Manager Put Into Another Difficult Situation At Newcastle

There are just 10 days to go before the simmer transfer window slams shut a week on Monday, and we could still see players coming into Newcastle and also players leaving the club.

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Alan Pardew – mm

In his press conference yesterday Alan Pardew was asked about Cheick Tiote, who has been linked with a move away from Newcastle this summer:

“I’m confident as I can be with any player that he will stay.” “But yes we will have a plan in place.” “I’ve got the Andy Carroll experience here and that’s one of the benefits of being here for four years.”

“But I never think that you can be safe with a player if you’re not in the Champions League.” “Even if you’re in it now,  there are clubs who can go and poach from there which has been proven in this window.”

“You’ve got to be on your toes at all times and I have to say I think we have been, this year in particular, really on the button on transfers and I’ve seen some inflated prices this week and that’s worrying with nine days to go.”

“I’m not exactly sure who bid. I heard there were a couple of derisory offers – and I mean way short of his valuation – and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving.”

“We have all speculation about our players, we have had it in the past. Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumors last season with Yohan Cabaye and PSG and it happened, so I’m always open-minded about it.”

Alan also mentioned that Cheick had not asked for a transfer, but players very rarely ask for a transfer these days, so they get money when they are moved, so it’s often only a last resort to request a transfer when a player really wants to move, and he’s giving up some money to do that.

That’s not the case with Cheick it seems, but there will likely be at least one more bid coming in for Tiote, and we just hope that Newcastle can execute their plan if Cheick does move late in the window.

That didn’t happen when we sold Andy Carroll or Yohan Cabaye in January transfer windows,  and Newcastle suffered for it in the second half of the season in both cases.

Alan now knows that if a good bid comes in for Cheick he will be sold, however much Alan protests about it to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.

Then we’ll see Newcastle going after all kinds of defensive midfielders in the final days or hours of the transfer window – with huge fees being quoted – and we hope this scenario just doesn’t happen and we keep Cheick at the club

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13 comments so far

  • yorkymag

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t get the big deal on Tiotie
    He has not really improved whilst at the club and there are I think Questions as to where he fits in the side now JC is on board yes he is a good solid player but it’s by no means certain he will be in the side and he does gives away the ball and unnecessary fouls,and also picks up cards
    So would I like him to stay of course but to compare him to Carroll or Cabayne departures is way off the mark

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2


    whats difficult ??

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    the guy is only a puppet

    poor him

  • scout

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Sell and get kagawa in simple as that

  • scout

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Then open SD branches in asia, oh im good. Please forward cheques to lol

  • lesh

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Why oh why are they sitting with a plan in place, should Tiote leave?

    If that’s likely to happen, then surely it makes sense to replace him before he nears the departure lounge, rather than ‘try’ and fail because fees have been inflated by virtue of the window nearing closure.

    When Ashley gets a sniff of money, he’s like a rabbit in headlights!

  • firebug666

    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7


    I agree with you about Tiote, his passing has been poor, loosing possession by trying to be clever dribbling in circles in our own half, and rash challengers etc, gaining him cards.

    But then all of this took place in an unsettled, under performing team where options were limited. When the team is doing well, and players are making themselves available around him Tiote is one of the best Defensive Midfielders in the business.

    I shudder to think how many more goals our defense would have conceded had Tiote not been on the field to make those last ditch tackles that broke up attacking play, or got himself booked for taking out a player in a dangerous position.

    For me we should keep Tiote because with the team we have now I think he will be outstanding in the middle once again.

  • Mag52

    Aug 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    When you say ‘the guy is only a puppet’, presumably you are referring to Pardew rather than to Tiote and if so, then you are absolutely right.
    Pardew, like every other member of the NUFC staff, are puppets, subject to the whims of the grand puppet master MA.
    They are obliged to dance to his tune and accept whatever comes their way in the way of players sold without replacements, complimentary tickets suddenly denied and no doubt any number of minor disrespects which we are unaware of.
    This guy can, and does, do whatever he feels like doing at St.James’ park and it must be pretty near impossible for anyone working under him to do the sort of decent job he would want to.
    The problems at NUFC start and end with Mike Ashley, NOT with his manager or staff.

  • dcdick

    Aug 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    I disagree…….Pardew is the problem, not just part of the problem.

    Newcastle with Pardew are going nowhere

    Pardew Out !!!

  • Mag52

    Aug 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10


    It’s all very well you repeating your old refrain “Pardew out”, but who do you think would be prepared to take on the job in his place, knowing the conditions under which he would have to work at NUFC.?
    Certainly not one of the top managers around. Possibly some lower division manager
    might jump at the opportunity, and MA would be happy to take him on at a smaller salary, but with no Premier league experience and not a lot on his CV, it wouldn’t be long before posters like you would be throwing this back at him and calling for him to go.
    I repeat, the problem is at the top, and our club will remain dysfunctional until the time that Ashley gets tired of his puppet game and moves on to monopoly.

  • Malta Mag

    Aug 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    What’s wrong with you people???? Tiote is one of the best defensive midfield players in the country and we should fight to keep him. Of course he sometimes looks raw but that’s because at times he played in front of a dodgy back four. Watch the clips of him neutralizing Rooney when we dumped them 3-0 a couple of seasons back to see what we’d be loosing. For me, him and Sisoko should be kept at all costs. My team on Saturday would be


    De Jong


  • Four 3 3

    Aug 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t get the fuss about Tiote leaving. A great player yes but we have plenty of options all looking to fill the two positions available.

    Let’s just say Tiote was sold and NUFC go and buy a top defensive mid. That means for these two positions you would be playing this one purchased player and then 1 out of Colback, Sissoko, Anita, Abied or Bigi.

    We have plenty of options in there.

    To a lesser extent the same goes for the strikers where we have a lot of them but maybe not the one big name signing people crave. BUT if we did buy a 20+ goals striker what would all the others be doing and why were they purchased?

    I can’t help feeling that one player may go and then that will be us done in the transfer market.

  • switch365

    Aug 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Makes no difference whatsoever, we can speculate, complain and argue but it isn’t going to change the mind of anyone who can make things happen.

    So we put our points across, and some people agree and some people disagree.
    I’m sure that we could name a dozen or more players for each position who would improve us as a team.
    But we can’t effect change.

    Would be nice to think that someone involved with decision making would browse forums such as this occasionally , but somehow I don’t think they do or ever will.


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