Stephane Guivarc'h is the latest victim of the Newcastle disease
When Stephane Guivarc'h first signed for Newcastle United in 1998 you have to admit that part of you wanted to believe that the Toon had signed a decent striker even if it was one of dour Scot Kenny Dalglish's signings.
No wonder he's upset about the Daily Mail's unfair vote on him being the worst ever Premier League striker.
I'll be totally honest with you I did start to have major concerns about his arrival Guivarc'h while watching him during the World Cup at that time with the striker giving France plenty of practice early in the tournament for the semi-final and final when they had Blanc and Desailly sent off and had to play with 10 men.
Even through slightly impaired vision during a summer tournament of beer gardens and big screens in West Monkseaton, there was something not quite right about the performances of Guivarc'h - but as always us canny Geordies were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Click here to read Guivarc'h furious reaction.
Guivarc'h arrived on Tyneside after a bit of rest and a World Cup winners medal, he resided in Whitley Bay and he used to do his shopping in Sainsburys.
Then before he knew if it was Sheffield Wednesday or Shrove Tuesday, Dalglish was gone Ruud Gullit was in and he was up the road to Glasgow Rangers via the Mersey Clipper outside Prenton Park after being dropped by Ruud Gulllit.
World class footballer or not, Gullit was a bit of a muppet to say the least as boss of the Toon.
He dropped Shearer, he dropped Duncan Ferguson, refused to give Rob Lee a squad number, failed to understand the significance of the Tyne-Wear derby and he upset Stuart Pearce along the way.
He also couldn't handle city life in Newcastle.
So in defence of Guivarc'h it was actually Gullit who screwed up his Toon career.
It was Gullit who meant he wasn't a success at Newcastle and it was Gullit who should be taking some of the blame for this nasty Daily Mail vote that somehow has the former French international and Auxerre ace down as the worst ever striker in the Premier League!
Worse than the likes of Eric Meijer, Jon Stead, Jason Lee and even Ali Dia and the majority of the other disasters on the list?
The problem with this is, it's once again probably a poll dominated by southerners who have saw the black and white shirt and simply took aim.
Yes he wasn't that good but just because he once played for the Toon, you can't hold that against him.
It's part of the same Newcastle disease that has many people thinking, the Newcastle United defence has always been pants, that Newcastle is almost in Scotland, that we all wear flat caps and walk round with whippets and that most Geordies cry on the telly when they get beat.
In other words poor Stephane has been scarred for life by signing for Newcastle, sorry mate, just give that World Cup winners medal a polish and you'll soon feel better.