In what the Star and Express are both strangely calling an exclusive today, they are reporting that Newcastle United have opened talks with Remi Garde, the former Lyon coach.
Remi Garde – talking to Newcastle
It’s strange it’s an exclusive, because that’s been news for almost a couple of days now – since L’Equipe in France reported that news on Thursday.
Negotiations with the 48 year-old are said to be underway and the Star also report that Newcastle would rather make an appointment now, rather than wait until the summer when more candidates would be available.
The Express are reporting that talks held Friday with Lee Charnley and Remi Garde went well, and that Remi has been encouraged by his mentor Arsene Wenger to take the opportunity at Newcastle – which is too good to turn down, according to the Arsenal manager.
Charnley reported back to owner Mike Ashley on Saturday of the progress of the talks and more talks are planned with Garde.
A number of English coaches have pulled out of the running, whether they were under considerations or not – it’s better that way for the ego.
So it’s looking like Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley will appoint their first foreign coach soon.
If Remi Garde or some of the other candidates watched the game on Saturday against Chelsea, they would have seen Newcastle in top form in that first half.
But we still lost 2-0, but it’s obvious we have some good players in the side, with Remy Cabella in particular outstanding in the game.
We also have players like Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Gabby Obertan, Ryan Taylor and Mehdi Abeid out injured, but all due back before the end of January.
Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are also out at the moment at the African Cup of Nations – and due back at the latest on February 9th, so our squad is quite strong once they are all available again.
Sammy Ameobi and Davide Santon are also fit again, as is Jonas Gutierrez.
So the new coach will be inheriting quite a strong squad, but it still needs strengthening in central defense and in the striker department.
It’s probably best to get the right man in as soon as possible, and it’s looking like that person could well be Remi Garde, although anything is possible at Newcastle.
The Frenchman comes with some great coaching credentials, and he has excellent man-management skills, and he seems to have been greatly influenced by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, after playing for the Gunners for three years from 1996.
It all sounds good to us.
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