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Newcastle need to end the French Revolution

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Remy is the latest French recruit to join Newcastle (©GettyImages)
Remy is the latest French recruit to join Newcastle (©GettyImages).

The amount of French imports who now reside in Newcastle seems to be a joke to the media and alike.

Newcastle United have been labelled "Le Toon" and the destination of a "French Revolution", although the joke is set to spiral into a nightmare for the regular supporters who pay a sizeable chunk to support their team at St James Park.

It wouldn't matter if eleven out of 31 players in the Newcastle squad were Spanish, Finnish or Danish, because the glaring concern for the future of Newcastle are the potential "French" cliques which may begin to formulate in the dressing room.

Whether they develop after an embarrassing defeat, or a whitewash victory, the "French Eleven" may begin to find more comfort in voicing their opinions over to a fellow Frenchman, rather than bothering to translate their worries over to Steven Taylor or Mike Williamson.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don't think it's a healthy thing to have too many French players in one dressing room. If things start to go against you then little cliques appear [in the dressing room].

"I know Arsenal had a lot of French players and went on to be successful. But I don't see Newcastle being that successful."

With regards to "the Invincibles" season of 2003/04, Arsene Wenger's strongest starting eleven consisted of just three Frenchman: Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira.

Nevertheless, Pascal Cygan, Gael Clichy, Jeremie Aliadiere and Sylvain Wiltord were all utilised as regular alternatives by Wenger, just in case there was ever a day that three of the greatest French players in Premier League history weren't dominating the opposition.

On the other hand, Alan Pardew selected Steven Taylor to face Manchester City, and was coherently rewarded with his only English player being sent-off.

Furthermore, six of his French imports were on the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing to a Manchester City side, who were interestingly the second worst side with regards to selecting British players on the opening weekend, after Manuel Pellegrini selected Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott.

Arguably, the soul and identity of Newcastle United is being torn apart at the foundations, and how long will it take before the club realises that a foreign spine to their squad will never work for the long-term future of a Northern English football club.

Whether you focus on the team which QPR strung together last season, which contained desperate gulfs in communication and quality, or whether you observe the predominately African squad which saw Portsmouth sink into the Football League abyss in 2010, the warning shots have already been fired at Newcastle.

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