Cabaye Reportedly Unhappy Over The ‘Kebab’ Slur.

Unhappy?
Unhappy?
Yohan Cabaye hasn’t been short of admirers during his career, the midfielder has attracted interest from other clubs pretty much since he became a Newcastle player. This summer the Frenchman has been linked with moves to Manchester United, PSG and most recently Monaco.

Yohan had an excellent debut season in England season before last. A lot of fans were amazed that we managed to attract the play maker and get him to Tyneside. Especially as Newcastle activated a clause in the Frenchman’s contract and got him over the line for a bargain £4.3 million from Lille. Not bad for a full French international with undoubted talent. Cabaye demonstrated excellent ability to pick out a clever pinpoint ball, very hard working, someone that always wants the ball and can grab you a goal too.

Yohan had always spoke of how he was content at the club and happy with life in the North East. However the player has said some rather questionable things in recent interviews regarding his future at the club. He was quoted as saying he’s ‘always liked’ Manchester United and that it would be an ‘interesting challenge’ to play for David Moyes’ side. The interviews could of been taken out of context, I don’t think Yohan was necessarily stating he wanted to leave Newcastle. Although I hardly think he was prepared to commit his future to the club either.

New Director of Football Joe Kinnear(a name I’m having to type a lot at the moment) made any potential plans of a summer departure redundant by announcing that Cabaye simple isn’t for sale. Sadly whilst Joe may realize Yohan’s importance to the club he seems unable to pronounce the midfielder’s name. During an interview with Talk Sport Kinnear referred to Cabaye as ‘Kebab’- something that has reportedly left the player furious.

This of course isn’t the first time that Joe has upset a player by mispronouncing their name. During Kinnear’s disastrous spell as manager in 2008 he referred to Charles N’Zogbia as ‘Insomnia’ during a televised interview. Charles was disgusted and refused to play for the 66 year old again, N’Zogbia was later sold to Wigan in a deal that saw Ryan Taylor come the other way.



I can understand the frustration from the players, for me it shows a total lack of professionalism and respect. I’m a manager at my work and despite having 40 odd staff working for me I wouldn’t dream of not taking the time to learn their names. It’s ridiculous in truth. Joe also struggled to get Ben Arfa’s name correct in the same Talk Sport interview, calling him ‘Ben Arfra’. Also having worked with Shola in his previous spell it’s amazing that Joe managed to to get confused pronouncing the Ameobi name whilst talking about Sammy.

Alan Pardew is said to be concerned that Kinnear’s comical interview slurs may cause his big players to seek moves away from the club. The Daily Mail are reporting that the Newcastle manager is worried that he may struggle to keep hold of the stars as a result. It could be that this could be used as an excuse for players to engineer a move away from Newcastle. With Cabaye’s future already in doubt, could he play the disrespect card to get his transfer?

Yohan suffered a difficult second season at Newcastle if truth be told, he had a couple of injury problems and struggled with form at times. One thing that did come under scrutiny was the Frenchman’s set pieces last season, with Newcastle failing to score from a corner the final ball just wasn’t good enough at all. Cabaye was on corner duty last season and his delivery was beyond poor at times. I also remember reading somewhere that Cabs was frustrated as he felt he was being marked out of a lot of games by the opposition.

It wasn’t all bad for the former Lille man last season, he had the honor of wearing the captain’s armband on a number of occasions in the absence of club captain Fabricio Coloccini. Yohan did in fact speak of his pride at being handed the armband and seemed very humbled and honored to be leading the lads out. The 27 year old also scored one of my favorite goals last season, I really enjoyed his screamer at Villa Park. I was in the away end that evening and that whole night was one of the better memories I have of the season, the atmosphere was superb. One of those nights that you are really proud of the team and the excellent supporters who are stood around you.

I certainly hope that Yohan wouldn’t have the immaturity to use the Kinnear slur as an excuse to want to leave Newcastle United. I really think if he does want to be gone he would have made that decision a while back, probably around the time he was giving those cryptic interviews. I just don’t feel that the interview will have any impact on what happens, I do think he will go sadly but I think it will be for footballing reasons. Another day another story, another rumor. It could potentially be a long summer and judging by this week alone the press will enjoy printing their stories. Whether they are fact or fiction is another debate.

KRUEL, DEBOCHY, COLACINNO, MBABY, SANTOS, TIOTA, SISSOKA, KEBAB, DEN ARFRA, JOANA, SISSY. Wonder if that will be our team against city 😐

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279 thoughts on “Cabaye Reportedly Unhappy Over The ‘Kebab’ Slur.

  1. DAVE new contact saying nowt my lips are sealed,don’t trust him yet
    let’s wait and see all I can say if right its a arab

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  2. McLaren has already managed in the top level leagues so I can’t imagine him ever going back to just being a coach or assistant. The take on it by GeordieTwo is spot on; it would be a really really strange move for everybody. I think there is more chance of McLaren taking over as manager then coming in as a backroom coach and taking orders from Pardew.

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  3. RICHIE you normally the boy for the gen,can you still get dickmans pies at place beside the brewery,I come in from the RVI side now and not. down from the Big Lamp side so don’t know mesel

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  4. I was listening to an article during the week about the lack of English coaches coaching world wide…ffs there are pretty much NONE. The Germans on the other hand are all over the place, managing several international teams too. England also has by far the least number of coaches taking there UEFA badges in comparison to Spain, Germany and even Portugal. Probably the reason why few Englishmen are coaching abroad is because they are pretty pish at it. Here’s the trick question – name 5 good ENGLISH coaches… coaching in the EPL. Or there again…coaching ANYWHERE .. 😳

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  5. Ice…Nae idea, I never have time to read the label or even unwrap them before I hoy them down my throat 😉

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  6. Icedog…I reckon Gormans Fish and Chips are a tad better than Dickmans pies to be honest mate.

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  7. Ya couldn’t beat CC’s avatar for a pre match snack, auld “Burger Barry”, feckin mingin they were but it was tradition god dammit!!! 😆

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  8. MM kna mate dickmans were world beaters,just the bloody cues to get one,but that gravy running soon your kisser,had to rub it on my mates top lol

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  9. MM – what I meant was that they don’t seem to get the credit they deserve, not that they have achieved the same. Though to be fair, the clubs that Rafa has managed at you’d expect a higher level of success with the players at his disposal.

    McClaren is out of work at the moment, wouldn’t he take a coaching role or assistants role til something better came along?!, even if it was a short contract or 1 yr rolling contract so if something did come along compo wouldn’t stand in his way

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  10. Icedog, the only good English manager I can remember was the Laird of Alicante at Greggsy’s on Northumberland Street 😆 😆

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  11. Munich, Keys and Gray on Talksport have a weekly spot where they interview a British coach working abroad. They have identified nearly 200 managers working abroad. Last time it was the national coach of Guam.

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  12. RICHIE hate these bloody tablets,only enough room to see one line before its away doesn’t scroll back down to see,aye your area is so rough if there was another war it would get home rule

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  13. MM
    “Arne Friedrich, Simon Kjær und Diego”
    You’ve been overseas so long you can’t even say ‘and’ right anymore 😉 😆

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  14. Sharpy17, I read somewhere that McLaren had in fact been for a few interviews but talked himself out of a job. He seems to be somewhat opinionated if the media are to be believed. There again they maybe just have it in for him.. 😕

    The English sporting media really do leave a lot to be desired. No wonder very few ex players want to make the move into management upon retirement. Normally they have made enough wedge not to be bothered anymore, and decide on the much braver punditry roll. 😉

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  15. [email protected], aye but can you name me an English one ?

    Andymag, aye you’re right mate, my English is severly on the decline. Good job you’re keeping an eye on me mate 😉

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  16. MM –

    ” He seems to be somewhat opinionated if the media are to be believed. There again they maybe just have it in for him.. ”

    Sounds like he’d fit right in then mate 😆

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  17. MM…Managing national teams doesn’t mean you’re a top manager, or do you class Joe Kinnear and Peter Reid as top managers? 😉 😆

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  18. Any complaints if by the end of the transfer window we’ve kept all our players and added a first 11 striker? I would be pretty pleased to be honest but just wondering what everybody else thinks.

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  19. [email protected], no I don’t mate 👿

    [email protected], aye mate thanks for the link. Not many of those managers are really in at the sharp end though, and half of them are sweaties anyway. I’m looking for good English managers managing abroad.

    Loads of ex-players try it, Roy Keane is one of them…. didn’t do a very good job though. Suppose Agent Bruce is somewhat successful…

    I’m curious where Stuart Pearce will end up. Cannot see him dropping down to slum it in the EPL after hoying his weight aboot for Ingerlund…

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  20. MM… 😉 I just don’t think English coaches generally have the technical ability to be a success abroad, our whole set up is poor from grass roots all the way up to the Premier League, it needs a radical overhaul from top to bottom but I won’t hold my breath. If I was a young coach, I’d be thinking the best thing I could do is feck off abroad and learn my trade.

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  21. RT you’re dead right there mate. Mourinho and Vilas Boas are proof that you don’t need to have played at a top level to make a top coach. There are probably plenty more about. Arsene Wenger didn’t play either so I recall…

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  22. MM…You don’t have to play at all, you can tell by all the budding top class managers on here 😉 😆

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  23. Dave Richards should introduce a new, fast-track proficiency course for budding young British coaches. He should call it National Express Coaches. I can see it catching on.

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  24. Mr Grey,if by the end of the season we’ve ONLY brought in a first choice striker I’d be pretty pissed off. That’s IF we keep everyone of any note.

    We need at least 1 striker, a versatile defender and a winger, in my opinion.
    As we did six months ago.

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  25. …and now that Simpson is a non-entity (but we now have Debuchy), I’d say we still need another first choice RB too.

    Bottom line for me, we need at least 3 more quality players to make a dent in the top 8. If Fatboy drags his heels again, as I’m half-expecting, there’ll be the same old shit again next season.

    I have a hunch Fatboy may have learnt a lesson last season though.
    Here’s hoping.

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  26. Mr Grey – no mate, that’s not close to enough for me like. I think we need 2 CFs, one first teamer ready to go straight in and a younger one. I also think we need more width within the squad as most if our midfield are through the middle.
    Focus on that this window as I think if we keep Willo and Perch for now that gives ample defensive cover.

    I’d expect one 1 signing from DL!, so if JFK comes in and only brings a CF in then what was the point?! 🙄 😆

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  27. Hmm… we’re short in the following positions from having two teams of 11 (in order of priority):

    STRIKER – Agreed we do need another striker that can link up well and has a real goal threat.

    RIGHT BACK – Ordinarily Ryan Taylor would be the backup to Debuchy but Santon can cover instead with Haidara covering Santon.

    CENTRE BACK – We already have Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Williamson and from what I hear Good is also close to being ready for the first 11. Unless we decide to play 3 at the back (which I’d quite like to see) I don’t know why we need another centre back.

    WINGER – Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi & Obertan are supposed to be able to play left wing and that’s after ignoring Ben Arfa and Marveax.

    You mentioned versatile defender; surely that’s James Perch?
    Even without any additional signings we should finish7th with 60+ points (unless Cisse gets injured)

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  28. @Sharpy17 – 264
    I also thought we might need 2 extra CF’s with one being quite young but honestly i don’t think he’d get any game time. We have Cisse, Gouffran and hopefully Campbell playing occasionally. If we manage to get in the top striker we need then where is the need for another young, not quite ready striker?

    Bringing in a winger to take Ferguson’s or Ameobi’s position will limited their development. Even Obertan is quite young and needs game time. It is a position that could be improved if any of there players are ‘shipped out’ but who would we bring in?

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  29. Tom Ince might be an improvement or he might not. He’s unproven at the top level and for the kind of tranfer fee that’s being quoted seems way to overrated.

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  30. Really enjoying all your comments mates. I’m intrigued by icedog’s hints about a new owner. A new contact you say icedog? I hope you find out more soon. Mr. Grey a new striker is a must as you’ve said but I also agree we need a second young striker to give Campbell a go for his money. I would like another young RB in case Debuchy is injured as well. We have Haidara to take over from Santon at LB so Santon could move to RB but I’d like to see more competition there next season. Raylor will be out a long time and Simpson is clearly leaving. As for Obertan I’m less eager to give him more time than you possibly are? I would like to see another winger come in. I want a good long look at Vuckic during the summer pre-season as well. Keep up the good work lads and lasses.

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  31. I think we need two attack minded player: a first team quality striker for sure and then either an attacking MF or winger……preferably some one who could play both

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  32. Spot on about Ince Mr. Grey. I think the fee is too high. He would be a big risk at the kind of price they are asking. Save the money to spend on a premium striker as our most important piece of business. Then move down the list (whatever list Joe Kinnear is compiling I suppose). The midfield certainly isn’t anywhere near our biggest problem.

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  33. We should be rebuilding our strike force. We have one up and coming striker in Campbell (hopefully but by no means certain), and 1 senior striker who can poach well in Cisse. We have mainly played Gouffran as a winger but he can play striker as well. We have Shola who would appear to be at the end now. That’s not nearly enough. Two more strikers please Joe. One has to be of international caliber and the other should be younger but very promising.

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  34. That sounds good to me as well MDS @270. Get some competition going in attack. Lots of variety. Attack from the wings or up through the middle. Move the ball more quickly and accurately in transition. We were woeful at that for much of last season. And too slow with Jonas trying to hold onto the ball too often to try and draw fouls. Not good enough and certainly not quick enough against good teams. Let’s go lads!!

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  35. Thanks GeordieTwo, it’s good to hear from you.

    I think everybody is in agreement that we need a striker that can start games. This should be our BIGGEST purchase.

    A second young striker would be a prospect and would definitely keep Campbell on his toes but otherwise won’t have a big influence on our season. We should have enough funds to get someone in that fits the bill.

    A young RB to provide competition would also stop the fullbacks from getting complacent but again unlikely to have a big influence during the season.

    Obertan used to be a good player and doesn’t seem to have any off field issues in the same way as players like Nile Ranger. I don’t think you can just become a bad player so something has gone wrong. I think it’s down to confidence and perhaps he needs a loan spell back in France to get back to his best. I’m guessing we only really need a winger to change things around in matches as a sub but I wouldn’t imagine Pardew playing a 442 system from the start.

    I too really want to see something from Vuckic this season even if it means he plays on loan.

    My biggest worry is that we don’t tend to have a good track record of getting the best out of young players for the future especially with such a large catchment area.

    It looks to me like most of the players we need are needed to provide competition but we shouldn’t really expect any starters apart from the striker.

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  36. I keep thinking about our first team and can’t wait to see them play after a good preseason. A 4-1-2-1-2 setup with the following players:

    Krul

    Debuchy
    Santon
    Yanga-Mbiwa
    Coloccini

    Anita

    Sissoko
    Cabaye

    Ben Arfa

    Cisse
    ANOTHER STRIKER

    Subs
    Elliot
    Taylor
    Ferguson/Sammy Ameobi/Obertan/NEW WINGER?
    Tiote
    Gouffran
    Haidara
    Marveaux

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  37. Excellent ideas and comments Mr. Grey. You summarized it well. If we do get an impact striker and some depth for the squad at various positions it would be a very good summer. As long as we don’t lose any of our top players. Your 4-1-2-1-2 could easily become 4-3-1-2 when required to defend. I like the idea of a player just behind 2 strikers as well. Surely Ben Arfa could play that role very well indeed.

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  38. A starter striker is needed but a young back up should be acquired in this window. Shola wants more game time or he’s gone, so why not offer burnley 4m + Shola for Charlie Austin who is still young but will get ample game time, whilst Shola gets first team football in a league that is more his level.

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