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Football reacts to Tiote's passing

6 Jun 2017
Cheick Tiote and Alan Pardew

Tributes paid from former Newcastle United colleagues and rivals after tragic death of 30-year-old

The world of football, including players and coaches of Newcastle United, past and present have been paying tribute to Cheick Tiote, who passed away on Monday, aged 30.

Here we round up a selection of what the Ivorian meant to those he played with and against.

Cheick Tiote and Alan Pardew
Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "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."
Peter Beardsley, Newcastle United
Newcastle academy manager Peter Beardsley on Tiote: "Cheick was one of the best we had in terms of his attitude. He was flat out every day in training and was a brilliant example to the kids at our club. He was also really funny in the dressing room."
Cheick Tiote and Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren coached Cheick Tiote at Twente as well as at Newcastle. "He was the toughest player I've ever seen. Some days we would have to pull him out of training because he was such a ferocious competitor, such a winner. He was a warrior and could play too."

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