Newcastle Worried About Tiote And Cisse

Newcastle are being very responsible with our two African players – Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse – and the club have concerns for the players at the African Cup of Nations In Morocco in January and February, with the Ebola outbreak in western Africa expected to expand further before then.

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Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote on International duty

The Ebola outbreak is currently in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in western Africa, but if it spreads then Morocco is in north-west Africa and not too far north from where the outbreak is right now.

This is what Pardew said in his press conference today:

“We would be naive not have concerns. We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of.¨

“They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them.”

“That’s something that will play out as we go along. That kind of decision is a big big one and I’m sure the countries will make that rather than club managers.¨

“It’s something to be concerned about and we have to be on our guard.”

The African Cup of Nations officials will have to keep a wary eye on this Ebola outbreak, and if it does spread, they may even have to call off the competition.

That has to be a possibility, the way things stand at the moment – and if the disease cannot be controlled soon in western Africa.

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21 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry I forgot to mention that occasionally colo will pass it sideways to dummett who flaps like a baby bird on its maiden voyage then either gives it straight back (to colo who gives it to willo to hoof) or hoofs it along the line himself.

    “We wuz gud” “offerd a reel fret”

    Brilliance personified.

    I rest my case your honour.

    Please bring back the death penalty 😉

  • andrew84

    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #2


    You can’t say things like that mate, you’re being negative and it’s having a bad effect on the team. We’re in a good position, and we have a brand new 46 inch ‘big’ screen to look forward to on Saturday, with its flashing lights and animated Sports Direct advertising in our faces.

    Add to that our strong financial position (although we still can’t hope to compete against the sovereign states of Swansea and Southampton) and we’re in a good place. Top 17 with a bit of luck.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Calendar year table.

    “Why Newcastle fans have been moaning? #nufc

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #4

    You meant 46 foot right?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #5

    You just know that there’ll be a strip of trim across the screen which permanently says fatty’s brand on.

    It’ll be a giant 70% off tag as well.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 17, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #6

    At least the parade of PR Puppets spouting Bishops garbage has ceased for the moment.

    Not sure how much more of that I could have taken.

    If he wants to bring us round the PR Guru should film training sessions for us and prove they are working as much as they say they are.

    Or even maybe they just win a match! Has to be a win. I’m sick of this “Well a draw is OK” look where that thinking has got us. A Win or send the lot of them packing and start again!

  • davetoon

    Oct 17, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #7

    @andrew84 couldnt sum up the clubd position better.

  • Thump

    Oct 17, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Nah, Andrew was right with the 46″ comment – Fat Man had 20% off at Brighthouse if it was bought with a 5.1 speaker system.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 17, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry Thumps I don’t believe a word of it.

    Fat man needs more than that to get his Chubby Mug in full frame. at least 90 foot if he wants a fully body shot.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 17, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Full body cast would be the preferable visual.

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #11

    you asked what people don’t like about you. I for one don’t like to judge people on the strength of blog posts. But, a brief comment: why do you keep writing that you have a sense of humour? Let others decide this, man.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #12


    Sorry, I don’t know what I was thinking mate 😉


    Don’t post things like that it’ll only confuse the easily confusable like say, Jeffrey from outer space.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I give up, pard’s is s cvnt

  • mindshaft

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #14

    A useless cvnt at that

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #15

    On topic, CAF are already looking at different options for hosting the AFCON. It will go ahead, but if the threat of Ebola hangs over Morocco, then it is likely to move to SA or a similar destination. Ghana has also been touted as an alternative destination, although I struggle to see how that is a suitable alternative to Morocco given it being located in South Africa.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #16


    I don’t see how any venue is viable at the moment mate. All it does is further increase the risk of dele adebola spreading more than it currently is.

    Surely a postponement would would be best for all concerned until it’s at least under control or dealt with.

    What’s more important to the organisers? Football or the risk of life? If it was fifa I’d say football but I’m not sure with caf.

    What are your thoughts on it mate?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Pardew says he hasn’t lost the dressing room!

    Is that because anyone who sees and says he’s c–p is shipped out and we’re left with championship fodder like Willo and Dummet who are very grateful for a game.

    Besides AP has a lot of brand new players yet to be totally pardewed, but give him time..

  • firebug666

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Been reading all the rubbish spouted by the inept one yesterday. My god what is he on? He must have had to much of “Bishops Finger”. I seriously believe that this idiot needs to see a councillor asap, we all know he is egotistical, love to blow his own trumpet, but he is totally delusional.

    How the hell can he say he has not lost the dressing room because the statistics from the games prove it? Passing the ball between Coloccini, Williamson and occasionally Krul and Dummit, might boost the pass completion rate but it’s not winning any games.

    Over or under hitting forward ball to nobody is not winning games, Poor player movement (or rather none movement) is not winning games. Hoofing the ball up field, one dimensional set plays, poor marking, not tracking back, not pressing the opposition, camping on our own 18 yard line is not winning games.

    Lack of team cohesion, poor formation, no game plan, lack of input from the touchline, diabolical substitutions, lack of player fitness, players played out of position will not win games.

    The inept one believes he is a good manager that he can turn this around. Everyone one else knows the truth, and most will tell it.

  • Mag52

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #19

    If we lose against Leicester,we lose. But I wouldn’t want the NUFC fans to be, in any way, held responsible for the loss of three points this weekend.
    This has nothing to do with Bishop’s PR, this has to do with the fact that if the team is not going to descend into free fall we need those points, with some tough games coming up.
    50,000 or so fans fully behind the team can make a huge difference to how they play. If we still go on to lose the match through mistakes, tactics, formation, whatever, then that’s football.
    For some on here a descent into the championship, and who can know how much further, is a price worth paying for finally seeing the back of the manager they have had the knives out for, for a considerable time.
    For most, and I do say most, fans, to follow the path trodden by the likes of Leeds, Portsmouth, Luton(!!!!) and other ex top division teams while the mackems are riding high in the premiership would be little short of never ending purgatory.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 17, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #20

    The risk of it spreading due to people travelling is definitely a worry. Most of the currently infected nations are unlikely to qualify and as such not likely to have large numbers of fans travelling. Most of these countries have screening precautions already set up for people leaving the country. It obviously isn’t fail safe, but it is reduced, and if there were a limited number travelling out of the country then it would be no different to the risk of people leaving the country now.

    As for CAF, without the AFCON they would most likely run into serious financial difficulties without this tournament, and will look at every possibility before cancelling the tournament. If they cancelled, it would then cost FIFA to support CAF so I’m sure FIFA will look at them trying every possible option.

    Africa is a huge continent, and has had Ebola outbreaks in several countries in the last few years which were subsequently contained. If the tournament was to move to South Africa, the countries which currently have Ebola would be closer to the UK then they are to the tournament. Where I am is further away from Ebola than Newcastle is.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #21

    I do understand what you are saying, but our best home win of the year came with the most vociferous back drop of abuse for Pardew. 2 players, I think Anita and Tiote came out and said that it barely registered with them, they just played their game.

    Lets face it, if the fans back the team and we still lose, the blame will still lie on someone else’s shoulders as far as Pardew is concerned.

    For me, I want us to win against Leicester, I want us to win every game, but I don’t see why fans who want to protest shouldn’t. Stick to your beliefs. There is more evidence to support the removal of Pardew from his post than any other manager in the Prem.


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