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Board Sells Experienced Midfielder Against McClaren´s Wishes

9:54 pm, Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

It seems that Newcastle have accepted the £8M offer for Cheick Tiote from Shanghai Shenhua, even though the manager (head coach) Steve McClaren was against it because he wanted to use Cheick´s vast experience in the Premier League and for Newcastle over nearly six years during the relegation fight.

If Steve didn´tknow before now-  he will know now he has little power at the club – that´s why the club calls him a head coach and not the manager – he has limited responsibilities for training and preparing the players for matches.

The other stuff is all handled by Graham Carr and Lee Charnley.

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Cheick Tiote – going to China

The Mirror is one of the sources reporting the news , and Cheick has agreed to a three year deal in China for big money, said to be around £70K/week.

The deal will depend on Cheick passing a medical of course and he will travel to the far east next week and we assume Tiote will not be playing on Saturday against West Ham United.

To be fair to Newcastle, there may be some other reasons that aren´t apparent and perhaps the club may fall foul of the Financial Fair Play rules with their large investments this financial year.

We have spent close to £70M gross on new players since the end of last seoasn.

The £8M hopefully will be used to bring in other players to the club because it looks like we will be fighting relegation the rest of the season.

We´re not sure it makes too much sense from a football viewpoint to sell your most experienced players half way through the season when relegation threatens so clearly – we are second bottom of the league with our worst points total ever – 18 after 21 games.

Even Sunderland are above us in the league.

But at least the club brought in two central midfielders before they let Cheick leave.

Two years ago the Board sold Yohan Cabaye for £20M to PSG and didn´t even replace him – and we wonder why Alan Pardew finally left the club 12 months ago?

Newcastle fans should be in no doubt why the financials at Newcastle are great and our team is hopeless – it´s because the financials are still the main priority – and the head coach has little say in who comes and goes.

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  • 1 jazzyp // Jan 14, 2016 at 9:58 PM


    we cannot get rid of our fringe players mate because they were bad buys, deemed not good enough for resale value or even offers of loans.
    How long have we been trying to offload these guys. Willo for 250 k and still no takers

  • 2 Belfast // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    “To be fair to Newcastle there may be some other reasons that aren´t apparent and maybe the club may fall foul of the Financial Fair Play rules with their large investments this financial year.”

    Is that a wind up ? Haha

  • 3 Thump // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Honestly, he should have went a while back. He’s too inconsistent and is a bit of a liability in truth.

    Thanks for the good times, Cheiky. Enjoy China, mate.

  • 4 Our Toon // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:01 PM


    Berahino….really? Hope that’s true but the lad has put on some timber recently. Would go well with Mitro

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Now there’s a deal I would have taken in the summer 🙂

    Hope a few more will be upgraded and moved on.

    Ibiza…are you there? You posted the math on our transfer dealings so far under Ashley last summer and they showed we were loosing money instead of making money which is always the argument with our transfer dealings.

    Can you remember the post?

  • 6 Jib // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Zàijiàn xiè hè·dì ào tè g?nxiè y?qiè

  • 7 OneAlanShearer // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Tiote has not looked like he wanted to be with us for quite some time and add to that poor performances Tuesdays match was a cameo of him at his peak. I doubt he would have sustained it for long before we all wished we’d accepted 8 million. Good luck to him though. Hopefully the lads we have will stay fit and do a better job more consistently. Anita and colback are good enough to cover for saivet and shelvey or compete to play.

    I just hope we get a striker and left winger in before long. Every match counts.

  • 8 stan anderson // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Good riddance to Tiote.
    Apart from 1 season when he was awesome he has been injured or banned most of the time since.
    The 1 goal he scored was unforgettable of course.
    8 MILLION for him is nowt short of robbery.
    More cash for Ash.

    Ashley OOT.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    i would of let no one leave then when we are safe(hopefully) just come to an arrangement with the players and release them…a few are out of contract in the summer and others have a year left…surely there can sort something out

  • 10 lesh // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    That’s McClaren put in his place then!

    A member of the so-called football board, the one with more football knowledge than the rest of the football board put together, over-ruled.

    Charnley and Ashley (and the other puppets really know how to inspire, motivate and get the best out of McClaren.

    If the decision to sell Tiote’s been made for purely financial reasons, then this is probably the straw that’s broken the camel’s back – pi$$ing the players, McClaren and his staff right off. It could be the transfer that sends us down.

    They astonish me in that they do things that inspire fan support then undo it fir the sake of £8m.

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Jesper…Remember the post, just a different conclusion 🙂

    I also remember doing the math on our relegation squad, the one Ashley had been stuck with…turns out Ashley’s NUFC made an overall profit on that squad, better than that of players that were purchased under Ashley.

    I’ll have a look and see if I still have the info – would be interested to see it again, and clear up this confusion.

    One of us has got the wrong end of the stick. Shall we do a blog poll to see who people think it is? 🙂 I think it’s probably me.

  • 12 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    See Under 21’s got beat 4-3 at Everton with a 91st minute goal. interesting goal scorers…
    Riviere and Marvo (pen) along with Callum Roberets

  • 13 SPRINGY // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    aarons played as well which is good

  • 14 Our Toon // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM


    It’s a point I’ve been trying to make today that the people appointed to the board ultimately have no power. It’s Ashley who decides not the board!!

  • 15 lesh // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM


    This could become another Keegan ‘Trust me’ moment.

    Well, maybe ….. Harrumph


    You posted something that was a mix of characters. Some would say it was jibberish but I won’t.

    Can you translate p\3@#e?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Ibiza…haha 😀

    See if you can find it mate. Would be fun read regardless.

    Are you back on your small island?

  • 17 Thump // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Arma and Bigi to stay at Coventry until the end of the season. Good decision.

  • 18 SPRINGY // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    the coventry fans are over the moon with that

  • 19 Our Toon // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Very good decision to keep them on loan at Coventry, hopefully we’ll see some sort of improvement in them boys next season

  • 20 Fostino // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Stop stirring trouble Ed. I think if a vote was to be taken. ..sell tiote for saviet and Jon jo…There would be an clear winner

  • 21 Fostino // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Il be amazed if we get 8m for him. We should bite their hand off.

  • 22 Jib // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    It was simplified Mandarin wishing Cheikh well .

    It is not my fault if the text encoding on your device does not support it.

    I can assure you about 2 billion devices in the world do.

  • 23 Mag52 // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Not too worried to see Tiote leave simply because I’m not sure that he has had his heart in this club for some time.
    The worrying thing for me is that Macca appears to have been overruled and his judgement ignored.
    It looks as if Ashley still views a manager purely as someone who picks the team and cops the flack.

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    no report on TOON website do you know how the players playedand are all alreet.
    Nice to have some additions to the squad

  • 25 Belfast // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    After not being able to compete with Southampton and the other hmmmm big clubs for the last few years, we spend money in the summer and a bit in January and Ed has us selling players to comply with financial fair play regulations lol

    He’s being sold because they’re making a profit and he’s a high earner, nothing more than that.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Now I am all for this transfer or any transfer for that matter that concerns the usual suspects when it comes to players not giving more than 20-25 games a season (if we are lucky…)

    As long as they are replaced first…Tiote has been replaced twice 😉

  • 27 toon kk // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Macca will have signed up to the same contract as Pards, he may or may not have a bit more say but MA will always have the final say.

  • 28 WWSBRD // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Shame but all the best Tiote bet Ash is spitting about not accepting that Chelsea bid way back when

  • 29 Lindisfarne // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Sam Byram to Everton for £5M

  • 30 mattyNUFC // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    who cares. we have two new platers who can at worst contribute what tote has contributed the last 36 months…

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    …and because he basically a waste of money!

  • 32 Munster Mag // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Thats pretty good bucks for us, and as we have bought two players , its probably right to gamble now. We cant really complain about Ashleys spending in the last two windows but its totally fair to ask , “who is running the football affairs of the club, off the pitch ” . The answer is Carr. And not very well.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Lindisfarne …that’s a good buy for Everton. He will probably evolve better there than here anyway!

  • 34 Jib // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    45 minutes in the home game v Norwich
    1 hour v West Brom. away
    80 minutes v Arsenal away
    87 minutes v Watford away (cup match )
    1 or 2 games replacing Anita late on , earlier in the season.
    4 yellow cards

    £51000 per week

    The sale for £8 million is a no brainer

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    And by the way where’s the direct quote stating we are selling Tiote against McC’s will?

  • 36 Moonraker15 // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    There’s probably only 1or 2 head coaches in the league who could insist on a player staying! and not ONE who could insist on Tiote staying! He’s a liability and only played because we had no other options. He hasn’t delivered for 3 years!

  • 37 Valid point // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Who really knows if McClaren was ok with swapping Tiote with Shelvey and Save-it, but I’m guessing he was. To much media stirring…

    Anyways it looked like they both knew after the last game when they had a little chat on the pitch and looked around the stadium, looking like Steve said “you’re gonna miss this!” (just guessing of course…)

    Mitro to score on Saturday!

  • 38 jayphoto // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Dunno what the issue is selling Tiote. Too many controversies, not enough games and the club have already bought in 2 players in his position. Most would have taken Shelvey and saivet in and Tiote out at start of January. The side is stronger for it. I suspect most fans would be more content if wed signed shelvey after selling tiote…

  • 39 Belfast // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Here Jesper

    “Those bar-stewards Graham and Lee have sold Cheiky against my will”

  • 40 Toon Tang // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Winbar theory… It’s defined in the ‘Oxford book of footy related knowledge nuggets’ as ‘the larger the win element of the prediction bar chart, the less the likelihood of actually winning the game becomes’. I think it roughly equates to one vote ‘for’ equals or is greater than 10 kicks to the bollocks of the footballing gods.

    Please think wisely before voting people, we’re already in a crumby enough position as it is.

  • 41 Belfast // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    We should probably offer them Marveaux Gouffran Obertan and anybody else we’re looking rid off.

  • 42 Jib // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    The comments I’ve read have had the tenor of – in an ideal world he would prefer to keep Cheikh but acknowledges and accepts that because of various factors it is not possible.

  • 43 Belfast // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Said Steve in an interview with the Timbuktu telegraph Jesper.

  • 44 Toon Tang // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    We need that lad with the 700 multi-accounts to help us claw this situation back.

  • 45 Belfast // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    It’s currently embargoed Jesper, but I know the editor of the Timbuktu Telegraph

  • 46 Toon Tang // Jan 14, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    On Tiote, I’m not to arsed really, he’s played about 3 games in 2 seasons. And in them 3 games he’s somehow managed to pick up 37 yellow cards..

  • 47 sing in the corner // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Bye Tiote.
    Don’t slam the door on your way out.
    Good luck with getting your move to Arsenal eventually.
    Or another Champions League team..
    Thick as two short planks.

  • 48 Blofal // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    It’s a hard one. I think we need Tiote… but $8m is 3 times what he is worth. If we were higher up the table I would snap their hands off.

    If we use that $8m and put it into getting Lacazette… then ok.

    At least for once they bought a replacement (Saivet) before selling. But he is unproven and we are in a relegation battle so I’m worried.

  • 49 Jib // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Tiotes playing record (PL games ) is 130 games started out of a possible 200 over 5years 6 months
    In that time he has earned approx £ 14.5 million

  • 50 archaeomag // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    I don’t think Saivet is a replacement for Tiote in playing terms – more of an attacking midfielder like Marveaux Gouffran Obertan!

  • 51 SPRINGY // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    dont no mate just saw a link on newsnow and the had a look on but there was’nt much said

  • 52 goommy // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Good bye Tiote. Thx for your hard working for us.

    Time to move on both him and the club. Hope we bring in another 2-3 players on this transfer window.

  • 53 Toon_Barmy // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Ed bringing his Pardew love in into everything toon related again. Doubt McClaren is all that arsed about Tiote going. 50 odd grand a week and taking up valuable squad spaces which could be used for a star striker. Here’s hoping

  • 54 posada // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:08 AM

    For Gods sake lets all pretend to be disappointed until the deal is signed and he’s on a slow boat to China.

  • 55 Malta Mag // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Firstly I don’t believe for one minute that The board sold him against the managers wishes and more importantly why all the criticism on this blog about him leaving?? He’s been slagged off on these pages for 18 months so there shouldn’t be any tears?? I for one always rated Tiote and still believe during his time at the club always gave it his all but let’s face it he’s not the same player now. We’ve just bought in two central midfielders so it’s a no brainer and good business to let him leave. Good luck to the lad and thanks for that glorious moment when he equalized against Arsenal, never to be forgotten.

  • 56 EllaGuru // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    If that 8M is reinvested in an experienced, solid CB to partner Mbemba then I for one will openly admit that this has been a marvelous piece of business. How many times has Tiote cost us silly points over the last 18 months through giving away needless free kicks in dangerous areas, or trying to play his way out of trouble!

  • 57 Moonraker15 // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Now we need to offload De Jong! If ever there was a fish out of water it’s him. I think we all know now how we could buy the 26 year old captain of Ajax for 6 million quid!

  • 58 isleofmanman // Jan 15, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    So a bag carrier and an average former player/manager (who is only on board because he just happened to live in the area and scouting was convenient) do not support the Head Coach’s opinion…??

    I don’t care whether Tiote goes or not. Its about principle. Its about this bunch of amateurs not backing the man in charge of the team. And it will happen for as long as Big Daddy owns us

    NUFC is operated by a gaggle of shamateurs

  • 59 Sav // Jan 15, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Always liked Tiote although this looks a good deal for Newcastle. This season there were unsubstantiated accusations of him being a rotten apple in the changing room barrel. No-one backed it up or apologised so I assume it was just a slur. Whether it originated outside the club or from the Ministry of Misinformation at NUFC to ease his passing we may never discover. In his pomp, hTiote and Cabaye were among the most formidable centre-midfield pairs in the Prem. Between them they bossed some matches. And there will always be THAT goal. So long Cheick and thanks for the memories.

  • 60 Sav // Jan 15, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Lets hope his replacement Saivet proves himselfup to the task and that the fans haven’t been Shanghaied as well as Cheick.

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