There’s what could be taken as good news today for Newcastle fans – yes I know that could come as a big shock – so I really hope you were sitting down when you read that – it’s about Cheick Tiote.
Cheick Tiote challenges Charlie Adam at Stoke
There’s been a lot made of Cheick Tiote’s interview recently, where he was quoted as saying he wanted to leave Newcastle, and that was not good news for the club, since Cheick is now one of our best players and has played well in the last few games he’s played.
Cheick had been linked with some Russian clubs and also to Arsenal in the summer, and we’ve seen what happens to Newcastle players like Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy when Arsenal come a calling – they want to leave Newcastle and leave quickly.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Cheick to his credit – not at first blush anyway.
This is what Cheick Tiote has said on the Newcastle website today:
“I saw the quotes that appeared yesterday, but they are not accurate,” “Yes, there was some interest in me over the summer and that can be a bit distracting, but nothing came of it.¨
“I’m back to full fitness and only thinking about doing my best for the team.¨ ¨We are not in a good position in the league right now and I want to get us up to where we should be.¨
“I am as committed as I have ever been to Newcastle.”
So maybe Alan Pardew’s statement that Newcastle can sign Cheick to a new long term contract early next year may even be true, but of course Alan may not be the manager at the start of the year, unless Newcastle’s fortunes improve very quickly.
While owner Ashley is being (very) patient at the moment, another defeat at Swansea on Saturday could start the Newcastle owner worrying about possible relegation.
And we think once that happens, then he just has to bring in somebody to take over from the current manager.
That’s because there’s just no way Ashley wants the Magpies to be relegated and miss out on that massive TV money, and also the gigantic free TV advertising he gets from the club, for his Sports Direct company.
But we still hope Newcastle can win at Swansea on Saturday – at the moment we need every point we can get – so here’s hoping.
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