One of the foreign coaches that Newcastle have been linked with for over a year now is St. Etienne coach Christophe Galtier, who has done an excellent job for his French club since 2009.
Christophe Galtier – St. Etienne coach
It seems that some of the Newcastle hierarchy think he would do a good job at Newcastle if appointed, but he has already said he would not leave St. Etienne until the end of the season, so if Newcastle do appoint a coach in the next week or two it’s very unlikely to be Galtier.
And the President of St. Etienne, Bernard Caiazzo, is questioning why his manager would ever leave for Newcastle.
Le10 Sport are reporting that Galtier is unlikely to leave in the middle of the season for Newcastle:
“Do you really think Galtier in the middle of a season in which he plays the podium, would then leave like a thief for a club like Newcastle?”
“It would be insulting to Christophe that one has the slightest interest in such a rumor. Christophe is not a money man and he’s been here for years and is engaged in a project.”
“The rumors about him, such as those are concerning,”
It’s hardly surprising that Caiazzo is upset that Newcastle may want his head coach half way through the season, when they are currently well placed in 4th position in the French League on 36 points, only 5 points behind leaders Marseilles.
But there are at least three good reasons Galtier would want to come to Newcastle, the first being he will get more money than he’s getting at the French club, although it’s true that Caiazzo says Christophe is not interested in extra money.
The second reason is that the English Premier League is a much higher stand than the French League and has much higher visibility on the world stage.
The third reason is there will be better players he has to coach at Newcastle.
It seems like if Newcastle do appoint a manager soon, the head coach Newcastle get in will probably be Remi Garde, who is one of the few continental coaches free at the moment, and the news is he wants to join the club.
In our new poll of continental coaches, it’s Ajax manager Frank de Boer who Newcastle fans want in – but again he will not come in mid-season.
Christophe Galtier is 5th in the voting.
Who Do You Want As New Newcastle Head Coach?
- Frank de Boer (58%, 6,784 Votes)
- Remi Garde (21%, 2,465 Votes)
- Thomas Tuchel (9%, 1,025 Votes)
- Temuri Ketsbaia (4%, 477 Votes)
- Paul Clement (3%, 321 Votes)
- Christophe Galtier (3%, 311 Votes)
- Aitor Karanka (2%, 290 Votes)
Total Voters: 11,673
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