Newcastle Coach Defends Player – He Works His Socks Off

25-year-old Emmanuel Riviere has struggled to score goals this season, but with Papiss Cisse suspended for seven games, Ayoze Perez and Manu will get a chance up front, and maybe local lad Adam Armstrong will get a chance too.

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Manu Riviere – we need to see more of this

John Carver took some time out in his press conference yesterday to defend Riviere, and this is what the interim coach said:

“Players in the past have taken a bit longer – Cabaye took a bit longer, Gouffran…A lot of players took some time to adapt.”

“Ask any Premier League manager and they’ll say the same thing. It’s a different demand. It demands more than anything else.”

“I will defend him, he’s one of my players. The one thing about Manu Riviere is he works his socks off. He keeps getting on the end of things, he keeps getting in the right areas and I’m telling you, before time it will come off.”

“Let’s judge him at the end of the season or in six months’ time. This is the first time he’s had a real run in the team, let’s not forget that.”

“He’s not played for the 90 minutes but he’s had a right good go at it. He’s got to convert the chances, I understand that, but let’s judge him in the future. I do think it takes guys time.”

“It’s difficult because of how young Ayo is. We paid a decent transfer fee for Riviere and he has that on his head.” 

“Sometimes it can knock your confidence but I don’t think it has with him, he’s still worked extremely hard.”

John’s right that it takes time for players to adjust to the Premier League, and we’ve seen many cases of that in the past.

But with our top goalscorer now out,  we have to find goals from somewhere so there will still be mounting pressure on Manu to deliver.

And confidence is everything in football, and especially with strikers, so once he gets that first Premier League goal, the Frenchman’s confidence will rise and he will feel a few pounds lighter – and we could see more goals from him.

That’s the hope.

We have to score goals to win games, so we need to find some goals soon from somebody.

That’s the bottom line.

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52 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    The Cisse ban is very interesting, I’m almost certain Riviere will start every one of those 7 games. Will he seize this opportunity or will he basically end his career with Newcastle? I hope he takes it by the scruff of the neck, he works hard and gets into some nice positions, now it’s time for him to show some composure and stop lashing at the ball.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Personally I’d go for slotting Ryan Taylor into midfield with Jack given that Haidara isn’t available -Taylor’s a better bet there than he is at left back after last week’s showing. Maybe Jonas at left back then? Blimey, its getting paper thin now. Ideally Cabella would be on the bench at most, don’t really want him overdoing it returning from injury himself! One eye on the tactics, the other cringeing every time someone breaks into a run or takes a tackle

  • lochinvar

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Singer Edurne Garcia, the girlfriend of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, described Manchester as “uglier than the back of a fridge” during a Spanish TV interview. (Daily Mirror)

    Well that’s good to know

  • Tinman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m going for a shock 4-3 win. Our starting line up will be full of goals with Ameobi, Gouffran, Riviere and Williamson likely to be involved.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Ouch very cutting…

  • croftus5678

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    i’ve written river off as a flop personally !

    not that i dont think he’s not going to score as i think he will come into some sort of form and start scoring a few but he’s not nor never going to be a prolific striker and we should be aiming higher than avg players and not praising players for just working hard if they dont contribute where it matters much.

    perez starting is a no brainer and that goes for cabella also imo but as for the second striker i’d get chucky in for his chance asap as he cant do any worse and he does know where the goal is even if he’s not phsycally up for it ! but failing him i’d rather test out arma as he has potential to become prolific.

  • firebug666

    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    For most of the season when Riviere has been played it was as a lone striker a position he is just not suited to. In every game where he has played alongside another striker he has looked better and played better.

    His best position is on the left side of a front three, but he has never had that opportunity.

    For me Riviere’s lack of goals this season is down to the management not playing to his strengths, but then when has our team ever been set up to play to any players strength?

    I would also add, that we may have had a lot more goals from a number of players this season, if our work in the final third had been better, Poor crossing, lack of quality through balls, serious lack of passing, and losing the ball far to easily in our attacks have left all our strikers feeding from a drip feed.


    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    I don,t often give JC compliments about what he says about the Squad but in this case he is totally Right !

    Riviere must be given time to adapt as he,s just a kid really and is still getting used to the Prem !

    Its just typical of some people on here Screaming Flop when he just has,nt had the chance with us. The only thing to do for him is keep working and only one when one of his chances go in wil his confidence will fly and i believe more will come? What he does,nt need is all the Dick-Heeds on here branding him a Flop before he,s had his chance?

    JC in this case is right, and i think in Riviers case it will come good, but he needs to be played in and out and out Strikers Role with Perez beside him! Papiss is out and may even be gone come summer?


    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Gawd my English is Crap, thats what you get when you live Abroad !


    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    @7 :

    Agree with everything you say! But these are problems a Good Trainer could solve ! Unfortunately we hav,nt got a Good Trainer at the moment ?


    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    I voted for the Win, by the way, but a lot depends on which Referee we get?

    Its silly season again and i,ve seen some absolute crap decisions in games over the last few weeks !


    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    good to see i find myself agreeing with a lot of comments on here today .agree with r h about playing the young players- what can we loose. sing in corner about taylor in midfield but would play colback at left back .and croftus5678 about riviere and arma . would like to see arma starting with perez up front , they started together in a pre season friendly in germany and struggled against experienced players but now think they would do better.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    De Geas lass actually compares the City of Manchester not the club to the back of a fridge

  • lesh

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Here’s the perfect opportunity for Carver to show the world at large how tactically astute he is.

    He’s shown how poor a coach he is and in particular the number of in-training injuries for which he must take responsibility. After all, as senior coach and Interim Head Coach, he has been and is the one responsible for the training regime.

    He’s not ticking too many Head Coach boxes is he?

    However, he’s not going to rock Ashley’s boat, has a success rate that wouldn’t be tolerated at clubs that focus on football and money, he’ll be low maintenance and cheap to employ.

    Sickening, absolutely sickening.

  • BandB

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    I am disappointed to see so many people voting for a defeat.

    I understand that many people will be pessimistic about our chances, and that some will harbour hopes that defeats will prevent Carver getting the job.

    However, we SHOULD be taking the club at face value and sending them a strong signal that if they really DO think it is important to finish “as high up the league as possible” then we expect them to win winnable games like this one.

    It would be far better if this vote reflected the opinion that WE share their stated target of a strong finish to the season and expect them to deliver on it.

    Because that’s not how it’s supposed to work. We are SUPPOSED to be downbeat and conditioned to defeat.

    Surprise them. Vote for Victory.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Imagine the club unveiling a startling new head coach in the summer who is currently in employment.One of the first things he says is how his cover was nearly blown by the wholly intransigent attitude of some sections of the fanbase putting enormous pressure on the club and showing no faith.

  • BandB

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m taking them absolutely at face value Jeff.

    Instead of accusing them of lying, I’m going to say “Okay, I’m right behind you.”

    They have never said a top table finish was impossible. Even now they haven’t ruled it out. How is agreeing with the club putting enormous pressure on them? That is plainly absurd!

    They are relying on people like you to take the pressure off them by suggesting it is unrealistic. I’ll stick with the club Jeff, if you don’t object.

    Let me ask you a question. The club says they want a top ten finish. THEY don’t think it is unrealistic. They keep saying so. They have my full support in that. Full support.

    What about you?

  • JDdubai

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Think we will lose, Lukaku hitting form and we have struggled against him before – hope big Mike is upto it.

    Just wish we could get to May and see what happens then..

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    35 points thus far
    10 matches to go
    10th place last season with 49 points
    Our last 4 or 5 fixtures are pretty easy
    Possibly 8th or 9th
    Got to start scoring more goals from midfield

  • the white tino

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Pennywell let’s look at it the other way we as fans put no pressure on the club and wait and see what happens!!! And wait and wait and wait then it’s announced we couldn’t get him over the line!!! Ring any bells you tit how many times has the slug let us as fans down in his 8 years?? I’m not expecting an answer cos when someone puts something to you you just choose to ignore well jiffy you tit prove me wrong and answer

  • BandB

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t see why not!

    We have a strong squad. One of the strongest ever.
    And a conveyor belt of top youngsters coming through.
    And as John says, Everton are the ones under pressure.


    Ibizatoon, Tsunki, TADS. Come back!

    I think I’ve found the way back to Optimism Valley.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Band B, I just can’t bring myself to throw my support behind the dishonest and self-interested Mike Ashley regime. If you can, fine, knock yourself out. Just don’t expect everybody to come along for the ride.

  • BandB

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23


    No, No, No!

    We’ve all been getting it wrong all along……

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

    Wait and see, as they say.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Frenchy son it’s called irony

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    BandB there is you on one side and me on the other
    Two pearls
    Surrounded by swine

  • Sav

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Even if he wanted to, Carver can’t say Riviere’s had his chance. If he did, it would be a criticism of Carr, who brought him in and as everybody knows, Carr’s opinion will count for much in the appointment of our Head Coach. This is the ridiculousness of the way things are done at NUFC. Maybe Rivi just needs to open the floodgates, but it is also true that there are plenty of corpses lining the NUFC Hall of Fame – Andersson, Cort, Tomasson, Guivarc’h, Luque, Xisco and most recently, Luuk de Jong to name a few. (and the less said about Chucky, the better.)

  • geordie157

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    I think a 4132 formation might do the job tomorrow, colback holding, with cabella, sissoko and Gutierrez in front of him. Raylor will get cover from Gutierrez which he’ll need with Coleman on that side.

    Riviere and Perez up top, give them a run of games together.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28

    The difference is —————
    At times Rivi looks the part
    The goons you cited never did (apart from Tommasson pre season )

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #29

    BandB…All aboard the sarcasm express, final stop OV! I’m in!

    I think you’re quite right. It’s about time we take what the club say at face value, that is what “real fans” do afterall.

    Top 10 finish (minimum – “we’re shooting as high as possible”). Front foot football. Profits to be spent on the club.

    I’m actually excited for the summer now and the front foot football we get until then.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Meanwhile, Carver will turn to Scouser and Liverpool fan Ryan Taylor ahead of the clash with the Toffees. With Massadio Haidara ruled out of the game he said: “Ryan Taylor did well against Man U – I thought he did very well.

    Sorry johnny boy he had a bit of a stinker tbh you twat. Why do they talk shite and expect people to believe them? We’ve got fcuking eyes you knobber.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #31

    On a more positve note
    5under1and if they lose and QPR win will be 1 point above the drop zone.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #32

    A bonny lad from Benwell calls himself a “pearl”. That takes the biscuit.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #33

    I see some of you are drinking early this Saturday!

    …what’re you having? Most be strong 😉

    BandB…I don’t believe neither Tsunki or Tads were ever recruited by the cult know as OV!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34

    The overrated Frenchman
    At least I recognise sarcasm when it hits me between the eyes ——doh

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Late Saturday night where I’m sat down Jesper lad. Listening to Maureen Craic with my pal John Barleycorn…

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Pearl from Benwell, you are a canny lass, no doubt about it.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Has it really come to this? Have our expectations been lowered SO much that TOP 10 is now seen as an achievement after they’ve drilled it into us?

    It’s almost as if we should be grateful for reaching this tragic target but what makes it even more tragic is that some fans WILL think it’s an achievement.

    I suppose with the squad being what it is through under-investment in players and the quantity available because of injury and lack of spend and the continued appointment of coaches not upto the job then it IS an achievement.

    Do people not see what the slugs done? Exactly that above and now we are happy we’ve managed top 10 if we make it.

    I am not and never will be happy with the budget dross disguised as football because it’s cheap. I can see what he’s done and never will support or condone it. I love this club too much to allow myself to be hoodwinked. Some will say that’s negative and you should support what’s happening and place your trust in the powers that be, your not a real fan.

    I say bollox to that. I’m a realist and I’m not so easily fooled. More fool you.

    Something needs to be done to rid the club of this fat fcuking tumour before total apathy sets in and we lose the club we love FOREVER.

    Fat slug OUT.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 14, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Didn’t realise my last post was so long. With a stonking hangover too. Apologies 😀


    How’s the baby and wife, and your good self of course? All good I hope.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 14, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #39


    You are Ross Tweddell aren’t you ?
    What a detective I would make !

  • toon kk

    Mar 14, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #40

    everyone keeps going on about MA out, far slug out and all the names he’s acquired over the years, but 50,000 support him financially. If MA at a home game everyone is still cheering. All he’s doing is supplying a service to fans, they get to watch a football match, he’s gets the money.
    It can’t be too bad or people wouldn’t go.


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