David Ginola wants good times to return to Newcastle Utd

Sunderland Manager Paulo Di Canio is booed by the fans at the friendly match between Newcastle United XI and Milan Glorie
Sunderland Manager Paulo Di Canio is booed by the fans at the friendly match between Newcastle United XI and Milan Glorie
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DAVID Ginola’s desperate for the good times to return to Newcastle United.

Ginola was back at St James’s Park last night for Steve Harper’s charity game between a Newcastle XI and the AC Milan Glorie side.

The former United winger started the match, which ended goalless and was decided in the visitors’ favour by a penalty shootout.

Ginola was in the Newcastle side which challenged Manchester United for the title.

And the 46-year-old was disappointed to see United - who face Aston Villa, another of Ginola’s former clubs, on Saturday - battling against relegation last season.

“It’s a bit of a shame to see the club struggling,” said Ginola.

“When you look at the stadium and the fans, you realise they deserve some good results.

“If the club could get back to having good results again, it would be amazing

“They should be at least challenging. I don’t mean they have to win trophies.

“They just need to be out there challenging the big boys and not struggling to stay in the league.

“That would be a major step forward. If they could step forward in that way, it would be amazing.”

The Steve Harper 20 Years Charity Match also saw the likes of Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Faustino Asprilla again pull on black and white shirts.

And Ginola would like to see the club’s former players reunited on a regular basis.

Ginola added: “We spoke in the dressing room together.

“It was fantastic in one way, but terrible in another. That’s because we would all like to be able to do this every week again. We know that it’s impossible.

“If we could do that more often, then that would be interesting.

“The response of the fans was amazing. The stadium was full, and that’s amazing.

“But it’s only in a place like Newcastle where you can find this passion for the game.”

Meanwhile, former Newcastle striker Andy Cole struck the post in the game.

“It was good fun,” said Cole. “Obviously, Steve’s been a fantastic servant for the football club. When I joined Newcastle a long time ago Harps was there.

“To see 50,000 there was fantastic, but not a surprise.

“I went out there to try to nick one, but it wasn’t to be. I hit the post. That’s football.

“I think the most important thing was that everybody enjoyed the night.

“Milan enjoyed it. It was a very special night.”