David Ginola has pointed to a problem that is affecting many clubs in the Premier League, with Newcastle a prime example.
The former United winger says that local tradition, culture, identity and know how is being eroded, with the likes of Newcastle having only a minimum, if any, of local players in the senior squad.
When he arrived at St James Park, David Ginola says that he quickly learnt what the club was all about by sharing a dressing room with the likes of Lee Clark, Peter Beardsley, Robbie Elliot, Steve Watson and (mackem) Steve Howey (at a push!).
Despite coming from PSG and never having played in England, he says he ‘realised straight away where I was’.
Even when he went to play for Tottenham, Ginola says that it was important for new players to understand it was a lot different playing for a North London club like Spurs, rather than a West London one such as Chelsea.
David Ginola speaking on BT Sport:
“When I signed for Newcastle United, in that dressing room there were at least three Geordie guys.
“They were probably (mainly) the younger ones but they brought something else into the dressing room, the philosophy of the North East of England.
“I arrived from Paris, I was playing for Paris Saint-Germain but I realised straight away where I was – the culture, the tradition, everything was in the dressing room.
“When I was playing and wearing the zebra shirt I knew exactly where I was.
“This is the main problem at the moment, the players sign for clubs and don’t know where they are.
“When you want to create something within a club you need to have their traditions, playing for Birmingham, or for Liverpool, or Manchester, or somewhere in London…you need to know that in north London there are different traditions than in east, west or south.”
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