Former Newcastle United player Micky Quinn was left speechless as he wrote on Twitter in bewilderment at Steve McClaren’s decision to start Emmanuel Riviere up front against Bournemouth.
There seemed to be any genuine belief that Newcastle could actually win the game, and supporters’ fears were worsened before the game upon hearing of a rather strange inclusion in the starting eleven.
Emmanuel Riviere, a player who has barely featured for the club since joining in the summer of 2014.
Writing on Twitter before the game, former player Micky Quinn couldn’t quite believe it.
Was it a sign of desperation by McClaren in the hope the forward pulls of something rather unexpected?
Either way, the decision back-fired as Riviere contributed very little in the opening 45 minutes and was duly replaced by he more threatening Aleksandar Mitrovic during the half-time interval.
Riviere, 26, has now made just three Premier League appearances this season, all ending in defeats.
The 3-1 loss to Bournemouth leaves McClaren in a world of trouble and it would come as little surprise if the Magpies look to make a managerial change ahead of so-called business end of the season.
The Tyneside club remain in 19th position, one point adrift of Sunderland and safety.