Pardew Gets Serious On Tiote – It’s Not A Laughing Matter

We had a report out on Monday where we said that Cheick Tiote had to have better discipline when he was playing for Newcastle, otherwise he could become a liability to Newcastle.

Cheick Tiote – off he goes – hopefully that’s the last red card this season for the Ivorian

And the truth of it is that he was a liability against Sunderland, because with him being sent off after 25 minutes it became very difficult for Newcastle to win that game with only 10 men, and we ended up drawing and losing two points, when with 11 men surely we would have won the game.

Alan Pardew has today come out and talked about Cheick,  who is now banned for the next three Premier League games:

“I do have some worries about his discipline. I will be talking to him before the Brugge game. We talk to him before every game. We talk to him at every half-time and I’ll be talking to him again.”

“It’s not a laughing matter because he’s one of our big players and I can’t have him not playing. It could be costly and he needs to understand that.”  “I can remember Norman Hunter absolutely smashing Jimmy Greaves all over the place.”

“It was part and parcel of the game.” “Now that wasn’t right, but where we are at the moment, almost every mistimed tackle is a booking.”  “There are going to be this type of challenge. Referees need to understand that it’s a genuine attempt to get the ball and nothing more.”

“That’s why we devised the award for a free-kick. It’s not a yellow card.”  “So the sanitisation of the game is a little bit worrying for me because I like the physical side. I think we all do as supporters.”

The problem Cheick will have, and probably has now, is that he’s a marked man by referees, and they look for him to make a bad tackle and out comes the yellow card – but on Sunday it was a straight red – and that cost Newcastle big time – in the biggest game of the season.

It’s not unlike the way referees look at Lee Cattermole, who keeps making crazy and dangerous tackles.

We cannot have Cheick picking up these yellow cards all the time – as he did in his first season when he had 15 yellows and a red – and so far the Ivorian has 29 yellows and two reds playing in Newcastle’s colors.

Cheick will now have to keep his aggression, because that’s the type of player he is – but somehow cut out the rash tackles he makes that bring him warnings and sending offs from the referees.

That’s not easy.

What do you think about this – comments welcome.

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17 comments so far

  • tjrowe89

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    If tiote changes the way he plays he won’t be the same animal, look at keane and viera both world class but both had the same edge chieck does

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Pards is right. Every mistimed or aggressive challenge now result in a red or yellow card, it’s ruining the game really. Football is a contact sport. I’m not saying allow dangerous challenges, but let some hard good challenges go. I don’t think tiotes challenge was dangerous, so I don’t think he should have been sent off, but what can we do. He will have a point to prove against Brugge and will play very well. I hope.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Statistically we’re winning more with him on the pitch than with him off it.
    We need to be keeping him on it.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    What Pardew is wanting is controlled aggression. Mike Ashley will be concerned about a depreciating asset through lack of playing time. He’s a likely candidate for transfer if he doesn’t sort out his game.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    I disagree with Pardew very much so (and then not). Every misstimed challenge in a yellow card – football is a game of concentration and those who cannot do so have no place in it.

    Tiote’s challenge was a yellow card but not a red. De Jong’s challenge on Benny was a straight red and an assault that should have been talking much more seriously (violence in football is just as big a problem as racism)!

  • bills-son

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Soz, but I’ve got little sympathy for Tiote. He makes far too many stupid tackles and often gets booked not for a bad tackle but because the ref has seen enough of the daft niggly ones. That is simply down to a total lack of discipline and, it has to be said, professionalism. His ridiculous reaction to a free kick going against him resulted in another stupid booking against ManU.

    The very fact that Pards says they have to remind him about his behaviour before and at half time in every game says it all. There is a difference between controlled aggression and what Tiote does and he ineeds to learn and apply that to his game, fast.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #7

    *taking = taken

  • Belly

    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Bigi is a perfect replacement. Maybe not a physical but just as good at passing. We don’t need to worry in my opinion.

  • zaktoon_swede

    Oct 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    team for west brom:


    ben arfa——-cabaye——perch——jonas

    we cant play williamson against odemwingie and long, remember last time at sjp?

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry but i screwed up yet again. I sent a post for you on previous blog. Ed’s on a mission.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Did everyone else smiles when they read this bit?

    “We talk to him at every half-time and I’ll be talking to him again.”

    And then pull a face like you’ve been told off by your parents when it said:

    “It’s not a laughing matter ”

    Sorry Alan, I’ll go sit in the corner.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Thanks for conjuring up the image for me. I am smiling as i type.

  • seancavaz

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    5 min prior to the red my heart was in my mouth, he was chasing back, no doubt the lad heard his snarl, I thought any minute this lads Ganna be eating turf, yet he time his tackle to perfection, now some refs would have blown for a foul because he came from behind and wrapped his foot round the ball, but it was a perfect tackle and in that moment both Tiote and the ref should be applauded. However, the ref, and for that matter fletcher-imincolosbackpocket should be ashamed for their part! There was no intent, it was a bouncing ball with Tiote momentum sticking out his leg after piggy backing ginge, on rushing fletcher dived as if he’d been shot by the SAS finest! At worst it was a yellow, and seeing it numerous times now I have to wonder how the ref could see this as a red or in fact see it properly to make the call, the 4th official must have had an input, if not the Martin Atkinson needs a trip to specsavers


    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    His market value is dropping like a stone due to his uncontrolled aggression and if he doesn’t learn to listen and adapt he will be sold in January.
    Belly thinks Bigirama will replace him and I agree but would rather see the two in tandem in midfield, its up to Tiote to sort it out.

  • juliogeordio1956

    Oct 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Has anyone every considered that the reason Tiote was late into the challenge is because he had mackem dragging him back ???

  • stuart no9

    Oct 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #16

    ” we talk before, we talk at half time . and afterwards.” and he still hasnt got it , has he? get rid in summer. most on this blog crucified JB about his attitude- whats the difference between him and tiote? he is a liability, he will not change -cash in in summer and buy a reliable replacement.

  • Constanstine

    Oct 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #17


    It’s pretty obvious of his intention. At first glace, all would have thought that it was a late challenge but from the replay, Tiote clearly knew what he was doing. Defending him with blind eye is not going to do any better for him nor the club so get over it.


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