It has been a busy few days at Newcastle United, and not for the right reasons.
First came the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, then the 3-0 derby defeat at home to Sunderland, and now their director of football Joe Kinnear has resigned after just seven months in the job.
That Kinnear made not a single permanent signing during his tenure is telling, and few Newcastle fans are likely to shed a tear following his exit. But it is fair to say the Magpies have enjoyed better times.
One man tipped to replace Cabaye was Montpellier play-maker Remy Cabella, who recently told RMC he had no regrets at ignoring their interest.
But while he spoke about the goals he still has in Ligue 1, it was the following statement that caught the eye and no doubt gave a hypothetical kick to Magpies fans while they were down.
“Rolland Courbois (the Montpellier manager) tells me often enough not to go to Newcastle,” Cabella is quoted as saying.
“He thinks I can aim for a team a little higher.”
So be it, but it could be narrow-mindedness on the part of the player to dismiss a club who may not be at the top of a domestic league, but are not exactly small-fry either.
That Cabaye opted to move from Lille to St James’ Park – ultimately thriving to such an extent that one of the best sides in Europe secured his services – is reason enough for Cabella not to dismiss Alan Pardew’s side out of hand.
If Montpellier’s manager is so dismissive of Newcastle should he not feel the same about Manchester United? After all, they are currently only three points better off than Newcastle.
Of course it is not that black-and-white, but Cabella would do well to look at the career path of his countryman Cabaye, who moved to England at the age of 25, having played his part in a league and cup double in France.
Cabella is 23, and is at a side who are currently 14th in France’s top flight.
So no, Newcastle may not be the best of the best. But players like Cabella could help them return to their glory days, benefitting both themselves and a club which would turn him into a hero…if his performances warranted it of course.
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