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Whatever Happened To ‘The Manager’?

8 years ago

It’s been a re-occurring theme over the past few years in football.

A player signs for a ‘fantastic club with a great heritage’ and everything looks good on the new payslip.  Then spin forward a year or so and everything changes.

All of a sudden, the same player who was delighted to be signing for their new club now has ‘become unsettled’ – which roughly translates as his agent has told him some other ‘fantastic club’ has shown more financial interest in him, or his missus has found out about his bit on the side.

This was particularly highlighted on Monday when Yohan Cabaye became ‘unsettled’ just before the Manchester City game after a reported bid from Arsenal.  The poor little mite was so upset, he had to be withdrawn from the squad, sent home and put straight to bed.

Do I blame Cabaye?  Well yes, partly.  I understand he has financial ambition and would possibly like to win something, which isn’t likely to happen at Newcastle under the current regime, but he also has to realise that he is a Newcastle player and he is under contract for the next three years.

However, I place the majority of the blame on Alan Pardew, as he is the Manager and he should be managing the players, not just picking the team.

He should be telling Cabaye that he isn’t for sale so concentrate on what you’re paid handsomely to do, get your boots on and play football when you’re told to.

Pardew instead, spits his dummy out at Arsenal, reverts back to the playground and stamps his feet and whimpers that the “other boys are trying to take my marbles – it’s not fair”.

Grow a backbone Pardew – Tell Arsenal that he isn’t for sale and tell Cabaye the same.

‘The Manager’ doesn’t let other people tell him what to do.


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