It wasn´t really too surprising towards the end of the game yesterday at Watford and Newcastle losing 1-0, that the traveling fans’ frustrations just boiled over and they started to chant a number of things.
“We want our money back” and “We want Newcastle back” were two of the chants as Newcastle seem to have plunged to the depths over the last couple of years and particularly in the last twelve months.
Florian Thauvin – at Watford yesterday
And one of the chants was specifically directed at young Frenchman Florian Thauvin, who had been brought on as a second half substitute for the impressive Kevin Mbabu.
“You’re not fit to wear the shirt” was the chant directed at the 22 year-old who Graham Carr brought in last summer even after Florian had a very poor prior season at Marseille.
But that didn´t stop Carr and Newcastle from paying top dollar and the Marseille asking fee of £13M for him.
Steve McClaren was not part of that deal and in fact all the players brought in last summer were the choice of Graham Carr.
After the game yesterday Steve McClaren was asked about the chants directed towards the young French winger:
“I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
“He’s a young kid who’s just coming in, he’s got to adapt to this kind of thing and we’re certainly behind the scenes supporting him.”
We didn´t think the transfer of Thauvin was a particularly good one, but we still want the lad to be a success and he´s obviously a very good technical player who´s struggling at Newcastle as he tries to adapt in England.
It´s not Thauvin´s fault that Newcastle spent £13M for him and it´s not his fault that Newcastle are in another mess now.
Thauvin is not the problem – it´s the decisions made by those at the top who run the club who are ultimately responsible for the mess.
The traveling fans must have been extremely frustrated towards the end of the game yesterday but the big problems Newcastle have now are not Thauvin´s fault.
He seems to be doing the best he can in what for a young lad in a new country must be very difficult.
Let´s try to support Steve McClaren and the players on the field as difficult as that is sometimes – especially after the debacle we went through last season.
We have to hope that those running Newcastle come tho their senses rather quickly this month and sign the necessary players we need – or we could be relegated in May.
Plain and simple.