David Ginola is frustrated about Newcastle United, and he talked about his former club when he was speaking at the launch of Yahoo’s new Fantasy Football mobile app.
David Ginola – while he was a young lad at Newcastle
David was only at Newcastle for two seasons from 1995 until he was sold to Tottenham Hotspur, where he starred for the London side over the next three seasons.
The 47 year-old has been saying the Newcastle club just doesn’t have the necessary structure to be successful, but he also goes on about some other things that have happened recently that frustrate him:
“It is always the same with Newcastle, always. When you go back to the 1990’s and in the 2000’s there was a lot of expectation at the beginning of every season and you know it is a big disappointment when they don’t do well.¨
“They have spent a lot of money on players, but there seems to be no structure in the club to make sure players will fit together in the dressing room. Also they had Alan Pardew doing some crazy things last year like head-butting.¨
“That was a bit of a surprise for me as a manager because you need to keep your calm on the bench especially towards your players.¨ ¨They need to see someone on the bench who is in charge of the situation.¨
“So Newcastle is a big question mark for me because they have the potential to be one of the best teams in the country but there’s always a but.” “They bought 10 or 12 French players. I don’t know why. I want to see Newcastle doing well. It seems last year they had a good spell for a while, they were fifth or sixth in the table.¨
“Tim Krul was goalkeeper of the month, Alan Pardew was manager of the month and then all of a sudden they dropped their form. This is where you saw the club struggling because of a decision they made.”
“They appointed a Director of Football in the name of Joe Kinnear, I don’t know why, honestly I don’t know why.¨ “It is not relevant. It is not relevant for Newcastle United and we are talking about a very special club.”
¨Yohan Cabaye left the club at Christmas which I think was a bargain for Paris Saint Germain.¨ “When you lose your best player what can you do? When I think about the other players in the dressing room, you get rid of the best player and they think, what about us? You do not want us to get results?”
“Geordies are very special people and I think people working in the club need to understand what Newcastle United means for the people, and that is the most important thing. I played for them for two years and I was amazed at how passionate Geordies are behind the club.”
David makes some good points there – and selling Yohan Cabaye in January definitely was one of the reasons Newcastle’s season fell off big time, and it’s probably also one of the reasons Loic Remy doesn’t want to join Newcastle – because we are not ambitious enough.
Mike Ashley showed clearly that at Newcastle under his watch, money is more important than the team, and that doesn’t go down well with the players – who after all are the team.
So there are some of the problems we have at the club at the moment, but we can still do very well this season, and the owner may even have learned from his many past mistakes.
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