Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is already eyeing a return to football following his retirement.

The Frenchman hung up his boots last week, having been without a club since the summer of 2020.

However, Cabaye insists he is not finished with football.

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In an interview with Crystal Palace’s matchday programme, Cabaye said: “I want to do courses, like coaching licenses.

“There’s a school in France on how to be a sporting director that I’m interested in. I want to go back to school, now to learn and try to stay involved in the game.”

Coach Cabaye

Whether he’s on the touchline as manager, working as a coach or in the boardroom as a sporting director, Cabaye is clearly desperate to extend his career in football.

He was a wonderful player, and hopefully that leads to a wonderful career in management.

While his time at Newcastle ended in disappointment, Cabaye is still remembered fondly on Tyneside.

He was a bit of an unknown quantity when he arrived, coming in as Kevin Nolan’s replacement in the summer of 2011.


Cabaye was untested in England, but proved to be a masterstroke by Graham Carr. For just £4.3million, Newcastle had signed an outstanding footballer.

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He could control games, create chances and score goals, whilst also having a bit of bite. In the 2011/12 season, his partnership with Cheick Tiote was incredible. The pair worked brilliantly together.

Sadly, Cabaye’s performances led to a move away. He would go on strike to try and force a move to Arsenal, before PSG signed him for £19million in January 2014.

But could we see a return to Newcastle for Cabaye in the future?

“Hopefully one day in France or in England to be a sports director would be fantastic for me,” he said.

While some fans will likely hold a grudge because of the way he left St James’ Park, most would surely welcome him back with open arms.

In fact, some fans would probably take him back right now. He can’t be any worse than what we’ve already got, can he?

Between head coach Steve Bruce and absent managing director Lee Charnley, our management setup is hardly brimming with quality…

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