Thauvin Reveals His Newcastle Plans – Criticizes McClaren

It looks like Florian Thauvin plans to return to Newcastle in the summer, and he says he had to return to Marseille in January – with Newcastle in the bottom three in the Premier League – to prepare for next season at Newcastle.

We’ve never heard it put quite like that since he left us in January.


Florian Thauvin – now preparing for next season at Newcastle

One thing Florian will have quickly realized is that he will not get the wages he gets at Newcastle at the south of France club – who are again having serious financial difficulties.

The Frenchman gave a press conference this afternoon and he took questions about his future and this is how he answered those specific questions about Newcastle:

“I have to finish the season, then I’ll have four years with Newcastle. It’s one of my goals to stay and impose myself in England, even if it was complicated with my last manager.”

“I wanted to take up the opportunity to return to Marseille so I could prepare myself better for next season.”

So we have no idea why he said things were complicated with his last manager – Steve McClaren.

It seems he is in some way laying (some of) the responsibility for his failure at Steve McClaren’s feet – which is kind of immature.

The player had a very poor start to his Newcastle career and never quite got to grips with the physical play in the Premier League and he left after five months.

In fact, we never understood why Graham Carr brought him in for a massive £13M in August when Remy Cabella – a player of similar physical stature and skills – had completely failed at Newcastle last season.

And Florian had just come off a poor season in the south of France so it’s turned out to be a waste of £13M.

But it looks like he still wants to return to Newcastle, but that will only happen if we don’t take the drop because Florian would be completely unsuited to the Championship, which is even more physical than the Premier League.

He also wouldn’t want to come back in those circumstances. so he would probably be kept on loan at Marseille or some other French club.

That’s unless we can recoup some of our money on him at some club who wants to sign him permanently.

It’s not good or mature when you infer somebody else may have been responsible for your own shortcomings.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far


    Apr 1, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds like thauvin realised pretty bloody quick that wally was absolutely shite and completely out of his depth….but thauvin still has it all to do as well mind…showed very little but had very little time to show anything.

  • Graeme

    Apr 1, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Whoopee Doo

  • Magtoonpie

    Apr 1, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I as a Newcastle supported would not want Thauvin back even we were a championship team next year.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Apr 1, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #4

    He prob just heard couple days ago rafa is now the manager, & decided il go back to newcastle

  • stuart no9

    Apr 1, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #5

    it seems that since elliot got injured on wednesday, a lot of fans who were confident of staying up think that the situation has took a turn for the worst and that darlow will struggle between the sticks in the last few games . me included. Finding an out of contract keeper at this late stage will or perhaps has been proved impossible , so we have to stick with an inexperienced keeper, or do we ? , but before any body starts banging on about me being unfair or hard on the lad, this is purely a hypothetical question or situation, If darlow were to take a knock tomorrow and had to come off , would that be the of the world ?my initial thought would be yes , however , would it ? having only one pro keeper on the books would entitle us to an emergency signing. I know this sounds hard but there are plenty experienced keepers out there who dont get a game at their clubs, so would this be a better option for NUFC ? my answer is yes. What would benitez prefer ? a rookie keeper to take us down or another injured keeper with an option of signing an experienced one till the end of season ? who thinks benitez must be thinking about that situation ???

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Draw or lose today and it’s relegation. 3 points and nothing less is required.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #7

    The rot is so deep in our club I doubt even Rafa can help us avoid the drop

  • toonincheek

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #8

    stuart No.9,

    You have been banging on about Darlow without taking account of the disruptive situation when he made his debut at WBA as a last-minute sub.

    Darlow has plenty of experience and a proven track record at Championship level, which is probably appropriate for the level of football we can expect this weekend!

    Further, you refer to there being plenty of good experienced keepers not getting a game.

    But – we CANNOT sign someone who is under contract with another club, we can only sign a free agent.
    Not so many of those, I venture to suggest, although feel free to demonstrate otherwise.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Come on, lads!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Thauvin has some very good qualities but also ones that can be improved quite a bit. His lack of any real pace he cannot improve. Shouldn’t have been bought for £13m after a very poor season. Although that could be countered with Henry at Juve, but he had blistering pace at worst.

    He has got something to offer but it’s not enough to stop a better player coming in to replace him I don’t think. Don’t mind him coming back to try as he’s under contract, but I can’t see where he’ll play and if someone bid for him I’d sell him. And his ‘trying’ was pathetic at times.

    Ben Arfa, like all the players in after him, is more than twice the player, yet he went for free. Some of the deals haven’t exactly been great have they.

  • Derek

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d still prefer Thauvin over Colback

  • Back Door Man

    Apr 2, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #12

    A good April Fools story.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 2, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Amby pamby.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 2, 2016 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Actually I take that back, although it might be true. But strange signing certainly, being so seemingly ill equipped for the rigors of the league.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 2, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #15

    toonincheek,,,,,,, we CAN sign someone from another club if we only have one fit pro keeper on the books, we can only sign an out of contract keeper if we have 2 or more fit keepers on the books , its called an emergency signing if we only have 1 keeper.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 2, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #16

    toonincheek.. you said darlow has experience in the championship which should be good enough for this weekend , not that i agree with that comment but you have forgotten something , well 3 things actually, no make that 4,,,,,,, sothampton, mancity liverpool spurs , not exactly championship material those games though,

  • NUFCPaul

    Apr 2, 2016 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #17

    toonincheek – we CAN sign someone who is under contract with another club if we’re left with only one fit goalkeeper. There’s a special dispensation for that in the Premier League, but it only applies to goalkeepers. If we do end up in that situation it’ll be interesting to see who might want to come and try to help out.

  • Blofal

    Apr 2, 2016 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Benitez has all but confirmed that Sissoko will be played at LB in the Mirror. I think it’s a good move.

    There is a lot of criticism on here about Sissoko not being able to defend which I think is rubbish. He has been played as an attacking midfielder so his primary role has been to attack particularly on the transition and to stay a bit further up field.

    Sissoko isn’t particularly effective n build up play and doesn’t score a lot of goals. He is best running up and down the flanks and getting the ball in. That right there is the roll of a fullback.

    I think Sissoko has made the team imbalanced in the past because he was too good to drop but not effective enough going forward. Turning him into a fullback allows players more suitable for attack like Perez and De Jong to be on the field.

    It will give the team far more balance and he is quite capable of defending if he is distinctly given that role. There has been a question of where to play him since he arrived where in typical Pardew fashion was played as a number 10. I think fullback could potentially be where he plays his best football.

  • Derek

    Apr 2, 2016 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Problem with Sissoko at LB is his habit of running forward with the ball and then losing it, which could leave us wide open for counter attacks. However the same was true for when Haidara was playing there.

    Hopefully Benitez is getting Sissoko to understand the increased importance for keeping possession if he’s playing in a more defensive role.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 2, 2016 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Sissoko at lb is a way of getting your best players on the pitch, and so quite possibly better than having Haidarra/ Dummet/Colback there, which frankly hasn’t been great.

    An eventual 11 of…..

    _____________De Jong

    has plenty of quality and experience.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 2, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #21

    I doubt anyone would look at that 11, managed by Benitez, and with Perez, Mitrovic, Anita, Colback, Taylor, Lascelles, Aarons, off the bench, and think that over 8 games we aren’t decently placed to finish above Norwich and Sunderland with so little between the sides on the table. This weekend of course critical.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 2, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #22

    Stuart no9 & NUFCPaul,

    So – we can sign a keeper if we are down to one fit goalkeeper.
    So – at present, we CANNOT (other than a free agent).

    My tongue-in-cheek comment about Championship experience
    and this weekend obviously applied to this weekend only.
    Let’s give him a chance.

    Stuart Pearce, wasn’t it, who complained that we had picked up
    Lascelles and Darlow too cheaply, even though the fees were
    fairly substantial for unheard-of players.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 2, 2016 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Sissoko at left back?

    Avoiding the obvious suggestions as to where he
    should be left back, this is just putting hexagons
    on trapezoidal holes.

    In Benitez I trust, so if he thinks it’s a good idea,
    then we have to give it a go and support it (until
    it all goes wrong!)

    I am not short of hindsight!

  • Jib

    Apr 2, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Chancel M’Bemba only got back from Africa on Thursday evening so has only had one day training at Benton !
    Steve McClaren has thrown his hat into the ring for the Villa job ! Talk about a sucker for punishment .

  • posada

    Apr 2, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Sorry but I haven’t had a rant about the stupid situation of Graham Carr for a while.
    Has he ever explained the decision to sign Thauvin. In fact has anyone ever heard him speak.
    Works from home 200 miles away and is never held to account for what amounts to the total destruction of the club and any assets we had.

  • jon.c

    Apr 2, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #26


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 2, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Putting Sissoko left back will make us much more effective going forwards and like Blofal said he can do his thing (massive charge in a straight line) even better from full back where he will have more space. only thing is him and janmaat will play as wingbacks so we either need 3 at the back or two solid dms to ensure we have enough bodies in our own half.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 2, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #28

    I can’t see Thauvin being Benitez type of player. I see us bringing in lots of experienced players next year. benitez is a defensive strategist and as far as I’m aware there has never been a defence minded manager in the history of football with a preference for young inexperienced players, especially at the back and in midfield. Next year I would try to sign Dawson and Evans from WBA and I guess we’ll go for Carrick too. Even Bassong might be worth a look. And if we can afford him I’d bring in Forster.

  • sparky55

    Apr 2, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #29

    In Rafa we trust.

    Over the last year we’ve all picked our team when that numpty Maclaren was in charge and we all soon realised it picked itself and we all soon realised it was never going to work (all except the management of course)…so why all this negativity about who we should play and where when the real challenge for Rafa is just getting them play as a team and playing for each other…something we’ve not done for 5 years.

    Before the season started there’s probably only two players in the Leicester team any of us would have swapped for a newcastle player in our team…and now look where they are and look where we are.

    That’s down to plain and simple p!ss poor management.

    That’s changed so for fux sake give the man a chance…he’s taken on mission impossible because our senior management made the move to replace Maclaren far too late but at least we now have some chance rather than no chance whatsoever

  • Fostino

    Apr 2, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #30


    Anita mbemba lascalles sissoko

    Townsand tiote Jonjo de jong wini


    Perez, mitro, arrons or saviet to come on. This is a good team

    Norwich danger men are the wingers. There mot huge players, just tricky and skillful and Brady has a goid free kick.


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