not to drop.

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Stuart…I certainly argued the case for Ashley for long enough.

    I still don’t object to the idea of ‘the plan’, but they don’t do the basics or follow through on it.

    There is a plan at play, the man isn’t stupid, it’s just not the plan we’re sold. Clearly.

  • nightfa11

    Dec 4, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Pardew was shit here.. His team selections,subs and most of all his excusses..and never taking any responsibility..were simply pathetic.. People who defend him have really short memory..

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 4, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail……… I agree with you up until the last window. It was blatantly obvious that His priority was staying in the PL with minimum spend to benefit from his free advertising and to try and get the club to become self funding. Even within the tight confines of this model, I think he would have preferred to win although not for sporting reasons.

    However in the last window I think he loosened the purse strings to try and avoid another relegation battle and also maybe to try and improve our playing style.

    That was a big spend for Ashley on four players and I am sure he’ll be worrying that he hasn’t had value which is what makes him tick. I would also prefer value for money and wouldn’t like the idea of wasting money no matter how rich I was.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 4, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza… Sorry last post was to you not jail.


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