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

“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.”

  • Leicester Mag

    Putting aside feelings for once some genuinely classy and clearly felt sentiments from Alan.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Heartfelt tribute from Pards. R.I.P. C.T

  • Jimblag23

    Fair play Pards, fair play.

  • Andy Mac

    Just wonder if Tiote sees it that way ? Pardwho as we all know is one for grabbing the spotlight whenever he can. Indeed the last two seasons with Pardwho, Pinochhio and then McWally in charge he saw very little action with only a handful of games although it took Rafa a while to realise how much he contributed. However eventually in those last six games in the PL when we went unbeaten, Tiote was an ever present.

    So undoubtedly it’s a very sad day for all those clubs associated with Cheick and equally sad that he was underused in what were probably his best playing days ?

    However THAT goal is his perfect epitaph and we were all lucky to witness it ! God bless Cheick…

    • Scottpaige

      This is about Tiote not about not slagging Pardew off. Give it a rest

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Agree with Scott, Andy, it would reflect well if you edited that post. Pardew has made a lovely tribute for a player he clearly respected.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      There really isn’t anything sacred with some people !

      Thanks for your kind words Alan for which was a very moving eulogy which he obviously took the time to write so fair play to him.
      This is definitely not the time to be putting the boot into Alan who was more than qualified to write what he has and was the manager who oversaw Tiote’s best period in a Newcastle shirt.

    • Ken

      Stupid post Andy Mac, Pardew knew him better than you and has every right to have his say. I am not Pardews biggest fan but this time he does not deserve any flak. In fact well said A.P.

    • Wor Lass

      Pardew knew Tiote well and will be genuinely affected by his sudden death. You need to re-read this post then delete it in shame.

  • David2211

    Nice words.

  • RIP cheicky lad

    Always remember you cheick and thank you for those words pards. You aren’t the best manager in the world but on this occasion as with the mh17 disaster you’ve proven to be a decent bloke. As for Tiote, he was a warrior, im not old enough to have been around to watch the entertainers or even bobby robsons quality team but in the 12 years or so of watching Newcastle it’s fair to say this bloke on his day was by far one of our best midfielders in recent history and produced my single favourite ever football moment, rest in piece mate

    • Jimblag23

      Well said. 👍
      It’s also rubbish that your generation haven’t witnessed the truly great times at Newcastle.
      Hopefully Rafa can bring that.

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Sometimes in football the oft-misused adjectives shock, terrible, tragic and so on are completely appropriate.
    Cheik – thanks for the memories you gave us some great ones!

  • GToon

    Well said.

  • 1957

    For all his faults, Pardew tends to get the mood right in times like these, he did with the sad passing of the boys on MH17 and he has with Tiote.

    In over 50 years going to NUFC I’ve seen some great individual moments and Tiote’s equaliser against Arsenal is up there with the best of them

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I know he was much maligned in his time at Newcastle but fair play to Alan for his words at this time.
    He knew him well and was the manager who saw the best of Tiote in his time with Newcastle.

  • steve

    Tiote and Cabaye was one the best centre midfield pairings I’ve seen at the club, as a partnership they were worth far more than the sum of the parts and were a joy to watch. Rip.

  • Mrkgw

    Fitting words from Pardew, on a very sad day. Terrible news.

  • MadMag83

    Finest thing Pardew has ever said. Respect and RIP to Cheick.

  • Tony Mann

    Terrible, terrible news. All the more shocking that it has happened to an incredibly fit young man. A moving and heartfelt tribute from Mr Pardew.

  • Grahame Johnson

    Met tiote the Monday after beating Liverpool 2_0 my 21 year old was shocked when I gave him a big bear hug and said thanks