Cheick Tiote training with Beijing Enterprises in April.
Cheick Tiote training with Beijing Enterprises in April. Liu yinghui

Ex-Newcastle boss pays tribute after former player's death

FOOTBALL: Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has paid tribute to Cheick Tiote after the 30-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder died of a suspected heart attack while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

Tiote had only moved to China in February after ending a seven-year stay with Newcastle.

"I'm devastated to hear the news about my former player and friend Cheick Tiote," Pardew said in a statement.

"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. I loved him. He's everything that you want in a Newcastle player."

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