Newcastle boss clears the air with Cabella

TALENTED ... Remy Cabella.
TALENTED ... Remy Cabella.

NEWCASTLE boss John Carver has had a clear-the-air meeting with Remy Cabella – after accusing him of being “disrespectful”.

Cabella threw his water bottle to the ground after being taken off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City.

But the incident has now been dealt with by Carver, who called Cabella into his office yesterday morning.

Cabella is now focused on tomorrow night’s game at Crystal Palace.

Carver said: “It’s great to see someone react to being taken off the pitch, but there’s a way to do that.

“All I said to Rem was ‘don’t be disrespectful to the guy who’s going on’.

“I want all our players to be honest. I just thought it was right to get him off the pitch bearing in mind that we’ve got another game coming up.

“He did well in the game – he was very unfortunate with his headed chance. I told him that this morning.

“I had him in the office and said ‘look, you’ve been great since I’ve taken over – you need to continue that, but be careful with your reaction’.”

Carver is now waiting to discover the extent of the injury which kept Cheik Tiote out of the African Cup of Nations final.

The midfielder missed Sunday’s showpiece between Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Tiote’s Ivory Coast team-mates triumphed on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes in Equatorial Guinea.

Carver expects Tiote – who sat out much of the competition with an ankle problem – to report back to the club tomorrow.

“He’s due back Wednesday,” said Carver.

“We’ll know more when he comes back. It’s not easy, the communication.”

Tiote played in just two of the Ivory Coast’s six African Cup of Nations games.