France_Football_Magazine_The_Mag_Newcastle_United_5 (2)Peter Beardsley is one of the all time Newcastle United greats, in fact for many fans he is THE best ever Newcastle player.

How though does Peter rate the current team and the French revolution that has arrived on Tyneside?

‘France Football’, which is the foremost football publication over the other side of the Channel, interviewed Peter Beardsley and found out he was a bit(!) of a fan of Yohan Cabaye.

Thanks yet again for the invaluable translation work by Pierre.

BEARDSLEY << MA FEMME CROIT JE SUIS AMOUREUX DE CABAYE >>

BEARDSLEY – “MY WIFE THINKS I’M IN LOVE WITH CABAYE”

LOCAL ICON AND FORMER INTERNATIONAL player (59 caps) Newcastle (1983-1987 and 1993-1997) and now in charge of youth development for the club. He deals with the youth teams from seven to twenty-one years old.

HOW WAS THE ARRIVAL OF THE MASSIVE FRENCH CONTINGENT ORGANISED?

“Cabaye played an important role. He is a great guy as a player but also as a man. It was the trigger for everything. Of course, Graham Carr, who is responsible for overseeing our scouting in Ligue 1, did an outstanding job. He has a knack for finding players before others but what you need to stress about the French, is that besides being good technicians, they are also good guys who smile all the time.”

WHY FRENCH?

“Because they are better technically. In any case, superior to the English. The French have a technical education. From a young age, they learn to tame the ball, with good control of the feet. Physically, they are also ahead of the English at the same age. Clearly, these are mature players who come to us. A player like Cabaye, today, is a very good deal for the price (5M€) it cost us.”

Layout 1HOW WELL ARE THEY SETTLING IN?

“Well, if we don’t take into account their English, they are happy to be here. Importantly, they understand football and the local mentality. A guy like Sissoko has completely transformed the atmosphere of the club in a few days. Only ten days ago everybody was down. Now, everything has changed.

You know, a Newcastle player has to be a little more than just a player. Here, the involvement in the local cultural fabric is fundamental. Every two weeks, the players go to schools, hospitals, nurseries. We try not to send two French at the same time, because of the language, but they get involved a lot.”

HAS THE CLUB ADAPTED TO THIS CULTURAL CHANGE?

“We have done it for some time, given the number of foreigners. For example, every Thursday, after training, we organize a ‘foreign’ meal. We prepare dishes from the country of origin of one of our players: Senegal, Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Italy, Argentina … And France of course!

The training ends at 13:30pm but the players stay until 4pm to share, but also to communicate and integrate with each other. Be together above all. Besides that, we also have a French translator.

IS THERE A PLAYER THAT LINKS BETWEEN THE FRENCH AND THE CLUB?

“Cabaye is fantastic in this work. Every day, and since the beginning, he tells us what he does, wherever he goes. He is a role model. He watches over others. For us, it’s called ‘low maintenance’. With him, you do not need to worry about where he will hang out in the evening or where he will get drunk in a pub. Importantly, he inspires others.

I tell you, he is an example. My wife even thinks I’m in love with him ... (Laughter)”.

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5 comments
keeganRescueUs
keeganRescueUs

I can't understand Shearers reluctance to criticise Ashley directly. Is it just me or is there a rabbit off somewhere?

TradgeJ
TradgeJ

I don't think Newcastle will get relegated, having said that though I also feel that they look least likely of any PL club to get another win this season, they can't score enough goals, and are conceding far too many! I'm really hoping that having Cissé and Sissoko back will make some kind of difference, combined with the potentially positive influence of De Jong coming back there's a slim chance we could get another win out of somewhere and save ourselves! We have a couple of winnable games, however I think if we don't beat one of Leicester or QPR, it'll likely be an extremely nervy final day of the season!

Keegan Quitter
Keegan Quitter

He should know about getting relegated. How dare he have the barefaced cheek after his pitiful performance as a manager in 2008-09. He couldn't even get anything out of his "mate" Michael Owen to get us one measly point.

TradgeJ
TradgeJ

You have to remember that a) Shearer only had 8 games in charge, by which point they were basically relegation fodder anyway, and b) the man had never coached before, a great player doesn't necessarily make a good coach, and you can't deny that Shearer knows a hell of a lot more about football than Carver!