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Cheick Tioté RIP.

It is with great sadness that the blog learned of the passing of former Newcastle United player Cheick Tioté. The Ivorian collapsed while training with new club Beijing Enterprises and died a short time later.

Tioté spent seven season in the North-east of England where he was a fan favourite – especially after the screamer and his only goal for the Magpies that he scored in the 4-4 draw with Arsenal in 2011.

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Joe Kinnear vs. Shearer. Plus every Newcastle fan.

What’s going on upstairs at Newcastle United? You’re probably well aware by now of Joe Kinnear’s somewhat bizarre recent interview given to Talksport. The Dublin-born former boss claimed responsibility for signing Dutch ‘keeper Tim Krul (a player recruited by Graeme Souness) as well as James Perch (bought by Chris Hughton), said Derek Llambezee (I assume he meant Derek Llambias) had resigned as director of football (despite never actually holding that position) and talked about Shola Amemobee, Yohan Kebab and Hatem Ben Afro as opposed to Shola Ameobi, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Club legend Alan Shearer told an English tabloid last week that the appointment of Kinnear had “undermined” the manager, Alan Pardew, and said recent events at St James’ Park had turned the club into a “laughing stock”.

Kinnear wasn’t happy.

“What Shearer says is diabolical,” replied Kinnear. “This is a guy who hasn’t got a clue about coaching”. Now, it’s one thing getting players’ names wrong, but disrespecting Alan Shearer in Newcastle is akin to punching Paul McGrath in the face and branding him a useless defender for Ireland.

Of course Kinnear later realised his comments may not go down too well with the Toon faithful. “When I was there as manager, I was doing a great job,” he said. The team was away from the relegation area but the media were on my back. At the end of the day I love the fans up there. I fell in love with them.”

It didn’t stop for the former manager missing a hostile reception at a fans meeting to discuss the appointment. Along with the fans’ opinion on club owner Mike Ashley, it’ll take some job for the Geordie faithful to fall in love with the Newcastle United board.

Joe, your work is cut out for you.

 

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So long, QPR. But is Harry going down with you?

QPR say goodbye to Premier League football. And if I was a betting man, I’d say that it will be highly unlikely that Harry Redknapp will be managing QPR – or indeed any team – in the Championship next season. The London side may have been relegated yesterday, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Harry won’t be going down with them.

The 66-year old is a fine manager. Premier League material and has the potential guide any club in the right direction. Why didn’t it work at QPR? Redknapp himself admitted that some of the high-paid players were the subject of jealousy from some other players causing a division.

“There are splits in the camp,” he said. “I’d be liar if I said there wasn’t, it’s been obvious for everyone to see all year. It’s a problem”.

Though Redknapp has given interviews about the future with QPR in the Championship, I would be highly surprised if he does down with them.

So if he leaves Loftus Road where could he go?

Well at this time we can only speculate, but I’d keep a close eye on what goes on at St James Park. Following Newcastle’s 6-0 demolishing at the hands of a Suarez-less Liverpool on Saturday – the Magpie’s heaviest home defeat in 87 years – current boss Alan Pardew even admitted that his future is completely out of his hands.

If Pardew’s time with Newcastle is up, would it be the perfect replacement for the club to install Harry Redknapp as new boss. Don’t be so surprised if that happens.

Then again, the game in England is predictably unpredictable. Harry wouldn’t end up at Chelsea and The Special One could go to Arsenal or Liverpool? Surely not? You never know – who would have thought that Rafa Benitez would one day manage Chelsea?

 

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