Head Coach Forced To Refute Ugly Rumors On Newcastle

There were rumors recently that Cheick Tiote was a bad egg at Newcastle and that he had been injured all year with a knee injury and quite honestly the reports suggested he didn’t really want to play for Newcastle.

In other words, he was causing trouble and was a problem at Newcastle and that was damaging team spirit.

The initial story seems to have come from John Richardson, a pundit on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement, and he made those comments last Sunday and they were quickly picked up.

Cheick Tiote at West+Ham

Cheick Tiote in action last season

Steve McClaren has completely rejected those claims and the subsequent reports and he knows Cheick Tiote well having worked with him at FC Twente during their Championship winning season back in 2009-2010.

The rumors were also that Papiss Cisse was another bad egg and that he was not really happy at Newcastle.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the two players:

“There’s been no problem with Cheick.” “He’s not a bad egg at all. I know Cheick well. I obviously had him at Twente, and he’s no trouble. He doesn’t cause trouble, he just wants to play.”

“Papiss Cisse is Papiss, and he goes around with a smile on his face. That’s the culture that he’s got. I don’t agree with that view at all.”

“We haven’t seen enough of Cheick.” “He went away for the Africa Cup of Nations, and I don’t really think he’s played a game since.” “That’s an ongoing problem that he has, and he needs to be right to play.”

“He hasn’t been right or correct – it’s as simple as that. He hasn’t been able to build up his fitness, but I know Cheick well, and I couldn’t be any stronger in terms of saying that he’s not any trouble.”

“He’s no bad egg – he just wants to play football.” “But he’s not been able to do that, so he’s frustrated. He’s definitely not been feigning injury.”

It’s bad enough for head coaches to do their job when things are going wrong, and because of the initial reports about Richardson’s comments,  there have even been calls to end the contracts of the two players.

Now if only the initial reports were true.

It shows how much stuff is made up in the press simply for effect and to get at the club.

Switching to talk about something more real, let’s hope we can beat Sheffield Wednesday tonight.

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9 comments so far

  • stan anderson

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Tiote is not a bad egg then,but he is an expensive liability.
    As for Ahley he is fully responsible for our plight at present.He is the one who hs made all the decisions since he,s been here.He put all the wrong people in charge of running our beloved NUFC. and took the fans as mugs who would turn up regardless to watch their team.
    Anyone who does not accept that this man is no fan of our club needs to get real.He treats it as his business S/Dire.and wants to see financial results from his investment in NUFC.
    Ashley,Penfold,Carr,Moncur and Mclaren OOT.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Jimmy Smith – ( Jinky) I trace Ashley’s attitude towards the transfer market losing him money to Fat Sam Allardyce.
    It was the unfairly remembered Roeder who had to handle the aftermath of Shearer’s retirement and Owen’s injury saga. FFS had bought Martins with the Owen compensation money and he spent £5m on Duff(er!). Together with a make do and mend Shepherd policy and of loans, Sibierski, Rossi and Bernard. Roeder let Bramble leave.
    Allardyce came in criticising Roeder but he hardly spent the transfer kitty.
    Allardyce was hired by FS but by the time the transfer window opened Ashley was his boss. Sam spent on Barton (£5.8m), Smith (£6m), Enrique (£6m), Beye (£2m), Rozenhal (£2.7m) as well as lavishing big wages on Geremi, Viduka and Cacapa. Not all of those signings were poor but he had no money to spend.

    It’s always been my believe that Ashley learnt a bitter lesson and thereafter decided it wouldn’t happen again . Poor signings, ageing players on long expensive contracts. Together with a long ball style which showed Allardyce as being unable to adapt his tactics to the players.
    A complete overhaul of the way we operate in the market should have Macca determining who comes in and goes out. Carr is a scout living on borrowed time. Macca should be required to operate within a transfer budget( net) and Charnley should run the numbers . Aside from Spurs it works at every other PL Club.

  • Mag52

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    A quick one on Jaanmat from the previous thread, he should unquestionably IMO be club captain for his displays this and last season.
    Hopefully Macca has now had time to suss this out and he could start the process by giving the armband to the Dutch international this evening.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Should be= Money to spend

  • davis_toons

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #5
  • robmefirst

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #6

    So frustrating. Last season (and the one before) was a shambles. It’s crazy how he harps back to the West Ham game and Ashley’s speech as a turning point. For every fan it wasn’t a turning point, we just for played well for once.

    Surely people on the board watch every game like us? Surely they could see where the issues were. It’s taken McClaren a couple of months to figure out that there’s baggage, when anyone who watched the last couple seasons could pin point the baggage for him when he started.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #7

    There are goals in him..but where are the cross n passes?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Ian Toon,
    I see you are being a bit more thorough in your research after that guff you posted about Anita and Best being signed together littered with all kinds of historical inaccuracies !

  • c-dog

    Sep 23, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #9

    if fit, he should start. Simple as


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