Ex-Newcastle winger David Ginola among the contenders to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA President

David Ginola
David Ginola

Former Newcastle United winger David Ginola is among a long list of candidates looking to replace Sepp Blatter when he stands down as FIFA President.

The chances of the 48-year-old Frenchman, who spent two seasons at Newcastle between 1995 and 1997, getting elected are slim to say the least.

The ‘stunt’ candidate who was put up by a bookmaker to run against Blatter before failing to get a single nomination has said he will stand again.

But the former Newcastle and Tottenham winger is likely to suffer the same fate.

Blatter’s announcement comes just four days after he was re-elected for a fifth term and follows corruption charges against FIFA officials that caused the biggest crisis in the world governing body’s history.

Blatter has called an extraordinary congress “as soon as possible”, saying “a new president will be elected to follow me”.

The other candidates to replace Blatter:

* Michel Platini

The 59-year-old UEFA president did not want to stand against Blatter but this now looks to be his opportunity to make his move.

Strangely, his support for Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup would help his chances rather than hinder them.

* Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein

Won enough votes against Blatter last week to have taken the election to a second round and has hinted he may stand again.

However he struggled to win support in his own confederation of Asia and if Platini stands he will have little hope.

* Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

Sports powerbroker from Kuwait already rules the roost in Olympic circles and Asian football.

He has just been elected to FIFA’s executive committee and if he stands is could pick up old Blatter loyalists.

* Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

Head of Asian football confederation and close to Al-Sabah.

If he stands with Al Sabah’s backing he could prove an irresistible force.

* Michael Van Praag

The Dutch FA chief stood against Blatter until pulling out of the race to back Prince Ali.

He would struggle to get much support from the world outside of western Europe.

* Issa Hayatou

Ill-health and questions about his own probity means he is unlikely to stand despite being president of the powerful bloc of African football.

* David Gill

Will take up his place as Britain’s FIFA vice-president following Blatter’s decision to step down but would be a huge surprise if he decided to stand for president.