Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Lack of Common Courtesy by Remy; Player's Attitude Angered United, Not His Greed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Lack of Common Courtesy by Remy; Player's Attitude Angered United, Not His Greed

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS THE VOICE OF NORTH EAST SPORT

NEWCASTLE United are surprised and more than a smidgeon annoyed Loic Remy gave them the slip and signed for QPR this week - but not for the reasons you might imagine.

United are upset at the timing of Remy's decision and the lack of courtesy afforded them by his representatives - who maintained, along with the player at every step in this tortuous deal, Newcastle was his preferred destination.

On the other stuff, such as the PS80,000-a-week contract? United will take that on the chin.

They don't consider Remy's greed or his pursuit of the Loftus Road loot a particular problem.

After all, in the kind of market they deal in, everyone is a mercenary in one way or another.

Accusing Remy of taking the cash is missing the point spectacularly.

United's whole recruitment policy is underscored by the fact French clubs do not bring in the kind of gate money or commercial revenue that their English counterparts do, so will have to sell as soon as a decent offer comes in. When they sit around the table with a player, they are emboldened by the fact their wage structure - too restrictive to capture the best established players in England - will blow any Ligue 1 club out of the water.

How do you think Yohan Cabaye was enticed? Sure, the homework United do around the periphery of a deal is important, as is the charm offensive that they have put into action over the last four years.

However, the fact he might earn four times as much as he was at Lille was the thing which brought the Dreamboat over the Channel to talk turkey.

By then creating a colony of French talent, Newcastle hoped they would be the destination of choice for the likes of Remy. Manager Alan Pardew summed it up best at yesterday's press conference, when he said: "I honestly think if you're a French player with the French payers we have in the squad, this would be your first port of call. …

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