He arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 1995, and when he was in Sir John Hall's office signing the contract, his wife was taken on a whistle-stop tour of Newcastle by Muttley & Dastardly (Fat Fred and Douglas Hall).
Where they took her, GOD ONLY KNOWS, but shame went to St James' Park in tears.
David Ginola: "Moving back to this country when you are living in the south of France wasn't an easy decision to make.
"When I was asked to become an ambassador I was delighted because I think it's a wonderful opportunity as a Frenchman to show the entire world the quality of England in terms of its football, organisation and passion, so it was a straight yes from me.
"There is a lot of passion in the English game.
"As a foreigner when I arrived the first thing I realised about the country was the passion. Not only the passion on the pitch but it was all over the place.
"In seven years of playing football in this country I never experienced something bad on the pitch or off it.
"English people are very patriotic. They love their country, their flag and anthem but I don't think there'll be any problems off the pitch."