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!’

Top Selling Newcastle United Magazine – You can buy a single issue (only £3 plus postage) or a subscription (from £23) in our online shop and get it delivered through your letter box wherever you live in the World. You can also buy it from your local newsagents (on sale at over 450 different ones) if you live in the north east.

[latest_issue]

13 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

There have been many times during Ashley's tenure as owner, that we could easily have built the club up and pushed forward.  A 5th place finish, a great run of form in the league, whatever - they were used instead to believe safety was assured, that further investment was no longer needed to keep us up.  There is lies the problem.  As with any sport, if you don't continuously try to improve, you end up going backwards...we have been promised a change, but the fans are largely past falling for con-artist lies and posturing, we need to see results, we need to see proof and we need to see it long term, not just for the short term until safety is assured or season ticket sales have improved!

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

Carver should be gone far far away.

FORGET ASHLEY OUT, GET CARVER OUT. We need to knock this brick in Ashley's wall or it is not of the same. Why is he getting no stick from fans? I don't give a flying duck he is a Geordie want him out of the club to force change. WE HAVE FORCE CHANGE.

A lex
A lex

I always think back two years to our relegation close shave then. Swansea's vital (for us) win at Wigan when they had their mind on the FA Cup.........We've had 'luck' with us for a while.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

It says everything there is to say about the regime , If  Carvers still being discussed as a possible/probable candidate for the job . The true faith ? absolutely  NO faith !

kuromori
kuromori

I'd say our Premier League ambition is to always hope that there are three worse teams and that 17th is our minimal placing.


Good thing we didn't try in any cup competitions - wouldn't want to have got caught up in a relegation scrap, would we?

Mal44
Mal44

Already the feeling of optimism following the Ashley interview is fast disappearing. First of all Charnley is clearly still in charge and is going to be making the major day to day decisions. Considering that his decisions in January almost cost us dearly I find this disappointing to say the least. Previous statements that we had done all the preparatory work in assessing head coach candidates are obviously a load of rubbish and we are now set for weeks of the club continuing to drift and apparently we will still have carver, stone etc. whatever happens. This will seriously reduce our chances of getting a decent head coach.

Ashley needs to be more proactive and clear out Charnley and the coaching staff which I doubt would cost more than the Pardew compensation we received. Then we might get somewhere. The current lot just aren't up to it. Can't he see that?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

If anyone did have a "feeling of optimism" after fattys interview then they deserve everything they get.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

We stayed up. His words could be interpreted as more of the same or he is going to change. Wait until he bolts that cash cart (our money) on to his horse and rides away.

toon tony
toon tony

And next season we're lucky Boro aren't in the Premier league. ...that would be 6 more derby points we would give away.

Noir Et Blanc
Noir Et Blanc

Excellent article and I couldn't agree more. The fact that the John Carver debate still rages on is symptomatic of everything that is wrong at the club. A clean sweep is required without delay!