Alan Pardew has expressed his sadness at the loss of Cheick Tiote.
The former Newcastle player who has died after collapsing during a training session on Monday.
Alan Pardew was the midfielder’s Manager for four years at St James Park, taking over from Chris Hughton in December 2010 – only four months after Cheick Tiote signed for Newcastle United from FC Twente.
Alan Pardew reacting to Cheick Tiote news, as reported by Independent.ie:
“I’m devastated to hear the news about my former player and friend Cheick Tiote.
“From the moment I arrived at Newcastle, Cheick was a wonderful presence around the dressing room and his performances on the field often defied belief.
“There were days when he must have covered every blade of grass on a football field and it didn’t surprise me that clubs like Manchester United were being linked with attempts to sign him.
“None of us will ever forget that incredible day when our Newcastle team came from 4-0 down to draw an unbelievable Premier League game against Arsenal, with Cheick’s incredible goal in the final moments of that game one of the iconic moments in Premier League history.
“I loved him.
“He’s everything that you want in a Newcastle player. He has the quality, and of course you’ll never underestimate the fact that he wants to win.
“I just loved that he’s a winner. It can overcome so many obstacles as a footballer.
“Young players could take a big leaf out of his book in terms of how he approaches training and games and he was a special young man.
“To hear the news that he has passed away at the age of 30 breaks my heart and my sympathies go out to all his family and friends who will be devastated by this news.
“Life if not fair sometime and I will remember Cheick Tiote as a giant of a midfielder who I loved to managed.
“Rest in peace my friend.”