Yohan Cabaye has sent a message to the Newcastle fans ahead of Saturday’s match.
The Crystal Palace midfielder says that he hopes Newcastle stay up but he will be doing everything to beat his old club tomorrow.
Whilst Palace are all but mathematically safe from relegation, Yohan Cabaye believes it is vital they finish their league season in a positive way, if they are to be in the right condition to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
There is little doubt what kind of reception Alan Pardew will get from Newcastle fans, especially after the evidence he gave at the Jonas Gutierrez disability tribunal – Pardew shamed along with his old boss Mike Ashley for their part in that embarrassing chapter for our club.
When it comes to Yohan Cabaye, it is less clear what messages he will hear at St James Park tomorrow.
Newcastle fans predicted the club would have a riot on their hands (watch/listen to clip below) if they sold Yohan Cabaye, as it happened there was no civil unrest – just a miserable last half of that season which then carried through to near relegation last season and very likely relegation this time.
A major factor in that, being Mike Ashley’s refusal to use the Cabaye money to buy a suitable replacement for the playmaker. Jonjo Shelvey belatedly bought two years after Cabaye’s departure, the former Swansea player instantly made captain and far too much reliance on him so soon.
Yohan Cabaye has already faced his old team of course, maybe the lowest point of McClaren’s shambles being the 5-1 humiliation at Selhurst Park, which represents Crystal Palace’s best ever scoreline in the Premier League.
Newcastle were linked with Cabaye in the summer but none of us really expected Mike Ashley to allow money to be spent on a 29 year old, no matter what he could have brought to the team.
Hopefully we aren’t made to pay for that decision yet again tomorrow.
“To prepare well for that game (FA Cup final) we have to get confidence….and the confidence will come from wins.
“We have got three games left and we have to finish as high as we can in the table – finishing 15th or 16th is not enough.
“I hope they (Newcastle and the fans) stay up but we have to play to get a result for us.”