A recent interview by Demba Ba with French TV station Canal+ has grabbed plenty of headlines.

One of the spins, or lost in translation….was that Ba was hoping to move to PSG. The truth is that all of his comments relating to PSG are a bit like Alan Shearer when he was at Southampton – ‘Boyhood team, would love to play for them one day blah blah blah’. Yes Shearer did end up with us of course but back then it would have been the last thought in his head.

Thanks to our French correspondent Pierre, yet again, who has kindly translated both the introduction to the programme and what Demba actually had to say.

He couldn’t be more positive about Newcastle United, love it!!!

Tuesday, April 10 on Canal + Sport, Thouroude Thomas and his team welcome a prestigious guest: Demba Ba. Newcastle striker, revelation of the Premier League this season.

Demba Ba is one of the big revelations of the Premier League this season.  On PSG’s list for the next summer transfer window, Newcastle striker has admitted carrying in the capital club in his heart before discarding the hypothesis of going there this summer.

“I work in order to score goals but also so Papiss can score. The coach told me he would put me on the left. And for the team I thought let’s do it. And also I know the qualities of Papiss as  a finisher and it does not bother me at all. 

As a striker you like to be in the striking position but now the coach has made a decision. He has decided for Papiss to be there. I do what I have to do to balance the formation and for the good of the team. If I can be in the finishing area I do everything to be there, if I cannot, we do the work for Papiss. I like to be up front but lately the coach has decided to play with three strikers and I do not mind playing on the side and in the finishing area I try to be there even when we have the ball but these days it is Papiss who scores all the goals and I work in order to score goals but I also work  so Papiss can score.   

If I score that’s great but if I don’t score there is someone else who does.

It’s always a dream for me to play one day at PSG, but I’m really happy where I am in Newcastle and the English league suits me perfectly. I always loved the PSG anyway. I just saw them beat Marseille at Yohan Cabaye ‘s place last Sunday. But since I joined Newcastle, I have rediscovered the feeling I had when I was a young boy  and when I played on the pitches at the bottom of the street”.

Watch the full interview (in French!) here

grantham mag
grantham mag 5pts

Great read, but Arry, his is dog short of a bob or two, bless him

GarethMarshall 5pts

Cracking read Wiz, thanks!. I hope all of it comes true, all except Arry getting the job. The guy is a dinosaur and not what we need. He is definitely better than SM, however, my little toe would do a better job than SM.

desree 5pts

Just a thought but could Redknapp be replacing Carr or Charnley? Carrs transfer deallings have been terrible since cabaye.

Charnley has taken the club to new depths, he makes JFK look good.

My guess is that the coaching staff and players have changed yet we are getting worse. Surely Mike Ashley must have little confidence that FLC has what it takes. With 25m of signings sat on the bench, Ashley must be fuming at the two of them.

Redknapp has little desire to be out on the training pitch but he loves being in front of the cameras and wheeling and dealing. Potentially lots of cuts of agents fees for him too.

RoboRat 5pts

The club is in profit and with the new sky TV deals is about to become an even bigger cash cow to the fat t**t. As long as he can keep us just above the drop zone and reap the profits, while having a free advertising platform for his Sports Direct company, he will continue to milk all the hard working supporters for all he can get from them.

It's heart breaking - but the only way we can get rid of him is to stop going to all games. So sad.

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

I see Rednapp as an addition to McClaren, not a replacement. The head coach will have a manager, albeit for a short time. 

toonrobbybobson 5pts

Completely agree. The article I agree with in the main but if markets crash and I do think they will he will still own newcastle, its assets (i dont mean our rubbish players), a relatively low wage bill compared to most epl clubs, its not shares he owns the club and can ride it out he has more than enough money. Anyone who thinks people wont buy sd tat are wrong just look at this 2008 crash sd went from strength to strength in that market because they sell cheap. In fact he will get away with more then because government will be so weak. With this countries debt maybe we should worry more about that than fooball, then again we willalways have our football.

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

@toonrobbybobson Quite, ironically, if there is another crash, we're better off in the hands of someone like MA with a very liquid asset base than in the hands of some highly geared chancer / investor.

MA has cash and he has a business that is fairly immune to recession. 

DavidDrape 5pts

great read and excellent perspective. ''Never say Never'' one thing is certain football is due another nighty crash and i wouldn't disagree regards stock market crashing again

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

@DavidDrape Markets will always go down at some point so the advice to sell before the crash is always going to be valid, the trick is knowing when. 

I suspect the internet telly streaming may affect NUFC's value more than a crash (whenever that may or may not happen). 

I can't see a world economic crash in the next year though unless we go into a war or something happens with China (which will happen in the next decade). UK, US and German economies are fairly stable with enough emerging markets in Africa and Asia to keep growth going. The UK is fairly well place (considering) Osbourne's cuts are seen as sensible and our businesses are not in the debt that they were in 2007. 

mactoon 5pts

The profit he will get from next years TV and sponsorship money means there is NO WAY he will sell. I think you are way off the mark in most aspects of your story

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

@mactoon Not really the argument, the money from TV means that the value of NUFC is at a high and fits in with the theory of selling now (or the next year or so). The TV money also fits in with the  idea that there will be more takers now than when / if the football bubble bursts or that internet tv kills the TV deals. 

mactoon 5pts

@Bobbi Flekman @mactoon  it makes money for Ashley but doesn't for a potential buyer who also has to pay Ashley a deficit of 129 million which he has invested to keep the club in the black.

ourlad 5pts

Wellcome to the house of fun Harry.

Goodbuy Ashley.

St.James as it used to be.no more Tic Tack boards around this great stadium.

If only.

magpiefifer 5pts

Redknapp is NOT the answer!

Ashley's speciality is hiring out-of-work managers - and how often does it work!?

Bishbosh11 5pts

What a load of claptrap!

Do you see Ashley selling off millions of his shares at present? No! So how is he gambling on a stock market crash? How could a stock market crash possibly help MA? A very large proportion of his wealth is invested in shares.

Also, if he feels he has had his fingers burnt by acquiring NUFC, why would he then go out and buy Rangers (or at least attempt to)?

Cripes 5pts

@Bishbosh11  Despite the fact I am calling myself Cripes, Bishbosh11, this is actually Wiz writing this reply.

No, I don't see Ashley selling off millions of his shares. He is not gambling on a stock market crash. He is afraid his investment in Newcastle will be worthless at the time of a crash. If Newcastle are still in the Premier League, this would probably not happen. If Newcastle are relegated, it could quite possibly happen. It will take Newcastle years to get out of the Championship.

Rangers are a much better bet than Newcastle in the long term. Cheaper too.

Brownale69 5pts

will he be able  to get players playing?

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson 5pts

I'd never been a fan of his, but he/anything MUST be better than the tripe were watching.