Stephane Guivarc'h is the latest victim of the Newcastle disease

By Lee Ryder on Oct 16, 09 01:32 PM

Stephane-Guivarc'h.jpgWhen 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?

Surely not.

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.


RomanWarrier said:

I disagree.
Dalglish screwed the club up.
Had Gullit inherited keegans team - then it would have been a different story.
Dalglish's appalling scandenavian signings - jeez.

londontoon said:

well lee the bloke had a girls name for a start that never going to get you anywhere in the toon. i agree with RW, KD killed us, all it need was to carry on with a bit of tweeking but he decided to change the lot!? then RH came in and didn't know what to do with what was left and i agree with you, had no understanding at all about what he had come into. total muppet! for some reason we seem to either make or break peoples career on tyneside? its hard to blame individual players we have to take some of the blame maybe. i think a big part of it is stage frieght, for both managers and players they just don't expect the enormity of the task in hand.. you also have to look at the directors, we've given so many "would be great managers" a chance. apart from SBR and the exception of KK i can't think of 1 good manager that has passed through those gate in the last 15-20yrs???? -long live king kev!

Valkyrie said:

What difference does it make? We're still in the Championship with FatAsh, no decent buyers, no manager and just lost to Forest. Do you think we'd give a rat's ass about Guivarc'h?

Valkyrie said:

I'd have rated Silvio Maric and Andrei Shevchenko above Guivarc'h. But we're still in the 2nd tier....

djc said:

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Sir Bobby offered the job before Kenny Dalglish , sadly being the honourable man he was he honoured his contract with Barca, even though it transpires they were doing the dirty on him behind his back . I'm confident that had he taken over from King Kev , we'd have gone on to win the Premiership , we weren't far anyway . Unfortunately Dalglish came in and dismantled all the good work and brought us mediocrity, so much for being a great manager . He was lucky at Liverpool to inherit a great squad of players from Joe Fagan , and strangely enough it all gradually started to fall apart , being further continued by that other great manager , Souness. Maybe one day those detractors of King kev's will realise that actually , He did a hell of a lot for this club, bringing us back from the brink of disaster under te McKeag regime . Players like Guivarch would never have got a sniff of SJP in our prime. Whatever people think of KK as a quitter I think it's been shown he's a man of principle who's prepared to stand up for what he believes to be right . Do I see us being a top of the Premiership club in the near future. Not a Cat in Hells chance. Some may say it's no good looking back but let's be honest who wouldn't want to go back to the days of Ginola, Ferdinand et al


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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