David Ginola outlines what Newcastle need in their side next season

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The former Magpies star insists that the club must bring more Geordie players to their team to regain their traditional passion and fight.

Former Newcastle United winger David Ginola has told talkSPORT that he believes the club need to bring in more born-and-bred Geordie characters to their dressing room to start to become a successful side again.

Of the current struggling Magpies side, only Jack Colback and long-serving stalwart Steven Taylor were born in the Tyneside region, with the majority of first-team players coming from across Europe and Africa.

In contrast, whilst Ginola was lighting up St. James' Park in the late 1990s, the Magpies had a North-East-born contingent of Peter Beardsley, Lee Clark, Steve Watson, Steve Howey, Paul Kitson, and Robbie Elliott in their first-team squad, with Geordie hero Alan Shearer arriving for the Frenchman's second season.

Ginola, who was named the PFA and FWA Player of the Year whilst at the club, insists that Newcastle must rediscover this local core if they are to return to any kind of success in the near future.

The 49-year-old told talkSPORT: "Newcastle need stability. There have been too many managers, too many people involved and most of the time wrong people. I think Newcastle need to bring in some very interesting Geordies!

"When I was playing for Newcastle we have three or four Geordie guys in the dressing room, and they made sure we all understood what playing for Newcastle United and living in the city meant.

"At historic clubs like Newcastle, it’s all about roots. It’s all about tradition."

The current Magpies squad has found itself embroiled in a desperate battle against relegation this season, although there have been strong signs of life in recent weeks.

Under Rafael Benitez, the Magpies have taken eight points from their last four games to move out of the relegation zone for the first time in nearly three months.

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