It’s Official – He Has Left Newcastle

Just in case Newcastle fans thought there may be a (another)  last minute hitch in his move to China, Newcastle United have confirmed that Cheick Tiote has left the club for China League One club Beijing Enterprises and good wishes go with him for at least a good two years in China.

Cheick played 156 times for Newcastle over six and a half years with that one fabulous goal against Arsenal in the famous 4-4 draw.

Cheick Tiote – after scoring that one and only goal for Newcastle

This is what Newcastle put out on their web-site about Cheick finally leaving:

“The club can now confirm that Cheick Tiote has joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee.”

“The deal was formally completed on Thursday morning, bringing an end to the Ivorian midfielder’s six-and-a-half-year Newcastle career.”

“Arriving from FC Twente in August 2010, Tiote made 156 appearances for the Magpies.”

“He scored only one goal, but it was a memorable one – the spectacular equalizer in the famous 4-4 comeback against Arsenal in February 2011.”

“Tiote leaves with the club’s best wishes for the future.”

Cheick was great for us in the first couple of years, but then something happened and he was never the same player again, although Rafa Benitez has lauded him since he arrived for training hard and being such a good professional.

Getting Cheick’s wages of about £55K/week off the wage bill will help the recruitment in the summer, although his contract would have run out at that time in any case.

The news in the local press is we got around £1M for him so FC Twente are not due to get any of the fee from their sell-on clause in his contract, since we made no profit on him.

Newcastle paid out £3.5M for him in August, 2010 from FC Twente.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1


  • Blofal

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote in his prime breaking down opposition attacks was the reason we finished 5th. Couldn’t have done it without him. All the best Cheick and thank you for Arsenal.


    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    He scored against Man City as well

    Good luck to him

  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Mr.Tuff summarised what I meant with those bullet points.

    On this, I can’t bring myself to hate the guy. He’s been sidelined and has been looking for a job for a while, unsuccessfully. Despite any shortcomings he was always a lion.

    Good luck my man Tiote, thanks for all and that goal.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    My suspicion is that any praise Rafa gave him was geared to
    efforts to paint him as a good professional WORTH BUYING.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Well whoopie doo, thanks for that exciting news Ed, I will sleep better tonight now.

  • TyneMouth

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Two years in Beijing is not anyones dream move, he’d have had better quality of air had he moved to Middlesbrough. Bless him, and wife’s…

  • toonincheek

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #8


    Hope he has accommodation included, otherwise a good chunk
    of his salary will be gone.

    Still, the Chinese ladies can be mouthwatering so maybe he will
    increase his entourage?!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Never realised his potential did he?

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2017 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #10

    No he didn’t but at least he had a heyday, which is more than you can say for most of our signings over the last 10 years.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2017 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheers, Cheick!
    btw, it seems a bizarre barometer but why is it that crazy motoring convictions are somehow connected to loss of form and ultimate demise at Newcastle?


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