It was tremendous news this morning when it was announced that Cheick Tiote has signed a new and lucrative six and a half year deal to stay at Newcastle United.
Cheick Tiote – a huge favorite on Tyneside – a smashing lad!
And then within the hour, it was also announced that coach John Carver had signed a new five and a half year deal, the same length as Alan Pardew’s contract, to stay at Newcastle as Alan’s number two – and that was more good news for Newcastle fans.
And it seemed like Alan Pardew came out this morning, and let it be known that owner Mike Ashley wanted to build the Newcastle side, and that Alan would indeed be signing new players in the summer, and that Ashley was trying to make as much money available to him as possible.
But some of that £35M from the Andy Carroll, could also be used to help keep some of our top players at the club, specifically Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, and we’d like to see both of them sign long term deals before too long.
That would be a welcome relief to Newcastle fans, because these two lads have been great for Newcastle this season, and have actually earned new contracts – what a concept.
Cheick Tiote is already a huge favorite on Tyneside, and he was appropriately interviewed today, after signing his new deal, and says the team are trying to win every game (and why not?), and that it’s possible for Newcastle to finish quite high up in the Premier League come the end of May.
This is what the Newcastle’s 24 year-old midfield dynamo said today:
“We try to win every game. I don’t think about anything but that when I go into any game – especially at home.” “I try to win the midfield battle in each game and come out on top.”
“It’s about doing my best for the team.” “But I have to keep working because nothing is assured, you can’t just expect to be picked.”
“It’ll be the same against Bolton. If we want to stay a Premier League team we must look to win every game.”“If we do, we will be safe sooner rather than later.” “Who knows where we can finish?”
“My family come to watch me play, which is great. When we play at St James’ Park they are always there.” “I really enjoy life here.”
It may be very important to the teams’ future success that the lads can put a very good run together in the final 11 games of the season.
Because if we do well and finish high up in the league , that could well persuade Joey and Jose to sign up – and then Alan can bring in a few new players in the summer, and we’ll be in very good shape starting next season.
It’s certainly a far cry from where the club was a short 20 months ago.
And of course we have to thank the departed Chris Hughton for that, but it looks like he left the club in really good shape for Alan Pardew to pick up the baton.
And for his part Alan has kept things moving forward and looks a very savvy manager for the club. Things are starting to look up at Newcastle, that’s for sure.