MYM_Mapou_Yanga_Mbiwa_Newcastle United_NUFCMapou was outstanding in a slightly different role at right-back last night against FC Metalist but in this interview we get to know a bit more about a player who looks an outstanding addition to the Newcastle squad.

Also look out for some great behind the scenes footage of the players.

Yoan Gouffran also makes a quality appearance, thanks as always to our translator Pierre.

In the changing room with microphone in hand,


“In France the weather is not so cold, here it’s cold and it is snowing” (Pierre’s impression: after all he has been playing for Montpelier in the south of France and probably swam in the Mediterranean sea, somewhat slightly different to Whitley Bay and the North Sea!”)

Mapou continues by saying,

“With regards to breathing the air is fresh, there is not going to be any problems; I’ve come with the intention of playing to have the maximum of time on the pitch, to show what I am capable of doing. Here it is, I had to also consider other things, I had to think seriously as I did not want to leave and end up not getting sufficient playing time, I thought seriously about it and chose Newcastle.”

The camera take you to the weights room with the comments that they are not pretending for the cameras and there will be some hard work, the new French players expect to suffer!

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“This is a new culture with another way of playing football, I’ve arrived in January and it is to bring what I can do. I don’t think it is a different of standard, it is more in the head, and if you want to succeed and show what you can do, you will get there.”

The video takes you to the St.James’ Park changing room where there is mention of the French National Team –


“Why not, by being good and efficient, the door is not closed for me so who knows?”

It is mentioned that maybe another reason for coming to Newcastle could be to have more chance of getting in the French squad!

The camera then follows Sissoko in the changing room next to his named NUFC shirt.


“Certain things happened with the President and I was unable to play the last match for Toulouse against PSG, I was frustrated, after all it was his choice, I had to accept it, it was difficult, there you have it ”voila!!” (which they say all the time!!) I will always remember my great ten years at Toulouse, as I am saying now today I am a Newcastle player, I am hoping to do as well as I did for Toulouse, by coming here one could say you’ve moved to another level, I’ll have the opportunity of playing against Manchester City, Manchester United, this is brilliant for a player. If I came here it is to play that sort of games, I am going to represent the Geordies!”

The club is expecting great things from their French recruits…..
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GToon 5pts

The worrying thing about all of this is how we are everybody's dream team. We help Everton who can't win at home to their best performance. We reinvigorate Rooney and make their team look great. We then make Chelsea look that good that I honestly can't think how many players they could have gone down to before we stood a chance. Now let's get a few things straight.

Maclaren needs the sack. No discussion, no arguments. Sack him or get relegated.

Arrons is not a left back. He isn't even that good.

Sissoko has given up and needs to be dropped.

Coloccini needs to be dropped. He is that slow it's almost embarrassing.

Taylor is two stone overweight.

And as for that clown Tiote. In most of the games I have seen him play he is the oppositions best player.

Brendan Rodgers, Buck Rodgers, who cares. Any of them could do a better job. Even I could. At least we all have eighteen days off before the misery continues. Let's just hope Ashley realizes now is the time to do the right thing. Surely he understands that there is something lacking in the tactics when teams who are struggling against other opposition have a field day against us. It's happening time and time again. Time for change.

Sickandtiredstill 5pts

Seriously lads, just how bad does this need to be before everyone accepts the facts? Schteeve is a complete duck egg. Once again he set up to try and not lose rather than trying to win or at least force a draw. 

Never mind Aarons - the experienced 'pro's' were again shocking. Sissoko and Gini should be sent to the U21's and not allowed to return until they learn some passion, desire and commitment. Tiote again showed just how bad he actually is 99% of the time.

Schteeve confirmed just how bad he is 100% of the time. 

SimonM68 5pts

Tripe. Worst goal difference of anyone around us and 45 mins left.  At least would like to see Doumbia get some game time into his legs as he may be crucial in the games to come. Can't see any other possible benefit from the next 45 mins. Then again, I did walk out at 0-4 Arsenal lol. 

Alsteads 5pts

Let's just go down. Some more of this next season? No thanks. Surely FCB has got to pull the trigger. He is on par with JT FFS

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

17 minutes in and three down FFS. Yet again a gutless performance away from home with our supposed leader on the pitch Captain Colo backing off every time Chelsea attack. No doubt McClaren will want a 'reaction' yet again from these useless clowns next time