You’re Not Playing At Chelsea And No Sulking Allowed


We covered Cheick Tiote’s dilemma this morning, that he is out for the rest of the season, because of his 14 yellow cards.

Cheick Tiote – he can learn from this season

But of course he would have loved to play at Chelsea,  where two of his Ivory Coast team mates, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou play up front as strikers, and we don’t even know if Cheick will be traveling down with the squad for the game – we hope he is.

The Newcastle manager told Sky Sports news that he thought Tiote may sulk:

“He wants to play. He’s not happy and he will probably go home and sulk this afternoon.”

“No one is more disappointed than me. I love the boy and I want him to play, but I can’t afford to miss him for two games next year, I just can’t.”

“He misses this one and he will probably miss West Brom – that will be eight games for me and I can’t afford that.”

“We have had Hatem (Ben Arfa) out all year and we lost Andy Carroll, so to have Cheick missing for eight games is a hell of a handicap to carry.”

“And we have done it really, really well as a group. We have been terrific.” “But at some point, you need your best players on the pitch.”

“And he is one of my best players. That’s something we have definitely got to sort out next year.”

We’re not sure why Alan put in that comment about Tiote sulking – it seems a little harsh – but there again maybe that’s what Tiote has already been doing.

Alan Pardew has made the right decision on Tiote, and rather than sulking,  Cheick can take this as a chance to improve his game, by knowing when he needs to tackle and when he doesn’t need to dive in.

Cheick is already such a very good player that this little episode can be the spring board to becoming an even better player.

That be a combative central midfielder who doesn’t pick up too many yellow cards,  and is therefore able to play the vast majority of games every season.

Players at Newcastle, just like the rest of us, are learning things all the time.

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25 comments so far

  • joe

    May 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Probably said a little in jest.

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  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    cos he got no man management skills

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Its Tiotes own fault he cant play the match. Fair enough he can sulk but am not against Pardew pointing it out. He is a adult and doesnt need to be treated like a child.

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  • toonarmy1986

    May 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Wouldn’t it be a 3 match ban if he got a 15th yellow card either way correct decision as it’s not worth the risk for next season.

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew has been complimented on his man management skills actually

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    toonarmy1986
    yeah it would but he would serve the first one against West Brom and then 2 next season

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  • magpie6699

    May 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    I think it’s meant as a positive – that the boy cares about playing and will be unhappy at being left out – at least that’s what I’m taking it. Certainly we know there have been players at the Toon and some at other clubs who didn’t seem to be that bothered…

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  • Brutooon

    May 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully tiote is not thinking of moving to other clubs

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  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    i just dont like how he has digs at players in the press.ranger krul now tiote

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Krul has upped his game since being digged at, Ranger has reportedly become more of a professional since being digged at and Tiote has admitted he needs to improve his yellow card love.

    I dont care if he does it in public or not, he knows the players better than we do and he must know which ones can take being critisied in public (Tiote) and which ones need a shock (Ranger)

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  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    i agree with u bout ranger but krul had only had 1 dodgy game so it wasnt really needed

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    May 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Hi lads its been a while since i posted
    but here is something i managed to findd
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiek5n_hatem-ben-arfa-vs-everton_sport
    ben arfa vs everton his full debut
    it goes for about 5 mins and shows
    how good he was that day .
    I know people say jonas is a good at taking people on. but watch the way he is leaving the everton defenders in this vid.
    Cant wait till he is back

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  • jamesnufc86

    May 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    People honestly, he said it tongue in cheek, it seems to me whatever Pardew says people jump straight on his back. I was reading people complaining about how much he spoke to the press! he cant win the guy! everyone would complain if we hadnt heard from him. I find him honest and genuine and he hasnt said anything that is there to cause deliberate offense to any of the players

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    In all honesty I only remember Pardew saying his kicking was weak and he wasent sure about him correct me if he said more Ireally dont recall.

    But if I am right Kruls kicking isnt up to much and going on that performance (one of the only times Pardew had seen him play) he was very poor. Also think that one was a knee jerk reaction from Pardew since it was straight after we got turned over in a game we should of dominated

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  • jamesnufc86

    May 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    cynicaltoonfan- What a video! gave me goosebumps ha ha

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #16

    brutooon tiote isn’t thinking of a move but i bet ashley is thinking how much he could sell him for.

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  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    great vid.cant wait till he back

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  • arfa chance

    May 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Really can’t wait for hba to be back

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  • Ali G

    May 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Cynical
    Nice one. I was there on the day, just recall that goal really, so magic to see the other stuff. Him not returning to that form ever again doesn’t bear thinking about. Will always hate de Jong for that, but will never forget the everton game

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  • geordieal

    May 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t understand people slagging off Pardews man management skills, ranger needed a kick in the arse, krul’s kicking was awful, and look at them now, granted ranger still is not finishing chances, however that will come with more playing time. It’s done none of them any harm, I agree that tiote should miss last 2 games, but I would like to see him on the bench, just in case as we don’t have the biggest of squads and it’s already been decimated by injury and suspension. I think pardew will do ok next year providing Ashley let’s him buy some players and keeps our best ones.

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  • Toonboy_84

    May 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    That Benny video is quality

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  • Oleg G

    May 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #22

    What a great Video!!! WOW. Really great player and think after integrating into the team this season, he could have been our best player and would probably make the difference between the 40+ points area and the 50+ points that we had the opportunity to get this season.

    HBA and Tiote next season with Barton, Jonas, Colo and maybe Jose (If….) can be an amazing back bone with players like Best, Ranger, Will, Fergy, Krul and Harper, and who knows, maybe our younger players will step up as well and some good transfers. Just home HBA is the same player and still wants to play for us like he did last season.

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  • Thump

    May 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    I was against this yesterday but after having some time to sleep and reflect on it, I totally agree. Good decision but I’d at least give him the opening 45 minutes.

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  • Thump

    May 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    @geordieal: because on this blog, Pardew can do no right. Honestly, we could win the league and every honour imaginable and this lot would still say he was relegation material.

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  • Cardboy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Good decision by Alan Pardew. Shame as we need him playing but a ban for the start of next season is worse.

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