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.
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.