threeFrenchMenWe have seen and reported on ever increasing coverage on Newcastle United in the French media but what does the average French football fan think about what is happening on Tyneside?

We set our trusty translator Pierre loose and after scouring the French corner of the internet, following the intense coverage given to the Villa match these are some of the things fans are saying back in Yohan Cabaye’s (and Mapou’s, Gouffran’s, Sissoko’s, Ben Arfa’s….) home country;

The French league will become like the Belgium one!’ ( the French always joke about Belgium and see their neighbouring country as inferior)

‘The English public pushes you to go beyond your limits, it’s not the French mentality and well done Cabaye!!!!!’

‘There is so little news around that L’Equipe has to use Newcastle? And never do they do a main story about Levante? After all between Luyindula, Kapo et others, there is a colony out there too!’

‘If Newcastle play with a team half made up of French players, well of course there is bound to be one of them who will make a decisive action (pass or goal), especially as they have lots of French midfielders….’

‘A cheque + English public + competition + great stadium and lovely pitches, in other words what we don’t have!!!’

‘Bravo Papiss Cisse!!!’

…and my personal favourite;

‘I hate them, they treat the French league like a football Lidl!’

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13 comments
Tadger
Tadger

Had to laugh really as Wolfsburg did a Charnley in the other direction, Bas is worth say 12 mill we offer 7 so they say 25 or so. I expect the same will happen with all of the targets so not much hope really. Just shows an accountant is running the show coupled with no ambition will we see risk taking and acting on the turn to get who we WANT and NEED so man the pumps the ship may be sinking around December

Andgeo
Andgeo

"It's is the embarrassment, humiliation and pain of having your football club destroyed by the lies, deceit and greed of one clueless fool who knows absolutely nothing about running a football club. Thank you Mike Ashley"

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Divnt understand these articles bemoaning the lack of signings. He'll sign some players because he knows he has to, none if those incoming will be signed because it will benefit nufc but because it will benefit SD. He will take a punt on the usual rag tag bunch of out of contract players and those he hopes to make a profit on. Easy to come to this conclusion as that's what he's always done and and if he's still here in five years that's what he'll still be doing and the same fans will still be saying "give it time" etc.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Chemical Dave Of course players will be coming in....  the filtering system that operates through the leagues, means that the best players are looking for the best clubs and the best deals....


.... its not our turn to choose from the remainder yet....  thats the remainder who have given up hope and ambition... 


Third drawer players..... bigged up by the Chronicle boys will sell a few more season tickets...


...the anxiety of waiting to be picked, and knowing the choices are getting fewer and poorer.... bit like School eleven a side the fat kid was always last and put in goal.

Andgeo
Andgeo

And mike Williamson was playing hopscotch with the lasses!

zemtex
zemtex

We have until the last day of the transfer window for the club to turn around. Don't get these arbitrary deadlines - there was an article on here last week saying if we didn't sign anyone in a week  we were DOOMED. It doesn't matter if we sign them tomorrow or on deadline day, as long as they come. If they don't come... then we are f*cked.

NME85
NME85

Totally and utterly delusional. NOBODY is coming.Anyone with any sense can see that a mile off. Fatty is lying to everyone yet again. Keep drinking the kool-aid buddy I'm afraid.

Willvenus1
Willvenus1

"The club would come out of that meeting looking ridiculous". If the meeting goes ahead, and it's a big if, the club are going into the meeting looking ridiculous. So what's new??

MilitantGeordie
MilitantGeordie

The fans forum will be cancelled because they will know going into that meeting without any signings in the bag will rile up and anger the fans and they will be on for a hiding to nothing. Our transfers coming in will be totally dependant on player sales as usual but we'll all have to forget about the Mbiwa, Santon and Pardew money ( yes he even made a profit selling our manager), also Ben Arfa, Gutierrez and Taylor off the wages will be expected to be forgotten and none of them will be replaced.

I tell you what though i am totally and utterly fed up and pissed off with feeling so angry and cynical about my football club. I cannot think of another sports club anywhere in the world that has an owner who treats the fans with such contempt and the only owner in the world that does not want the club to grow and compete for honours.

 Think back before Ashley about how other fans would see us Geordies. The words ' mad' ' passionate' ' loyal' and ' loud ' would be used regularly. And now?

' cheap' ' deluded' ' laughing stock' ' whingers' ' fickle' 

For the first time in my life i'm ashamed of my club and unless there's a splurge of quality signings before the season starts i'm going to do something i never dreamed i would do.. I'm going to bang some money down in the bookies on Newcastle to get relegated.

lameduck9
lameduck9

You make some very good points and I echo your thoughts & fears, however as most fans agree, a large proportion of our current squad are simply not good enough yet it is not simply a matter of getting new players .  The procrastination in the transfer activity is also borne from the need  to off load those who (as you name) will never reach an acceptable standard. This isn't a matter of selling to raise funds but selling to reduce wages paid to previous purchases who have failed to deliver.  Of course, now that many have tasted Prem wages they (and their agents) are not going to accept moves to clubs who will pay them much less and so we are left hamstrung with the failings of previous transfers.


I'd like to think there was a master plan to release players who will never 'cut it' and write off any final payment, just to free up space & wages but I'd rather suggest that McClaren will be asked to fashion a silk purse from the sows ears of yester-year.



Andgeo
Andgeo

It's basically a case of cost cutting year on year until it would need investment to avoid certain relegation, at which point he will sell. It's a question of how long he can get away with it, or how long we will let him!

Andgeo
Andgeo

There is already massive savings off the wage bill and he has pocketed money in the transfer market too. He should be set for another £50m profit this season at which point he will pay himself off and put the club up for sale. Asset stripped! The new owner will have to completely rebuild the club from top to bottom.