Alan Pardew has given a long interview in London’s Evening Standard today, and he talks about the challenge of having so many Frenchmen in the Newcastle squad – and at the latest count there are eleven French Players now at Newcastle.
A smiling Moussa Sissoko in pre-season
In January when Newcastle brought in five French players – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Yoan Gouffran – the manager was adamant that they would need to learn French very quickly and only English would be spoken in the dressing room.
It would be good to know how much that has improved since January, when a translator was hired to help with the dressing room language difficulties.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Standard today:
“I won’t even say anything in French, not even ‘oui’. My job is to integrate them and the way I do that is make them speak English as quickly as possible.”
“It is very important they embrace the English culture and grasp the demands of the Premier League.” “One or two struggle but obviously having more French players here it is easier for them to adapt.”
And with Newcastle having seemingly withdrawn their interest in Bafe Gomis of Lyon, it could even be that another striker brought in this summer could be a Nationality other than French.
That would be a surprise for Newcastle, who have already brought in six Frenchmen this year.
But hey – as long as he’s a top striker who cares?
What do you think?
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