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One victory is all United need to turn their season; Magpies hero Asprilla confident things will come right for management team despite recent struggles With United in freefall in the Premier League, former Magpies hero Tino Asprilla tells LEE RYDER why Alan Pardew will get things back on track.


TINO ASPRILLA says he still holds a love for Newcastle United which holds no boundaries.

From his home in Colombia the United cult hero is watching the Magpies' current campaign with both interest and concern.

However, the skilful former playmaker - who wooed fans between 1996 and 1998 on Tyneside - feels both Alan Pardew and John Carver WILL get things right.

In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle from Tulua, Asprilla - once ranked the sixth-best player in the world by FIFA - said: "I honestly believe Alan Pardew and John Carver can turn this around.

"What you have to remember is no team is handed any prizes in November.

"There are still many games left for the players to get things resolved.

"Winning games breeds confidence and all Newcastle need at the moment is one win to re-ignite themselves.

"When that happens the players wonder how they had got in a mess and the manager asks them why they could not do that before."

Asprilla will never be forgotten for his performances in Europe - not least the night when he put Barcelona to the sword with a Champions League hat-trick.

Aalthough United's performances in the Premier League have been deeply disappointing, he feels the Europa League can actually help the Magpies. Asprilla helped Newcastle to the last eight of the old UEFA Cup in 1997.

Incredibly, he missed out on the clash with Monaco for using his own shirt as a flag when he hooked it on to the corner pole and waved it around ferociously in wild celebration after hitting a brace against Metz in a previous round.

Now, though, with Newcastle's season still alive on the European front, Asprilla feels having the Europa League trophy to aim for can help Pardew's team.

He added: "Good results in Europe and progression to the latter stages will help them gain confidence in the long run.

"When you are still in Europe you have another trophy to aim for. "Newcastle need results in the Premier League of course, but look at the table.

"It is much tighter than last season and two wins will put Newcastle back in the hunt for the European places.

"That is why I do not push the panic button yet.

"Pardew and Carver will turn Newcastle around."

Yet Tino feels United's problems are down to readjusting to playing in continental competition for the first time in six years.

He said: "I think Newcastle will be OK this season. It is hard to adjust to playing Europa and then Premier League fixtures, but I don't think they have done that badly.

"It is such a tight league you only need to put together a few results and you are challenging for Europe again."

TOON fans can meet Asprilla when he returns to his beloved Tyneside for a talk-in next March.

The night will see Tino and his former Toon team-mate Keith Gillespie link up again at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston.

Fans can get a signed picture from Asprilla on the night and pose questions to the popular duo.

For more details, go to or call the ticket hotline on 0191 229 9631.

still the "Good and hunt I would love to return to Mags TINO ASPRILLA has revealed he'd love to make an emotional return to Newcastle United one day - in any role the club could offer him.

The iconic former Magpies star still gets mobbed on his visits back to Tyneside and had to leave the Stadium of Light two years ago after being inundated with autograph and pictures requests from fans during the 1-1 draw with Sunderland.. And he says he would love to make a return to St James' Park.

There is still a huge mural of Asprilla in the Milburn Stand at the club and there is a lot of love for the South American within the city.

He told the Chronicle: "I'd love to move to Newcastle in the future and working for the club in any capacity would be something special for me.

"I'm also looking at getting involved in a couple of business projects, so watch this space.

"It is a city I still have a big connection with."

Asprilla will also be meeting fans in March at a Tyneside talk-in.

He said: "I can't wait to meet the fans again.

"They were great to me as a player. I'm back in Newcastle to work with Wraith Promotions on a few events and will be teaming up with Keith Gillespie to answer their questions." The event takes place on March 29 and will be entitled "Spanish Night In".


RIGHT MAN Tino Asprilla has backed Alan Pardew to get United back to winning ways

EURO NIGHTS Asprilla in action against Barca (below). Left: John Carver
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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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