Cabaye insists players, not Pardew, are to blame

KEY MAN ... Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, left, with manager Alan Pardew.
KEY MAN ... Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, left, with manager Alan Pardew.
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YOHAN Cabaye says Newcastle United’s players must take responsibility for the club’s dip in form.

Manager Alan Pardew has come under renewed fire from supporters after back to back Premier League defeats.

But Cabaye, set to return to the starting XI against Cardiff City tomorrow, feels the players, as a group, have to look at themselves in the wake of the team’s performances against Everton and Hull City.

The midfielder came off the bench at Goodison Park on Monday night with Newcastle trailing by three goals.

Cabaye scored a stunning goal six minutes into the second half, and Loic Remy also netted.

But the damage had been done before the break, and the odds on Pardew being the next top-flight manager to leave his post were cut in the wake of the defeat, which left the club in 16th place.

Cabaye – who apologised to fans for refusing to play in the club’s first two league games in the wake of a rejected bid from Arsenal – insists Pardew retains the support of the squad.

“Of course – he is our manager,” Cabaye told the Gazette.

“In football it is often the manager who gets the blame. He works hard all week, and we have our responsibilities. We have to think about that, and play for everyone at the club.

“What we have been doing on the pitch is not enough.”

Cabaye – who was yesterday recalled to the France squad along with Remy for the games against Austria and Finland – told Pardew he had a hip problem on the eve of the Everton game.

“Before Everton I felt my hip flexor,” said Cabaye. “The day before I wasn’t right, so I spoke with the manager, and said I couldn’t start, but I wanted to be on the bench.”

However, Cabaye is now fully fit, and Pardew said in his pre-match Press conference that the 27-year-old was available to start at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“Yohan’s trained with us since the game with no problem,” he said. “I wouldn’t have an issue with him starting the game.”

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