Newcastle’s disgruntled winger Charles N’zogbia has said that he would no longer play under Joe Kinnear as a result of an “insult” over the manager slipping on the pronunciation of his name in a media interview.
N’zogbia has long expressed his desire to leave Newcastle for a better club with ambitions that can match his dream to play for the Les Bleus, the French national team. After citing reasons that he was often played out of position at left-back instead of a winger and not having enough appearances, N’zogbia has finally decided that the tipping point for him was Joe Kinnear’s mispronunciation of his name as Charles Insognia in a post-match interview after the Manchester City defeat.
For the record, N’zogbia was used as an emergency left-back on occassions when Enrique was injured or not present on the bench, in the same way that Tim Cahill is tactfully employed as an emergency striker by David Moyes at Everton, given the perennial injuries to Louis Saha and more recently, Yakubu. He was started 4 times this season as a left-back — compared to the 11 starting and 3 subsitute appearances he made as a winger.
All throughout the season, N’zogbia has only scored one premiership goal and made one assist, and with that coming from him playing as a left-back covering for Enrique.
The Newcastle fans, or the Toon army as they are better known, deserve better. They have tided through some very difficult times with their frequent change of managers and heavy expectations, and indeed they are nowhere near the team that led Manchester United by 12 points at the top of the Premiership once.
N’zogbia should learn what loyalty to a football club means. Newcastle has some good players in the likes of Michael Owen, Damien Duff and Shay Given. The Newcastle fans are known to be some of the most fiercely loyal in the English premiership. Although they do not have the deep pockets of Chelsea, or more recently, Manchester City, owner Mike Ashley has always been not afraid of comitting money to fund transfers and pay decent wage packages.
N’zogbia must be dreaming of a kind of Kaka-like bid from a top premiership club for his services. But the fact of the matter is, that is not going to happen. Manager Joe Kinnear has denied that there are any bids for the winger. And even if there was, he would hardly fit into the starting 11 of any of the top 4 clubs in England. More so, N’zogbia’s unprofessional attitude has caused many people to question his commitment to the club.
N’zogbia’s lack of loyalty and determination to fight for his place in the Newcastle team evinces a strong contrast to that of a professional player such as Beckham. Dropped and fallen out of favor by Capello during his early Madrid reign, Beckham quietly and dilligently worked his way back into the Madrid squad and earned a recall into the England squad in the process.
Certainly N’zogbia has not proven himself to be a talented winger such as Robinho. Threatening to quit over a manager’s name slip-up can perhaps be entered into the sports history books as the most ridiculous reason for quitting a football club.
Maybe the next time, Kinnear will address N’zogbia as Sir Charles.