It had to come out at some time and after Henri Saivet moved to Newcastle last January he hardly played for the club and certainly under Rafa Benitez he didn’t play one minute in a competitive game.
Henri suffered from there being a change of managers at Newcastle, but even when the manager who signed him at Newcastle – Steve McClaren was still at the club – Henri didn’t play much.
When he did play he looked a tidy and skillful player.
Steve McClaren congratulates Henri Saivet after debut
Henri has given a long interview in France Football and he has talked about his frustrating time at the club, and it wasn’t good.
This is some of what he said:
“It was horrible, you’re there, you’re useless.” “I had not planned to leave Bordeaux.”
“The proof – I was planning to move and buy a new home in Bordeaux, but when I returned from vacation I was told there was a lot of stress (interest) for me and that if I wanted to leave, I could.”
“I came back from holiday with the desire to start well and I was told that.“
“I had been recruited to play and I was not playing. It was hard. I had the impression of being paid to do nothing.”
“They even said that the Championship was for the English, not for foreigners, because they like to play every three days, they like to fight.”
“If we were given the chance, we could have done that.”
“The pace is different. It does not stop, there is no stoppage time. But it does not bother me. This is football that I like.”
“I needed a couple of matches to get the rhythm and know the team, but it did not leave me time to show anything.”
“I saw my matches several times with a specialist. I wondered why I did not play more.”
“St. Etienne is a place I want to be, it feels really good. Marseille also wanted me, but I chose the Greens.”
“I want to go far in the Europa League to further grow the club and why not be third in Ligue 1 and play the preliminary round of the Champions League? “
Saivet had a nightmare time of it at Newcastle when we were going down and having our worst season in the Premier League ever under Steve McClaren – who was very clearly way out of his depth.
It wasn’t until Rafa Benitez finally came in during March that we turned it around, but it was all too late.
It must have been very difficult for Henri – and he kept quiet about his ordeal at Newcastle while he was on Tyneside.
But it’s come out now and he was obviously very frustrated but hey so were most Newcastle fans at the complete incompetence of those running the club at that time.
It’s all changed now under Rafa, but Henri has now gone and that’s good for him – we hope he can get his career back on track at St. Etienne.
Henri will be criticized for the interview, but to a large extent he was simply a victim of Newcastle’s demise last season.
And we did it to ourselves through sheer incompetence and ineptitude – that’s the truth.