An uncomfortable truth that the Toon need to accept?

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Shock news out of St James’ Park this morning as Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias admits the club may sell Cheik Tiote this summer. Tiote has been one of the stand-out midfielders in the Premier League since his move from FC Twente and talk of a move to a bigger club has followed.

Worryingly for Newcastle fans this doesn’t seem to be your average back page gossip, as Llambias stated: “We’ll be losing one or two names this summer, but that’ll be regenerated back into the squad […] How are we going to stop a big club from coming in for him? It’ll be very hard.”

Tiote is a huge fan favourite on Tyneside and should he leave the club any time soon, the backlash from the fans will be fierce. But this seems to be the norm now at Newcastle.

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As soon as the club appears to be approaching some form stability, the owners make a decision that sours the relationship with the fans. From the sale of Andy Carroll to the renaming of St James’ Park, one can’t help but feel that upheaval is just around the corner.

Will the sale of Cheik Tiote be the next source of discontent amongst the club’s support? How will the club reinvest the money? What would the sale say about Newcastle’s ambitions and the prospects of keeping hold of the likes of Ba and Cabaye?

These are all important questions that will need to be answered, but for the Geordie faithful, they are questions that shouldn’t be being asked.

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  • Charlietoon says:

    When he says we will lose one or two at the end of the season he could easily be talking about Lovenkrands and Smith and I am sure their wages will go towards paying the new contracts signed by Krul, Collo and Raylor. In regards to Tioe I’d say he answer was an answer to a question about what would we do if someone came in and put a big vid for him…we’d sell him thats no surprise.

  • Jim Richardson says:

    I agree with Charlietoon above . This article sensationalises the interview and tries to introduce controversy where none exists. It is a truth about ALL football clubs , that if a huge offer comes in and the player wants to go then the deal can happen.LLambias is not saying that they are seeking to sell but that they will respond to situations as they arise.Thats just obvious !

  • fatash says:

    We could lose Tiote but we could lose any player if the price s right and the player gets an offer he cannot refuse.
    Nothing new in that all clubs are the same

  • Sujjaad Rashid says:

    Dont agree with the article..the players most likely to leave wil be lovenkrands, guthrie, smith etc.
    Majority of our first teamers have long contracts. If we sell Tiote will be for a lot of money, Doubt it will happen.
    Only scared bout the Ba situation

  • essex toon says:

    fuller comments from Lambasting. He’s literally got him in the shop window:
    “For instance, Tiote has been with us a year and a half. He is out there. People know he’s a good player.
    “He’s proven in the Premier League, he’s not picking up as many yellow cards, he’s learning. How are we going to stop a big club from coming in for him? It’ll be very hard.’

    How can you keep your best players when you know the management are selling you on regardless of whether you want to stay or not.

  • BillytheFish says:

    You as the rest of the gutter press have twisted what Derek Llambias(Lamearse)said. He actually said that if clubs want to offer stupid amounts of money for our players like Liverpool did then we will have to look at that. If we do sell then we will always re invest in the team, but we expect to be in a position that all our top player do not want to leave at any price.

    So where in that do you read we will be selling our best players…..Now go and look at your own club who probably do have problems!

  • Tonto says:

    He also said it would be up to Tiote and he isn’t indicating any desire to leave!

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