My latest blog on metro.co.uk is now up!
Entitled “What is the truth on Yohan Cabaye and Arsenal? Newcastle fans may never know,” as you might guess, I take a look at current Yohan Cabaye transfer imbroglio. This includes conflicting stories in the media about whether Cabaye is actually on strike, or whether he is just being protected from injury in anticipation of a “world class bid” that would “blow the doors off” (to use two of Pardew’s recent terms).
I also look at Alan Pardew’s approach to the drama, where instead of either keeping his mouth shut and refusing to answer questions, or alternatively, making some kind of honest disclosure on what is going on, he has chosen to resort to innuendo and riddles, usually followed by something like “but I can’t say more than that”. Along with the conflicting media reports, especially the ones from the Evening Chronicle’s Lee Ryder about Cabaye allegedly refusing to play, this has led to alot of unhelpful speculation.
When asked directly “Are you being told not to play him?” Pardew said “No” before the interview was interrupted by a female press secretary (possibly Wendy Taylor?). This isn’t the first time this has happened incidentally, the same lady also stopped a Radio 4 interview with the club’s Financial Director John Irving when he was asked a probing question about Newcastle United’s new sponsorship deal with Wonga. But I digress… Getting back to Cabaye, when he was asked if Cabaye refused to play, he declined to comment.
Since my Metro piece was written, Pardew has made another statement about Cabaye (below), which continues in the same vein. When it was put to him by a reporter at a press conference that the club’s secretive position was concerning fans, Pardew responded:
“I’ve got no problem in addressing the question either, but the answer isn’t as simple as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. The answer is here he is either going to be sold and we are going to have to replace him in the window that we have left, or he’s going to stay.
“In both situations, I as the manager have to protect him and protect this football club more importantly, so the first thing on my agenda is the football club, trust me, and that will always come first while I am the manager here.
“It’s an ongoing situation and like a lot of players in this transfer window, there are problems while it is open.
“I understand players’ positions at times, and then there are other times I don’t understand it. But the bottom line is with a world-class player, if they move on, it has to be world-class money.”
You obviously DO have a problem addressing it though Alan, and fans, the customers of the club are sick of being lied to and manipulated over virtually everything that is happeneing at Newcastle United nowadays, and we are frustrated by your seemingly endless discombobulated guff which insults our intelligence.
My original Metro piece.
Pardew on Cabaye.