L’Equipe have reported today that Newcastle United are considering going in for St. Etienne manager Christophe Galtier, who we were linked with earlier this year, when our season was coming to an end.
Christophe Galtier – Newcastle again linked with French manager
We were linked with the French manager in early May, and there were strong rumors that Alan Pardew could be replaced after a terrible run-in to last season.
And since there are rumors now that Pardew may have only two games left to save his job at Newcastle – at least according to the Independent – we suppose it’s not too surprising that we are again linked with Galtier – at least in the press.
Newcastle fans are simply very unhappy with what transpired on Monday, when we let one of our four experienced center-backs leave on loan without replacing him, when we sent Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma.
But the move that has simply infuriated fans is the loan move of Ben Arfa to Hull City which was completed almost two hours after the end of the transfer window deadline, after Hull got permission from the FA to go ahead and complete the deal.
We’d be a little surprised if Newcastle are really interested in hiring Galtier, if indeed Pardew is fired in the next few weeks.
There are former Premier League managers available, with former Everton manager David Moyes still out of work after being fired by Manchester United last April.
David was always thought to be the perfect Newcastle manager, before he took the Manchester United job, when he failed badly at Old Trafford.
Former Chelsea and West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo, who took Chelsea to their first ever Champions League title two years ago, is also available.
But the Independent report today if nothing else will have put pressure on Alan Pardew to get something out of the next two games – at Southampton and at home to Hull City.
Ben Arfa will not be allowed to play against Newcastle this season – at least we assume Newcastle put a clause in the contract to stop him playing against us.
We lost both of the next two fixtures last season, and indeed the two games after those two – at Stoke and Swansea – were also defeats for us last season.
So unless we do a lot better in the next four games than we did last season – and always assuming there is some truth in the Independent report – that could be the end of Alan Pardew as the Newcastle manager.
What do you think?
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