Papiss Cisse had such a poor game on Monday night at West Ham that Newcastle’s former striker who wore that famous Newcastle number nine shirt with great distinction – Alan Shearer – commented that it would have been better for Newcastle to have played with 10 men against West Ham and without Papiss – so ineffective was the Senegal striker.
There’s an article in the Mail today that is reporting that over the International break Steve McClaren arranged one-on-one meetings with all of the Newcastle players not in International duty.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring in first game of the season
Papiss Cisse wasn’t late for his meeting with Steve, he simply failed to turn up.
So McClaren and the coaching staff were less than happy at Cisse’s lack of professionalism, and they report he’s also tardy for training at times.
Cisse also called in on the day of the League Cup tie with Northampton Town, and said he was sick and wouldn’t be coming to the game.
But he had just been dropped the previous Saturday for the game at Old Trafford, and was expected to start that game, and again the coaching staff questioned whether he was really sick.
In short, it did not go down well with the coaching team.
The Mail also reports that Cheick Tiote is someone who would have preferred to leave the club over the summer, and they say the staff are questioning his attitude.
And there you have it – that’s all that’s in the report.
Cheick cannot be too happy at his status at Newcastle at the moment, and he has a job on his hands to get his first team place back.
However, after Monday night’s performance who knows – he may get a start on Saturday against Watford.
Another player who is reported to have upset the coaching staff a little according to the Mail is Moussa Sissoko, and the staff thought he could have played in our last game against Arsenal, but missed out.
There were some suspicion that he wanted to be fit for the upcoming Internationals, where he made two appearances for France.
We don’t think this is a big thing.
It seems there may be some kind of difficulty with Papiss – but hardly with Cheick Tiote or Moussa Sissoko.
These kinds of events happen at clubs, and these kinds of reports are issued, and we cannot imagine that either Papiss or Cheick are entirely happy with their current status – not being first choice in their positions this season.
But it’s still important to continue to be totally professional, and help the team when you can.
We’re not sure there is much in this report, but the press may try to make a big thing of it.
“Unrest in the dressing room” or even “McClaren losing the players” could be some of the headlines later today, and all that silly stuff.
It’s never easy being the head coach (or manager) at Newcastle.
It should not get any worse than this hopefully, but if it does, we could Papiss leave the club in January and we would expect a replacement to be brought in at that time.
In any case it’s already more than likely that Newcastle will make a move for Charlie Austin in January, with only six months left on his QPR contract at that time.
The positive thing in the Mail article is that McClaren had one-on-one meetings with the players over the last couple of weeks – that’s a sign of good man-management.