Former France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has been interviewed in the Sunday Sun today, and he talks about Remi Garde, who if the news today is to be believed, had his first talks with Newcastle on Friday about the head coach position, and more advanced talks are planned for this week.
Gerard Houllier – former Liverpool and Lyon manager
It seems that Remi Garde is well respected in France for his coaching abilities, and this is what Houllier told the Sunday Sun today:
“Garde is a top man and a top coach,” “He’s intelligent, a very good learner and an excellent manager. He can speak English perfectly and he knows that league. It’s interesting.”
It seems that former French great Zinedine Zidane has been contacting Garde for advice in his position as coach of Real Madrid Castilla, which is Real Madrid’s reserve side.
Gerard Houllier is now the International Sporting Director of New York Red Bulls, but the 67 year-old didn’t want to comment too much on Remi, until he gets the Newcastle job – if he gets the Newcastle job.
Remi has studied the work of Gerard Houllier and his great career in football, where he held the Lyon coaching job from 2005-02007.
So Gerard knows all about what Garde did at Lyon, although the third season there – last season – was a bit of a disappointment when the team finished only in 5th place, after finishing in the top four the previous two seasons.
Shades of Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle.
Remi is also more in the make of Arsene Wenger, and has studied Arsene Wenger’s methods and has been in contact with Wenger about the Newcastle head coach position.
And according to a number of reports now, Arsene told the 48 year-old that the Newcastle job was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
Remi Garde seems to want the job at Newcastle and of course he’s available.
What do you think?
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