Why Newcastle’s Florian Thauvin will have to ditch his tuxedo

Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin will have to keep his tuxedo for special occasions – as he’s going to be issued with a club suit.

Thauvin angered Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer by wearing a dinner jacket to games.

Shearer was critical of Thauvin’s tux on Match of the Day after the home defeat to Watford earlier this month.

The summer signing most recently wore it wore his dinner jacket, minus the bow tie, to last weekend’s home game against Chelsea.

Head coach Steve McClaren – who had ordered his players to wear suits to matches at the start of the season – was equally unimpressed by Thauvin’s dinner jacket and bow tie.

“I didn’t think it was funny in the first place,” said McClaren, who added that he “respected” Shearer’s strong views on Thauvin’s matchday attire. Shearer had said: “This is a serious business we’re in here. It was funny on the first day of the season, it’s not funny any more.”

Newcastle’s players have not been issued with club suits and ties in recent years.

But McClaren has changed that, and the players are being measured up for suits – almost two months into the new campaign.

Club owner Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct firm bought a majority stake in luxury mens’ retailer Cruise in 2013, but it is not clear who will be kitting out the team.

Thauvin – who was left out of McClaren’s starting XI for the Chelsea game – is yet to find his feet in English football.

The forward had been hauled off after just 45 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup three days earlier.