Tweeting on his Twitter page earlier today, the BBC’s James Pearce claimed the following:
I’m told Mike Ashley let Cabaye listen to phone negotiations last week + he heard Arsenal say: “25 million a lot for a reserve” #moodchanger”
Of course, it was rapidly retweeted all over the Tooniverse, with the story being repeated on quite a few web sites, based solely on the tweet you see above. However, none of stories I saw seemed to ask the obvious question. Presuming for a moment that Pearce is actually telling the truth and someone did actually tell him that, then who was it and WHY?
After all, the club have placed an iron wall of secrecy around what has really been happening with Cabaye. If someone did actually tell Pearce that, and I have doubts about that, I would also seriously doubt that it would be something that was picked up by a cleaning lady who was hoovering under the desk or dusting the shelves at the time. It would be far more likely that it would be someone FAR higher up the hierarchy at the club if they were privy to that information. It also fits in perfectly with the constant stream of carefully crafted but ridiculous and insulting innuendo put out by Alan Pardew in recent days suggesting that Cabaye has been on strike, but that he can’t say that outright because of his wish to “protect” the player from the fans, even though he is letting the cat of the bag merely by mentioning it.
It would round off the narrative perfectly with Cabaye being painted as the disloyal French villain of the piece, a villain whose scheming was brought crashing down to earth in embarrassment by Newcastle United’s canny owner. If someone really did inform Pearce that this happened, there is certainly some kind of agenda behind it.
Or perhaps six years of Mike Ashley’s lies and subterfuges are fianlly turning me into a conspiracy theorist?
I'm told Mike Ashley let Cabaye listen to phone negotiations last week + he heard Arsenal say: "25 million a lot for a reserve" #moodchanger
— James Pearce (@Pearcesport) September 2, 2013
Pearce’s original Tweet.
New blogs on my Metro.co.ukWhilst I’m here, I will take this opportunity to let you know that two further pieces have were published on my Metro.co.uk blog earlier today. The first is entitled “Newcastle United vs Fulham fan’s view: Hatem Ben Arfa at his devastating best” and the second, “Newcastle United transfer deadline day – what to expect before 11pm.” The titles are fairly self explanatory, and though the second one might seem a little belated now, it is still worth a read even if I do say so myself, and you can just feel the love for Joe Kinnear in the comments section!