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

18 comments
JohnEllis2
JohnEllis2

Anyone who has bought a season ticket are a bunch muppets dopey feckers

Andgeo
Andgeo

It is as simple as this. ASHLEY OUT! There is no other way forward. He has a track record now of appointing fall guys. And when we have had the right people there in shearer, Keegan and houghton who were all they have been undermined. This is all intended to distract attention away from what he is doing, which is profiting from the football club, at everyone else's expense!!

Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out!

ASHLEY OUT!!!!!!!!

CMRowley
CMRowley

What a load of tosh tosh.

You're seriously suggesting that this man just stumbles round being convinced by manipulative chancers?

MagpieG
MagpieG

Sorry, what exactly did Seymour and McKeag achieve at NUFC?

foggy
foggy

The new turnstiles at st james park are set to be in operation for the first home game of the season.

They are all connected to Ashleys office by microphone. The sound the turnstile makes as it is being operated is "mug" and the sound in Ashleys office is "kerching".

mug-kerching-mug-kerching-mug-kerching......... 50000 times.

SteveSmith16
SteveSmith16

Disagree with the majority of this article.

You don't get as rich as Ashley by being as stupid as he's made out to be here.

Dennis Wise? Just an easy way of getting rid of KK who proved to be a thorn in his side.

Kinnear? Blatant scapegoat for a lack of signings that were never going to happen anyway.

Charnley? Looks like a complete toss pot / cartoon character. Even despots need a laugh.

The due diligence on the "debt"? Justification for his tyranny at this club in the eyes of the media and the sheep who believe that he's "saving" us.

If Ashley wanted us to be successful then you can guarantee we would be.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

@SteveSmith16 agree, stupid?? No!  Unscrupulous and not bothered who he steps on to make a profit??  You betcha!

Bornunderabigbluestar
Bornunderabigbluestar

@SteveSmith16  Excellent summary. During Kinnear's second time there was never any intention to sign anyone, so perfect scapegoat. Don't believe the due diligence bit, he is not that stupid, I do believe he tried to sell us straight away and it fell through. He has no emotional tie to the club, its cold hard business to him.

mrkgw
mrkgw

Charnley - purely out of his depth. Moncur - just doesnt instil confidence. Sorry both - just my opinion as things stand.

Alsteads
Alsteads

I know people that have made a mint and they are horrible, I know people that have made a mint and are genuinely thick as fxck. All of them (when I say all I mean 5) have no genuine friends. Ashley would fall into that same pathetic bracket (you may have money, but I'm glad I'm me not you) but the difference is he has our club as a toy thing and will continue to make rash, horrible decisions just to pxss us off cos he can. Would love to hear from his so called school friends lol

He is like the adopted kid at school. You were always skint but he always had money and bought the other kids sweets and thought he was popular. As it turned out and kids got paper rounds and their own bit he ended up a sad lonely twxt !

IbizaToon
IbizaToon

@Alsteads My response has nothing to do with football, or Newcastle United, so apologies in advance. But what the hell has a kid being adopted got to do with that scenario?


I suppose as I've commented, I should address the article too...
Ashley the sucker? Wild increase in personal wealth and a mass of people who continue to line his pockets....who is the sucker again?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

If he read this article he'd piss himself laughing. You talk like you think he's trying to make the football club successful? Dear me man.

mactoon
mactoon

@Chemical Dave  You are spot on. His business model is for the club to SURVIVE not succeed and nothing has happened since his 'come and buy your season ticket battle cry' to convince me anything has changed.


If what he said was genuine why are we one of the only three clubs who haven't signed anyone despite the press putting out McClarens supposed top target list.

NottsToon
NottsToon

Sorry, but I disagree. Mike Ashley is far from an idiot and each and every one of the appointments described here was a calculated decision to the end of distracting the mug punters whilst he reams the club of all the actual money.

He isn't an idiot, he's a confidence trickster intent on relieving NUFC of that troublesome TV contract money (where is that by the way?), and fans of the change in their pockets. All this whilst advertising his actual business in one of the most public places in the world (the PL) for no money.

v0ices
v0ices

@NottsToon spot on, people need to understand football is not why ashley is involved in nufc exploting the club to make money is thats why the debt to ashley has grown assets have been stripped on favour of mash holdings and revenue streams strangled in favour of sports direct. he is not doing a bad job of rumning a football club he is doing a great job of making money for mike ashley, football is just something that has to happen so he gets his money.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Absolutely spot on.  There are far too many people, such as Marco Gabbiadini, who are in thrall of him just because he's made a bit of money.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

What a good piece, and every word is dead right.

                              ASHLEY OOT  HWTF.