It’s a revelation that will warm the cockles of every Newcastle United fan’s heart… Faustino Asprilla looks set for a dramatic return to St James’ Park. That’s according to the Colombian himself, who has spoken of imminent talks with the Newcastle top brass with a view to joining Alan Pardew on the coaching bench.
Asprilla, who joined Newcastle in 1996 and scored a scintillating hatrick against Barcelona the following year, said: “A year ago I spoke with Newcastle’s owners about bringing our players from my coaching school.
“It didn’t happen due to some requirements of the English League but then, during informal meetings with fans, I said I’d be interested in returning.
“That encouraged the owners and, three months ago, they invited me over. I’m motivated and like the city. It is a significant opportunity and hopefully something will materialise.”
Have a little look at Tino’s coaching experience and you’ll see a somewhat limited CV having only coached one side. That unimpressive fact is rescued by the quite brilliant one that the team is called Club Faustino Asprilla. Is this a classic example of a club signing old personnel with their heart instead of their head, a la Kevin Keegan’s prodigal return? Quite simply, yes.
But who cares? Nonsensical misty-eyed welcome backs are all part and parcel of the romance of the game. And if the Newcastle hierarchy are feeling particular open to seduction from old flames at the moment, may we point them to the recent news that David Ginola is angling for a pop at Premier League management.
It would complete a bench that Toon dreams are made of. Plus Alan Pardew.