Tiote – It’s Great To See My Friends Back In Newcastle Again

Cheick Tiote was back in  training at the Benton training grounds yesterday, with the rest of the Newcastle squad.

Cheick Tiote – back again on Saturday

And the Ivory Coast International spoke for the first time about his huge disappointment of  losing the final of the African Cup of Nations to Zambia on penalties last week, after neither side had scored in normal time or in extra time.

And Cheick revealed in his interview that he had given his medal away to a friend, because he didn’t want to keep it and remind him of the terrible loss in the final, when the Ivorians went down 8-7 in an amazing penalty shoot-out, which lasted for 18 penalty kicks.

The last time Cheick played for Newcastle was in probably our best display of the season at St. James’ Park on January 4th,  when we beat Manchester United  in that 3-0 win.

There have been seven games since that game and Newcastle have won four, including one in the FA Cup against Blackburn, and lost three, including the 1-0 loss at Brighton in the FA Cup.

That game also saw Yohan Cabaye suspended for three games for violent conduct, and it occurred after the game, after Brighton player Adam El-Abd made sure everybody knew about the alleged misdemeanor by the Frenchman.

El-Abd was the same player who was comically wrapping his arms around Andy Carroll for every corner last Sunday at Anfield, when Brighton were hammered 6-1 by Liverpool – so why didn’t the referee give a penalty when he kept doing that?

In the Newcastle league games with Cheick away, we have won three of five, but the two defeats were the two five goal defeats in London.

But the good news is that Newcastle are still 6th top of the league, and just a single point behind Arsenal and Chelsea, who are having their own troubles this season.

Cheick is not surprised Newcastle have done so well this season:

“We have a good squad, we have a lot of great players and I’m not surprised that we have done well because I know the players have good mentality and quality to win games,”

“So I think we need to keep doing the same things.” “I think it’s a big moment for the team, because we lost the last game against Spurs. Five-nil, it was, and I was sad because we have a good team also.”

“So now we have to keep our heads and do well to win this game on Saturday.” “It has been great to see my friends and to be back in Newcastle. Now I have to think about Newcastle, because the tournament with my national team is finished now.”

“I think it’s important when you come back from your national team to do more of what you do every time. I think it’s important for the fans, and the manager, to see that we have ambition for the club to do well and to play well for the team.”

“I have to do my job for the team and for the fans, and I think we have a possibility to win on Saturday.”

Cheick Tiote is a very popular player on Tyneside, and that’s not just because he’s an excellent defensive midfielder who brings so much energy to the Newcastle side.

But he is also a great lad who still supports his family back in the Ivory Coast, with the wages he makes at Newcastle.

Cheick supports his family of   five brothers and three sisters back in Abidjan, the largest city in the Ivory Coast.

It’s hard not to like a player who does that, and makes good use of the money he makes at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Sky Tyne and Wear @skytyneandwear
    MPs Say Newcastle Decision To Remove St James’ Park Signs Is Corporate Vandalism – Tyne and Wear http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/11892

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Mathieu Debuchy to #NUFC? Excellent Lille right-back says he’s been sounding out ex-teammates Rami about Spain and Cabaye about England

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Thanks TOM

  • rotherschild

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Today in Parliament….

    Early day Motion 2743, tabled on February 21st.

    Primary sponsor: Ian Mearns

    Supported by: Dave Anderson, Nick Brown, Alex Cunningham, Pat Glass, Mary Glindon, Stephen Hepburn, Ian Lavery, Catherine McKinnell, Alan Meale, Chi Onwurah, Dennis Skinner:

    Newcastle United and the renaming of St James’ Park

    That this House deeply regrets the decision to rebrand the historic home of Newcastle United Football Club, St James’ Park; condemns the corporate vandalism perpetrated by the clubs owners in removing the name “St James’ Park” from the stadium; warmly endorses the now famous front page banner headline of the local Evening Chronicle ‘St James’ Park and Always Will Be’; notes that the Chief Executive of Newcastle’s new shirt sponsor, Virgin Money has added her concerns about the rebranding and hopes that others will follow her example; notes that Newcastle City Council have debated and agreed a motion stating that the Council have no plans to change any way-finding signs which bear the name St James’ Park, rather than the name of Mike Ashley’s business; and urges Mike Ashley the owner of Newcastle United to reconsider his decision.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    no probs IM 🙂

  • Ian Magpie

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Welcome back Tank!!! Get into them bonny lad!

  • arron24@live.co.uk

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Tom Watson From Heaton Manor School in Newcastle is A FATY

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    CNN International @cnni
    Australia unearths largest pink diamond http://goo.gl/fb/2GSWD


    Now time for pardew to unearth NUFC’s Daimond HBA

  • supatoonkid

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Vs Wolves XI (4-3-3):
    Simpson, Williamson, Collocini, Santon;
    Cabaye, Tioté, Guthrie;
    Ben Arfa, Cissé, Ba;

    Subs: Elliott, R. Taylor, Perch, Gosling, Obertan, Jonas, Sh. Ameobi

  • jayphoto

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian Magpie – great call on debuchy! Top top player!

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    The way Tiote talks I don’t get the impression he is in any hurry to move anywhere – despite all the unsettling media suggestions. I also think the same about Ba. He is obviously very astute and has covered himself in his contract for certain eventualities, relegation, unable to settle or get on with team mates etc. None of these situations look to be likely. Just because he has certain get-outs doesn’t mean that he is about to use them if he is happy and along with Tiote, that would appear to be the case from any interviews they have given. Of course as well as being very good footballers they may also be very good actors ….

  • rotherschild

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Mike Ashley would rather die from a thousad cuts than concede that he has made an error of judgement and replace the St JAMES PARK sign.”No way pedro” in true Dell boy fashion was MAs reply to his advisors!!!

  • Papi_Demba

    Feb 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Tiote the Bison the Beast the ….!!!! this is one great player hope he stays with toon….He makes Colo look like a world class CB


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