David Ginola suggests Newcastle should follow this club’s model

David Ginola suggests that Newcastle United should follow the model of Barcelona.

David Ginola suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, March 11) that Newcastle United should follow the Barcelona model.

The former Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur star suggested that Magpies chairman Mike Ashley should do what Joan Laporta did when he became the president of Barcelona in 2003.

“I advise every single chairman to have a look on Youtube,” said Ginola on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, March 11).

“Mr Laporta, the former chairman of Barcelona, he has a fantastic speech about his club and what he wanted to achieve with Barcelona.

“He didn’t mean that he was expecting results in the next six months. He knew it would take some time.

"He knew that he was putting himself in the situation where he was waiting for at least five years before having something back. This is a club, Newcastle United, who should think the same.”

When Laporta became the Barcelona president in 2003, the Catalan giants were struggling and were quite behind their bitter rivals Real Madrid.

By the time the 53-year-old left his position in 2010, Barca had established themselves as one of the best club sides in the world.

Laporta brought La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League glory to Camp Nou, although it took some time.

Ginola has a point in suggesting that Newcastle should adopt a similar approach and think of long-term success.

However, at this moment in time, the Magpies should be thinking only about survival in the Premier League.

If Newcastle get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season, then it will be a disaster for the club.

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