Favorite Wants To Be Head Coach At Newcastle

There is news in France today that the new favorite for the Newcastle head coach position – Remi Garde – is keen to join the famous Tyneside club as the new head coach, although he is yet to be contacted by Newcastle officials.

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Remi Garde – said to be keen on Newcastle job

This follows yesterday’s events when former England manager and current Derby boss ruled himself out of the Newcastle job and showed real loyalty to Derby County, whom he nearly got promoted to the Premier League last May.

Garde is now 2/1 favorite for the Newcastle job and left Lyon last May to take some time off and he has been working at Canal +.

In the three seasons he managed Lyon he had them in the top five every season, and they won the Coupe de France.

Remi is a well regarded coach very familiar with the way continental clubs run their operations, with the coach not having full control on transfers into and out of the club.

The other thing in the 48 year-old’s favor is that he is available immediately to take the reins at Newcastle, which wasn’t true of Steve McClaren and a number of other top candidates.

Former Newcastle midfielder Temuri Ketsbaia is now the third favorite at 14/1 and the Georgian is also out of a job at the moment, having stepped down as manager of the Georgia team last November.

The expectation is there will be talks between Lee Charnley and Garde soon, but time is moving on so we expect John Carver to (probably) still be in charge as the caretaker manager on Saturday.

Newcastle have a tough game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday , although we are likely to have six senior players returning to the side after missing out in the A Cup at Leicester City last Saturday.

The other good news late yesterday is that the local papers are reporting Newcastle sources telling them the news in Eurosport France that Newcastle are in advanced talks with PSG on the transfer of Moussa Sissoko is simply not true.

We are still hoping  a new head coach can be appointed before Saturday’s game at Chelsea.

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14 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Who knows anything about this bloke? Appart from some average at best stats, no one seems to have said owt about him. What style does he prefer? Stuff like that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost on previous topic,
    So there it was, nobody on Pardews back because we hadn’t bought anybody and nobody kicking off with Ashley because he hadn’t sold anybody, what existed was a terrible status quo that was to see us aim for tenth, nothing more nothing less and would end in us almost being relegated, it wasn’t until the Reading we threw away that the fans turned on Pardew in a game that probably sowed the seeds for a major swing in opinion against him, of course this was music to Mashleys ears as it took away the real issues causing the problems at the club, why Pardew let this carry on as such for another two years is beyond me.

  • mfw13

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Kudos to him if he seriously wants the job, but I can’t imagine anyone sane would actually want to work for Ashley.

    At the very least, he should get guarantees that Sissoko and Perez will not be sold before he agrees to take the job.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve said in a previous post that a new manager coming in holds all the aces, I don’t think the board will get away with as much as they did Pardew, or I’m hoping so anyway, the new coach despite working in this new continental style role will still want assurances so that he can succeed, unless of course he’s just going to take a shed load of money to keep schtum and get on with it.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Pochettino’s stats were hardly great for Southampton when he took over either

    Mourinho , Rodgers etc never started that well in their first jobs in management

    Lets give Garde a chance I think the way Lyon have played in the last few seasons would suit our players and he will be an upgrade on Pardew !!Cant get any worse than him or Carver who have broken every bad record the club has had !!!

  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Contrary to some others here, I think Garde’s record at Lyon was excellent. In Ligue 1 PSG and Monaco are big spenders. St Etienne, Marseilles and Bordeaux don’t spend much at all, and occasionally sell a player. Out of the top 7 that leaves Lille and Lyon. Lille have an amazing scouting and academy record (Jean-Michel van Damme…) and cashed in big style in 2011-12 (Hazard, signed at age 14, sold for 32 million; Cabaye, signed at age 12, 4.8 million; Rami, signed from an amateur club, 10 million; Gervinho picked uip a year earlier for less than 5 million and sold on for 10.5 million…) Apart from that, they haven’t sold much (except for Debuchy of course) and are simlar to St Etienne etc. That leaves Lyon, who never buy and who sell every year. The season before Garde took over they cashed in 7 million. In the three years he was there they sold 10 million, 13 million and 8.5 million. And yet Garde has a win rate of over 50%. He’s the man. (Of course we could do with a van Damme, too.)

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Morning chaps, I didn’t read much of the blog yesterday went out for a meal and a few beers. Even saw Colback with his family in the restaurant, canny lad.

    Any truth in this Remi Garde or is it paper talk?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle is one of the best known English clubs in France, largely thanks to DAVEED Ginola, of blessed memory. Many French people are under the illusion we still play the same type of attractive football!

  • Slank

    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9


    If it is Garde let’s give him the chance and the time to show what he can do.

    It is always going to be a risk whoever arrives such is the very nature of football management. For teams outside of the top table like Newcastle, with their appalling record of not winning anything domestic in the last 60 years, it will be very difficult.

    After all Sir Bobby and Keagan, who most fans would regard as our best managers, won nothing at the club. Therefore having a great track record in football management and no record in football management prior to their appointments at the club produced the same result.

    Nothing is guaranteed.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Garde has a very flexible approach to tactics, likes to play one up front, uses a strong midfield who drop deep against stronger opposition (or protect weaker defenders), or push two up to capitalize on weaker opposition.

  • Sav

    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    AVAILABLE: SackPardew.com website, Hardly used (comes as new). Adaptable for use in ousting owner. Caveat emptor.

  • Sav

    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Will home bird Shola end up part of the Toon management team now he has rejected life in Turkey?

  • beefman13

    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13


  • beefman13

    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Garde, quit his job to take time out when he was with Lyon, hes only 48, sounds like the pressure was to much for him, hes coming to the wrong place if he has trouble handling pressure.


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