We held a poll of likely new managers at Newcastle, should Mike Ashley decide to call time on Alan Pardew’s reign at Newcastle, with David Moyes the overwhelming favorite to become the next Newcastle manager should that happen, and St. Etienne manager Christophe Galtier was in third place in the voting, behind Roberto di Matteo who has since joined Schalke 04 in Germany.
Christophe Galtier – again linked with Newcastle
But there were French reports over the weekend that the St. Etienne manager could still end up at St. James’ Park, after he has been doing a very decent job at the French club, with little money available.
St Etienne are currently in 5th place with 17 points from their first 10 games, and only one point behind money-bags PSG in second place, and last season they finished in 4th place on 69 points.
It’s probably not surprising that 48 year-old Galtier is interesting some clubs, but it’s a huge step up for him to manage a Premier League club after having some success with St. Etienne, and it would be a (big) risk if he was appointed at Newcastle.
Mike Ashley has always appointed English managers with the exception of Irishman Joe Kinnear, and he would likely go for experience if he wanted to bring in another manager at the club.
With the good win on Saturday, Alan Pardew would appear to have built some momentum going forward, but we are still a long way from being out of the woods, and Newcastle face two tough league games coming up, at Tottenham and at home to Liverpool.
Two defeats in those game could pile the pressure back on Pardew.
But it seems that Ashley would rather keep Pardew in the job, as long as he can turn things around, because when a new manager comes in that generally means quite a disruption for the team.
And it’s not always a silver bullet appointing a new manager, as Fulham discovered last season, when they had three managers and still were relegated and have only recently fired German Felix Magath after a poor start to the Championship season.
Pardew has certainly given himself some breathing room with the 3 points against Leicester, so we will have to wait and see if the Londoner can turn things around on Tyneside.
We hope he can do that for the good of the club, but we would be very surprised if Galtier ever becomes the manager at Newcastle United.
What do you think?
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