|David Ginola - Striker|
If any further sign was needed that Walter Smith had lost the plot, then here it was: the signing of flambouyant Frenchman David Ginola:
1985: Ginola made a name for himself as a blossoming teenager with Toulon, leading to spells with Racing Paris and Brest in the French first division. 1991: Snapped up by Paris St Germain, he spent four years in the capital, earning all of his 17 international caps during that spell.
1994: Was named French footballer of the year.
1995: Signed for Kevin Keegan's Newcastle during the summer in a £2M deal. He became a folk hero in the north-east, playing 76 games for the Magpies but scoring only seven goals.
1997: As Keegan's Newcastle side began to fall apart, he moved to Tottenham for £2.5M in the summer of 1997 and spent three years at White Hart Lane.
2000: As he fell out with the Spurs manager, it was off to Aston Villa and a mixed period that started well but ended in acrimony with John Gregory refusing to play the flambouyant Frenchman.
David Moyes did give him half a chance — as
a substitute in the last game of the season, at Arsenal. But it
was never going to work, and the fambouyant over-the-hill Frenchman disappeared in May 2002.