Ginola Interviewed On Newcastle United’s French Invasion
Our ex-winger has been interviewed by RMCSport and waxed lyrical about Newcastle United and the fans. Thanks as always for the invaluable translation services of Pierre
Ginola : “Newcastle, a change of life”
Pioneer in the exodus to Britain, David Ginola who played at Newcastle from 1995 to 1997 and where his popularity has remained intact. The former striker gives us an amusing look into the influx of French players to the Magpies.
David, how do you rate this exodus of French players to Newcastle?
I find it is great. I would not go as far as saying that I was a pioneer. If all these players are in Newcastle, they owe it to their talent and because they have the qualities to bring to the club. I was one of the first to arrive in England and it is very nice to see some kind of French team put together. They are very good reinforcements and not just a fad. They will make the team stronger.
What draws them to the point of finding 11 French players in the squad?
The English league! It has been for many years that the French players dream to move to the Premier League, which is the benchmark in the world today. Why so many in Newcastle? I do not know.
Is settling between France and England easy?
It’s not as straightforward as you would think, firstly because of the language barrier. Basically there is a change of culture and life. It is important to forget about it and concentrate on work. As a footballer, one should only think about their performance first thing in the morning. In England, football is not just the green rectangle. It is also in the stands and in everyday life. Football is king and the players adored. There is no equivalent.
You have gone down in the history of Newcastle, to the point of having a song in your name. Which French player is most likely to follow your trail?
Only the future will tell. To be part of the club’s legend is not easy because the English are expectant. They pay attention to specific things. They see if the player is able to take on the daily responsibilities for the love of wearing the back and white striped shirt. The people of the North East called ‘Geordies’ are a country within their country. They love their region, their city and their club. It is up to each player to give the maximum to enter the circle of players who have marked their history and to have their song.
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