Cheik Tiote: “It wasn’t a top, top season for me, but that’s football.
“It’s important to think about yourself when you finish the season. You have to think why it didn’t go so well. That’s normal."
Alan Pardew said: “All players have disappointing seasons.
“Unfortunately for us, Cheik’s coincided with us having a disappointing season as well, which probably didn’t help him.
“He had such a fantastic season the year before. You don’t become a bad player overnight.
“It’s about confidence, and getting him back to where he was.
“He’s a fantastic character around this building.”
Tiote, signed from Twente three years ago, enjoyed a superb first season on Tyneside, and he was handed a new six-and-a-half year deal midway through the campaign.
Source: Newcastle United Mad