Wenger Encourages Remi Garde To Take Newcastle Job

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.

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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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21 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I was just about to ask about the Garde rumor.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #2

    If it is true I hope he will bring a coach or two with him.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Good news – or will it be snatched from us by the “couldnt get it over the line” excuse?

  • expatmag

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #4


    Dont get sucked in mate. They have a habit of raising our hopes only to let us down.

    Expect a billy bollox type manager appointed when the window closes.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #5


    and now you know

    hope its true the sooner its sorted the better

  • expatmag

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6


    Of course it is. It is their ongoing policy. If you offer peanuts, you get monkeys.

    Expect Peter Reid to be appointed on January 31st

  • Harley

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I really hope this is true but I’ll believe it when I see it.
    De boer is my first choice but if it means getting a manager now I’m all for it.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #8

    If Garde is appointed then the first home games with him St James’ will be rocking

  • p

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #9

    And bring his buddy lacazette

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #10

    We all know what we need :
    1. A recognized striker capable of 20 goals + per season – whilst Cisse is away at Afro Cup he is still not the answer
    2.At least two capable CBs as Willo is far too weak & Saylor is a sicknote so need to offload both. Colo is now getting on & won’t last forever.
    3. Everyone thinks we are safe so don’t need to do anything in the window but if we lose against Soton & Hull it’s an all new ball game. We still need 4 more wins & a draw to just stay up.
    So come on big Mike – you’ve got the club on probably the firmest of financial footings in the Premiership so now I challange you to move club up to the next level in preparation for next season.We as fans are sick of supporting a club whose season seems to end each season the first week in January & please don’t sell our best players this January & then give uds the lame excuse that we tried to get replacements over the line but just failed. We are sick of the same old! Invest man – we only need a couple of class players adding & your investment will be enhanced as a result.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #11

    One of the biggest things that Garde will bring to newcastle, is hope.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #12

    If MA doesn’t react in away I have stated in my above blog then he will probably just make do, keep Carver on till the end of the season, sell Sissoko & at best bring in loan players as temporary cover. I’m sick of all these big named Managers & Strikers keep being banded about when all the talk is just pie in the sky. Mike you can’t fall back on blaming Pinochio now so just appoint Garde & back him with brass. You own the club so show some good leadership qualities.

  • Sazzer

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Q:”Anyone know who Garde’s back room staff was at Lyon I.e. Assistant manager, coach?”

    A: Assistant coach Bruno Génésio, goalkeeper coach Joël Bats, supervising coach Gérald Baticle and fitness trainer Robert Duverne.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #14

    The fans need to challenge Mike Ashley to meet them in an open meeting so he can tell us just what his aims & future plans for the club are.
    It’s no good Garde being appointed if he can not be backed with new players to improve the squad. If this is the case then Im sure he won’t come nor wqill any other manager worth their salt.

  • south coast toon

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Was that cabella skiping past players today looked sharp and skilful to me
    Bring in garde he can bring lass asserts griener if he likes lol


    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #16

    They might have taken a long time to work out the right formular but this might just be the making of Newcastle United.
    Carr scouting and Garde coaching and l can see lots of young French talent wanting to work in this set up.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I can’t say I know anything about Garde if I’m honest. Don’t know what he will bring in terms of a tactical change from Pardew. Hope he brings Lacazette and Grenier with him that’s for sure lol. Club needs to work on the defence that a must. Fingers crossed for brighter days ahead.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #18

    If Remi Garde is appointed, with the quality players I’ve seen today at Chelsea and others that are coming back from injury, I think we are going places AT LAST !

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Seeing Cabella today convinced me that we have a player here that has been wasted by Pardew like he did with Tevez and Mascherano at West Ham. It also cheered me I know we lost but god we have quality and the future is GOOD !

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #20

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew

    Garde’s sure to want to bring his assistant with him – Alain Pardeaux.

  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2015 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #21

    At least it will help whoever it is that it is now a declared Head Coach, not a manager. When inbound transfer fail or top players are sold mid-season the HC is entitled to shrug and say ‘Its not my problem’ whereas before the Manager got slated for it even though he had no say in the matter.
    Meanwhile, will Carr stay off a plane long enough to press for Ings to be brought in? The lad is on a hot streak and plays with intelligence.


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