MP0001_Mathieu_Debuchy_NUFCYesterday the French President, Francois Hollande, addressed the European Parliament and Newcastle United ended up on the agenda.

North East Tory MEP and Newcastle fan, Martin Callanan, thanked the French President, Francois Hollande, for his prohibitive tax rates (up to 75%!) that he believes may have helped United’s recruitment policy in France.

Martin Callanan;

“I’m a fan of Newcastle United and I am delighted to tell you that we have signed five new fantastic French players in the last month.

I don’t know whether your new 75% tax rate has had anything to do with their enthusiasm to leave France and come to Newcastle…if it did though, I’d like to say on behalf of all Toon fans, “Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Le Presidente!”.

We have already brought you reports from France on this issue and how the prohibitive tax rates are believed by French football fans to be driving out some of their best players; including Debuchy, Mapou and Sissoko, with only the moneybags PSG able to pay enough to overcome the tax problem.

Indeed as we’ve already reported, the French media believe that Yohan Cabaye ended up four times better off when he came to Newcastle thanks to the combination of higher wage levels in English football and the tax issues.

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10 comments
IainElrick
IainElrick

Just compare Newcastle to Stoke similar sized teams they go to Wrexham win 6-0 clean sheet and goals from everywhere we go to Gateshead and york concede 4 and score 3 ... something needs to change fast

Durham_CK
Durham_CK

Only Newcastle could mess up a simple task of arranging some pre season games. What was really achieved in going to America and playing on a pitch that half the team could only play on. Why have a friendly when you only put 4 kids on the bench? The main thing that pre season has shown is our defence needs strengthening and another some service to Mitrovic is a must.

Kazie23
Kazie23

Okay the problem with the team is simple!!!

We need a new winger-Someone young(18-23),Can cross a ball really good to create goals for the strikers,Has the skill to pay the bill,and can a team his playing against and oh yes someone who has a bit of strength that can't be out muscled against defenders such as terry,Jones,Stones etc.........Don't want another Gouffrann,Ameobi,Marveux,Oberton or maybe Cabella

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Results in friendlies are relatively meaningless but you can't underestimate the boost of morale a comfortable win would be against these lowly teams and more importantly how much of a confidence boost it would be to get our new acquisitions firing some goals in.  Let's wait and see, I personally don't care if we lose every single pre-season friendly as long as the team is prepared and ready to go at it against the Saints come opening day.

prestondave
prestondave

@DownUnderMag Dont agree mate. For me, there is no such thing as a friendly. You go out there to win and in the process upgrade your fitness and sharpness. We have serious issues at the back and this will affect confidence no matter how many friendlies / league games you play.We are setting ourselves up to fail and the first few games will show this for what it is. We need at least 2 new CB now not in a few months time when we are sitting at the bottom of the table.

A lex
A lex

Exactly. The players know the standard of opposition they're playing and not being able to put a single convincing performance together so far won't help their confidence. Big issues remain and the three signings so far won't ensure progress at all. Too little too late.

v0ices
v0ices

Its a bit of a worry but it takes time to go from anti football to football remember the losing run under Keegan after he took over fat shams anti football side. 1 more game and just over a week to go lets hope for much needed defensive reinforcements.

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

@good butt not quite carling  I agree. On the evidence of what we've seen in pre season, Southampton will tear us apart. The identity of York's second goal scorer say it all about the state of our defence. Even a York City trialist can score against us, God help us.

GarethMarshall
GarethMarshall

It's only preseason, but it would have been nice to get a comfortable win. This game once more highlights that we need to strengthen at the back. If we do not do that before the window closes, and I do not include Mbemba in that equation, then all the hard work done so far will be a waste of time. As promising as Lascelles and Mbemba may be, they are ones for the future, Williams, Coloccini and Taylor will not provide a solid defense on which Newcastle can attack. On a second note, why when vines become available of the goals, thus proving that a camera filming the action is being filmed, do we not have access to watch these games. It is hard to critique the performance on only Lee Ryder's tweets alone. I hope the game at the weekend will be broadcast, does anyone know if it will be?