News in the Mail today that Newcastle expect to sell 29 year-old Cheick Tiote for a high £8M to Shanghai Shenhua today.
We’d much prefer that Cheick stay with us through the end of the season, as we pointed out yesterday, but if the fee is really £8M that’s £4.5M more than we paid for the Ivory Coast International five and a half years ago from FC Twente.
Cheick Tiote – could be leaving Newcastle
And there has been news today that Lille are keen on getting Yoan Gouffran back to France and he is said to be discussing a move.
The news is that Steve McClaren is reluctant to allow Tiote to leave because Cheick can still contribute to the team.
And that’s the problem at Newcastle – the manager is judged on the results – yet those above him decide when players will leave and when they leave.
They leave when Newcastle get a good enough deal top sell – regardless of the impact on the squad.
Unfortunately, we expect the deal to go through because it’s good business and once again making money takes precedence over the strength of the squad.
No wonder we cannot be successful on the field and we may still be relegated this season.
Florian Thauvin may also leave for a loan deal back to Marseille, as we reported this morning.
But even in this case Newcastle should be protecting themselves and maybe they only give the go ahead to Florian if and when we get Andros Townsend in from Spurs.
It’s about time the strength of the squad took precedence over everything else – and then we may be able to put a decent team on the field rather than fighting relegation.
The way this club is run makes it very difficult for a manager to be successful – and therefore it would be very difficult to attract a top manager to Tyneside, and maybe that’s why we didn’t bother last summer.