Newcastle United forward Paul Cannell backs Magpies to spend this summer – Video

FORMER Newcastle United striker Paul Cannell has backed his former club to make a splash in the transfer market this summer.

The former terraces hero, made famous by a Jasper Carrott joke, played for his home town club between 1971 and 1978 before jetting off to America for four successful seasons.

Paul Cannell with his newly published book 'F**kin' Hell, It's Paul Cannell'.

Paul Cannell with his newly published book 'F**kin' Hell, It's Paul Cannell'.

He’s recently written a book about his time as a footballer and reckons Newcastle United are moving in the right direction ahead of the new season, which will see them compete on four fronts.

Paul admits he was not too happy with the appointment of Alan Pardew, but says he’s been won over after last seasons successful campaign.

In his self published book entitled “F*****’ Hell it’s Paul Cannell”, he talks about how United manager Joe Harvey talked him out of a potential law career and joining rivals Sunderland to sign for the Magpies.

Paul, who now lives in North Shields, also recounts tales involving United legends Malcolm Macdonald, Frank Clark, Willie McFaul, Joe Harvey and more.

And there is an insight into football in America, and what went on away from the pitch as well as games against football legends including Pele.

The book, priced £11.99, is available from, Harvey Smith and Co in Nile Street, North Shields, or from Amazon.

• Click on the player above to hear Paul talk about his former club.