Ivory Coast Reach AFCON Final

The Ivory Coast reached the final of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as they beat DR Congo tonight in Estadio de Bata, Bata by three goals to one with goals coming from Yaya Toure, Gervinho and Kanon.

Cheik Tiote, Ivory Coast

Cheick Tiote didn’t play tonight

They will now play Ghana or the host country Equatorial Guinea in the final on Sunday.

That means that Cheick Tiote will definitely miss our next game at home to Stoke City on Sunday, and probably the game at Crystal Palace the following Wednesday night.

But for the second time running Cheick was not even on the bench tonight, and perhaps he’s still carrying what was said to be a slight knock he picked up in training.

By FIFA rules Cheick is due back in Newcastle by Tuesday, so he could possibly be on the bench at Crystal Palace, but may not even be fit to play.

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47 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #1


    Ye winner in CL is good idea but not enough IMO

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought straightaway that “Sports Direct” poster was something to do with the club.
    Obvious thing to do really – put their side of the story.
    Sometimes the “anti club clamour” on here gets way over the top – this place could do with a bit of balance

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think that poster was anything to do with the club or SD!

    Why come in here to make your intentions known when there’s about 100 different media outlets desperate to print anything they say.

    Seems pointless and slightly paranoid imo

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    They came to the fountain head
    Step forward Dr Edward Harrison and receive your rightful accolade

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Who said it had anything to do with their name Jeffrey?


    That’s a fair enough point but seeing as social media is what it is these days nothing would suprise me where the slug is concerned. What with this being one of the more popular sites n all. Spreading the gospel so to speak. Not that outlandish really

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    As regards advertising, I accept it on shirts and in the ground, that’s life, no real problem. I don’t think Wonga should be on the jersey because of their lending practices, but as for the SD advertising, that’s seems reasonable, considering it’s not all SD and considering he’s paid off the debt, but only so long as the profits do go back in full and in a considered and responsible way. We of course don’t really know about that, or at least I don’t, one way or the other.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #7


    It is all SD though, well at least their subsidiaries and it’s not really reasonable either. We keep getting told we need to “wipe our own nose” and advertising is a way of generating money (as all clubs do) not us though, we can’t because our nose is blocked full of shite, metaphorically speaking.

    Telling us to stand on our own two feet but then lopping off a leg. Hindered from the start but deal with it.

    Remember when you mentioned going that extra 10% or so would make a difference to get the deal done? Well that extra % could come from advertising but it’s all taken up mate. That’s not wiping your own nose, that’s being handicapped for the benefit of the slug.

    Agree on wonga. Disgraceful.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m off its worky time.

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #9


    It’s not impossible and don’t get me wrong I could see them maybe monitoring the blogs I just can’t see them posting.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Is it all SD and subsidiaries? I feel as though other companies also advertise. I assume that revenue goes back to the club. If not, then it certainly should. It’s a touchy subject, but paying off a debt of that size is no small thing, and putting profits otherwise generated back in has the dual benefit of giving back to the fans and adding to the value of the asset. Anything less than that, strikes me as double dipping, and anything more, under the circumstances, I’d say out of character and beyond obligation.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #11

    My argument about the 10% ( a random guesstimate) is that it would come from the money saved on not making those lesser signings and the difference taken from profits otherwise generated. It might mean we may have waited a little longer for the improved floodlights, or under soil heating or big screen, or even the training facility. Nothing major, but tweaked so we get marginally greater assets on the pitch.

  • one fine day

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #12

    reposted from previous thread ;
    one fine day // Feb 5, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    The Europa is pretty farcical with the amount of group games and now seems to regarded as a poor mans champions league.
    I’d much rather see it revert back to old Uefa days and simple knock out over two legs.
    Guess the only reason Uefa went down that route was trying to gain more TV revenue but they have succeeded only in devaluing it.
    The worst about it is when teams who are knocked out of the champions league tend to drop down and are nailed on to get to the finals with much larger squads etc.
    Watching 12 groups of 4 teams go through the motions does nothing for me whereas a two legged tie with away goals etc. adds much more excitement to each game.
    I said on here a while back that should we qualify (assuming carver hasn’t read his brief properly) then treat the group games for what they are.
    We all agree that the kids need more game time and competitive games at that.
    So I would simply use the group games as a way of keeping the kids and fringe squad players fresh and if we get through to 1/4 finals and have a realistic chance then maybe use a few more of the core players .
    Pretty sure our U21 would be much better off for the experience of playing against Villareal or Borrussia Moengladbach etc. and technically gifted European players and coaches than getting the s@@t hoofed out of them in a Scottish div one mud bath.
    Pardue always made a big thing of the two games in a week excuse putting pressure on him. I’d say then be like any other business and delegate,.. let Beardsley act as coach for those games and develop his tactical /Management skills.
    Leave the first team coach to concentrate on the domestic stuff and its obvious rewards.
    We won the fairs cup the year I was born and fu@k all since and to be honest I don’t think we have been further away from silverware than right now.

    So right now I’d take a balmy night in June seeing black and white confetti blasted out of a daft canon and a team photo the following year with a cup in front rather than that 3 footballs, a physios Lucozade bag and a bit of plywood with Wonga plastered over it

  • sparky55

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #13

    so I take it no-one’s arsed about us missing Tiote this weekend then!

    me neither! 🙂

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #14

    One fine day, I think we did try to do well in the Europa, with what we had, and Pardew did try to manage it. It was clear we were too thin too compete on both fronts, but with a bit of luck we might have gone on it to win it, and I think its fair to say, also gone down doing it. Obviously the investment that occurred mid season, should have happened in the prior off season, in hindsight. If Newcastle can continue to build a deeper younger squad, then what you suggest might actually be what the club has in mind.

    Gotta go to work.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Jimmy – all the advertising is SD or SD/Mr Tubbs realated. Dunlop/Firetrap/Slazenger.
    You can check it out yourself -just do a company check on Tubbs SD address :-
    Unit A
    Brook Park East
    NG20 8RY

    Over 250 companies.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #16

    You’re absolutely right. It’s a conspiracy. I’m actually Mike Ashley – no one’s ever seen us together… not a coincidence, eh?

    Now we’ve sorted that, tell me why we should have signed Robert Huth?

    And tell me how much we should spend to go from 11th (mid table mediocrity was the phrase) to 9th (i.e. mid table mediocrity). I reckon about 30M, and then we would be stuck with whatever aging striker we’d signed.

  • one fine day

    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Well lets hope they choose that route and learn from past experience and actually have a plan to compete (be it using fringe /kids etc. or actually looking at the squad in the summer ,not when we are panicking in January) rather than avoid it like a rash… but on past examples.? not holding my breath mate.

  • one fine day

    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #18

    MR TUFF,
    Thanks for that .
    Thinking of the wonderful things I can have sent him at his lair.
    So far 30 cubic metres of concrete
    A hearse (horse drawn of course ,Joe and Dennis need the work these days)
    Other than anthrax my heads just gone blank
    Maybe we can get that farmer from Morpeth to do one of his bank style visits with his muck spreader?

  • Our Toon

    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Boy Done Good

    Forget Huth for just a second…you keep going on about going from 11th to 9th or another mediocre league position by spending money which you seem so against.

    Firstly no one’s asking for 30m to be spent that’s just your warped mind trying to justify no spending at all….something called middle ground, spend what you need to spend to ensure you have all bases covered.

    Secondly you keep referring to Huth and defenders, we have the same CB’s as the season when we got relegated, how many transfer windows is that then? How patient should fans be….more importantly how many more windows should we wait for adequate cover or players that can affect the 1st team now?

    last point is in regards to your ageing striker comment….is it only old players that move in this transfer window? We have a certain aged player we like to sign, with the correct planning and sensible bid these players are available, players that will be out of contract in the summer go for cheap in January….Sissoko being a prime example.

    You act as if it’s a profit and loss statement is king and it means success on football, sport is about competing for trophies or at least attempting to win competitions. Not aim for 10th and no cup runs, are you a football fan or an accountant? Will making a profit make you happy or will attempting to get into Europe make you happy?

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #20

    On my break so probably won’t be able to reply.

    Who is this ageing striker that people so desperately wanted you speak of?

    You are so blinded by your assumed forensic calculations that you find the thought of investing in the squad repulsive and are just happy to make do with what we have? Clearly.

    Admit it, your the one the club employed to look into the possibility of relegation if a cup run was sustained because not ONE football fan would look at things the way you do. Accounts. Unless of course you believe the bullshit and spin that comes from the club trying to justify not arming the squad adequately, in which case that’s equally as sad.

    Are you really the obese one? Your having us on surely.

  • MacToon

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #21

    You do realise that the poster sportsdirect is 1 year out with his information. This means come this June the club will most likely boast profits of around £90mil over the last 3 years:
    12/13 £10 mil operating profit
    13/14 £40 mil (est.)
    14/15 £40 mil (est.)

    Just a small (schoolboy) error being a year out!

  • one fine day

    Feb 5, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Don’t think anyone on here clamours to pay 30 mil for an “ageing striker ”
    Indeed had we shelled out $12 mil in 2013 we would have been in either of two situations
    1. bony would have been leading the line in the role that most think is required of a striker and using Pérez around him.
    2. He would have decided to jump and go to a more ambitious /champions leagues contenders etc. club and we would have 16mill profit from the deal.
    Contrast that to riviere who we got for 6 mil.
    now I think he still may come good and I do rate him but we’d struggle to even get our money back in the summer if we decided to move him on.
    Just wondering how much further up the league we may have been with a more regular goal scorer in our midst .
    I can think of the games against both palace home and Burnley home when we were poor yet missed enough chances to have buried those teams before half time.
    so I think we can indeed be prudent in our spending ,but prudent can also mean spending a little more if a player has that potential and we had Bony on the radar for at least two years.
    Sure we got lucky with Pérez but speculate to accumulate n all that.
    I understand for every suarez there’s a ballotelli but i’m sure on average what you pay reflects on what is delivered

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Just read this on another article.. And is spot on.

    I can only wish Davide well. He did a very decent job for us.

    In all truth, he’s well shot of Newcastle United and their disgraceful Ashley business model of buying the player cheap, improving him, selling him on for a profit, while all the while maintaining a team that can do the absolutely bear minimum to not get relegated from the Premier League, even cutting it to the wire to achieve such a lowly ambition.

    I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, the leeches like Ashley have spotted the loophole in the Premier League’s remit and have successfully concluded that mediocrity equals money-making.

    We can blame Ashley as much as we want – and for God’s sake let’s keep doing so – but ultimately we need to point the finger at the Premier League for allowing opportunists like Ashley to come in and abuse the spirit of what the league is all about, and we need to make the authorities in the Premier League to stop this malpractice once and for all.

    Like I keep saying, you can have the best manager in the world and still struggle under these kind of structures. Managers will always go on bad runs and will have to be yes men to keep it going.

    Welcome to the world of the head coach and MA’s money making agenda.

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #24

    One fine day,
    A considered post on the Europa League. Still, I disagree. Teams and fans do want to weigh themselves against different leagues and average attendances generally prove that.


    I haven’t heard too many not wanting to participate, in fact I can think of only one person: AP. I haven’t read anywhere that NUFC doesn’t want it. AP himself, being a limited manager, couldn’t handle preparing for two games in a week.

    Could the EL be improved? Yes. For instance, it does feel like a B tier, even though major teams do participate. Especially those which are ‘relegated’ from the CL.

    Is particpation a step back for other leagues a team is competing in? No. Look at Athletico Madrid and many other examples.

    Monetary rewards should increase, to entice participation.

    Also, the Cup Winners Cup, with knockout procedures, should be reinstated.

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Toon Prodigy,
    The ‘disgraceful model’ is the one where the books are balanced? Is it not more disgraceful for team to be doing a City or a Chelsea and completely running away with it, thus making it a purely money driven model? In the USA, there are many downright silly sports related rules, one of which is that teams are franchises, much like hamburger stands. Still, there are salary and team-salary caps, so dominance is more based on shrewd spotting of young talent, balanced with experienced ‘expensive’ players, and on coaching.

    Note: I catch myself defending MA’s model, because it’s become a bit of an unfounded frenzy, stirring up the masses. There are many things to criticise about the regime, let’s be specific, instead of blindly dismissive. Let’s help those dudes improve with constructive criticism. Otherwise, they too will dismiss us.

  • Toonmania

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Excellent news on your health update Ed

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #27

    For example,
    you mention Stanton to illustrate the model. But, we didn’t buy him on the cheap, improve him and sell him for a profit. In truth, he didn’t work out, even though he’s a great player. Through his injuries and no fault of his own, he’s been on the books and paid for sitting out most of his contract.

    SDJ has been an equal waste of space till now, though that may change. Taylor is another player whom we should’ve sold ages ago, for the same unfortunate reason.

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Wtf has happened to Dortmund?
    May be we have a chance on klopp??

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #29

    given the structure of our team, I think we should go French first and foremost or maybe Dutch.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #30


    It’s all so simple under these structures..

    It leads to two questions..

    Why are we not spending what we earn as a football club and want to achieve?

    And why do we year after year weaking instead of building to make money?

    Surely even the most hardened Ashley fanatic can see what is happening with NUFC?

    The “head coach” principle is just another way of saying we are not changing anything and the structures will remain.

    They have learnt though, instead of Pardew being the fall guy for fans, now, its on the regimes toes, but by the time this goes under Ashley will be off anyway.

    That above post is spot on. It’s the Premier League that should be really looked at. It’s shocking that people with money can come in and rip the ambition out of football clubs to suit their own agenda. Not to mention having an involvment in two across the UK.

    He dosn’t want nothing to do with winning tropies and that’s what we are all here for? How can you support that? It’s mental.

    Finances? What does not get ploud back in?

    Beyond me.

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #31

    I heard someone mentioned the word “omen” and said the omen has gone,who has been the “omen”?

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Ya I agree we should go french first but I prefer German next than Dutch..

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m not sure NUFC make much profit, but if they do, they should definitely plough it back. I totally agree, if that is the case.

    On the Head Coach thing. I think the old days where a ‘Manager’ could handle everything, a ‘one man band’ in a way, is a thing of the past. There are too many plates to keep spinning. Teams are becoming more professional, and everything going through a single person is just not on anymore. This is becoming clearer in all kinds of operations.

    I haven’t read anywhere that he doesn’t want to win trophies and that he wants us to be average. If he does, he’s mental. What kind of business man wants to be below average?

    Now, I have read that AP’s targets were these, that’s what he said. Yet, should he get a bonus for finishing tenth? I understood that tenth was the minimum… should the bonus structure change? Can’t answer that till I see the full incentive plan.

  • martoon

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Jeff from Benwell @2 – If the club did post pro propaganda on here (which I doubt very much) they would hardly be so obvious to give themselves names such as ‘SportsDirect’ and ‘BoyDoneGood’. They are WUMs plain and simple.

  • Vask

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #35

    Here’s a little summat to waken your sleepy heeds the day…


  • toonincheek

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #36

    cyprus –

    I think you are deluding yourself if you think
    that AP was expressing his OWN opinion on
    the EL rather than being forced to express the
    party line.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #37

    Funny that Martoon, that’s something Jeffrey’s been accused of in the very recent past lol. Although of late his posts have managed to contained more football related issues and less vile mutterings towards other posters and Ed.

    Still think he’s a WUM though.

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #38

    I don’t know how people can criticise the El performance. We did very well in that comp and we always said we’d use the kids in the group stage.

    Fergie used to do it in the CL
    Even sir Bobby agreed with this notion.

    The more embarrassing thing was ap using it to excuse our league form despite the fact that half the players weren’t playing in the El group stages.

  • firebug666

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #39


    The club have been very careful in the wording of statements and replies to questions as you would expect.

    1. On Europe, The club have stated that they do not want the club to push on and get into the European league because it is not cost effective. The prize money does not cover the costs of the trips involved in winning the trophy

    2. On domestic cups The club have claimed they have done extensive research into team winning the domestic cup and have found that unless you are one of the top 6 teams in the league, if you try to win one of the domestic cups then you stand a chance of being relegated.

    For these reasons the only ambition the club has it to finish 8th, 9th or 10th in the league avoiding cups and Europe to ensure premier league safety and TV money.

    This is all Newcastle supporters have to look forward to for the foreseeable future. The team will be selected to achieve this aim only, and not to progress on any other level.

  • toonbrother

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Actually Renard’ dropping tiote was the catalyst for their progress. Die and Yaya toure have been immense in midfield. Gervinho and Bony have also produced the goods. For Ghana (NUFC target) Ayew and Chelsea’s Atsu have been the key men
    Should be a good final Ghana v Ivorycoast


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