Newcastle Player Reported Unhappy – Shows Poor Attitude


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Dummett is also injured with no return date, unfortunately we have no other options for the left of defence.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #2

    IMO Sissoko (or the Club) were keeping him out of the Arsenal game in case there was a bid at the end of the transfer window.

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  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Ah hah, like a breath of fresh air, a deviation from the Cisse-Tiote focus.

    QPR have said they’re still wanting £15m for Charlie Austin and we’ll not pay it. So, he ain’t coming in January.

    Can we pleeeeez put the speculation to bed now.

    Say night night Charlie.

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  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Lindisfarne, you’re a cynic……. My guess would be that it’s been Sissoko’s call.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #5

    there might b something in that story coz he was meant to be very close to fit ness for the man utd game the week before then it al went quiet about his injury before arsenal…if players are bein tits..pull them out the squad and dont play them cisse will just sit on his arse till he gets a big move to the middle east,tiote if true wont get any sort of form back and at his age his next move wont be lucrative if he’s not playign well and sissoko will miss out on internationals…..there loss

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  • Dondatta13

    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Shearers a legend, that’s a fact. My gripe is he seemingly spoke to Harry Kane and gave the lad a few worda of encouragement as he’s going through a barron spell. Yet he went out of his way to lambast Cisse in the press, saying NUFC would be better off playing with 10 men…

    Why not try having a pep talk to Cisse Al, it may help our club out mate while we try to find a winning formular.

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  • Magpie Season

    Sep 16, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Shearer was quite harsh on Cisse.

    When we signed him from Freiburg & he scored 13 in 14, Pardew played 4-3-3 with Cisse in the centre & Ba & Ben Arfa out wide.
    Not to mention we had Cabaye. With Tiote also being the an exceptional anchor man then.

    This 4-2-3-1 he keeps using, he will play it again even against Watford, who suprisingly have become a solid defensive team, & when the end score is 0-0 the strikers will get the blame again.

    It’s one thing to pack the midfield as managers do but there is not one attacking player apart from Perez that runs in behind the striker or to help out Cisse.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 16, 2015 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #8

    In Cisse’s first season he had an amazing team behind him. His confidence was up and he was scoring goals from everywhere. Ba and Ben Arfa were formidable threats themselves which meant defenders were stretched and Cisse had space. That space was a luxury that most strikers rarely have.

    Since then he has contributed nothing but tap ins. Shearer was 100% correct. We basically play with 10 men and throw poor crosses into the box hoping that Cisse will be in the right place to tap one in – which to be fair he often is.

    But a striker needs to do more than that. A good striker has to be able to do one of three things. Either beat a man on the ground or beat a man in the air or hold the ball up and bring people into play (a holding striker) Cisse can’t do any of those things.

    He cannot hold up the play for a start. When is the last time you saw Cisse with an assist? He doesn’t make runs that open up space for our attacking midfielders to run into.

    What Cisse does is receives a pass with his back to goal, passes it back in the same direction, then jogs back towards goal. He doesn’t pull defenders out of position. He doesn’t make runs in behind. He is rarely an aerial threat from set pieces. He contributes nothing but tap-ins and blunts our build up play.

    Perez on the other hand regularly and successfully takes on 2 or more men, will turn towards goal and transition the play forward.

    I’m almost thinking now god forbid that Pardew was right trying to play Cisse on the wing. Maybe he was trying to teach Cisse to be a more rounded footballer. Because without the monumental threat we used to have on the wings giving him space and pin-point service, he is a poor striker.

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Cisse offers nothing! He cant hold up the ball and does not work the channels. I have seen U14’s with a better first touch and he never attempts to take on his man. Play Perez uptop and encourage the midfielders/wingers to be more goal hungry because lets face it, Ayoze spends more time outside the box than inside but he will drag defenders all over the place creating space that can be exploited by the attacking mids

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s the curse of Jonas Guttierrez and Ryan Taylor. Believing they’ve wasted their best years under an ambitionless Ashley. Now unwanted, Cisse and Tiote are reluctant to go gentle into that good night. Cool had the foresight to gain assurances he’d play before resigning.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Colo

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Okay I am just going to throw it out there, if Cisse is shown bad attitude why was he given a start over both Perez and Siem?

    …seems a little counterproductive to play Cisse in this case. You don’t reward bad attitude.

    Lets see if there really are any thruth in this. We will know soon enough.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper when you put a team out with De Jong and Perez starting our bench starts to look very weak. That plus his agent was making noises about how he “wants to play for a club that want him”. Sounds like they were trying to placate him.

    In saying that I think McClaren knows of Cisse’s weaknesses and that is why he started Mitrovic instead against Man U and Arsenal. Don’t have that option now.

    Look at our bench if we play this….

    ——————-Krul
    Janmaat – Colo – Mbemba – Haidara
    ———-Sissoko–Wijnaldum
    Thauvin——-De Jong——–Aarons
    ——————Perez

    Subs: Darlow, Colback, Anita, Tiote, Cisse, Obertan, Taylor

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m fairly certain Sissoko started against Arsenal – could be wrong but I’m sure he only missed the Man U match. Journalists mischief making again.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Blofal…there are two schools of thought in football:

    One that will put out a starting eleven that can win you the game, and

    One who will field a bench that can win you the game

    Regardless, bad attitude (if true 😉 ) should never be rewarded. But then again maybe this is all just a story?

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Blofal, the bench looks week because the XI on the pitch looks stronger!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Yup, just checked and he did. Another ridiculous article from the Mail. If they get something that simple so wrong, then it would lead me to question how accurate there other points in the story are. Unless Ed has copied and pasted it wrong and it doesn’t mention the Arsenal match.

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  • Online Guy

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Good Morning all ..here is a surprise question from my old mate Si, to a Russian oligarch who is worth more than Abramovic

    Check Wor Si’s question just before 36 mins.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06ccdr1/the-hairy-bikers-northern-exposure-3-russia

    I’m off Bass fishing ..cook them this evening for dinner, good excuse to drink wine later .

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  • Online Guy

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Good morning Li lo . x

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Morning OG,
    Not much tastes better than fish you have freshly caught yourself.

    Good luck!

    Not sure I’d want an oligarch in charge, I liked Ashley’s original blueprint. If we could get a new owner capable of executing it well I’d be happier!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Was the ‘x’ really meant for me? If so I’m flattered, but you obviously haven’t seen me!

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #22

    morning og

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Does anybody know: apart from Colback, which was the last player we bought who’d already had PL experience?

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Eerie silence …

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Ron,
    Remy if we include loan signings, Obertan prior to that. Sol Campbell probably and Gosling.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Lilongwe
    Thanks for that!
    It seems to me that two of our major problems are a) a policy of buying players with no PL experience; and b) McClaren’s misplaced confidence in characters like Coloccini, Sissoko, Cissé and Tioté to pull us through.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Ron,
    I think experience of the league is important, and we lack that, but it is the character of players that we miss more than anything. We don’t have any characters that will get more out of players on the pitch. There is a lack of cajoling, berating, inspiring etc from anybody on the field, and I haven’t seen it from McClaren or Simpson yet either on the sidelines. That is a real worry.

    I said all summer we needed a leader at the back preferably with Prem experience, but the good ones probably cost more than our club would value them at, or are in an age bracket we find unattractive due to resale.

    Does McClaren have confidence in Tiote? He wasn’t a regular starter for him in the Dutch league, and has barely featured at all this season.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #28

    I guess Ba had 6 months of experience in the Prem for West Ham…

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Lilongwe
    I didn’t watch the last match, but I think you did. I read reports that things improved a little when Perez and SDJ came on. Is that right?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Ron,
    Yeah, it did marginally, but it was hardly much of a feat for it to improve. McClaren needs to start being braver in his selection. Time to leave out a few of the old guard who haven’t shown anything and give players like Perez and De Jong an opportunity.

    I’d even look at Aarons starting against Watford as he can’t really offer less than Sissoko or Thauvin did on Monday. He didn’t shine against Northampton, but some of the others haven’t shined yet either.

    Attacking trio of either Perez, De Jong, Thauvin or Aarons, Perez, Thauvin with De Jong in midfield.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #31

    The transfer policy is seriously flawed, I remember billson ramming Cabaye, Ba and Santon down my throat when saying it wasn’t, funny that none of them are still here while we still have Obertan and Marveaux from that batch of signings. It’s all very well buying an up and coming star like Mitrovich because he mightdouble in value but a 20 year lad shouldn’t be expected to lead the line in a brand new league. They should have brought in a striker to compliment Cisse or took a hit on him and bought two strikers that can play together. If Mclaren has had an imput and decided that 4-2-3-1 or however you pronounce it is our set formation then we are in a world of pain.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Ron, not much in truth, we we’re toothless all game. Possession was a bit better but by that time West Ham had it sewn up so didnt have to bother too much. They still looked more likely to get a third than we did to get a first

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  • Blofal

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #33

    My point with the post before @13 is that with that weak bench we really have no plan B if things go bad.

    Maybe McClaren benched Perez and De Jong to give him options if things didn’t go as planned.

    Irrelevant as it may be because even Plan B didn’t work.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Ron Knee- No. I recently chatted with Lilongwe on Carr’s scouting of players and on this very point. Rob Lee I recall in the Chronicle also has said we need to sign players who understand English football. I understand the financial disincentives which usually are raised to counter the arguement of such buying.
    The physicality, pace and sheer intensity of the Premiership is unlike any other leading football playing league. It is asking a lot to expect new players to hit the ground running as they do need time to bed in and gel.

    Against West Ham Wijnaldum looked just that player with the game seemingly passing him by. He undoubtedly is a player of quality comfortable and good on the ball but clearly he still needs to pick up the pace and discipline required.

    Whilst Mbemba seems to have settled very quickly it’s a tough league and a long demanding season.where players are required to be mentally and physically tough.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #35

    We need to starting blocking the A1 before games to ensure a head start !

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Blofal, the ginger Pardew has no plan B anyway!

    Right lads, go out there and keep it tight

    9 minutes in… Oh bollocks

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #37

    Munster Mag- from yesterday. I agree with much of what you say on Carr he clearly can’t be allowed to operate in a vacuum. As reported and how I understand it Macca and GC will schedule the scouting programme going forward. Frequent flying miles are not to be viewed as a priority but more of a planned geographic spread which will focus nearer to home.
    Lilongwe pointed out that JFK had previously wanted to do this by recruiting Harford but it had been resisted by Carr.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Ian,
    I just don’t see Gini as a number 10, so the game will more often than not pass him by. From what I have seen he would be much better suited to the deeper midfield role alongside one of Tiote, Anita or Colback.

    Blofal,
    Yeah, we might have no plan B, but at the moment we don’t look to have a plan A. As most on here said, we just didn’t do enough through the window.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Ian,
    I didn’t say it had been resisted by Carr, Harford turned the job down and from what I was told Kinnear began doing it himself – one of the anecdotal stories is often told on here to slag off Kinnear – the scouting Ferguson story. Whilst that was comical, Kinnear went to a lot of lower league games watching players whilst with us, and that can only be thought of as a good thing.

    To what extent it continued after Kinnear left I am not sure. We were linked with Gomez (now at Liverpool) back in January but reportedly considered him too expensive, so some irk is happening, but whether we will see results is another matter.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #40

    Sad to say I can see another loss on Saturday 0-1 or 0-2 to Watford we will huff and puff – Watford will catch us on the break 0-1 we will pour forward camp in their half without out a clue on how to penetrate their defence.
    At the moment we are just clueless on how to break defences down got know creativity and playing ONE up front is a waste of time because the player up-front needs the midfield to burst a gut to get up to him to support.
    Mc has got to start with 2 up front and either drop Colback or Anita who has been one of or better players and put in a offensive midfielder

    Remember Blackpool and Hull when they came up.

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