Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SO JUST WHAT IS GOING ON? Fans Demand Answers after Derby Disaster Silence from St James' Deafening

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SO JUST WHAT IS GOING ON? Fans Demand Answers after Derby Disaster Silence from St James' Deafening

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com

NEWCASTLE UNITED fans are calling for answers after the Magpies' failed bid to replace Yohan Cabaye.

A dismal and heartless derby display against Sunderland at St James' Park compounded the Toon Army's frustrations on Saturday with loud vocal chants against Mike Ashley picked by the TV cameras.

The United faithful were left disappointed by the departure of Cabaye to Paris St-Germain but even for those who understand the nature of a deal which moved on a player for four times the value Newcastle paid for him three years ago, the fact no replacement came in before the window slammed shut on Friday has left some fans threatening not to renew their season ticket.

It has also emerged from sources in France Newcastle's attempts to sign Clement Grenier only resulted in what Lyon viewed as a derisory offer for his services.

Pardew was quizzed on Cabaye's departure and the failed attempts to replace him after the defeat by Sunderland.

He was twice over-ruled by his press officer in the postgame media conference, who stated the questions directed at the manager were "unfair".

However, the club's football chief Joe Kinnear is also not available for interview and the Chronicle understands the club pulled the plug on a TV interview when the ex-Wimbledon boss was prepared to answer questions on transfers.

With the club's football secretary Lee Charnley, who runs the day-to-day business at the club, not making himself available to the media, there is an eerie silence coming out of SJP at the moment. That said, in Kinnear's only other output in the window he stated no players would be sold in January - only for Cabaye to reveal at his unveiling in Paris last week he had an agreement to quit the Magpies. Pardew refused to answer questions on Cabaye's sale after the game, and he said: "What else can I say? …

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