Pardew Explains Mike Ashley Wanted Tiote Signed Up

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has tried to explain a little bit of Mike Ashley’s thinking this morning, and Alan says that Mike instructed Newcastle to sign up Cheick Tiote.

Mike Ashley – will reinvest £35M into the club

Newcastle got a whopping £35M from Liverpool for Andy Carroll,  and it seems that money will be reinvested into the club, but will not all be spent purely on transfer fees for new players.

Pardew has talked to Sky Sports News today, and explained  that unpopular Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was going to make as much money as he could, available for Alan in this summer’s transfer market:

“I think Mike’s made it clear that the financial model that he’s put in here is one where he doesn’t have to go to his personal world to fund it,”

“While he is here, he wants to make it viable. We’re going to use that money (£35M) to build the club and have a team on the pitch.”

“The most important thing is Mike’s a supporter, and he wants his team to be exciting and wants to get excited about the prospects of the club.”

“So it’s a two-fold situation here, and I’m leaning on his passion for the team to get more money out of him and use as much money as I can.”

“The short of it is that we will be signing players in the summer, for sure.”

There’s great news this morning that Newcastle have secured midfielder Cheick Tiote on a six-and-a-half-year contract, and that’s something that Alan thinks will send a big message to their supporters about the commitment of the owner.

Alan continued:

“I think with any club, it’s difficult to keep any players at whatever club you’re at,”

“We’re trying to do the best we can and for our fans to have this player secured for this length of time gives us some insurance.”

“And we’re hoping that Tiote continues to play at the level he’s been at, he’s been absolutely brilliant.”

“To be fair to Mike he’s gone and said ‘let’s get this guy done,’ because after Andy he wanted to make sure that he sent a message to the fans that he is here.”

“Mike is keeping his eye firmly on the club and he wants to build the club. And this is a big step towards that.”

“I think negotiating in the Premier League for any senior player is always complex and difficult.”

“We want to keep our best players, I make it perfectly clear from a manager’s point of view.”

“Whether we can is down to the market and to the players themselves. You want to keep your best players and you want them to stay.”

Well it’s almost like one down and two to go, with Joey Barton and Jose Enrique hopefully the next two players who will commit long term to the famous Newcastle United club.

Surely they can see that if they sign on, and Newcastle recruit some good players in the summer, which seems likely, we could be in with a good chance to make the top six next season in the Premier League.

We could even finish in 7th place this season, if we have a decent run-in, starting tomorrow with Bolton Wanderers at home.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Widowmaker

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Good job there
    A few signings, we could be heading to Europe

  • dave 1961

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Graham Carr’s got £30 million and he’s shown he can spend it wisely, long gone are the days when 1 man could run a club. When it starts to run properly you will find a conveyor belt with Cheick Tiote’s on.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Been announced that John Carver has just penned a new 5 and-a-half year deal too! 😀

  • Stuart

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Bloody hell, its a good news day today like!

    With any luck both barton and enrique will sign on the dotted line before the end of the day and we can all unclench in the summer and just worry about who’s coming in.

  • Magforlife

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Just rubbing my eyes “good news day”
    Im sure the Daily mail will have a negative spin on it tomorrow !

  • TimToon9

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    What a day!

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Carver new 5 n half year contract…. nice like

  • toonboyjake

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    john carver signs 5 and a half year deal, moving in the right direction now, come on joey you next

  • toonboyjake

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    damn darlogeordie you beat me

  • Enigma

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10


    First post, I’ve been following the blog for an age now and finally thought I’d chuck in my two cents.

    Tiote signing a new deal is fantastic news, although Carroll did something similar i seem to recall…

    Now I’m no doom merchant, far from it, but until the summer transfer window closes I’ll be holding my breath that this isn’t a case of déjà vu.

    I’d like to echo Ed thoughts, if the club would just articulate it’s plans and keep us up to date maybe a lot of the cynicism surrounding the club would evaporate…perhaps.

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    john carver signs new contract

  • NorseMag

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Joey holding out for a 3-year extention instead of 2, he will get it I think.

    Jose waiting till we are “safe”. I wouldn’t be surprised if he even waited till there is some proof of ambition from Mike. Signing Joey would be a good start to that.

    And no harm in doing some business early for once, since when did we have a signing ready by July?


    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed, for gods sake will you stop going on about Andy Carroll – he has gone,we have a tidy sum in the bank f***ing move on will you.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m delighted Carver has signed up properly, I was actually hoping he would come in with Hoots after Calderwood left.

    Finally someone who doesn’t take sh*t in a position of power. As much as I am impressed Tiote has comitted (and if Pardew secured this then fair dos & credit to him, as much as I dislike him) it is Carver’s long term presence that has finally arrested the post-Hoots sinking feeling…

  • thepict

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Excellent news regarding Chieke Tiote and John Carver signing long term contracts. I don’t like MA, however, I do like the business plan he appears to be implementing. looks like the club is going in the right direction.
    Regarding our ex no 9, not worth £35million, possibly not going to play rest of season, looks like a good piece of business to me.

  • bills-son

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Spotlight Kid – what do you dislike about Pardew – the way he manages, him personally, or both.

    Because if its just to do with him personally – and not how he manages the players and the results he is getting – you are exactly the type of person you are making Pardew out to be.

  • ToonMobile

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Does nearly 7 years at the top of our wage ceiling mean we value him as a player at £20 million then? 🙂 Just an alternative take on the news!

  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Brilliant Coup!!!!!!! Chuffed about Tiote and Caever (who is a massive signing).

    This is probably been done using some of the 35m especially if he has had a wage rise. So you see what benefits we can get from Carroll, if it allows us to pay and keep our best players and sign another 3-4 in the summer.

    We could be on the verge of having the best team since Bobby and KK, but also based on a very solid financial basis. Mike Ashley may not be the best communicator, but boy does he know how to make a business financially viable – he doesn’t always make the best business decisions (renaming st james), but we could become one of the best run clubs in the country with some of the top players in the PL very soon.

    Who’s gonna argue with that?!?!?

  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19


  • G

    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Good news all round, I hope this means we will continue to see CT in a toon top for at least another 6 years then, however, this does mean that if somebody does come in for him, he will not be cheap (Assuming there is no clause there?). Win-win situation as far as Im concerned.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Time to give MA some credit again. He over paid for the team, messed up on personal decisions, and tried to sell-out even at a biog personal loss. With no buyers, he has rolled up his sleeves, and gotten to work to put and keep a quality squad on the pitch. I know most of us have been of a mind to try to get out of a miserable situation, and most of us do at a large personal cost. MA seems to be trying to make the lemons he grew turn into lemonade. I hope it works, as I just love the fresh squeezed taste of a Magpie win.

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22


    coolcarter beat me to it n all haha… good news all round today maybe ill stop moaning about Pardew n put some positive feedback if things keep on going in this direction

  • Gav00Toon

    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #23

    This is awsome news, with all the gossip regarding his departure in the summer NUFC have done a sound deal. Lets hope more will follow. Happy Days 🙂

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Sat here at work, just thought I’d check what’s happening today in the world of the toon, and I read that tiote had signed a new contract, absolutly made my day! Plus carver signs!!!

    As everyone is saying all we need is Joey and Jose to sign now and we have got a solid base to build on.

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 25, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Personally I think letting the world and their dog know that the toon has cash to spend in the summer is not the best bit of news, as that inevitably leads to prices going up.

    We did some very good business when no one knew what money was available and who we were after and I would have preferred to have it stay that way. To be giving off the image of a cash strapped pauper of a club with a tight fisted owner I think enabled us to keep the price of out targets more realistic.

    How much do you think Chieke would have cost us from Twente if they knew we had 35mil to spend? I recon a good chunk more than 3.5mil.

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #26

    This certainly doesn’t mean that Tiote will be staying for 6 years but it does mean that if we do sell him, it won’t be on the cheap!!

  • chuck

    Feb 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey ! did`nt Carroll our local lad and a St James hero, just sign a five year deal with us a coupla months ago, who I mean who, would believe he would give us the finger and jump on the first helicopter to Liverpool.
    It`a a funny old game, init !

  • dunzer1990

    Feb 25, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Yeah well he may have signed a 5 year deal but lets not forget that we did get 35 million quid for him so we got a good deal there. And if someone came in with 35 million for Tiote i’d say fair play and sell him. Trust some of the negative cynical supporters to take a positive story and turn it into a downer.

    These are the same guys that cry day in and day out about Jose and Barton not signing a deal yet so what happens when they do? Are you gonna cry “well lets not forget that Andy Carroll signed a 5 year deal before leaving us for Liverpool” Fickle, foolish, cynical negative whatever you wanna call these type of “supporters” I personally feel they have no place in bringing the mood down signing Tiote and Carver to long term deals is amazing news and shows the intent of MA and Pards who both are rocketing massively in my opinion

  • Mag52

    Feb 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Let’s not get too carried away lads. So Tiote and Carver have signed new deals. For me the Carver news is brilliant.As for Tiote, whenever a player puts his signature to a new contract, quite honestly these days it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. I’d love him to stay at the club for the next five years. He’s the sort of player we need to stay in this division, but there’s no guarantee whatsoever that he will if one of the big boys come sniffing around, and while we would now get a decent fee for him, the jury’s still out as to what Ashley will do with any big money he get’s from selling star players. All will be revealed in the Summer. So, good news as far as it goes, but nothing to go over the top about.

  • Mag52

    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #30


  • Charlietoon

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #31

    I can see us spending 8 to 10 mill on either bentdner or Sturridge

  • davis_toons

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Mag52 // Feb 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    What you mention is true about players these days but one thing for sure is it will keep the better quality player out there to look into Newcastle as well.

    So long they can play their hearts out on each game assign and show their true quality. Not any empty vases again.

    Cheap and good quality players are and will be rewarded in Newcastle Utd!

    This is the kind of image we will be projecting out to the world.

    Join our Academy Now! And be on your way to success.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 26, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #33

    dunzer1990 copost 28 0 ?SOT ON !!! 100^% agree !! mann I a,m soo pissed lol

  • ascot7

    Feb 26, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Ashley should bring in a bonus system for the club players. also a player who is loyal, and not greedy for money, like carrol.


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