Gerard Houllier – Remi Garde Is A Top Man And A Top Coach

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.

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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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15 comments so far

  • cestriasteve

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail, I think we did the right thing taking Manu, I just think he needs time to adapt, de Jong with him or Perez, I reckon that will be a winning combination.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Apparently, but not more than Swansea were willing to pay him and certainly not the difference in what we offered in the first place and the transfer fee, take in to account what we’ve payed for Riverie and his wages and it looks like we’ve been had, then again Gomis has had half a season of bedding in before being the main man, Mashers sees that as surplus.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Fingers crossed that Garde gets the job.
    One of the reasons we (disastrously) lost Cabaye mid-season was because he was dissatisfied with the football at St James’. An enlightened coach might help us hold on to our better players – at least until the end of the season.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    A lot of the atmosphere surrounding Garde seems a positive one, and he certainly seems like an intelligent coach. If we get anywhere near the style of football which Wenger produced I’ll be really pleased indeed.

    It’s sounding good so far.

    There are no guarantees when hiring a head coach/ manager, so you just have to make a well researched decision and hope it comes off. If it doesn’t, fair enough. If it does, then analysing their suitability paid off.

    Hopefully Carr will again prove to be a valuable asset to the club. After he got all those players in, Charnley may well have more substance than dirty Derek. We shall soon find out.

  • hibbit

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    this all sounds hopeful but its not a one man job he will need his own staff in order to make the changes that are need plus players 2 ch are a must in this window

  • croftus5678

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    on last night !

    the lads did me proud with almost everyone playing at there best ir close to it !

    cabella/sissoko/perez were the main 3 but everyone else inc the subs played well. ok colo mucked up a few times but he’s getting on now and for the majority of the game he was good.

    even though we lost they did us proud and deserve congrats for that performance.

    on garde i have no comment as not seen him play or his style or know of him as a man manager or a leader ! i know him by reputation as a player but that means nothing as a manager

  • cyprus

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Why are you critical of Cabella?! He tried all game, had chances , opened them up with ease. If you know any Chelsea fans, ask them about Aspili. They speak of him in glowing terms, for closing down that flank to anyone.
    Well, Cabs was torturing him all day.

    Finally, to put him out of his misery, he had him going in 3 different directions. Simultaneously! I play squash and I know what that does to you. You hear a ‘rip’ and then you are crocked. See Aspili!!

  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    The team’s mindset is completely different now…nothing but positivity …the only issue we have as a team is the ability of the back four…we need to strengthen there or maybe Garde can coach the back four to a new level…but not so sure anyone could coach williamson to new level and Dummett is simply not good enough either and I would imagine will never play again if Garde does come in.

    If we buy anyone in the window I would just strengthen across the back four…the rest of the team under a good coach will thrive

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Luckily after KK and Pardew have resigned I think there will be a lot more awareness for the next manager coach whatever coming in, if we are serious about hiring this Garde and he knocks us back, we’ll know it’s because he hasn’t agreed to work within the constraints expected of him. If this is the case then I don’t know who we could expect to come in.

  • hibbit

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    sparky unless ashley gives the new coach a shed load of money they will have to play there’s on one else


    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    This really could be theaking of Newcastle United.
    Having Garde as coach would attract a lot of French players 2anting to make the step up in England.
    l do not have a problem with players moving on from Newcastle to find greater sucess but if a TEAL forward thinking team of Carr/Garde work together and stay within there agreed roles ang The coach is guaranteed a fixed sum of money each year plus profit from sales and players brought in to weak areas of yhe team and fit into the style and system then l think the supporters will be over the moon with the blueprint.
    The secret is to stick to the phiosophy and be totally honest and upfront with its public.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    An outspoken Mashley apologist who doesn’t post here anymore claimed that Newcastle couldn’t attract a top manager and the only reason we had SBR was because of his ties to the club. Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit were consideredtop managers at the time we signed them, if FFS had of been more careful in his selection of managers our history might have been very different.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabella , best player on the pitch

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Seems like a good Garde video if you can speak French.

  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15


    we have two better left backs at the club much better than Dummett and then you have the quandary of deciding who plays with Colo…Dummett or Williamson…But one things for sure Dummett should not be a left back and only ever had half decent games when he was moved into the middle.


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