Yohan Cabaye has been reflecting on his time in England.

The midfielder having taken the decision in the summer to leave Palace once his contract was up, for one last big payout in the Arabian Gulf League.

Still only 32, you think he could have played at a far higher level for one more season, but instead chose to take the cash when signing for Al Nasr.

They finished fourth last season but find themselves 12th of 14 at the minute, Yohan Cabaye having scored once in nine league starts.

A person who holds special memories for the midfielder is a certain Alan Pardew.

Cabaye playing under him at both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.

He praises Pardew for giving him the chance to play in the Premier League but considering he had almost zero say on signing players, maybe it should be Graham Carr that Yohan Cabaye should be thanking.

One thing the Frenchman is sure of, is that Alan Pardew was ‘amazing’ when it came to taking care of his players.

The 32 year old also saying that his former manager’s ‘speeches’ made the difference before matches and it was ‘special’ how Pardew could motivate players.

Newcastle fans though will remember more a manager who didn’t exhibit much class when he was at St James Park.

Whilst on the pitch, that fifth place stands out amongst a sea of mediocrity and some alarming runs without winning.

With Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Coloccini, Krul, Simpson, Ben Arfa and others at the club in that 2011/12 season, it is maybe looking back more understandable that it wasn’t exactly a fluke as to why Newcastle could have had such a good season.

Yohan Cabaye talking to The Mail:

“Alan (Pardew) is an important person for me; he gave me the chance to play in England and that is something I will never forget.

“He always tried to know if you were OK both in and outside football, to be in the best mentality to play.

“For him, he knows that is something that is really important.

“Alan Pardew always took care of his players and especially for me that is something he was amazing at.

“There are some games where his speeches made the difference.

“The way Alan Pardew could motivate his players was something special.

Against Manchester United in that first season he gave me some strong words and as a player when he tells you those words that can give you extra power and energy.

“It is not easy to adapt yourself to English football, it is totally different to French football I am proud of my time there and in France and also with my national team.

“I worked really hard to have those memories and in my time here, I can only be proud of what I have done.

“There are some good, good memories: the FA Cup final in 2016, the year we finished fifth with Newcastle and playing in the Europa League will stay with me.”



  • Stephen

    Probably couldn’t understand English 🤥

  • Leicester Mag

    Wait for silver 💩🗣 to rock up come end of the season

  • Rich Lawson

    ”You dancing ?, You asking ?, I’m asking,Then I’m dancing.”

  • Wor Lass

    I remember the respect that Joey Barton had for Pardew. It`s why he stopped publicly slagging off Ashley and Lambias. He said that Pardew was the best man motivator he had worked with. There must be something to it but it must have run out for big patches of the season when his teams went on massive losing streaks.

  • David2211

    Must have really inspired the players during that run at the end of ‘13/14 where we lost:

    Sunderland 0-3
    Everton 0-3
    Spurs 0-4
    Man United 0-4
    Southampton 4-0
    Arsenal 3-0
    Chelsea 3-0

    Great times eh

    • Leicester Mag

      Remember the banner LLLLDLLLLW not a Welsh village.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Yeah, maybe we all misread Pardiola……then on the other hand….yeah, right!

    • Wezza

      I was thinking the same thing!
      Pardew was absolute garbage. Yes we finished fifth somehow and then only adding Anita we plummeted. EVERY player was Pardewed. Looked great coming in and then was a totally different player. Pardew had a FAR better and stronger squad as well!
      Nowadays we have been asset stripped so much.

  • Paul Patterson

    Yeah, I’ve heard of speeches like them.

    You let the manager leave the room and then the leader of the group tells everyone to ignore everything they’ve just heard . .

  • Kenny

    Liars usually are good motivators as they tell you a load of 💩,
    but it catches up with you in the end, ask Pardew he is finished as a premiership manager.

    • Leicester Mag

      You hope !!

      • Kenny

        😂😂😂

      • Steven05

        He is

        But I’m the Championship…?

    • Paul Patterson

      If he’d had any sense he would have walked after finishing 5th, getting Manager of the Year and then only been given Vernon Anita.

      • Sickandtired

        £650,000 a year he was on and a 8 year contract. Cheap as chips when compared to any other ‘coach’ but probably only worth as much as Charnley. Two clowns together working for a circus ringmaster.

    • Phildene

      He may not be finished Kenny as who will come in when Rafa has gone?! Hopefully NOT Pardew -but he IS out of work……

  • mactoon

    Pardew must have really motivated Cabaye when he refused to play for us because of interest from Arsenal…

  • ScreamStevie

    Pardew wasn’t the greatest manager in the world but he certainly wasn’t the worst (or even the worst Newcastle have had in recent times). During his four years he delivered us 5th place, European football (the only time in the last 10 years) and no relegation, despite having players like Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye sold from under his feet. Give the guy a break…

    • Toon Arnie

      Surely not – that would make us a selling club. Put him right Clarko.

  • kingfisher

    Leicester Mag is spot on when he says below: “Remember the banner LLLLDLLLLW not a Welsh village”.4 points from 10 games. However if you compare that record to Rafas this season : 6 points from 11 games, then there’s not too much too choose between them !

    • Paul Patterson

      Compare the sides.

      • Ashley-out

        Pardew had far better players

        • SH.ER

          That’s the biggest joke of them all
          Benitez have more experienced EPL players in this squad, Pardew just had better strikers & a one good season from Ben Arfa, that’s it, we were struggling so much defensively

  • Sickandtired

    Er, Yohan, Graham Carr signed you.

  • kingfisher

    Headlines from the Chronic :
    “How Rafa Benitez is prepared to win ugly in order to secure Premier League survival”
    “The Magpies have finally won a Premier League game but Rafa Benitez isn’t fussy how his side add to it”

    “Prepared to win ugly, and isn’t fussy how his side do it” Well that’s fine then, we’ll just put up with watching terrible, boring, unexciting, backs against the wall, fall asleep football as long as we retain our precious Premier League place this season. Then what happens next season? same again, then same again, then same again, season after season. Is Premier League status worth it?

    I’ve said previously that the only positive about being in the Prem is the vast amounts of money available, which any normal owner would invest back into the club to improve not only the first team but the whole infrastructure, but as this money goes into Ashleys wallet and not into the coffers of NUFC then what’s the point?

    Premiere League at all costs ? No thank you !!

    • Philippines

      Funny you say that. The most enjoyable and relaxing seasons in recent times, for me, were when NUFC were in the Championship.

      • Ashley-out

        we win in the championship, it`s the best place for us because the parasite will not spend the monies received for being in the premiership.

      • Clarko

        We played the same ‘terrible, boring, unexciting, backs against the wall, fall asleep football’ in the Championship…

      • kingfisher

        Totally agree Philippines. My thoughts exactly. The sooner we are back in the Championship the better.

    • Clarko

      We had the money in the Championship, we had the best squad in the Championship, we had the best players in the Championship but we still played ‘terrible, boring, unexciting, backs against the wall, fall asleep football’. That is the direct result of having Benitez as our manager and that’s how it will always be with him in charge.

      • Paul Patterson

        Name a Premier league team that’s playing entertaining football that is in profit from the summers transfer business..

        • Clarko

          You’ve seem to ignored my whole comment there Paul (shocker), we had the money/squad/players in the Championship Paul and we still played like trash…

          • Paul Patterson

            But we got promoted. If my manager asks me to clean his car, he doesn’t care if I do it while wearing a clown outfit to the sound of the Benny Hill theme..

          • Clarko

            I never said we didn’t get promoted, I said we played like trash, we did.

            People seemed to care about the way we played when Allardyce was manager…

          • Paul Patterson

            Until an owner comes in willing to spend serious money, functional football is what we’ve got. Give Rafa £50m outright and he’d get better than Joselu, Muto and Rondon on loan.

          • Clarko

            So you’re now in agreement that it does matter how a team plays?

            Ashley has spent serious money, €107.91m in 15/16, €63.75m in 16/17 and €51.30m in 17/18 (not including loan fees for Kenedy and Slimani).

            Rondon was Benitez’s first choice this summer. He also wanted Muto in January 2018…

            As already stated, Benitez had the best squad/players in the Championship and we still played like trash. It doesn’t matter how much money you give him the end result will be the same, trash.

            Is it functional? The last time I checked we were 17th…

          • Toon Arnie

            Ashley has spent next to nothing net in his 11 years at the club. You’ve once again discounted the incoming transfer money over the years ( as discussed recently on BT Sport when Rio Ferdinand made a total fool of himself defending his paymaster ) and also the tv money he used for the House of Fraser purchase this summer.

          • Toon Arnie

            Rondon was Rafas first choice only when he was advised very late in the day that minimal funds were available. He also didn’t want him on loan and wanted to keep Gayle. Do you seriously not know this or do you deliberately choose to ignore facts?

          • Clarko

            ‘Rondon was Rafas first choice’

            That’s right, he was.

          • Toon Arnie

            I think you’ve got yourself a little bit confused ( again ) Clarko – you next to read the whole passage to get the full context.
            Alternatively try this – Rondon on loan WAS NOT Rafas first choice. Please concentrate Clarko and try to stay with us.

          • Toon Arnie

            Yes because he got backing and the football was a disgrace. He also had a head like a box of crisps.

          • Toon Arnie

            We’ve always had the money – Ashley just won’t release it. Let’s not lose sight of that.

      • Ken

        Terrible boring football = champions, most points, highest scorers (joint), least goals conceded, best goal difference and most number of points. Are you ever happy with anything Benitez does

        • Clarko

          I don’t see you denying that it wasn’t terrible football…

          • Ken

            Sometimes yes sometimes no depending on the circumstances, functional football yes. He was asked to get us back up and did the job. You can’t be top scorers etc and everything be so bad.

          • Clarko

            Again, you’re going back to the objective, I’m not arguing that he didn’t get Newcastle promoted, I’m not arguing that we weren’t top scorers, I’m arguing that we play(ed) terrible football. We do.

          • Ken

            You can only play football to the standard of players or money you have, or in Rafas case are given. Michaelangelo didnt paint the Cistine chapel with a 6 inch brush and a paint roller

          • Clarko

            Again, like Paul you’ve seemed to ignore my comments. We had the players/squad/money in the Championship and we were still trash.

          • Ken

            Again you are not listening to anybody else’s point Aston Villa had the money players etc they were trash. We won the league joint top scorers etc you don’t do that by being trash. Guess Man City were trash last season using your argument

          • Clarko

            ‘Again you are not listening to anybody else’s point’

            No I did, you can’t say that just for the sake of saying it.

            ‘Aston Villa had the money players etc they were trash’

            Nobody has mentioned Aston Villa, I didn’t miss any point. This conversation is about Newcastle being trash, not Villa.

            ‘We won the league joint top scorers etc you don’t do that by being trash’

            Another example of you ignoring my comments (‘Again, you’re going back to the objective, I’m not arguing that he didn’t get Newcastle promoted, I’m not arguing that we weren’t top scorers, I’m arguing that we play(ed) terrible football’).

            ‘Guess Man City were trash last season using your argument’

            What are you talking about? Seriously? Give your head a shake.

          • Ken

            I’m going to lie down had enough of this, you just do not listen to anybody. What’s your answer then? all you ever do is be critical of Benetiz but offer no solutions. You criticise everybody on here but again offer no solutions. So what’s the answer Clarko sack Benitez and replace with who?? Come on we would all be interested in your solution for a change

          • Clarko

            ‘you just do not listen to anybody’

            Again, you’re just saying stuff for the sake of it, if anyone you’re the one who hasn’t listened which is why I had to repeat myself multiple times about the following:

            ‘Again, like Paul you’ve seemed to ignore my comments. We had the players/squad/money in the Championship and we were still trash’

            ‘Again, you’re going back to the objective, I’m not arguing that he didn’t get Newcastle promoted, I’m not arguing that we weren’t top scorers, I’m arguing that we play(ed) terrible football’

            We can talk about solutions when the people on this site acknowledge the many mistakes that Benitez has made, there’s no point me talking about solutions when you believe there’s no problem to be solved…

          • Wor Lass

            Cracking answer that, Clarko. You could have saved yourself some effort by just putting, “I haven`t gorra clue”!

          • Ken

            Ok whatever, you have all the criticism of everybody but no answer or solution. Keep on winding everybody up commonly known as trolling

          • Clarko

            And there we go, you don’t have a counter argument so you go to the standard ‘you’re a troll’ response. Grow up pal.

          • Toon Arnie

            That was a cracking response Ken – the paint roller bit cracked me up !!

          • Wor Lass

            For the saake of objectivity, were you there? I`m surprised Clarko didn`t ask.

          • Ken

            For the sake of objectivity was I where? Good God m starting to sound like Clarko now

          • Wor Lass

            Ha ha – in the Sistine Chapel when Michaelangelo was decorating, of course.

          • Ken

            No it was dull boring trash watching all that painting get done had better things to do objectively

          • Wor Lass

            I was in there a couple of years ago – I think he missed a bit!

          • Ken

            I gave up after 10 years bored with watching trash. If he missed a bit then it must have been Rafas fault

          • Wor Lass

            No, you`re just arguing. It`s what you do.

      • Toon Arnie

        Well if Ashley sends us down again this season you won’t have to worry about Rafa.

      • Geordiegiants

        We were highest scorers, with least conceded and finished champions!

    • Blackburn1066

      I am with you on that one

  • Ashley-out

    Top of Penfolds list when Rafa leaves

  • Mrkgw

    As was mentioned below, we have had far worse managers than AP. If I thought we would finish 5th again with him in charge then I’d welcome the idea. But, it went sour for him in the end. On the flip side, we couldn’t be much worse at the moment and we are dire to watch. The end product of massive under-investment.

    • Carverlier football

      He’s a streaky manager. He’s either in good form or terrible form. Unfortunately it’s about 2:1 for terrible so it’s not worth the good streaks…

    • fistsofsteel2

      ….and the product of clueless Rafa’s tactics.

  • Alan Pardew

    I’m not making excuses for me or the team…
    … they looked like a team who had worked all week on us and we looked like a team that had a really tough game on Thursday night.
    … they had an energy level above us.
    … a couple of wonder strikes
    … we looked tired in the mind and tired in the body.
    … if the linesman had given that (Papiss Cisse) goal
    … Mapou and Cabaye, in particular, looked really tired.
    … sometimes your levels are such that you just can’t match the opposition.
    … I didn’t think he (Haidara) could get through that after Thursday’s match
    … maybe if Tim (Krul) hadn’t got injured at that crucial point.

    • Mrkgw

      You certainly came up with a quite or two along the line Alan. And that headbut – what were you thinking? 🤣

  • Mxpx

    Pardew did a good job he was replaced by geordie John on a temp basis and there was night and day between the performances same when schteeve came in and was actually given a transfer budget the pardew team was much better of course I would happily have pardew back if he hadn’t been always in defence of the Ashley regime

    • Carverlier football

      A good job? Aside from the 5th place finish I mainly recall long runs of getting hammered week in week out…

      • fistsofsteel2

        ….but never a run as bad as Rafa has us on.

        • Superdooperhooper

          Evidence please ? You’re talking shyte 4 points from 10 games under pardew

          • SH.ER

            Do i need to tell you we had 3 points from 10 this season?

        • Carverlier football

          Well at the risk of going all clarko stats on you, we had a run of 11 games in 12/13 where we only got 6 points, with a worse goal difference in those games than we have now. So yes, we did have a worse run than we are now on. We only got 1 more point in the following two games too. And this was with better players, and definitely better goalscorers. Then there were the runs where technically we got a point or two more in the run but it was mainly abject thumpings, end of 13/14 springs to mind. And these streaks were replicated at Palace, West Ham, Charlton… So yeah, Pardew is clearly a world beater…

        • Toon Arnie

          Yeah but he’s been completely starved of funds – less than zero in the last window so he’s not allowed to compete.

      • SH.ER

        You do know we finished 10th the season before right?
        You do know he got us in fifth?
        You DO KNOW he left Newcastle sitting in 9th? & then Carver came & destroyed our season?

        • Carverlier football

          That was a couple of seasons after wasn’t it? And the 10th place was despite finishing the season with a long run of abject tonkings. Streaky. The relatively comfortable position he left Carver with was due entirely to one 5 game winning run, the rest of that season was awful. Streaky. And then there was a 12th, and a 16th… And Pardew leaving was not the bad thing, replacing him with Carver was. Pardew had better players, and absolutely had better goalscoring strikers on the whole. If Rafa had strikers like Ba and Remy at his disposal we’d be doing a lot better…

        • Toon Arnie

          You do have a point about the 5th place – Ashley was a disgrace not backing him the season after. Also a good point about being in 9th when he left – Carver was an appalling manager and seemed to be on a mission to take us down.

      • nufcslf

        Thank you.

  • Wor Lass

    I love it that some people`s hatred of Pardew even extends to the stupidity of telling a player who he should thank for helping him in his career. Priceless.

  • GToon

    To be honest I think Cabaye is probably quite close to the mark with his comments. I think Pardew was a players manager, a bloke who cared about the players and tried to motivate them. This is supported by some of the winning runs he has managed with various clubs including ours. Unfortunately being a laugh or telling you how good you are aren’t good enough when tactics are required, hence his inability to halt winless runs and his inability to get teams out of a rut without new players coming in. A lot of players regard him highly as they like him as a person. I don’t think any of them would rate him as a good tactician though.

  • fistsofsteel2

    I’d wager Pardew would have us in a better position than Rafa has this season with the same players, etc.
    How the F fans aren’t shouting for Rafa to go beggars belief – any other manager in recent years performing so badly would have been rounded on by the fans. Rafa is taking the proverbial. We only won yesterday because he was forced into making substitutions……absolutely nothing to do with his team selection, tactics, etc. There’s a lad in the reserves scoring for fun – Rafa doesn’t like using young players. Why not when we’re playing imposters as strikers who can’t score? I watched City today – they brought an 18yr old lad on……other clubs do it. Rafa’s a belligerent, stubborn idiot sticking to a philosophy that is failing this club.

    RAFA OUT.

    • JohnnyH

      Are you all given a subject brief by Bishop?
      This weeks theme being Pardew could do a better job than Rafa

  • JohnnyH

    I can’t get my head around this comparing Rafa Benitez with Pardew.
    Rafa won the Champions League, Europa League, and Super cup, World club cup as well as domestic La Liga league titles. He’s managed the top teams in Europe and is respected throughout the game.

    Pardew is a ‘yes man’ who would nauseatingly defend ‘Mike’ on TV at every opportunity when he had been sold short in the transfer market. Not being able to get players ‘over the line’.
    He had a decent squad in his time here and apart from the one season finishing 5th or thereabouts he achieved nothing.

    Given the right backing Rafa could make this club successful but that means getting shot of Ashley

    • theoriginalbomberman

      If this season continues as it’s going then there’s no getting around the fact that Pardew’s tenure as Newcastle manager was more successful than Rafa’s has been.
      Finishing fifth, The win at Stamford bridge where Cisse scored 2 of the best goals I’ve ever seen, coming back from being 4-0 down against arsenal were all far more exciting than anything that’s been served up during Rafa’s tenure.

      • JohnnyH

        If we had a player like Cisse now, scoring at will, like he was back then, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
        Rafas doing a good job with a poor squad and that’s Ashley’s fault.

        • theoriginalbomberman

          Yeah Ashley and his penny pinching has definitely not helped things but I don’t think he is doing a good job personally. We don’t seem to have any cohesive game plan going forward and for a “tactical genius” he’s afraid of trying anything different other than try not yo concede. Ki is clearly a talented player and played very well with Jonjo Shelvey scoring 8 goals when he was playing in an attacking mid role at Swansea yet he’s constantly overlooked for Rafa’s golden boy Perez. He very rarely admits responsibility or accepts he makes mistakes it’s always his players fault or a referee decision we all derided Pardew for making excuses for himself Rafa doesn’t deserve a free pass either.

      • nufcslf

        That was only for half a season each with Demba Bar scoring at will in the first half of the season and Cisse in the second half. The only no doubt about anything is that Pisdew has proved what a useless, clueles c**t he really is by being sacked at every club he has ran into the ground. A perfect match for Cashley. Not too worry though, he will be back at Sports Direct United before you know it.

        • theoriginalbomberman

          Rafa has also been sacked everywhere he’s been too.

  • David2211

    I think anyone comparing Pardew with Rafa, never mind seeming to prefer him whether professionally or personally, goes to show our fan base is deluded and the outside view the papers and other fans have of us is spot on.
    Incredible.

    • JohnnyH

      They’re all trolls mate
      Paid to undermine the fan base by Ashley’s PR
      Cheap way to exert influence.

    • nufcslf

      Too bloody true.

  • SH.ER

    I don’t give a sh*t about Benitez achievements with other clubs
    Benitez is the Newcastle manager & Pardew had similar resources & got better results, simple!! you can’t deny it
    Pardew left Newcastle mid season in 9th & he finished 10th the season before that
    We struggled with bad runs, we could’ve been way way above 10th if he had better players

    • SH.ER

      When Pardew used to have “bad runs” people would go crazy & document them in banners but with Benitez who had an ugly run last season & so far this season? IT’S FINE

    • nufcslf

      Pisdew had far better options to choose from. He was actually given money, but proved what a sh*t manager he was as well as a gutless c**t by not challenging Cashley when the best player’s were just simply sold on for a profit. Go back and look if I am making this up.

      • Toon Arnie

        None of that happened – we’re not a selling club. Ask Clarko !!

  • nufcslf

    Don’t talk shyt and tell lies please. F**king Pardew, just another stupid pryk that con only talk a good game of football and not produce it on a football pitch. There is a reason why he will never get a manager’s job again…..or will he?…..

  • RICHYKEARNEY10

    credit where its due, pardew certainly didnt do as bad a job as people say, okay we just about stayed up the season after finishing 5th, but that was ashely not backing pardew (signing anita) granted he came out with rubbish such as ” cant compete with southamption, and that was for mike” but overall as a manager he wasnt that bad, gave us some good memorys that for some reason people want to forget, and paint the picture that he was an awful manager? Certainly played better football then benitez, overall i think he was okay for the time he was here, cut him some slack