In the second installment of his exclusive interview with Sports Direct News (the first is here), Newcastle United’s manager, Alan Pardew, revealed that French players are attracted to Newcastle United because both they and their agents have seen how successful other French players have become after joining the club.
With players such as Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa and more abandoning French Championship winning sides such as Marseilles, Lille and Montpellier for a chance to come 16th in the Premiership, Pardew described the “knock-on effect” this has on other French players who want a taste of the same success.
He explained: “Sometimes there is a knock-on effect when you get good quality in a certain place.
“It might be Germany but for us it’s France and there has been this knock-on effect.
“When French players do well here other French players then assume it will be an easier course for them to come in to the Premier League.
“Agents think ‘that club takes French players there’. So we get more information. That’s how it has grown over the last three years.
“We’ve got more information, we’ve got all our fabric probably as good as any French club and it’s very rare to get in a position like that. Plus we have the power of the Premier League in finances so we can get good deals there.”
What Pardew didn’t explain though is how Newcastle United are going to get round FIFA’s home grown player rules if they keep up this ‘French Connection’ policy. In case you don’t know, the home grown regulations dictate that each club must have at least eight players in a 25 man first team squad which is handed in to the powers that be at the end of each transfer window. If things get any get any more Gallic at Newcastle United, they might face the prospect of having to name peripheral players who aren’t ready (or good enough) on the frst team squad list just to keep their homegrown quota up to the required level.