Reaction To McClaren’s Strange Choice To Start Riviere


It was another strange decision today by Steve McClaren in what could be his last game in charge of Newcastle.

Steve started Emmanuel Riviere as the front striker, and he’s been a complete bust since he signed for us from Monaco 20 months ago for £6M and has only recently been pronounced fit since being injured back in August.

It could be Steve’s last game in charge of Newcastle after a terrible tenure at the club, because we were well beaten at home by Bournemouth 3-1 today- and were outplayed in what was supposed to be a must-win game.


79 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #1

    The term ” Clutching at straws” comes to mind.

    To be fair, McClaren is not the problem, he is simply the result of the problem

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t want to get everyone too excited but I’ve just calculated with my Electronic Calculating Machine that we’re on pace for a 32.5 point season!

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #3

    FWIW

    That reporter from the daily liar who once worked for Newcastle is a lying B@stard ..imagine him sitting there making up the lies … what a child ..a child ,,actually that’s an insult to children..sorry kids

    He was sacked by Newcastle or let go if you like ,,and he holds a grudge ..if you read this you ‘stard .. note:. we can see what’s right and wrong and you are now tagged as a Mickey mouse flakey liar..and never ever to be taken serious in any thing you write.

    McClaren should walk but not because of pressure from the media ..it’s we fans who know it’s his time to jump ship and we don’t need a dirty lying newspaper
    scum-bag fantasist to try and manipulate the masses ..what a scum-bag liar.

    If you read this ,..I don’t think you will be able to help yourself in trying to defend yourself, ..your an Idiot

    Craig Hope …. We know your a Judas .

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Where does a team with 32.5 points usually end up by the way?

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  • goommy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s easy. Mitro can’t score last match and SM seat was damn hot now. So he need a silver bullet of miracle asap. And yeah, meet Riviere the savior!!!!!!

    !@#%!@#%!@#$!!

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  • banjax

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Waiting for news of changes at the Toon!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #7

    The obvious striker to put in was Riviere goommy mate. He had the hot hand. He was primed and ready to score based on all his other appearances with us. Either that or take a swing at the ball and fall down….

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #8

    I keep checking for the notice Macca has been dumped. But , it does not happen. His buddies will go down with the ship he is steering. Can MA make more money by going down than staying up?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #9

    This just in!
    Changes will not be made at the Toon. The owner is hiding under his bed crying and refuses to come out. He’s saying something about wanting his Llambeezee back….. More to follow.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #10

    No Bee Guy but Mike would feel more comfortable about attending Spurs matches if we’re not in the same division. Simple choice to make really…..

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  • martoon

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #11

    If McClaren is sacked I’d imagine the announcement would be Sunday or Monday!

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Riviere ?
    McLaren probably though he was starting Joan Rivers because he liked the jokes:

    “I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was ‘the man goes on top and the woman underneath.’ For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Not unless they can get Mike out from under his bed martoon mate. He’s got a small telly under there and he’s watching old Spurs matches on it. Seems quite settled.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #14

    whether the rumours about moyes are true are not, my worry is he did’nt seem to handle the pressure very well at man utd….and not to say we are a bigger club, but there has always appeared to be a lot more pressure at newcastle then most managers can deal with….not convinced moyes could cope to be honest….anyone else think that?

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    river did well on his time on the pitch so i will not call that lad personally in fact he was one of our better players to the point i was gobsmacked he was taken off !

    imo we had some decent performances by some players and some awful ones also.

    played good was river/lesc/shel/sayl/jan/wijn (obv saylor scored a silly own goal but apart from that ! and lesc was not at fault for second imo as he was behind 3 of their players and if he tackled it would have been peno and sending off)

    avg were perez (lost the ball a lot as he doesnt have the vision or control that experience brings yet)/mitrovic/sissoko/rola/dumm.

    and poor imo anita who was erm….well you know/colback (must admit sissy nearly made the list if it was not for one or 2 good runs and a decent cross)

    we lost the game imo not because of personel though more because of tactics/substitutes/formation and mindset both for us and the other team from our own doing ! and that rests purely on maccas head imo and it is one of the only times i could not see sense in what he was doing but if i defend him when he tries and fails its only right i critisize when he screws something up.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #16

    croftus
    i would agree mate, thought his work rate and movement was canny good tbh….one of our better players today in truth.

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  • JackButler

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Springy

    Giving that he was replacing arguably the greatest manager of all time, Moyes did what he could and 99.9% of managers would have failed in that situation. LVG has spent a quarter of a billion pounds and the fans still want him out, so what chance did Moyes ever have???

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  • Belfast

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Hold on i’m still reading all the reaction.

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  • martoon

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #19

    G2 @13 – If I was the owner and were in danger of losing £70 – 80m a year on one of my businesses I know I would step in and take control.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Jose Please ,

    That’ll Do

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  • nearly

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #21

    croftus @ 15

    sissoko nearly made your list ,shud hv been top of it he was a disgrace again, not sure you hv been watching the same game as everybody else ,you say rivi had a good game REALLY he worked hard but did nothing else

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #22

    I thought we looked tired. Our auras weren’t bright and sunny. There wasn’t enough fire in the bellies. We looked lacking in belief after that first nasty one went in. They took it to us in a very controlled fashion. The pink was a bit dazzling and that worked against us as well. We seemed to surrender the midfield all too often and just let them attack at will. Our positioning could have been better. Elliot was overworked at times. We didn’t get enough shots on goal. Other than that we were definitely second best. But definitely not third best….

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Are links to the Mag allowed on Ed’s site ? cheers

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  • only one bobby robson

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #24

    What I want to know is Steve mclaren meant to be one of the best coaches around . So every game I have seen every time we are in possession of the ball all the players stand still! Like looking at a chess board obviously schteeve forgot to tell them pass and move?

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  • Sav

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Macca has lost it but remains clinging on. Respect growing for Gullit who at least had guts to walk away without a fat payday.

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  • BandB

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #26

    OG

    I think there was an attempt to post it yesterday.
    It’s a scummy paper, edited and owned by horrible people.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Actually the players kept thinking Steve was saying “Pass the Prunes! Damnit pass the prunes!” only1bobby! He has terrible constipation you know….

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  • only one bobby robson

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Brendan Rodgers is man to save us with the players we already have ten games of attacking football is our only hope Rodgers can make this happen

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Geordie Two , I was driving over the moors between Mithriac Temple (Roman Wall) near Hexham and Chollerford..Northumberland ..to my left to the west was a massive Sunset …Spectacular ..to the north were I was heading and perambulating along I could not see the sky for Snow .. How’s Canada ? Snow ? , and no I’m not drunk ….yet .

    Really wissed with today’s result though but Hey ho ..as an effeminate Man might say .

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Canada is good online guy. Not that I can take responsibility for the whole thing but I can definitely say reasonably good. To fair. We don’t have your wonderful Mithriac Temple but we have other famous wonders of the world. Were you planning on stopping to pray at the Mithriac Temple by the way? Possibly it would be a good idea since you’re out that way. And if you have a goat along with you….. well possibly you could do the right thing for us?

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #31

    BandB

    I’m thinking that the Mail is printed in Manchester ?..could be wrong ..Craig Hope needs Hauling in mind and the ed ..Paul Dacre ? Frontal Lobotomy needed , his head don’t work proper like .

    Match of the Day ..sob sob ..

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes, I’d prefer Rogers, but would be happy with either. Roger’s might lack the bottle for such a hard job, that’s the concern. Whereas Moyes looks like he might chin you. So you’d think he was tough enough, but his football isn’t as easy on the eye.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordie Two , I was at the temple at the Alter and wondering about self Sacrifice ..I forgot my blade. I tried to bang my head off the wall but it didn’t work .. although for a few seconds I could see the prem league table upside down and thought we were second ..

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #34

    altar

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  • only one bobby robson

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #35

    This has to be the worse season I have ever seen us take part in I think it’s even worse than last relegation season. It’s even worse as my boys are just getting into football and are toon fans few of there mates support citeh or Man U! Feel sorry for all fellow supporters right now as we dinnit deserve drivel that is being played at st james

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  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #36

    After losing 3- 1 away to West Brom Chris Hughton was sacked at 10 am the following Tuesday by Derek Llambias

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #37

    team review…
    elliot…..some good saves and verbally tried to organise the defenders…..good
    janmaat….worked hard up and down the wing could see him getting frustrated with some of the players for poor passing or no movement,sissoko didnt help….good.
    taylor….unlucky for the goal and worked hard enough,prefer it when he does’nt maraud forward as he does’nt have the legs to get back,but did have a couple of half chances…,decent.
    lascelles…..looks a decent player and had a canny game does lack a bit concentration and nearly got caught out a few times but more positive then negative….good.
    dummet….was’nt on long but showed pace but made a mistakes giving the ball away….average for length of time on.
    shelvey….probably man of the match,tried spray the ball around and find willing runners but not many around,grafted in the middle a put his foot in…..good.
    colback….gave the ball away for the first goal which started the collapse,gaveit away a lot today,cover plenty ground and filled in at left back when needed but not his best…..poor
    gini…..ran around without really making an impact on the game and let the opposition run away from him at times,seems to struggle on the left,which effected the rest of his day….poor
    sissoko….can run all day but his end product was poor,not a skilful player if the opposition double up he seems to lose the ball a lot or run down blind alleys and create little,today he was better the stoke and a few other games lately but nowt special…..average.
    perez….when up front has some lovely turns,faints and touches and good movement but once he was pushed wider he rarely got in the game and then loses the ball when desperately trying to make something happen……decent.
    riviere….thought his movement and work rate were good and was unlucky on a couple of half chances,dont know if he was injured but thought he was unlucky to be subbed….decent
    anita…..ran around put his foot in but never really influenced any part of the game,tried to pass it round but think his lack of match sharpness hindered that….poor
    mitro…..slowly grew into the half and had a couple of shots,showed the strength we know he has,but his movement not as good as rivieres first half,the team was starting to get desperate and lump long balls up to him so his movement was restricted…..average
    aarons….did’nt have any influence on the game whatsoever yes he was not on his natural left side but if this lad is arguing over a bigger contract he needs to do a hell of a lot more then he did today….poor
    perez,aarons and gini all looked like square pegs in round holes at different times today,just seem to be accommadating them so a decision to drop players doe’snt need to brought up,that was a big factor in a poor display…for me anyway.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    That seems like a reasonable effort you’ve made there online guy. If no goat is available you could possibly slip a couple of live squirrels down you pants and chant something inspirational? Take no notice of any passersby. We’ll wait for word on your progress mate. 😆

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  • only one bobby robson

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #39

    You know aswell anyone saying that any of players we have are good need to have a hard look at what there doing sissoko was shocking today mitrovic more pace in a snail and couldn’t finish a nice cream! Shelvey and janmaat okish but the rest they are championship level that’s the harsh reality for us all

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #40

    @21 nearly

    ….sigh….ok if we are gonna play the really was you watching the same game card again !!! lol…it gets a bit old this tbh but ok i’ll explain why i said river did “WELL” and was “ONE” of our better players !

    like you said he worked hard but added to that he pushed their back line back throughout his time on the pitch and was not stood still once from what i see of him.
    he had a shot on goal that was a very good shot b all accounts that got deflected wide and throughout the game apart from the one run that perez did for his goal was the only player who made runs beyond the back 4 to get on the end of a shelvey passa few times and into a scoring position ! (shelvey’s passing was just overhit mind but thats not river fault).

    right now sissoko nearly making the poor list !
    he did not lose the ball half as much as he normally does and he did get down the wing a fair few times if only to pass it to janmaat or get that one very decent cross he did get in so imo he was not very poor but not very good either.

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