Tiote admits McClaren convinced him about Newcastle move
Cheik Tiote admits Steve McClaren had a big influence in his decision to move to Newcastle United.
Tiote was part of the Twente squad which won the Dutch Eredivisie title under former Middlesbrough and England boss McClaren last season, and played every minute of his country's short-lived World Cup campaign in South Africa.
He headed for the Barclays Premier League after being assured by McClaren that he has what it takes to succeed in England, and he has not been disappointed.
He said: "Back in Holland, I always watched the Premier League and I really enjoyed watching it, so to now be playing in it is an achievement for me.
"My manager at FC Twente was Steve McClaren, and he said to me that my style is suited to the English game, so as soon as Newcastle were interested, I jumped at the possibility of playing for them."