Yohan Cabaye has been talking about Newcastle’s chances of survival this season.

The midfielder now playing in the Arabian Gulf League but keeping an eye on things back in England.

Cabaye admits the weather has been difficult to get used to when playing/training with Al Nasr, having only previously played in the north of France and in England.

A little bit of nostalgia seeing Yohan Cayabe reminiscing about training in ‘coats and scarves’ when at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has previously said that he didn’t think there was a lot wrong with Newcastle’s approach to survival this season and that making sweeping changes could/would only lead to more unrest at the club, actually lowering the chances of wins coming the team’s way.

The win over Watford appearing to back that view up, fine margins going in Newcastle’s favour at last.

Cayabe agrees with Rafa’s point of view: ‘In this situation (Newcastle battling relegation) it is really important to work really hard and not to change everything. It is easy to say that doesn’t work so we are going to change everything. You need to keep the same mentality to work and give the player confidence.’

Hopefully Rafa’s experience and expertise will enable him to get the best out of this squad by holding his nerve.

Just like the one point from nine games run last season, Benitez has refused to panic so far this season.

In the absence of signing better players, the Newcastle boss clearly believes he knows what his best chance is with this group of players, with neither fans nor media changing his mind.

Yohan Cabaye talking to The Mail:

“In this situation (Newcastle battling relegation) it is really important to work really hard and not to change everything.

“It is easy to say that doesn’t work so we are going to change everything.

“You need to keep the same mentality to work and give the players confidence.

“You can be a good player with good quality but if you do not have confidence it can be difficult, really difficult.

“For sure they (Newcastle) have quality in the team, so for me I am confident the results will turn around.

“The weather was hard to deal with at the beginning (playing for Al Nasr) but I didn’t want to complain or use this as an excuse.

“For me I have always played in the north of France or England, so it has been different.

“I was happy to come here and play in warm weather but I didn’t expect it to be this warm.

“I have seen pictures of us training years ago in Newcastle and it is totally different – everyone had scarves and coats on!’

“But I am happy, we have found a place to live and as long as my family are happy then I am happy. It makes it much better having them here.’



  • Kenny

    Never replaced the guy or indeed Demba Ba, both quality players.
    he was determined to get away from Newcastle the only thing he did wrong was the way he went about it, as i say a class act on his day.

    • Paul Patterson

      The club was sold as a stepping stone to him and a few other frenchies. Between him and Sissoko the owner made £50m profit on them two alone. Carroll made the owner £35m profit. There are countless others.
      It’s the strategy of the owner to sell high and buy low. Sadly the quality diminishes . .

      • Kenny

        100% correct.

      • Clarko

        There’s not ‘countless others’, it’s actually very countable because we’re not a selling club, that’s evident by the fact that you’ve only named three players, three transfers over an 8 year period, a player who was sold for €41.00m in 2011, a player who went on strike after being refused a transfer that was subsequently sold for €25.00m and a player (who nobody liked) that was sold after the club was relegated for €35.00m.

        • Damon Horner

          Debuchy, Sissoko, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic all had a good profit made on them, right?

          Does 7 players over an 8 year period make us a selling club?

          • Danimal

            Yes. We were also a selling club back in the 80s when we sold Waddle and Gascoigne to a club with a smaller support and lower league position than us. Back then, we had the equivalents of Clarko, a bunch of cowering, mealy-mouthed, defeatist myopics, telling us not to rock the boat as we should know our place in the food chain (ie. a downtrodden northern club acting as a feeder to more glamorous and ambitious rivals). Thankfully the takeover and transformation of the club took place without (despite) them. Now we have to do it all again. ASHLEY OUT.

          • Damon Horner

            Common denominator sounds like the mentality of the owners. I can’t pretend to know the 80’s but I read what people say. I think some can question Freddys judgment and decision making but he did want us to succeed.

          • Danimal

            I wasn’t a fan of Freddy, competence-wise but would love someone like that now, someone who actually cares about the club.

        • Danimal

          Haha 41m euros you sad sap. Wouldn’t get that for your 35m quid now would you?

          • Clarko

            I don’t know what that means.

            How does stating a fact make me a ‘sad sap’?

          • Kenny

            Clarko you dummy,
            spray some WD40 on your a$$ and pull your head out.
            😂😂😂

        • Toon Arnie

          Ha ha ha – I don’t think there’s a more badly informed troll on this website than you !! We’ve missed you Clarko.

          • Clarko

            If I was uninformed you’d be able to tell me why right?

          • Danimal

            Yes, that’s the nature of being uninformed – you need more enlightened people to inform you. Unfortunately you’re so irrational it won’t work. A Donny Trump rally would be a more suitable environment for your powers of reason.

          • Clarko

            Would you look at that, you couldn’t tell me why…

          • Danimal

            Got your ‘Make Newcastle Relegated Again’ cap on Clarko?

          • Clarko

            Benitez has that covered, he’s an expert in getting Newcastle relegated after all…

          • Paul Patterson

            That’s the most delusional comment I’ve ever seen. And by your standard, that’s high praise.
            If you’re a Newcastle fan, your special needs, if you’re not, you’re a troll.

          • Clarko

            Look at that very intelligent comment… Well done Paul…

          • Wezza

            He is indeed a troll Paul, other users on here have exposed him as on each other for the Manchester Utd supporting trolls who used to troll here daily. We got a good result so he has to come on here to get a reaction. It’s a illness, he needs the attention and reaction because deep down he lives a very sad life indeed. Oh and he looks like Sgt Bilko, when his Facebook was spotted.

          • Tweed Mag

            This debate is not going your way Clarko, you are making Southampton’s performance look good. By my reckoning you are 7 – 0 down at the moment.

          • Clarko

            Debate? This isn’t a debate…

          • Tweed Mag

            Well, not from you perhaps, but everyone else is making good points (with facts).

          • Clarko

            Quote a good point made by someone relating to the actual topic (Newcastle being a selling club).

          • Toon Arnie

            Do you not actually read the responses ?

          • Tweed Mag

            They are all there to see Clarko, just pause a minute and have a look. I am grateful for your input – which sounds strange – but you manage to galvanise everyone and draw out the real story. If you enjoy trying to wind genuine fans up, it is not working as you do not have the basic knowledge to back up what you try to say. Carry on though, you and the other trolls are doing a great job for Nice Guy Mike.

          • Clarko

            You couldn’t quote one 😂

          • Danimal

            I see Mark Hughes, Neil Warnock, David Wagner and Sean Dyche have all given Rafa a masterclass in how to play more expansive football against the money clubs in the last couple of weeks. I wish we’d taken a leaf out of their books, a few 5-0 and 6-1 defeats would have really lightened the stress of our bad start to the season and the players would be bursting with confidence by now.

          • Clarko

            Haven’t you already replied to this comment? You’re just shouting random things now…

            😂 😂 😂

          • Paul Patterson

            But he’s stating one of them lovely facts that you love so much . .

          • Danimal

            Replied to my own comment? No I haven’t. Can do if you like. I’m very calm by the way, no shouting here. Thanks.

          • Toon Arnie

            An expert ? He hasn’t been responsible ( read this carefully) for getting Newcastle relegated once whereas your hero is on a hat trick this season due to his appalling lack of investment. Do you ever get anything right ?!

          • Clarko

            Not responsible? That’s just silly. He was brought in to keep Newcastle up and failed, he had 30 points to play for and had games against the likes of Sunderland, Norwich and Aston Villa (failing to win a single one of those games) who were our relegation rivals. He failed, fact.

          • Toon Arnie

            No, he was brought in too late to rescue a sinking ship. Earlier action by Fat Mike ( which you refuse to acknowledge ) would have given Rafa time to save us. McLaren and Ashley failed, Rafa came very close to pulling off a minor miracle.

          • Clarko

            No, he wasn’t brought in too late, you are 100% fundamentally wrong, he had 30 points to play for, he needed 16 points to reach 40 points (Sunderland finished on 39 points) and he failed.

          • Toon Arnie

            He took over a side that was demoralised and almost turned it round. If it was that easy why did the previous manager get so few points ? You’re really embarrassing yourself now Clarko and it’s probably time to leave it. Well you’ve bored me in to submission now so you might be able to tick that off as another win on your wall chart. Enjoy the rest of your night.

          • Clarko

            ‘he was brought in too late’

            He had 30 points to play for, needed 16 and didn’t do it. You were wrong.

          • Danimal

            24 points from 28 games. 13 points from 10 games under Rafa. What were you hoping for?

          • Clarko

            He was hired to get 16 points, he failed to do his job. I was hoping for him to do his job…

          • Danimal

            Ohhhh, had Sunderland already declared on 39 at that point? I hadn’t realised. And Tufty McClown, the preferred option of your hero “Mike”, did he do his job?

          • Clarko

            He was hired to keep Newcastle up, that required 16 points (the 40 point mark). He failed.

          • Paul Patterson

            Are you Mike Ashley?

          • Toon Arnie

            Easy – everything you say is wrong !

        • Paul Patterson

          Given-profit. Milner-profit Wijnaldum-profit, Ba-profit.

          • Danimal

            Enrique.

          • Paul Patterson

            Did we make a profit on him as well? The argument is moot. Given, Milner, Carroll and Ba were all free for Ashley to profit from and by my reckoning that’s about £70m from four players alone. All, PROFIT.

          • Clarko

            Yeah Paul you weren’t supposed to list more players… You named the three “big” ones… That’s it, you’re done, you didn’t have a point…

            Milner – 2008
            Wijnaldum – Relegation
            Ba – Release clause

            On a side note, selling players for ‘profit’ doesn’t make you a selling club 😂

          • Paul Patterson

            It does when you don’t replace them with equal or better quality.

          • Clarko

            No it doesn’t. That would be a recruitment/scouting problem. Having a history of repeatedly selling your best would make you a selling club, Newcastle don’t do that, you’re wrong.

          • Danimal

            Yes they do. It’s starting to change now, as there’s nothing left that anyone wants to buy.

          • Paul Patterson

            We still have Lascelles, Shelvey and Dubravka. Rest assured, if we go down, there’s £80m to be had there.

          • Danimal

            Even in today’s crazy market we wouldn’t get anything like that. They’d be squad players in some of the Premier League’s bottom ten.

          • Clarko

            No, me and Paul have been through the players that Newcastle have sold, not a selling club.

          • Rabid Dog

            So we have a history of retaining our best players ? I think we sell the best and release the rest, where a nominal fee can’t be recouped

          • Danimal

            We kept Shearer and Beardsley (second time around). That’s your lot.

          • Toon Arnie

            That was before Ashley though and at that time we were at least trying to compete and be the best we could be. We lost Woodgate but to be fair nobody says no to Real Madrid.

          • Danimal

            Agreed. We have not retained or even attempted to retain one decent player during Ashley’s abysmal reign.

          • Toon Arnie

            Even around that time wasn’t Ferdinand sold to balance the books ?

          • Danimal

            At the tail end of that time.

          • Paul Patterson

            There was also the young lad we sold to Everton for a quick buck.

          • Clarko

            So we have a history of retaining our best players?

            Yes.

          • Toon Arnie

            No.

          • Rabid Dog

            Ok. Examples please.

          • Clarko

            It would be easier for you to give examples of Newcastle happily/willingly selling their best players considering the list is so small. Feel free to go ahead.

          • Paul Patterson

            Subject dodger

          • Clarko

            You’d know all about that, you must have dodged every subject at school Paul.

          • Rabid Dog

            It would be easier? Quite frankly I don’t give a toss if it’s easier for you. It is your statement that we do not sell our best players and are not a selling club. You provide the evidence, the facts and where it is documented. You know, the usual expectations you require…

          • Clarko

            We are not a selling club. That is my statement. If YOU don’t agree with my statement, YOU have to provide evidence to prove that statement wrong.

            Relegations aside which of our top players have we sold under Ashley? List them? Because I count three, four maybe. There’s my evidence, we’ve only sold three/four “top” players in 11 years (relegation aside).

          • Westdentoon

            Since the departure of Cabaye, Carrol etc can you name a ‘top’ player we have had to sell in recent years?
            With the ‘possible’ exeption of Lascelles, I’m struggling here. I can’t think of a single player since that era that would actually attract a half decent fee!
            We have consistently bought young players with possible potential and sell on value, your mate Mike’s policy, even you can’t deny that.

          • Clarko

            You’ve two players you listed were sold three years apart… This conversation is about how we are not a selling club.

          • Westdentoon

            Its not a conversation though is it? You lack the basic ability to take on other points of view consistently taking the stance you have superior knowledge to all who engage you.
            I am agreeing with you. We are no longer a selling club. We buy cheap bottom end players and any self respecting top flight club would no longer touch 99% of our players as we simply don’t have the assets to sell.
            There was a policy in place that you can’t deny, buy young players (predominantly from France) develop and sell at profit. It didn’t work and now we scrape the barrel. Fortunately we have a manager in place that knows how to get the best out of what we have and without him we would be knackered..

          • Clarko

            We’ve never been a selling club under Ashley.

            I’m not talking about transfer policies. You lack the basic ability to read and take in information.

          • Westdentoon

            Is a transfer policy based on selling successful players and being a selling club not directly linked?
            Excuse me for lacking the ability to read but maybe you can explain the difference?
            The fact is we would be selling every player that could realise a profit if we had them, unfortunately we don’t.
            Now read my messages above, not once did I state we are a selling club. We tried to be, but your messiah failed at that one also.
            Now go to bed (obviously on your own) you nobheed.

          • Clarko

            We’ve never been a selling club under Ashley.

          • Toon Arnie

            The club strategy is to buy young so they will have a higher sell on value. Surely even you can see that constitutes the policy of a selling club. End of argument.

          • Rabid Dog

            Others have already provided you with who. You have not provided one.

            And “relegations aside”….. why is that? Because it is your agenda it suits to ignore.

          • Clarko

            And their examples did not prove that the club is a selling club.

            You have to ignore any transfer activity during the relegations in this conversation because they’re anomalies.

          • Toon Arnie

            Does that mean you can’t answer Rabid’s question ?

          • Danimal

            2008 – it’s a long time ago so it’s ok (“don’t mention the war”). Relegation – whose fault was that? Release clause – whose fault was it that any half decent player of ours activates their release clause at the earliest opportunity? We don’t always sell them for a profit, although that’s the preference of your boyfriend Ashley. The point is, if they are decent, they leave our dropped lasagne of a football club as fast as they can, for somewhere better (and the options are plentiful).

          • Clarko

            The question is, are Newcastle a selling club? The answer is no. We’re not.

          • Toon Arnie

            When was the last time we turned down a solid big money bid for one of our top players ? We’re certainly not a buying club so what’s your take in our status ?

          • Clarko

            Jamaal Lascelles in the summer.

          • Danimal

            You think so?

          • Toon Arnie

            We got a concrete bid in for him in the summer ? Off who ? I remember rumours about Spurs / Chelsea ‘preparing bids’ last January that were reportedly about £30m but nothing in the summer.

          • Toon Arnie

            Your last point totally contradicts your first point ? Surely the ‘big ones’ are those likely to raise a profit ? That’s the idea of a selling club surely, repeatedly enticed by profits on players.

          • Clarko

            I don’t think you know what the word contradiction means Arnie.

          • Toon Arnie

            Very weak response – time to wrap it in for the night Clarko.

          • Clarko

            What do you expect me to do with a comment that states my ‘last point totally contradicts’ my ‘first point’ before asking me what my what my first point was?

            😂 😂 😂

          • Toon Arnie

            That’s not what I said ? You really are in a permanent state of confusion !

          • Clarko

            You did, I quoted you dummy.

          • Toon Arnie

            No, what you did , as usual, was take a quote in isolation to try and make it fit your agenda but you always seem to get it wrong. Honestly, any thicker and you would set ! I’m strangely fascinated that you still get confused by the Rondon situation despite numerous explanations being put to you. Do you live in a nursing home ?

          • Ram Kishore

            I was 15 when Milner was sold and I am still wondering why just as I was back then. Everytime I keep seeing him score a goal for Liverpool even now, this pops up

      • Alan Pardew

        The money will be Andy’s legacy to the team.

  • Mrkgw

    Decent player but, let us down in the end, along with his mate Debuchy and also Sissoko. We were a stepping stone to them – no more than that. And so, their opinions are worthless.

    • Danimal

      What should we expect? We sell the club to these players as a stepping stone, we refuse to push on and compete with similar sized clubs, then the players move on to more ambitious clubs that pay more and try to be successful. We gave these players the stepping stone as promised and they took it. How did they let us down?

      • Mrkgw

        They let us down by refusing to stay and push the club onwards. No loyalty whatsoever. If the club was sold to them in that context then there is a lack of realisation from within the walls of St James as to what it represents. Fact of the matter is that it is in theory, a sleeping giant. Ashley fails to spot that. As do the mercenaries that come and go. Like it or not, the players mentioned are just that and don’t deserve to be celebrated.

      • Toon Arnie

        I think you’ve nailed it there Danimal. It might have been different if we had shown some ambition, maybe they would have wanted to be part of it.
        The club is rotten to the core with this Fat Idiot in charge and a lot of the more ambitious players don’t want to be anywhere near it.

  • Tweed Mag

    Good player for us, but his huff when the deal with Arsenal fell through spoiled things a bit. Never quite made it at PSG and was okay at Palace. Another multi millionaire who should have won things, but did not. The only real winner was Ashley, who made a good profit. Where did that money go?

  • JohnnyH

    I never had a problem with players showing ambition and wanting to move to better teams, but Cabaye’s antics were pretty shabby, when he sulked his way out of the toon.

    • Peaky

      I can remember watching him last season for Palace on tv,can’t remember who it was against but his antics were shocking…running to the ref at every single opportunity,moaning and holding up the old imaginary card…

  • Kenny

    Clarko`s got new Duracell batteries fitted
    😂

    • Danimal

      Not to his brain.

      • Peaky

        Was at Kelham Island on Friday night….canny night….went with the missus so didn’t get to any of the real ale bars….had a meal at The Milestone….very good and the waiter was from Chester le Street.

        • Danimal

          Oh nice one. Milestone still a good option, had a nice Sunday lunch there a couple of weeks ago. I dusted down my passport and went out to Eccy Rd and Sharrow this weekend, funnily enough.

    • JohnnyH

      I blocked him ages ago, his arrogance outweighed any amusement I got out of his posts.
      Good call on the Quinta Ruban by the way, it’s spot on.

      • Kenny

        I have 3 in that range, the Lasanta is top class as well,
        Ruban is Oak & Port cask, the Lasanta Oak & Sherry cask

  • Steven05

    Keep selling selling your best players (be a selling club), replace them with cheaper options (or not at all) – the quality of the team diminishes = less chance of selling for massive money

    • Clarko

      We’re not a selling club.

      • Steven05

        Because we don’t have anything left to sell!

        When I say we – I mean Newcastle United. F*<k knows where your allegiance is

        • Clarko

          We’ve never been a selling club under Ashley.

          • Danimal

            Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

          • Rabid Dog

            You have been provided with factual examples of where we have sold our best players. You have yet to provide any facts on players who have been retained.

            Facts matter, right?

          • Clarko

            Yeah, someone provided a list of three players, those players being Cabaye, Sissoko and Carroll. You can see my response here:

            ‘three transfers over an 8 year period, a player who was sold for €41.00m in 2011, a player who went on strike after being refused a transfer that was subsequently sold for €25.00m and a player (who nobody liked) that was sold after the club was relegated for €35.00m.’

            Those are not examples that support the claim that Newcastle are a selling club for the reasons cited above.

          • Rabid Dog

            But it is factual examples of selling our best players. That was what I said. In this thread.

          • Clarko

            They are examples of players we have sold, they are not examples that prove the club is a selling club.

          • Steven05

            Do you not get bored doing this? You used to get a reaction out of people, including me, but you’ve lost your touch. It’s just boring now.

          • Clarko

            Bored of putting liars straight? No.

            As for a reaction, you’ve replied twice now…

          • Steven05

            Well I’ll go for the hat trick then – you are very boring

          • Stephen Paylor

            Surely you cant believe that to be true

          • Clarko

            If it wasn’t true you would be able to tell me why?

      • Toontaff

        Thankfully, we only ever sell players for Euros – my computer is not part of the Euro zone – now, if we’d sold Cabaye, Sisssoko, Ba, Carroll, Janmaat, Townsend, Cabella, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Mitrovic, Debuchy…for ££££…………..

    • Jonas

      Yes it can only go on so long and I think we’re nearing that stage.
      The sooner the better for me, sadly, because when there’s nothing left to sell and an even worse product to sell to media/fans, the pr**k will either have to sell or put money in – as unlikely as selling is, him putting money in is too paradoxical to comprehend.

      • Steven05

        Honesty mate I don’t even think I want him to put any money in now. Any success we might get would be massively tarnished under him. I just want him gone.

  • East Durham Mag

    FFS Stop feeding the troll.