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,

Mapou:

“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!

Layout 1Gouffran:

“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 –

Gouffran:

“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.

Sissoko:

“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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28 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

It is sad that fans are now the point of least concern for clubs, making very little impact to what the club is actually able to (or willing to) do with regards to the football on the pitch.  There is a sense of bleak hopelessness creeping into football, fans starting to tire of ever increasing ticket prices that only serve to, in most cases, perpetuate the ever increasing wages for mediocre players who have no hope of ever winning anything in their lifetime.  The pot is sewn up with the likes of Man City, Man U, Chelsea etc all buying their way to the top with finances far beyond anything a mere fan can bring in with a ticket purchase.

If those fans stopped going, would it matter beyond TV audiences probably disliking games with zero atmosphere?  It does beg the question how accurate this article will prove to be, as more and more clubs look to slash prices in an attempt to lure fans back for publicity purposes rather than footballing ones!

terriertwo
terriertwo

Go back forty years and cap the players wages. I pay good money to support my team. They turn up and do very little and go home with a sack full of gold. Pay them a basic wage with incentives and maybe then they will pull their fingers out and put a shift in.

snodgrass2
snodgrass2

Don't worry. Football is killing itself.Remember why the world wanted to tune into our game? Fast furious competitive aggressive. That's what made it a product worth having. Look at it now. Gamesmanship and foreign influx.Highlight of most games is the possession factor. 70% possession is praised even if you never left your own half! Boring games where 6' 4" players fall screaming to the floor when a mighty 5' player gets too close. Commentators encourage the myth...." Oh there was contact" when everyone can see from the second to the twelth replay there was none. Games are held up at the most crucial exciting times because of feigned injury to stop the play. The foreign influence has slowed our game to a near standstill. (Arsenal Chelsea anyone?) Look at our crowds. Where is the fervour the testoserone? Gone. Our game is dying. When Sky move on, as they surely will, we may not be able to resuscitate it    

Harry Todd
Harry Todd

Low prices try Fifty six pounds at Chelsea and Man Utd, fifty two at Liverpool and mid forties at West ham,Man City and QPR and it is quite clear that you do not attend away games.If that's cheap let me know the ideal price.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Am surprised you have time to go to away games as your medical expertise must be a drain on your free time ? You are utter scum by the way, time to change your username...again ?

1957
1957

Prices to go to the stadium will need to drop as I believe Sky are planning to negotiate a pay as you view contract with the EPL for live or slightly delayed streaming of all games in the near future.

SGM
SGM

Cheap tickets are a must, less corporate more kids.


Also: season after season the bottom of the table is far more exciting than the top.


Who cares who wins its the same old, same old.


Who's got the bollix to stave off relegation is what matters.

GToon
GToon

@SGM Aye. Can't stand the media trying to whip up a frenzy at the start of the season about who might win the league. They should literally just give it to the club with the most money. The bottom of the table is great, you are right. And we are featuring in it!!!! Also the biggest game isn't even in the EPL - its the Championship playoff final. 

Marklp
Marklp

A whole generation of Toon fans have been priced out of SJP. Cheap tickets would be an excellent way of giving the club back to these fans. Cheap tickets and a large standing areas at the bottom of leazers and gallowgate ends is the way forward.

Alexh1984
Alexh1984

I always like reading your articles and this is another good one.

All I would say is that in other countries, germany for example, the tickets are way cheaper. I think Dortmund do a season ticket for £109. The atmosphere there looks incredible though.

On that basis I think cheaper tickets are a good thing.

Where they aren't are at clubs like our own. Without a shread of ambition they are being used to fill the ground.

West ham at least show some attempt at being a football club who try to progress on the pitch and will probably spend relatively largely before they move.

There has to be a reason clubs like spurs, west ham, Liverpool are all striving to get bigger stadiums and that can only really be financial. More stadium visitors means more spend in the club shops, bars etc. more jobs created in the local area, more visitors growing the local economy and so on. All things other clubs take seriously but what won't be at NUFC as it isn't beneficial to SD