The remarkable story of Remy Cabella & Alan Pardew and how the former Newcastle manager can’t cope with flair.

We are all aware of what happened between Pardew and Hatem Ben Arfa, a situation where the manager called into question the player’s attitude and indeed integrity, leading to the Frenchman frozen out and released from his contract.

Likewise, you had the situation of Sylvain Marveaux, another winger/playmaker who many fans felt was never given any real chance in the United first team.

Both of them flair players who Pardew seemed to have no idea how to get the best out of and becoming expensive unused commodities.

However, it is perhaps the case of Remy Cabella that is the strangest one of all.

Alan Pardew clearly seems to be outside his comfort zone when not having wide men who are basically there to protect the full-backs.

He obviously loved playing Yoan Gouffran and similarly Gabriel Obertan was always a player he was itching to get back into the team, only prevented by the sheer weight of public opinion.

Back to the case of Remy Cabella though and have a look at this ten game run of matches and results United had under Pardew, in the final couple of months of his time at St. James’ Park;

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 2 (26 October)

Newcastle 1 Liverpool 0 (1 November)

West Brom 0 Newcastle 2 (9 November)

Newcastle 1 QPR 0 (22 November)

West Ham 1 Newcastle 0 (29 November)

Burnley 1 Newcastle 1 (2 December)

Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1 (6 December)

Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1 (13 December)

Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1 (21 December)

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1 (26 December)

The three matches in bold are the only three that Remy Cabella started in this ten match run, all of them victories.

On top of this he came on in the following three matches of that run and helped turn two losing positions and a game that was level, into a draw and two wins.

In the game at White Hart Lane, Cabella came on at 46 mins with NUFC 1 down, United going on to win.

Against Liverpool, Cabella came on at 66 mins, scores level, and Perez scored the winner on 73 mins.

At Burnley, Cabella came on at 46 mins with United 1 down, Cisse scored equaliser on 48 mins.

Like Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux before him, Alan Pardew’s natural reaction to adversity, or even to winning in two of these cases, was to leave out the most creative player.

Many of us have wished that Remy Cabella would have produced more at an earlier part of the season but maybe he was in the last few months, and we just didn’t realise at the time.

Even if he wasn’t always the person making the telling pass, possibly just the fact that his presence equalled a more attacking formation was enough to make a difference in the team’s style of play as well as results.

Ironically, Alan Pardew’s final ever Newcastle match, ended with a victory that came about with Remy Cabella watching from the bench for all but the last few seconds against Everton.

We have surely seen enough of Alan Pardew to realise what he all about but I just hope that John Carver can see the value of attacking intent and make Remy Cabella the focus of his team and formation.

The Newcastle Head Coach appears to have used a mixture of carrot and stick since Cabella’s display against Stoke and subsequent bottle throwing when he was subbed.

Let’s hope he gets the right blend when dealing with the playmaker, as well as when it comes to the wider issue of his team selection and formation.



  • No Brainer

    Would certainly agree that he scares defensive opponents. I don’t think he himself can say he was having a good time of it at the start of the season, his mum probably would have had a word in his ear. To me his change has been an attempt to aim for the box when he is in possession and he changes the tempo of a game/attack quickly, it makes people stand off him they often look like they going to fall over their own feet.

    Against WBA I thought the back heel was good but Cabella’s movement in the centre to stretch the defence then take the ball in and pass out in a flash was the key to the goal, it was a great team effort that day, Jannmat especially.

    Against QPR as far as i can remember it was all down to the Gouff winning the ball outside the right side of the box and taking it up to half way and then moving it across we had a few chances but i don’t think Cabella was on song.

    What is clear though he is relishing his football now and whilst he was offside when he picked up the ball just before being subbed on sunday i thought he looked as sharp as in the first minute.

    His work rate getting back to help in defence is fantastic he scrapped the ball in his own full backs area numerous times, so for that alone i think he is a different kettle of fish entirely to the lazy fat mackem gifter.

    As for Sylvain i would have like to have seen him ahead of HBA even just so we could say he had a chance and fluffed it we’ll never know now.

    lets hope he shows ZAHA a thing or two tmrw.

    AHHH football

  • Paul Patterson

    I’d like to see Obertan on the right and Cabella on the left flanks bombing on with Cisse and Perez up top.
    Colback and Sissoko supporting from the middle and we have a tasty attacking team . .

  • No Brainer

    Paul Patterson I agree Paul, but I would have Colback and Abeid, with Abeid the defensive guy and colback right in the centre behind Perez as the number ten.

    So that leaves us with Sissoko, Du Jong, Tiote and maybe Arrons, Ryan Taylor, Sammy A, and elliot on bench, incase your thinking Ryan’s the defender
    Poor old Vurn doesn’t get a spot

  • Wingpaddock

    Obertron can indeed bomb down the flanks but it is usually without the ball.
    He is not a PL standard footballer.

  • Emmett Gill

    I love analysing football statistics, and the statistics analysed in this article are brilliant for summing up how clueless anyone in the media is if they still think Pardew is a good manager.

  • Paul Patterson

    No Brainer Paul Patterson  I like Abeid a lot.
    But I can’t see Sissoko out of the side yet. Abeid is the future for sure and needs to be brought in slowly. This is ok while we have Sissoko and Colback (My first choice 2)
    Colback reminds me of Paul Scholes a lot and if he and Sissoko could take it in turns to defend/attack we’d have a very interesting partnership on our hands. I can’t think about De Jong yet as he hasn’t played, but I get the feeling he may be a bit of a sicknote.
    I hope I’m wrong . .

  • No Brainer

    Paul Patterson No Brainer You couldn’t complain at either could you. and l ets just have Du jong for the last 15 minutes then.

    Then flog Tiote and get out of favour Cahill and one more CB then i’d really like to see where we get to.

  • Rollyp

    Carver did say he took Cabell off to save him for Palace, so he should start. That’s not to say he will, though.

  • Paul Patterson

    No Brainer Paul Patterson  I notice De Jong is now out for a few months with a collapsed lung.
    Bloody hell . .