McClaren Opens Up On Cheick Tiote

Tiote didn’t train yesterday and that’s because he is on his way to China to talk with Shanghai Shenhua, but Steve stressed nothing has been agreed yet.

But for a player to miss a very important Premier League game for us by traveling to meet with a club to talk about a transfer says to us the deal must be very close and it will very likely happen.

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Steve McClaren – nothing agreed yet on Tiote

This is what Steve said about Cheick in his press conference yesterday:

“There’s been an approach from a Chinese team and Cheick is currently on his way to meet them.”

“There is no agreement and nothing has been finalized. nothing has been agreed to – I think the player is just going out there to have a chat with them and see where that ends up.”

“If it goes through I’ll be sad to see him move – yes – I think he’s done well for us in the last three games but while it’s in the pipeline and not finalized – it’s difficult to talk about whether he’s here or not here.”

“And I suppose when it’s done and dusted – if it’s done and dusted – we’ll talk about the effect it has.”

It’s obvious from those words that Steve has no control over whether Cheick leaves or not – and we’d like to see him stay through the end of the season – simply to make our squad that little bit stronger – in case of injuries or suspensions.

I’m like a broken record on this, so I probably shouldn’t say here’s another case of cashing in on a player half way through the season for financial gain, when it makes no football sense.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Taylor used to be my favoufite player, was proud as punch of him. Excellent prospect, totally committed and I thought the England captain of the future. After his first injury you think poor guy can and does happen to everybody. Second long term injury you’re thinking how unlucky is that. Third, something is not right with this kid. Fourth, this guy needs a bionic skeletal frame made up. Fifth. Get rid, sympathy for him as it’s not his fault, but he’s made a bloody good living and now it’s time to move on, wouldn’t even want him on a pay as you play deal, can’t see any point in that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems like there’s not many thinking like me and you on this one !

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    On Tiote, I just dont think he’s McClarens kind of player. Lots of people made comments about His previous relationship with Tiote at Twente but Mc barely played him there, he spent most of his time getting splinters from the bench. It was after he left that Tiote got more playing time and we bought him. I think McClaren is fully involved in letting him go and I don’t think he really gives a rats arse, not like he can say that in the press conference though is it??
    Hopefully our “new” midfield will have a bit more pace, movement and passing ability. Dont expect Shelvey to tackle though, he has made less tackles than Tiote this year but had about 6 times as much time on the pitch.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Harsh jail…
    But fair in the cold calculated light of day.
    It’s black n white goggles from me. 🙂
    I strongly believe that having people like Taylor in the Toon side inspires a generation of young northeast footballers and fans and I prey one or two like him keep coming along to maintain the soul of NUFC. Maybe they could keep the likes of Marcelino, Boumsong, Xisco, Andersson, etc etc etc from darkening our doors and stealing the rations. HWTL

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Sing, well we do have Dummett to inspire them, might inspire them to jump off a bridge rather than support the team though!

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Dummett / Roberto Carlos – separated at birth man 🙂
    Did you see that goal??

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Sutton = Sutty
    Soz again man! I blame auto correct thingy

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #8


    Morning mate, I’ll be sad to see tiote go, but at same time I understand why, the guy just hasn’t been the same for the past 3 years motivation wise, and unfortunately he is a liability. I loved him in his prime, and enjoys his last few performances, but I do see the reasoning in him leaving. He’s p1ssed me off with his antics in the papers but he will go with my blessing


    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Football sense is overrated

    Tiote hasn’t been brilliant for awhile but still halfway through a big season for us letting him go hmm McClarens brave new world continues

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully the decision ultimately lies with the player. I think Tiote has been one of our too few top quality players for the entire time he’s been here, and only suffered when playing with lesser players. He has been injured too often, been away with Afcon when we’ve needed him, that is true, but we do appear to be building a deeper better group of players, and I’d still have him in my first choice 1, behind Jonjo Shelvey. But if he goes, best of luck to him, and thanks in particular for the last ditch thunderbastard equalizer against Arsenal in that most memorable game, the head tennis with Yohan Cabaye at Old Trafford that made mugs out of their multi million pound midfield and countless ball and all challenges that somehow seem to be to easily forgotten, and a very tidy give and go game that also never seems to get the plaudits I think it merits. Probably my favourite Newcastle player, along with also often maligned Fabricio Collocini.

  • sparky55

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    My worry is when the next ‘big’ player comes in (looks like townsend…and yes I know half of you reading this will argue with use of the word ‘big’) then IMO another ‘purple (as well as Tiote) will leave.

    The excessive news on Sissoko leaving and wanting away during the last three windows has not been around this year…I think he’s on his way and the team will then look a bit like this


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo (hate writing that fcuking nane!) Dummet

    Townsend Saivet Shelvey Colback


    Mitro and/or new striker

    No place for Perez, SDJ, Anita,… Sissoko, and Tiote sold.

    As you can see that team ain’t half bad apart the lousy defence and it looks like nothing is being done about it.

    If I had my way injuries permitting with the players we have now (hence we desperately need a centre half and left back) it’d be



    If however we had a new left back and centre half it’d be



  • expatmag

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Napoli. want Sissoko

    No worries……..10 million euros

    Oohhhhh……and throw in Koulibaya as well

  • Gforbes73

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #13

    First year or two absolutely fantastic real machine in midfield goal against asenal will in my opinion be remembered along with the greatest premiership goals…best of luck

  • beermonkey

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #14

    sissoko wont go this window with the euros round the corner and he wont walk into a champs league team this time of year he will be a bench warmer so he wont risk leaving till the summer
    that’s when I expect to lose him

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Good morning
    Fully accept that Tiote hasn’t been interested and was due a move, had we been sitting some where comfortable in the table, I’d say nice business, just can’t understand why we couldn’t have waited until the summer before buying Saviet and letting Tiote go. Seriously, if Shelvey gets injured and this Saviet is pants, we’re down. Is the difference between this windows fee and what we’d get in the summer worth the risk ?

  • cestriasteve

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #16


    On Taylor, I think I said it in the closed season that I had served him, or rather tried to serve him with a pair of swim shorts for his holidays and he couldn’t get our largest size Hugo Boss ones on so advised him to go to Fenwick who do XXXL. He looked way way out of shape and thats before his hols. Then he comes back at the start of the season and looks in good shape.
    Surely it can’t be good for anybody to be up and down with their body like that.

  • AncientC

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #17

    S.Taylor must wear a Razor Ruddock size.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Sparky55 – surprised to see Colback retaining his place in your team. He’d be very much a back-up type in my ideal world. To be fair I think he’d do well at a smaller club in the way that Gosling has. Might be a good fit for Middlesborough for example.

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #19


    Aye I see your point mate, but look at tiote availability lately? He’s missed 80 percent of games but has incurred a suspension for yellow cards, don’t know whether to love him or hate him for it lol. As I say it will be a heavy heart I say goodbye to our little Mr T but if it’s 8 million then I think it’s good business in the eyes of your favourite owner (tongue firmly in cheek obviously) and I think with Anita, wini, colback, moussa, jonjo, saivet, we are decently stocked

    On a side note I do think the lads should dye their hair yellow so it looks like gru (shelvey) and his minions are running around just for sh1ts and giggles

  • John Tudor

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #20

    ok back now jut heard this

    McClaren you have been backed by mr Ashley with one or two players possibly more to follow and he replied along the lines …its is now the time for me and the team to start winning some games……….

    question being he has had all season
    and if Ashley is backing him to the hilt how long are you prepared to put up with that

  • sparky55

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #21


    Without sissoko being available who would you have in place of Colback?

    I think since Colback has come back from injury he’s been better than Anita…but just my opinion.

  • toon kk

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Sissoko is our power house, letting him go now would be a ridiculous decisions by our inapt board. I know many people maybe don’t care, but he would be a major loss whether people realise it or not they’d soon wish we’d hung onto one of our best player’s.
    We’ve plenty of dross under par player’s too clean out to clear spaces and raise funds, trouble is no one would want them.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Sparky if Sissoko goes I’d hope he’d be replaced by someone of a similar calibre, rather than filling the gap with Colback. I guess that didn’t happen with Cabaye, admittedly.

  • Sav

    Jan 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Chinese Cheickers in Black and White .


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