Pardew Learned From Carroll Affair – Silly Money Could Get Tiote

Newcastle fans will be bracing themselves for a January where we may lose one of out best players – and this time it could be Cheick Tiote.

Cheick Tiote – at Villa Park

What is clear is that neither Alan Pardew nor Cheick himself wants to leave Newcastle, but Alan doesn’t make those kinds of decisions at Newcastle, and it’s Mike Ashley who does that,  along with his Managing Director Derek LLmabaos.

And it’s clear that Pardew, an intelligent guy and well spoken, has learned of his mistake last January,  when  he told everybody who would listen to him that Andy Carroll would not be sold.

That damaged Alan’s credibility with the Newcastle supporters  in only his second month on Tyneside, but it’s clear Alan was genuine when he was saying Carroll would not leave.

And we’re fairly sure what was being at the time behind closed doors was Mike Ashley telling him it would take silly money to move Carroll.

Enter Liverpool FC, who were willing to pay silly money and with the help of the new American owners and new manager Kenny Dalglish, they finally bid £35M in cool cash.

And Mike sold, but in retrospect it was a good deal for Newcastle,  because Carroll is not the player at Liverpool that he was at Newcastle, and has since been excluded form the England squad..

Andy scored 25 goals together in the Championship and the Premier League last year for the Magpies, and this year he has a measly four goals for Liverpool.

And maybe that deal will even deter others from overpaying in the January window, which could even help us keep Tiote.

Pardew felt bad about the Carroll affair,  and he was just as upset when Ashley and LLambias failed to bring in another striker on August 31st, but he is learning from his mistakes.

While he doesn’t want to lose Cheick in January, and doesn’t even think he will go, Alan is more savvy by saying in yesterday’s press  conference, that it will take silly money to get the Ivory Coast International.

Cheick is quite happy at Newcastle too, which is one reason why Tiote has signed a deal that keeps him at Newcastle until the  summer of 2017, and he a popular guy with both players and fans alike.

Tiote tends to be shy, and doesn’t much fancy living in London, and his financial deal is enough to keep his siblings living well back home in the Ivory Coast, with the money he sends back every month.

Cheick is not only a top player who loves it at Newcastle, but he also has a heart of gold – and we could sell him?

Cheick could be a stalwart of the new Newcastle United and we are really hoping he will not be moving anywhere, but Pardew has made it clear to anybody who will listen, that it will take a daft bid to get him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


14 comments so far

  • liam85

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    If it’s silly money then OK. but I’m praying we keep him :S

  • Wandering Geordie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Just been looking on L’Equipe site and this news just put on about possible signing for futuire from Racing Club Lens

    I have translated the page

    After Taarabt, Varane and Abeid, Lens could again lose hope. Reportedly, Newcastle Sofiane Elbekri track. 15 years old, the player under 17 years of RCL is often compared to Samir Nasri. Also followed by Tottenham, he could soon sign a contract with the Magpies Elite.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    i fail to see why we fans are so excited at the prospect of Tiote leaving for big bucks given the fact the club has yet to benefit from the “Silly” money paid for Carroll . If Tiote leaves, we’e screwed!

    Guthrie is no Tiote! As a matter of face,besides Ogude I cannot think of any affordable defensive midfielder on the planet who can replace Chiek on the team. Koulibaly is gargbage I can tell you that much

  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    would hate to lose tiote! The mans a machine with the best of attitudes! I believe he actually turned down the chance to talk to chelsea last january because he didn’t want to relocate? then again, silly money is silly money and for a defensive midfielder, anything north of 25m is silly money! I think at the moment, the untouchables I would say are unsellable are Krul – because he’s worldclass, we wouldn’t be able to sign anyone in his class that would want to come! Collocini and S.Taylor becuase of how many dud centrehalves we;ve seen, to finally have 2 decent 1’s is a dream, and also neither would command a high enough fee worth selling them for! and Cabaye, who I think will come into his own! Asides from that, everyone has there price, virtually every team in the french league has a tiote style defensive mid, most available for peanuts

  • toonbrother

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    If you think Tiote is moe dispensible than Taylor or Colocinni you have a lot to learn about football. Top Defensive midfielders are a rare commodity these days. The likes of Chelsea and ManU make do with average players like Carrick, Mikel and Romeu. Tiote is one of a kind

  • Jan Stavik

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    All our players are for sale given offers in the “silly money” bracket. 25m for Tiote, how can you say no to that? He’s good, but you can get a lot of good midfielders for 10m+.

  • markmac

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    hopefully the fact that a only a ‘silly offer’ in the AC region would get him, might put any suitors off….hopefully chelsea go back after modric and man utd go after sneider

  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Its not just the sale, its the statement it makes which does damage to morale on the terraces and on the pitch. Cheick is a rare breed and the kind teams are built around. Those who think we are going to take 20 million and replace him with someone equally good for 3 million on Carr’s recommendation is mistaken. The difference between top players and ordinary ones is in that extra 10% they give you. It is often the difference between winners and losers.
    I accept everyone has a price but it is time for a statement of ambition from Mashley and Muttley

  • toonincheek

    Dec 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I reckon the biggest problem if we lose Tiote is the feeling the rest of the squad would get (well, the top players, anyway) that the management ignore the importance of team spirit, they are all just there for the temporary convenience of the club and coul d be sold at any time.

  • nickfish90

    Dec 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10


    How can you say we’re yet to benefit from the AC money? Okay, we haven’t gone out and made a marquee signing and splashed £20 million on some has been like the days of old, but that’s great news imo.

    Instead we have gone and made shrewd signings, Cabaye, Abeid, Marveaux, Ba, Obertan, Santon, and considering that Ba seems to be a better player than AC alone I think it’s safe to say a portion of the AC money has been well spent.

  • FrankfurtMag

    Dec 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    We got lucky so far with a few players and Carr has done a fantastic job. It is only a matter of time before we get a bad one.

    Tiote is that rare type of player that you cannot pigeon hole. He is a Claude Makelele, a David Batty and a Dietmar Hamann all rolled into one. 😀 Seriously though, finding a great DM is not easy. If it was, the clubs interested in Tiote would be taking their “silly money” and using 8 – 10m on someone else.

    Chelsea only realised how important Makelele was when he had been released.

  • Howden Mag

    Dec 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    The only thing I have heard is that Tiote is staying at Newcastle. It would take a big deal to take him away. That sounds a fair assessment. He wants to stay, the club want him to stay, he will stay unless there is a huge amount of cash offered. Unfortunately that is football, not just NUFC. Ce la vie.

  • GAZ09

    Dec 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #13

    It doesnt matter if Tiote goes for 3m or 38m we wont see a penny either way!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    If silly money is ok, over 25m is ok.


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