David Ginola sees a dream future at Newcastle United which could be built in two different complementary ways.
The former Newcastle player wants to ‘smash the whole place down’ rather than see the club simply ‘refurbished’.
David Ginola meaning he wants to see the club ran in a wholly different way with ‘solid foundations’, rather than the season by season mess we see under Mike Ashley.
Alongside this, he wants to see a lot more Geordies in the team, the Frenchman harking back to when he was a player at St James Park.
Back in the mid-nineties he had the likes of the outstanding Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer playing alongside him, whilst there were also Premier League class Geordies such as Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott and Steve Watson also in the dressing room. You could also add at a push, mackem Steve Howey.
Sadly, the David Ginola Utopia all sounds a bit like Sir John Hall’s ‘team of Geordies’, everybody would like a team of quality local players turning out but…only if they are quality players as well as being local.
I can only think of three top quality Geordies who have came through in the Premier League since those David Ginola playing days.
Michael Carrick who has played for West Ham, Spurs and Manchester United, Andy Carroll who started only 24 Premier League games before Mike Ashley sold him, plus Fraser Forster who was also sold by Ashley without having played a single first team game and is now arguably the best keeper in the Premier League and off to the Euros this summer.
Other than those three you are looking over the past two decades at the likes of Jack Colback, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett who are all arguably Premier League squad players.
The big (Geordie) hope for Newcastle fans is that Adam Armstrong can continue the remarkable progress he has shown in the past nine months.
David Ginola talking to Talksport:
“Newcastle need stability. There have been too many managers, too many people involved and most of the time wrong people.
“I think Newcastle need to bring in some very interesting Geordies.
“When I was playing for Newcastle we have three or four Geordie guys in the dressing room, and they made sure we all understood what playing for Newcastle United and living in the city meant.
“At historic clubs like Newcastle, it’s all about roots. It’s all about tradition.
“If you want to rebuild a place, you have two options…
“You either go back to the foundations and start all over again, rebuild from ashes, or create from what you have got, you refurbish.
“But I don’t want to see Newcastle just refurbish. I want them to smash the whole place down and start from scratch.
“If you then rebuild the foundation, the walls and the roof, it will be more solid and more consistent.”