The French coach Laurent Blanc has sent out a very positive message to Hatem Ben Arfa when speaking to French TV’s ‘Telefoot’.

Blanc has described Ben Arfa as ‘callable’ and no he hasn’t just found Hatem’s phone number!

Laurent Blanc:

“I haven’t just waited for the last few performances to follow Hatem.

We know he is a very talented boy. He has become callable again.

His coach (Alan Pardew) is very nice saying Laurent Blanc should call him for the Euros, but he hasn’t always played him since the start of the season. He waited a long time to play him again”.

We’ll overlook the lack of gratitude Blanc is failing to show for the job Alan Pardew has done on his mercurial but tricky to get right French genius.

I can only think that as well as deserving a place in France’s squad for this summer’s tournament, it can only be a massive boost for both the player and everybody else associated with Newcastle United if he does make it to the Ukraine/Poland.

It will undoubtedly help continue Ben Arfa’s upward trajectory as well as sending out the message to other potential Newcastle targets, signing for our club can help them fulfil both club and international ambitions.

Fingers crossed we’ll have Hatem Ben Arfa to help light up our summer.

Plus of course Blanc’s comments could juts make that extra minute difference next Sunday, a wonder strike/performance to put Ben Arfa and Newcastle United into the Champions League as well the player into the Euros.

56 comments
mickg
mickg 5pts

If Ashley claims he owns the "Magpie Brand" in all things football - is he taking legal action against Notts County?

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@mickg these tops are specifically targeted to Newcastle fans as an alternative to buying an official top , now i understand you dont believe the club should try and protect its image rights , but what i dont understand is why you dont believe the club should try and protect its image rights? ha


examine your twisted beliefs please . it seems that you ,  and people like you , will stop at nothing to moan critisise and try cripple this club and stop it from moving forward


supporters? dont make me laugh

mickg
mickg 5pts

@ScottJones6 @mickg I'd be happy to waste my time responding to the rubbish above if you could maybe use your huge brain to point out where in my comment I:

"dont believe the club should try and protect its image rights" , apparently have some " twisted beliefs" and "will stop at nothing to moan critisise and try cripple this club"


Over to you, gobshite



ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@mickg @ScottJones6 id be happy to waste my time in responding to the rubbish above if you could maybe use your huge brain to point out where in the clubs statement l:


"Ashley claims he owns the "Magpie Brand" in all things football"


Over to you, gobshite

mickg
mickg 5pts

@ScottJones6 @mickg Are you really saying that you read all the crap you blurted out from that?

Let me help you.....Ashley has forced the Fans' Group to drop the magpie from its alternative shirt. He can only do that if he is claiming intellectual rights over the use of magpies in football. Is that any clearer for you?

So, back to my original question - where does that leave the Magpies (Notts County) - or maybe you didn't know that was Notts County's brand too?

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@mickg @ScottJones6 guess what ,  exeter citys football ground is called st james park (but its a different one in case you didnt know) .


your concern for Notts County FC , if a little puzzling , is admirable (i dunno maybe you were born there or they are your 2nd team.....maybe even your 1st team the way youre going on) but i dont see your point , i should imagine that if these 'supporters...cough' tried doing the same down nottingham , maybe you'll get your answer , something that to most people , comes naturally without that needing to be tried

mickg
mickg 5pts

@ScottJones6 @mickg It's simple really - but I'm not surprised you're struggling to understand, given the evidence of your other posts......

Here it is in baby language for you:

Either Ashley owns the Magpie as a football brand or he doesn't.

If he does - how can Notts County continue to use it without his express permission?

If he doesn't, then no-one needs his permission, including the NUFC Fans' Group.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum.


ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@mickg @ScottJones6 not struggling to understand whatsoever and ive no idea what gives you that impression , are you suggesting that magpies and newcastle united are unrelated? are you suggesting that , newcastle united the club have not in the past used a magpie on the official tops? are you suggesting its coincidence that a magpie was used in the design of the rip off tops? are you suggesting that the club shouldnt have the right to protect its intellectual properties? are you assuming that action against this use of branding is automatic or does it indeed need to be challenged by the wronged parties? do i care whether Notts county also challenged its use?(ill answer that one - no) do i think Notts county need Ashleys permission to call themselves the magpies?(no)


why are you so concerned for Notts county , or , if youre not really concerned for them , whats your motivation behind this?

BrisbaneMag
BrisbaneMag 5pts

I have to be honest, I don't know what the fuss is about regarding 'Wonga' on the shirts?How are they morally worse than an online betting company, alcohol (I'd be delighted if we were sponsored by Newcastle Brown Ale again) or an insurance company (we all know how much misery they can cause)?

They provide a service, which, in general people find helpful. Okay, so there are undesirable cases, but do these really outweigh the hardships associated with betting and alcohol?

Me thinks this is just an opportunity to kick Ashley.

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@BrisbaneMag as has been pointed out by another poster previously , other clubs have in the past had wonga as their shirt sponsors too , now i wouldnt expect Newcastle fans to be up in arms about the shirt sponsors of other clubs , but i dont recall the supporters of these clubs being so against it either . 


ive even witnessed  some posters claiming the club actually knocked back more lucrative sponsorship deals to opt for wonga , when i questioned whether they were insinuating that Mike Ashley took a brown envelope as a back hander in 'thanks' they were strangely silent , these 'supporters' make me sick

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder 5pts

@BrisbaneMag I think Ashley put this sponsor on our shirt as a deliberate act of spite..... have you not noticed he does that periodically?


Virgin Money complained that they were not given the opportunity to continue the sponsorship, implying there was no communication, this whole episode was done so that the club could earn an extra easley £1 million per annum, a figure insignificant to the mess it caused.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man 5pts

@BrisbaneMag Don't drag everything down to the same level.  The likes of Wonga prey on the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.  It is despicable that they are on any team's shirt, let alone Newcastle's.  Typical of the owner though and his paid sycophants - no conscience, no class.

BrisbaneMag
BrisbaneMag 5pts

@Demented_Man I don't see your point? Your accusation regarding the weakest and most vulnerable could easily apply to alcohol and betting. If anything, they are at the same level. If Wonga's business model is as you suggest, then it is unsustainable because they rely on customers who are able to repay their loans.

Okay, I would prefer UNICEF or similar on our shirts, but we have Wonga and, in my opinion, they are no worse a sponsor than a betting firm or alcohol.

BrodDonkin
BrodDonkin 5pts

the people selling these shirts need to be asked how much money from the sales going to the club answer er none

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

He seems more than happy to of given us money to keep us In his eternal debt. If he had given money for players and tried to have a successful team, rather than bank balance, he would of pulled in more revenue from being higher up the league, more gate money for better cup runs etc!

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 what exactly is the point though Harry? to starve the club of finances? what great support our team has huh!

Very Terry
Very Terry 5pts

@ScottJones6 @Happyharrys2011 I don' t think 'starve' is accurate. Mike Ashley has  a personal fortune of around 4 billion pounds. That is a lot (a lot) of money. If he chooses, as an incredibly rich person, to buy a football club then he should, imho, be prepared to continue to keep it in good working order by using more of his own money. It's not rocket science and he can certainly afford it

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

Ha ha ha lol. I / we don't think it's at all the issue that our fans are trying to starve the club of money. Before super Mike came everyone wore the shirts and bought all sorts of merchandise etc. The only person starving the club of money is your hero and saviour.

You keep bleating on about how he is saving us money with distribution etc.

We get millions and millions a year in TV money. We are nearly in as much debt as Manure now. They actively pay there debt off year on year.

It is well documented and proven that he did in fact tell lies to the fans and premier league in a court case. Or is Keegan and the FA part of the theory trying to bring the club to its knees. Also his superboy side kick is admitting in an email that they have been taking the piss in the last few years. He also went in TV to admit it.

It's also fact that he is taking virtually all of the commercial revenue from Rangers shirts and rights.

You try and split hairs on issues but have no proof in what you say. Show me some thing to support what you preach as gospel!

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

Ha ha you make me laugh. What about the last eight years? Not just mbemba and co this season!

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 do you want him to start paying our debt off then? 10 million a year maybe? no Mbemba this season guys , weve reduced the debt - that'll make you happy?


oooh Rangers , now your heart goes out to Rangers too , youre such a loving person Harry , your concern is boundless.


everything adds up Harry , today shirts , whats tomorrow? matchday programs? . admit it harry , its not Newcastle United to you anymore , its Mike Ashley United , everything you see as getting at Ashley is actually getting at the club , but you dont seem to see that , you say hes starving the club but he's taken no money out (only put money in) admit it Harry youre pissed he's not the sugar daddy you thought he was gonna be.....no bought trophies makes harry an angry man :(



he's a link to the Rangers situation and their fans reactions , they dont seem as concerned as you are about Rangers , odd that


https://www.facebook.com/ibrox.loyal/posts/748903978515898

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 easy maths for ya Harry , if he took 10m a season back to pay the debt down for the last 8 seasons , would the club have 80m more or 80m less than it currently has? (be it in cash or stock value of players)

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

Because every other premier league club doesn't have a billionaire owner, apart from Chelsea. Who by coincidence have done exactly that! They started spending millions took them from a middle of the road club to champions of Europe and now run the club within their limits!

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

The very person that keeps saying stop sending links to websites to other posters!

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

This coming from the person who says we would t be here without his money! What's the difference if he gives us money to stop us sinking or being successful?

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 yes but mine are accompanied by an explination , Harry , you mention Manchester United but from what ive been led to believe , their owners borrowed all the money to buy Manchester United and this is paid off by the clubs profits (ie they put nowt in and once all is paid back(by other people) they will own the club) why cant you see theres a world apart from doing that to actually putting your own money in?

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

Yes the Glazers borrowed the money with huge interest payments. They can pay it back, be successful and still make money that's exactly what I'm saying! No sugar daddy there.

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 you sound like you think thats a masterstroke by them , id agree , but youre championing some guys who spend nothing of their own money and end up with everything over a guy who has actually put his money into the club . do you accept the premier league has at least 10 billionaires as owners?

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

What I'm trying to get at is success generates money. If he can use a little of his fortune to save us he can use a little to make us.

I agree there is a lot of wealthy owners but I'm not sure there is 10 billionaires!

Very Terry
Very Terry 5pts

@ScottJones6 well I wrote that in my opinion he should be prepared to invest adequately in what he owns. A bit like putting new tyres on a car that you own (when it becomes apparent that the old tyres have worn out) for example.

What you are saying, I think, is that he should give away entry and merchandise for free. A bit like buying a car and then driving around offering free lifts to random people.

These seem like entirely different principles to me, regardless of a person's wealth.

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Very Terry @ScottJones6 i thought we were talking about whether he should be protecting the clubs intellectual properties or not given he's worth a few quid

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 i get that , and to be fair theres a lot in it , but i see it like this (and i know youre not suggesting this) but say every club had a billionaire owner , and every owner put every single penny they had into their clubs , at the end of the season , there would still be only one champion and 3 teams will still get relegated . now of course this isnt realistic but lets disect it further , and say if there are only a few clubs whos owners pump cash in ala chelsea man city , you want our club to be one of the ones who do , i understand that , but surely that makes it all about the owners rather than the club , it might as well be Mike Ashley United in that case , thats something i dont want personally , i want it to be about the club , i wanna win without buying that win , i want my club to stand on its own 2 feet , under careful management , and win from its own dealings , but thats just me

Very Terry
Very Terry 5pts

@ScottJones6 @Very Terry well I just scrolled up a bit and 5 hours ago you posted "what exactly is the point though Harry? to starve the club of finances?"

I took exception to your use of the word 'starve'

I thought that was what our particular thread was about.

Michael Teasdale
Michael Teasdale 5pts

Who do you believe? A fans collective clearly trying to restore some dignity to the shirt, or people (The club management) in league with a glorified loan shark and who a court of law has previously found guilty of "willfully decieving fans, press and public"?

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

the club management.    any other questions?

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Ollie Burtons Grandad interesting , tell me more about these so many lies , since theyre so many of them , reeling off a few wont be hard for ya....


3 weeks? why 3 weeks? is that how long ive been posting on here for so youve decided to use that against me ?

philrenner09
philrenner09 5pts

@ScottJones6 @Ollie Burtons Grandad Ive been GOING to SJ to support the TEAM since 1967 and woudnt wear a wonga shirt - there again I wouldnt wear a shirt with a red & white badge on either. Next thing is this group will be demanding to meet the club again because they know everything and can cure all !  

Ollie Burtons Grandad
Ollie Burtons Grandad 5pts

3 weeks since you made up this particular ID no doubt.

Lies about Keegan; due diligence, investment, Andy Carroll. Take a look at Ashley.com if you want a full list.

Then again as you no doubt work for SD There is little point is there?

Ollie Burtons Grandad
Ollie Burtons Grandad 5pts

At Keegans Tribunal Fatman and his minions were found to be deliberately lying to both Keegan and the fans; Since then we have had so many lies from the Cretins running this club it's amazing but you can't recall them?

Been a supporter longer than 3 weeks? Doubt it.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder 5pts

@ScottJones6 @Ollie Burtons Grandad He said he didn't do due dilligence but was buying the club for the price of the playing staff..... no one is that daft.


Said he was continuing to invest in the club when all he had done was purchase it,  He promised to put in £20 million per annum for his plaything.../ he didn't he reneged on the promise, indeed takes money out in the form of advertising, denying United its own revenue. 


Andy Carroll money was eventually spent after a couple of seasons on players, who have since gone at a profit.... leaving us with several dead seasons with nothing to play for except avoid relegation.


A debt constructed out of HP agreements was a Lie..... it wasn't a debt until he made it a debt, an excuse for downsizing the club...... eight years of bloody misery under this owner, an omnipotent spite machine!


Hires Keith Bishop Associates to spin a different yarn!

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@Ollie Burtons Grandad Ahhhhh the old favourite  default 'you work for SD' retort , well , not only do i not , ive never even shopped there , but the main thing with that is , even if i did , words are words , youre attacking the poster rather than the argument , thats an ad hominem attack ....shameful really....shameful...


Keegan you covered....


due diligence lies??? explain


investment lies??? explain


Andy Carroll lies??? explain


i want to hear your opinion not ones from a website , unless of course , you dont have your own opinions?



Its like me saying , that Ollie Burtons Grandad , oh the lies out of him you wouldnt believe......SD , the premier league , Euros , TV , pet dog - yup thats my argument and if you want to know more on my opinions , go to a website that other people have made up. nailed it!

ScottJones6
ScottJones6 5pts

@LeazesEnder @ScottJones6 @Ollie Burtons Grandad


i dont understand the due diligence argument? what youre saying is he knew perfectly well the state the club was in(although you seem to deny there was a debt at the same time) , so what are you saying? he knew the club was in the exact debt it was in but chose to make out he didnt realise for ?(what)? gain?


I may be wrong but i thought it was 10 m a season he said he would invest not 20 m (hes running it like a business rather than a plaything - to the ire of the likes of you who actually wanted him to treat it as a plaything like chelsea and man city owners do) . the clubs debt grew by 70m in 7 seasons but the club has no creditors - where has this money come from?


Carroll? lies? was the Carroll sale a good or a bad transfer for Newcastle? selling players for a profit!!!! well thats disgusting and NOT the Newcastle way we demand our club buys high and sells low - that'll give us a fighting chance huh!


if something wasnt a debt until its made a debt , then what was it before that?