Pardew: I’m not being told to rest Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye training.

What’s the real story on Cabaye?

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.

What is the truth on Yohan Cabaye and Arsenal? Newcastle fans may never know.

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56 Responses to “Pardew: I’m not being told to rest Cabaye”

  1. 1
    avatar stewpot says:

    even by his own low standards his recent quotes have been vintage arse gravy.

  2. 2
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Q. “Whose decision was it to keep him out of the West Ham game?”

    A. “You can ask but you ain’t getting an answer”

    Says it all !!

  3. 3
    avatar sampdiago says:

    Nile ranger scored tonight for that league one club…He told everybody he would make it.What a step up..Swindon..

  4. 4
    avatar rowla says:

    liar

  5. 5
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    <<<<<< dos not see why pards is geting the blame here, maybe you should point the finger at the caybeye

  6. 6
    avatar Chuck says:

    Worky

    Do I take it you believe that a re-tread like Steve Bruce is a better manager than Martinez ?
    And while we are on the subject of managers, what on earth has happened to your extolled choice The Prince of Denmark, who finds himself not only below the two mentioned above, but bottom of the league below even the much reviled Alan Pardew, having not earned a single point as of yet.
    Sophomore jinx, perhaps ?
    Or has he made too many changes to a decent side playing good football, which he inherited from Rodgers ?

  7. 7
    avatar Chuck says:

    Army light

    No one is blaming anyone for anything, only attempting to find out if Cabaye refused to play or whether he was either scratched by Pardew or Pardew received orders from above to leave him out of the lineup.
    What do you think ?

  8. 8
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @Chuck:
    think he refused to play meself bud

  9. 9
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @ Chuck:
    If pards had said he refused to play and caybeye ended up staying how do you think the toonarmy would treat mr Kebab bud,so i can well understand why pards has refused to say he refused to play.

  10. 10
    avatar workyticket says:

    Chuck says:
    August 28, 2013 at 3:49 am

    “Worky

    Do I take it you believe that a re-tread like Steve Bruce is a better manager than Martinez ?”

    It took a long time to get a bite there, Chuckles, were you busy playing with your cockles and barnacles again? When Steve Bruce left as manager of Wigan they were 11th. After Martinez took over they were perennial relegation fighters, eventually succumbing last season.

    “And while we are on the subject of managers, what on earth has happened to your extolled choice The Prince of Denmark, who finds himself not only below the two mentioned above, but bottom of the league below even the much reviled Alan Pardew, having not earned a single point as of yet.
    Sophomore jinx, perhaps ?”

    I don’t care Chuck, I look at things deeply and over the long term. I told everyone that Pardew was shite when he took over, and when we were fifth people scoffed at me, as they did when I said he was a route one charlatan initially, but they caught up with me eventually. It’s not easy being a genius and a visionary sometimes.

  11. 11
    avatar workyticket says:

    TOONARMYELITE says:
    August 28, 2013 at 6:12 am

    “@ Chuck:
    If pards had said he refused to play and caybeye ended up staying how do you think the toonarmy would treat mr Kebab bud,so i can well understand why pards has refused to say he refused to play.”

    Well if that’s really his intention, he’s failed miserably again as most fans, including yourself, think he’s been on strike.

  12. 12
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Pardew is breaking out his cape and trunks, Because this intrepid and daring man, Is on a mission to protect the club!
    Is that right, They now even vetting and sitting in, On his interviews?
    Like i said the other day, This regime makes the old East German one, Look like Butlins!
    Pardew is p*ss weak, And is getting worse by the interview.
    He is a man under extreme pressure, And make no mistake about that.
    The quicker this poor excuse for a manager leaves the better.
    He’s like a racehorse who has broken it’s leg, And your waiting for someone to put the poor thing out of it’s misery!

  13. 13
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    sorry typo meant to type, “They are now”, Cannot get used to this keyboard, That’s my excuse, Anyway.

  14. 14
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @ workyticket:
    he is on strike bud, but if the deal dont get done whats the toon army ganna really think of caybeye if pards told the truth,pards is trying to make the best of a bad situation in my view

  15. 15
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    According to Sky Sports, We have now opened talks for Gomis again zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    I was also wondering how long it would be before Demba Ba was mentioned, This regime are a joke!

  16. 16
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @ workyticket:
    pards has left the door open for mr kebab incase he stays,without geting to much flak from the fans if you know what i mean,but if he had said caybeyes on strike he would get a lot of shit from the toon army for it so hes really protected the club 1st but hes also protect kebab as well in case he stays,was nothing wrong with pards interview he handle it the same way i would of done

  17. 17
    avatar workyticket says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

    “Is that right, They now even vetting and sitting in, On his interviews?”

    They’re not just sitting in on Pardew’s interviews, Joe. As I’ve mentioned several times already, a Radio 4 interview with Finanacial Director John Irving was halted by the same female press officer because the questions about Newcastle United’s sponsorship deal with Wronga started to get too probing.

    It’s getting like North Korea on Barrack Road.

  18. 18
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Worky, It does feel like Ashley has already turned the clock back to year zero.
    It’s getting worse than the Mckeag era, And that was bad enough!

  19. 19
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Chris Coleman has done alright, Getting a hold of Charlotte Jackson.
    They are getting hitched, That one went under the Radar.

  20. 20
    avatar workyticket says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    “Worky, It does feel like Ashley has already turned the clock back to year zero.
    It’s getting worse than the Mckeag era, And that was bad enough!”

    Joe, my parents used to know McKeag when I was a youngster up there, I think he was their solicitor.

    “Year Zero” was Pol Pot in Cambodia. Anyone brainy and intellectual got a club in the heed, yet Pol Pot himself was a scholarship boy who did his studies in Paris.

  21. 21
    avatar workyticket says:

    TOONARMYELITE says:
    August 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

    “@ workyticket:
    pards has left the door open for mr kebab incase he stays,without geting to much flak from the fans if you know what i mean”

    Yes, he’s made that seem obvious, which was kind of my point. WHY has he made that seem obvious? If he just wanted to protect him, surely he should have just kept his trap shut?

  22. 22
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @ workyticket:
    he aint confirmed it but he aint denied it,but pards aint to blame for everything bud,im just surprised some1 in here, aint blamed pards for the gulf war yet lmao

  23. 23
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Worky what happened in North Korea?, Was there not something similar done, Where they changed the year back to zero, Or year one, Or something along the lines of that?

  24. 24
    avatar workyticket says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    “Worky what happened in North Korea?, Was there not something similar done, Where they changed the year back to zero, Or year one, Or something along the lines of that?”

    Sorry Joe, I divven’t have time for an essay that long! Cambodia is where we get “year zero” from though.

    North Korea’s the one where Kin il Sung is still the “Eternal President” even though he’s been deed since the 1990s. They still have him preserved in a glass case.

  25. 25
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @ workyticket:
    lets just agree kebab aint the sort of pro footballer we all thought he was,hes a very selfish dude

  26. 26
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    @ workyticket:
    i know you do a vote for man of the match bud have you thought of takeing a vote for who peeps think was at fault for goals we condeed

  27. 27
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    might help pin point weaknesses in the team over a period

  28. 28
    avatar workyticket says:

    TOONARMYELITE says:
    August 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    “@ workyticket:
    i know you do a vote for man of the match bud have you thought of takeing a vote for who peeps think was at fault for goals we condeed”

    Toon, I haven’t done any votes for a man of the match for a long time, just players of the season. I think you might mean Ed ‘Uziblogger’ Harrison at .com there?

    As for the other one, I don’t like doing those player witch hunt / scapegoat type things, it isn’t my style.

  29. 29
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Worky, As of last year 2012, It was year 101 in North Korea, To coincide with the Yong Il who founded the country’s birthday.
    I knew the country was a “Cult Of Personality”, But that’s where i must have got the year zero from, They changed the year to match the great leaders birthday.
    So it take it the year will now be 102.

  30. 30
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    I’m sick of the typo’s lol.

  31. 31
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    lol np bud just thought you might like to set the trend when we get beat anyway plenty pointing the finger of blame whos at fault in here lol vote would sort it out once and for all lol

  32. 32
    avatar workyticket says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    “Worky, As of last year 2012, It was year 101 in North Korea, To coincide with the Yong Il who founded the country’s birthday.”

    Doh! Aye, you’re totally right there, Joe, sorry. ‘Year Zero’ was Pol Pot though.

  33. 33
    avatar Chuck says:

    So ! Are we back for Gomis, said that saga wasn’t over yet .
    Possibility of signing Ba on loan, but doubt it.
    He should have stayed here to begin with, at least he would have got games, ah well !
    This has been one screwed up series of failures, in regards to signings, possibly by design, Wor Mike may have decided on a repeat of last summers program.
    If that’s the case, we should be good bets for relegation.
    I would have thought we might put in a bid for Alderweireld, or Sackho, we need to strengthen the back line.
    On that thought, has Williamson gone yet ?
    Heard Sansom had a good game against Fulham, any comments on that ?
    What I don’t get is the number of injuries there were at the beginning of the season, following all that time off, not just at Newcastle ,but in general.
    So I think I was right on the attempted (start a bidding war over Cabaye) scenario and I doubt it will end well. It seemed obvious to me Pardews continually spouting the (I hope no one comes in for Cabaye)
    In fact meant the opposite, going postal about PSG’s Manager Blanc, who said he liked him, in order to big up Cabaye.
    I guess our less than astute owner though he had a pocket full of profit coming.
    But apparently Arsene is the only one interested and he ain’t gonna fork out no £20m.
    So much for the best laid plans.
    It’s got to the point where I don’t even care anymore as the club is a joke and so are we by association, Ahley-WONGA-Kinnear-Pardew, you don’t sink any lower.

  34. 34
    avatar workyticket says:

    Chuck says:
    August 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “Heard Sansom had a good game against Fulham, any comments on that ?”

    Kenny Sansom? He hasn’t played for decades and he only ever played a few games for Newcastle sometime at the end of the 80s.

  35. 35
    avatar Chuck says:

    Do we need a striker or someone to support him ?
    We got Remy , who will be back in a few weeks and Cisse doesn’t seem to pick up many knocks.
    But we do need someone to support him, I thought Shola did a fairly decent job last season in that role.
    However he is injured too often, we need either HBA, Marveaux or Gouffran to step up and fill the role.
    Will Cabaye be missed ? Possibly not if Sissoko can bring the ball up and Anita can lay on some decent passes, as that’s presently our problem, supplying Cisse , but both have to also put their foot in and not rely on Tiote to break up attacks..
    Though I’m not holding my breath awaiting some kind of miracle to happen in regard to our manager and his coaches figuring out why we are not scoring.

  36. 36
    avatar Chuck says:

    Yeah sure Worky !

  37. 37
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Pardew has changed with the wind again, When only a while back, He was saying, He would give the cup competitions a right go.
    Now we are back to The Premiership is first priority, He still wants to win a Cup, With his new Buzz Word at the end of every sentence, “Trust me”!
    Which, The more he utters it, I’m less inclined to do that very thing.
    Okay he hasn’t exactly waved the white flag yet, But it’s typical Pardew backtracking.

    I’m fully expecting a tough battle, With the likes of the Amoebi’s given seniority tonight, Alongside Bigirimana and Marveux.
    Should really have enough to win this game, But with Pardew involved, I’m expecting extra time, And penalties.
    So it could be a lottery, Whether we go through or not!

  38. 38
    avatar GS says:

    I would take Gomis, Ba and McCarthy. Hopefully, Joe is stacking the deck for when he “encourages” Fatty to sack Pardew and bravely steps in.

  39. 39
    avatar GS says:

    Joe Hawkins says:

    “Pardew is breaking out his cape and trunks, Because this intrepid and daring man, Is on a mission to protect the club!”

    Pardew said the other week that Ashley bravely stood by the club and kept our good players when we were relegated. FFS, he put us up for sale, and sold anybody he could get a decent price for.

  40. 40
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    GS, He still made money out of that so called crisis, He also laid off a lot of Match day staff, Who consequently were never replaced, So he saved even more money.
    The place is meant to be like a “Ghost Town”, St James Park, For Staff.

  41. 41
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Would anyone want Demba Ba back on loan?
    Apparently he is open to a loan back here, Personally i wouldn’t have him back, Because of his mercenary ways, And him and Cisse don’t work together.

  42. 42
    avatar dokky says:

    i wouldn’t even be bothered if he went as long as we got a replacement. He is very average for large parts of games even goes unnoticed, also him and krul are surely the main hoofers?

    anyway we better win tonight, if we lose to morecambe i may force me self to take up rugby or some sh*t like that. We only played 2 games it feels like 10

  43. 43
    avatar dokky says:

    @41 you cant blame ba for wanting out, double the wage and champions league winner in first season while we was getting walloped by liverpool 6-0 at home

  44. 44
    avatar GS says:

    dokky: Bayern won the Champions League.

  45. 45
    avatar GS says:

    Joe: all footballers are mercenary to a degree. Cisse’s form would not warrant him playing ahead of Ba, so I would definitely take Ba back.

    However, another manager may be able to get Ba and Cisse playing in the same team and at the very least it gives us options as Remy doesn’t have a great injury record.

    It looks like it is Gomis OR Ba, we need one of them and Ba is a proven PL scorer and knows the club so he shouldn’t need time to settle.

  46. 46
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    NUFC needs to get back to winning ways. That is all that is needed. That is Alan Pardew’s no. 1 mission. Just win, and if you can’t win, at least play to win.

  47. 47
    avatar GS says:

    On Rodgers, I think he is probably a good manager but he is so cocksure, for someone who has done nothing yet, that he is irritating.

  48. 48
    avatar dokky says:

    @44 OOPS europa then

  49. 49
    avatar sampdiago says:

    We wont get ba or gomis because parpoo has enough wingers and the squad is strong enough to eventually challenge for the Johnston paint trophy,plus with mike Williamson looking sharp whilst playing centre forward,we dont need a striker…

  50. 50
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    GS, You know what Pardew is like for his favourites, And trying to shoehorn everyone and anyone, Into his team.
    He would definitely conspire to make an a**e out of it, Yet again.
    He’s spineless and tries to keep everyone happy, But i think most are sick of him, And his style of play.
    Hope fatty has a “Road To Damascus” moment, And turfs the d**khead out!

    You can go onto other forums, Blogs, Sky Sports etc, And Newcastle fans, And fans from other Clubs, Very few have a good word to say about him.
    They all say the same thing, Flash in the pan, Excuses merchant, Arrogant git, Blame shift merchant.
    Most will say, I hope that prick gets bounced out of Football for good.

  51. 51
    avatar GS says:

    Dokky: he was cup tied mate.

  52. 52
    avatar GS says:

    Worky: a shots on target analysis after 2 games :) that’s a bit of a small sample size to make a judgment. Metro will think you have a vendetta against the Silver Pox.

  53. 53
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Alan Pardew has took the saying “Grey Area”, Onto another level!

  54. 54
    avatar workyticket says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “Alan Pardew has took the saying “Grey Area”, Onto another level!”

    Well he should know all about grey areas, but at least he doesn’t use that “Just for Men” stuff, which is one thing to his credit I suppose.

  55. 55
    avatar workyticket says:

    The match banter blog is running late BTW due to an unexpected late lunch / early dinner in Enfield but it will be up before the lick-off.

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