Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed in the Match of the Day Magazine and he is probably trying to rewrite history a little but – in that he says he loved his time at Newcastle, which he feels is one of the biggest clubs in England.
He says they have the stadium, the fans, the training ground and everything that’s needed to be successful, yet we haven’t had much success at all over the last 12 years since Sir Bobby Robson was fired.
What Yohan doesn’t say is that he went on strike to try to force a move through to Arsenal in August of 2103 and then left for a (much) bigger club – PSG – for £20M the following January.
Yohan Cabaye – while at Newcastle
And then he warmed the bench at the Paris club for 18 months before he got a move back to work under Alan Pardew again, who had moved to Crystal Palace, who are not one of the biggest clubs in the country.
This is some of what Yohan has said in the interview:
“My time at Newcastle was unbelievable. I really loved that club and for me it’s one of the biggest clubs here in England”. “I really hope that they will come back up,”
“It is hard for me to describe that club. Newcastle, for me, should be one of the best in the country.” “They have got the stadium, training ground, fans.”
“They have everything you need. But sometimes they did things I cannot understand.”
“Maybe it is the owner Mike Ashley’s mentality, I don’t know. But it is a shame for me because Newcastle has to be one of the biggest teams in the country.”
“I loved the club.”
There’s a little dig there at Mike Ashley and he did do some daft things when Yohan was at the club – but let’s try to be fair to Mike.
He did the best thing he’s done in nine years at Newcastle in the summer when he handed compete control of all football matters over to new manager Rafa Benitez.
And we are now doing great – top of the Championship and in the quarter finals of the League Cup.
In the future – especially if Rafa has us doing great things in the next few years – we may even get Moussa Sissoko coming out and saying he loved it at Newcastle and never really wanted to leave such a big club.
That would take the biscuit.
What do you think?