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Soccer AM - Olivier Bernard

Olivier Bernard reckons Newcastle's French revolution will see them charging towards to the European places, rather than scrapping near the bottom.

"After the signings they've made I think we're not talking any more about relegation, we've got to push to hopefully get in the top 10 and why not the Europa League?"

Olivier Bernard

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Alan Pardew's side qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth in the Premier League last season, but have been unable to replicate that form this term and are at risk of being sucked into a relegation scrap.

However, chief scout Graham Carr has plucked the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran from the French leagues during the transfer window and they helped to inspire a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at Aston Villa in midweek.

Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara also arrived from Ligue 1 in January and one of the Toon's former French favourites Bernard, who played at St James' Park between 2000 and 2005, says the arrivals will steer Newcastle in the right direction in the second half of the season.

He told Soccer AM: "The main Newcastle scout is in France. He's been there for quite a long time now, working to get the best of France and the players Newcastle have signed are international players.

"After the signings they've made I think we're not talking any more about relegation, we've got to push to hopefully get in the top 10 and why not the Europa League?

"I've got the French channel at home, so I do watch French football every Saturday night and I can say that the players they've signed are quite important.

"They will be important players for the future."

Bernard has lived in Newcastle with his family since retiring from football and while he has become an adopted Geordie he remains a lifelong Paris Saint-Germain supporter after being born in the French capital.

He admits he is excited by the club's Deadline Day signing of former England captain David Beckham and while he suspects the deal has been made primarily for commercial reasons, he says the 37-year-old will be able to contribute to Carlo Ancelotti's team on the field.

"It's my team. I was born in Paris and supported Paris for a long time," Bernard added.

"Having him there, I wouldn't say they've signed him to play week-in, week-out but in terms of marketing it's a wonderful thing.

"I'm sure he will do a good job. He's still got a lot of quality within himself and he can deliver some fantastic balls. I'm sure he will play a part in the team."