David Ginola has told Amazon Prime’s Back Of The Net (Tuesday, Episode 2) that he would love to manage Newcastle United, and that he is currently undergoing the process of obtaining his coaching badges.
Newcastle appointed Steve Bruce in the summer after failing to agree terms with Rafa Benitez over a contract renewal. Bruce, a big Newcastle fan, is yet to pick up his first Premier League points – losing to Arsenal and Norwich City.
Ginola, now 52, joined Newcastle in 1995 from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £2.5million. He clocked up 75 appearances in all competitions during his two-year spell on Tyneside, scoring seven goals from midfield.
The former Tottenham, Everton and Aston Villa star told the new Amazon Prime show, which includes host Gabby Logan alongside Peter Crouch and John Bishop, that he would love to manage Newcastle – claiming it would be the ideal scenario.
“I am currently going for my coaching badges. I would love [to manage Newcastle],” Ginola said. “That would be the challenge of my life… it would be the perfect situation. The perfect scenario.”
TBR’s view – Passionate and a Newcastle fan, but is Ginola right?
Newcastle need a manager that can bring the best out of their players this season, a manager that both excites the fans but is realistic that the club are expected to finish in the bottom half of the table.
Throwing an unproven manager into the hotseat at Newcastle could be a risk that comes off, but it is one that Newcastle simply cannot afford given they are expected to be in a relegation dogfight. Not right now, but perhaps in the future.