Newcastle United trained today in America, having travelled out on Sunday morning from Newcastle Airport.
When announcing on Sunday the 23 man squad who had flown out (with Wijnaldum to join them later) to the States, the club included the following:
‘Remy Cabella, Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux and Rob Elliot are not on the tour as they all work their way back to fitness on Tyneside following injuries.’
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Straight away somebody wrote on The Mag questioning whether indeed injury problems were the reason for all six not being in America.
In particular, it seemed strange that Cheick Tiote had played on Friday night at Gateshead and yet was too injured to go to the States.
Sure enough, when speaking to the media on Monday, Steve McClaren revealed this about Cheick Tiote:
“He has had visa complications, trying to get him over the visa issue has been difficult but it wasn’t successful, so he is training back home.”
This appears to be related to October 2013 when Cheick Tiote was given 180 hours community service and a seven-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, after admitting the possession of a fake driving licence.
Why aren’t the club just straight with both the media and teh fans, instead of stating something which they were always going to be caught out on?
As for Sylvain Marveaux, Steve McClaren also had further news on him:
“He is in for a hernia operation if not he’s had it already – it is four to six weeks I think.”
The problem with misleading on one thing/player, is that then you start to doubt other things you have been told.
For instance rumours have gone around social media tonight claiming that Mehdi Abeid isn’t injured and that simply the club/McClaren didn’t decide to take him. What the truth is on this one I have no idea.
As for Remy Cabella, there has also been speculation tonight on him, that he is facing a similar time out through injury as Sylvain Marveaux, the player allegedly set to miss the start of the season as well. Again on that one, just repeating rumours and don’t shoot the messenger!
What I do find interesting is that I am warming to Steve McClaren and especially the fact that he certainly doesn’t appear to be following a club script in interviews as Pardew and Carver clearly did.
As well as giving us the truth about Cheick Tiote today, before the squad flew out to America the Newcastle Head Coach was happy to state that he wasn’t happy with the trip and wouldn’t have chosen it himself.
Steve McClaren stating that due to it already being arranged he had to make the best of it but thinks the amount of travelling is counter-productive and he would have stayed in Europe by choice.
A refreshing change to the nonsense we were subjected to by Alan Pardew and John Carver, great to hear just what the bottom line is from McClaren rather than misleading the supporters.