Less than 48 hours after the devastating loss against Sunderland, Newcastle United announced that their director of football would be leaving the club.

Joe Kinnear's job was to bring signings to the club and he failed to do so, making two loan signings during his time which were already targets of the club before he joined.

Nevertheless, Kinnear will be most remembered for his involvement in the selling of arguably the club's best player - Yohan Cabaye.

Cabaye was seen as a midfield maestro and a fan favourite.

However, Mike Ashley and his team cashed in on the Frenchman for £20million.

Typically, a team would sharply buy a replacement when their best player has moved elsewhere, but not at Newcastle.

The Magpies were heavily linked with two central midfielders to replace the departed Cabaye, the first of which was Clement Grenier.

The attacking midfielder has made over 70 appearances for Lyon in his time at the French club.

He has also played at every level for France and so it is no surprise that Newcastle were attracted to him.

Newcastle did lodge a bid for the 23-year-old, however, it was rejected by Lyon.

So with that option crossed off Joe Kinnear's short and very disappointing shortlist, Remy Cabella was now the most likely substitute for Cabaye.

It was understood that Newcastle entered talks with Cabella's current club Montpellier and it was later rumoured that a deal was agreed but the move could only be completed in the summer.

Again Newcastle fans' hopes were crushed when Montpellier chief Laurent Nicollin denied the rumours.

This weekend, the Magpies line up against Chelsea at Stamford bridge - a tie that could prove harder than usual with Chelsea full of confidence after their deserved victory at the Etihad.

Cabaye had been labelled as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and Newcastle could find replacing the Frenchman incredibly difficult.

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