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Football: Former Premier League star to manage Halifax Town?


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The former France international and Premier League favourite at Spurs and Newcastle has not featured in a prominent role in the game since retiring as a player at Everton in 2002 following a short spell at Aston Villa.
But the 45-year-old has stated his desire to become a manager after completing a coaching course in Wales.

Ginola spoke to Arsenal legend, Ian Wright on Absolute Radio, revealing he hoped to fulfill his ambition within two years and would even be interested in a job at Halifax should the chance pass him by.

Ginola said: ‘Well I passed my CNB licence in Wales, I need to spend some time at Spurs doing my hours for the A licence this year, it will take some time and hopefully next year I will be able to be involved with a club and wind up being a manager in the next year or two.

'Why not [after being questioned about being manager of Halifax]? I mean it’s a learning process anyway, it’s not because you’ve been playing football for so many years at the top level, in the top league like the English Premier League, it’s that you are capable of doing good.

‘There’s not so many former players who have been successful as managers, there’s just a few.

'It doesn’t mean a thing, you just have to learn, you just have to understand, it’s a different position, a different attitude, you’ve got different issues. As a player you think about yourself, as a manager you think about others.’
Ginola joined Newcastle in 1995 before moving to Spurs two years later. It was in north London the Frenchman arguably enjoyed his best years in England, winning the 1999 League Cup and the Football Writers' and Players' Player of the Year in the same year.

Halifax are fighting their way back up the Pyramid after financial struggles saw them drop to the then UniBond North. Back to back promotions has seen them back in the Conference North.

Ginola wouldn't be the first big name to cut his teeth in non-league. Martin O'Neill current Sunderland manager started life with Wycombe who he guided to the Football League.



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