Here’s Some Good News At Newcastle – For A Change


In the strange and disappointing goings on last Monday night as the summer transfer window came to an end, we lost Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa on loan to Roma and Hull City respectively, but we forgot about another player who could have left us in this summer’s transfer window.

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Cheick Tiote – in action in pre-season

There were rumors throughout the summer that Cheick Tiote could leave us, and one of the clubs set to be interested in the player was Arsenal,

And then in mid-August Newcastle slapped a £14M transfer fee on the Ivorian’s head, after there had been consistent rumors that Arsenal were willing to bid £8M to get the combative midfielder to the Emirates.

Cheick has been injured most of pre-season with a hamstring problem, and he played only once at Sheffield Wednesday in pre-season, but he could well be fit for our next important game at Southampton a week tomorrow.

It’s (very) important for Newcastle and Alan Pardew that we take something out of the game, and Cheick, while not always playing brilliantly over the last two season or so, is nevertheless still one of our better players and can do a good job for us this season.

His performance against Manchester City in January in the 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, when he had that sensational goal disallowed, is one of the best displays Cheick had had for Newcastle in his four years at the club.

Since Cheick didn’t leave us in the summer we suppose no club came in with a £14M offer – otherwise he would have been on his way, whether we could have brought in a replacement before the end of the window or not.

So it was probably more about luck than good management.

That’s the way Newcastle seem to operate these days – it’s all about money – but to the detriment of the team.

In any case, it’s good news we still have Cheick Tiote with us.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Just seen this idiotic comment on twatter re de jong injury on NUFCfans….

    @ Looks like Karma to me for forcing Benny out the club. Would have been a natural replacement. Instead we don’t have one.

    Yeah! Serves SDJ right for Pardew selling HBA. Bell end has a very thin grasp on what karma is!

    .

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Misleading headline Ed – thought Pardew had walked!

    I don’t know why people are getting upset now about SDJ. AP played HBA for a full 90 mins in his first game back after 4 months out injured on a plastic pitch in sub zero conditions! Surprised, not really…!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    M

    Wouldn’t say karma, just crass stupidity when the guy came with a poor injury record and should have been bedded in slowly to get used to the pace with a 10 mins here, 15/20 there etc to build up..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda,
    So you think that Pardew refused to listen to all the medical staff consulted the NHS helpline and played him anyway.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda

    Just proves he doesnt learn from his mistakes. It also shows how light we are on creative players, if we are desperate enough to play unfit players.

    FFS this is depressing……and Pulis to look forward to.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Markaccus…Isn’t Karma a mild Indian curry?

    Ed…So, our good news is that the club didn’t sell one of our other top players…good job he was injured!

    So, come December, anyone who is playing well will have to be injured one way or another or we’ll be looking at more outgoings. Decent plan.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda

    The issue i have with the Karma statement is this….

    If Karma exists, and was going to punnish AP for benny situation, then it would not have injured a player who had nothing to do with the situation. It would have hurt Pardew, maybe injured him so that he lost his job, and was forced out against his will. Something like that..

    I agree pardew has fcuked up again by bringing sdj back to soon and played him for too long. Moronic at best.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    Oh yeah our magnificent medical staff with that slapheed geezer who’s been here years!

    Sometimes it’s just bloody common sense surely, medical staff or no.
    Just one of those factors taken in isolation was a gamble but all put together was sheer lunacy.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail…Might be a very good point in there. Do we even need a medical team when we have the NHS in England?

    Quick, someone call Mike. Another small fortune to be saved.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza

    Chicken Tikka Karma? I hate the mild ones. Too sweet.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    ibiza

    only if you say it in a geordie accent !

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Wow great news- NOT
    Pardew is still here
    PARDEWOUT!!!!!!

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #13

    I thought the good news was going to read “NUFC profits UP”
    That’s all that really matters after all.
    Or
    “Good news, NUFC debt reduced by 50%”

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda…Personally I hold both yourself and Catchy responsible for this fine mess.

    If you would just lay off Pardew, then maybe he could just relax and make the right decisions.

    You put him under too much pressure. Well, you and the grass, science, the rest of the fan base, etc, etc.

    Still, I hope you’re proud of yourself. Injuring Siem like that.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Tiote, Cisse, HBA and MYM all worth peanuts now anyway compared to 18 months ago.

    Presumably if HBA does well at hull we get nothing if he’s out of contract at the end of the season. You couldn’t make it up!

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  • firebug666

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Don’t know if anyone has read the article in the daily record by Barry Ferguson on Ashley and rangers, I’ll post the link at the bottom, but here’s what he says about us Newcastle fans…

    Ashley is too smart to make a mistake like that. I know he’s not well liked by Newcastle fans but I don’t think he’d make the same mistakes where Rangers are concerned.

    Also, I’m not sure the Geordies have treated him fairly. The guy has bankrolled their club and made them an established top-flight team.

    They say he’s not ambitious enough but really they need a reality check if they think Newcastle are ever going to compete for trophies with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

    Staying in the Premier League is what they should be aiming for and to be fair to Ashley that’s exactly what he’s delivered.

    So who is to say he wouldn’t be good for Rangers? I’m certainly not about to write him off even if a lot of the supporters think he’s some kind of bogeyman.

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/barry-ferguson-biggest-mistake-mike-4167681?

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Ok so Cheik might help stop a few more goals going in but add to that the yellow and red cards he likes to collect. Does he score many goals, no, so were no better off really

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Firebug…Outrageous! Fairly sure the only reason we stopped being an “established top-flight team” was down to Ashley.

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  • toonincheek

    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotunda –

    When you say –

    Tiote, Cisse, HBA and MYM all worth peanuts now anyway compared to 18 months ago

    It’s like you are saying we should have sold them 18 months ago to maximise profit?!

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  • firebug666

    Sep 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Ibizatoon

    Poetic justice would be for Ashley to sell Newcastle and buy Rangers and their new Sports Direct Arena. Ohhh if only.

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  • waynemcQ182

    Sep 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21

    I think the Russian transfer window is still open. Won’t be holding my breath.

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  • Sav

    Sep 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    MAKE CHEICK CAPTAIN. He deserves it, it affects his play positively, he never gives less than a wholehearted performance and he qualifies as a senior player these days. De Jong is out for 4 months apparently and Colo doesn’t always inspire. Cheick is the man for the job.

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  • FNUKLNUK

    Sep 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Markaccus. I totally agree with the twitter post and calling someone a bellend for a having a opinion is childish to say the least. Pardew forced out HBA our most talented footballer at the club to scratch his own ego. He didn’t have to force him out and we can see we clearly need somebody of his ability in the side. SDJ gets injured we need a replacement who naturally would of been HBA who is no longer at the club. Karma I would say also. Its not a go at SDJ at getting injured at all just a go at Pardew’s mis-management of the situation

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  • NUFC-0180

    Sep 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #24

    “HBA our most talented footballer”

    He is gone, simples.
    Maybe if he took a bit of responsibility last season he may be he still would be in the team!
    That’s Football!
    Move on.

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