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Cabaye – I Really Loved My Time At Newcastle – Such A Big Club

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 both hands up

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?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #1

    We enjoyed having you yohan. Although we did have a couple of difficult patches with you. We did miss you alot, espically first 18 months. But now uve been replaced by shelvey.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    He thought he was going on to bigger & better things at psg. Now that he’s at crystal palace with pardew, he realises what newcastle really has. A real shame as the fans loved you, but you decided to leave.

    Hard not to spot the dig at ashley. To be fair, im sure that played a big part in his decision to leave, which is understandable considering everything that was going on with the fat man at the time.

  • mickybraham

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa Bingo – Think it will be the same as many on here

    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran

    Like everyone – would like mitro in there but I highly doubt it

  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4


    What nonsense from Cabaye’s article and yourself.

    Did he spend 18 months on the bench at PSG “because of the mentality” of Nasser Al-Khelaifi ?

    Was it “because of the mentality” of the consortium of Steve Parish, Martin Long, Stephen Browett and Jeremy Hosking that decided him to join Palace.

    I touch of BBC gilding the interview lily methinks.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye, we know all about the owners mentality, ran us as a non competitive advertising hoarding out of spite.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed…I think that’s where the fairness has to start and stop with Ashley. He has, it seems, allowed a capable person to run the club as it should be.

    He didn’t however plan it or find the man, but he has at least got out of his way and allowed it.

    On Yohan, given the clubs policies, I always found it hard to be too angry towards players. A large percentage of the fans had lost faith, so why wouldn’t a player, who really has no emotional ties to the club?

    Wasn’t it Cabaye who had a transfer issue connected with Kinnear? Something about “You’ll have to ask Kinnear what happened”?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Was that after he deliberately called him Kebab.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail…Not sure tbh. Had forgotten about “Kebab”. Didn’t PSG release a Kebab flavoured crisp after he joined them? 🙂

  • mfw13

    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Yet another case of players needing to be careful what they wish for in terms of moving from a smaller club where they start every match to a bigger club where they have to fight for their place.

    Since leaving Newcastle for bigger clubs his career has gone downhill, and after making the French squads at both Euro 2012 and WC 2014, he failed to make the squad at Euro 2016.

    Same thing is happening to Winaldjum and Sissoko….


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