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Alan Pardew Refuses To Confirm Whether Yohan Cabaye Has Refused To Play Or Not

8 years ago
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What a mess.

At today’s pre-match press conference for the Morecambe v Newcastle match on Wednesday night, there was predictably one topic that figured heavily.

While Alan Pardew confirmed that Yohan Cabaye would play no part in the League Cup game, he was slightly more evasive when it came down to what was behind Cabaye’s non-appearance so far in the Premier League.

When asked if Cabaye had refused to play, the manager gave this real politician type reply;

“The answer is not as simple as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

The answer is either he is going to be sold and we have to replace him in the window, or he is going to stay.

As the manager I have to protect him and protect the football club, more importantly.

The first thing on my agenda is the football club, trust me, and that will always come first while I’m the manager here.

The bottom line is with world class players, if they move on it has to be world class money.”

Taking Pardew’s answer and the fact that no fine for the player has been forthcoming, I think we can make some assumptions.

It would appear to me that it suits both player and club that he moves on; Cabaye to join a club with ambition and Mike Ashley to generate money – some of which will go on one or two signings.

Furthermore, I’d say we can assume that agreement was reached between Cabaye and NUFC that he wouldn’t play and risk injury for Newcastle in the meantime, in case of jeopardizing the move.

The revelation today that Cabaye is almost certain to be left out by Deschamps of France’s World Cup qualifiers because of not playing matches, will have only added to the tension behind the scenes.

If no move is forthcoming then we could have a situation of no new signings and an unhappy player whose World Cup hopes may have been badly damaged.

How the fans will/would react is also an unknown. Whether there is a riot, if he stays or leaves, is also neither a definite yes or no at this moment in time.

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