Remi Garde Is An Arsene Wenger Disciple – Absolutely

The Sunday Sun’s Mark Douglas has been interviewing French journalist Julien Laurens today, and Julian gives the lowdown on the person who now appears to be Newcastle’s top candidate for the open head coach position at Newcastle – Remi Garde.

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Remi Garde – studied Arsene Wenger’s methods

French journalist Julien Laurens is based in London, and works for both BT Sport and Le Parisien.

This is what Laurens has said about Remi Garde:.

“If Newcastle bring in Garde, they can expect a similar approach to Wenger,” “Garde is an Arsene Wenger disciple, absolutely.”

“They have the same approach and the same philosophy and Garde was the first signing that Wenger made when he came to Arsenal, which tells you everything about how much trust there was between the two men.”

“Lyon played quite nice football under Garde,” “It’s all about pass and move, it’s quick and attractive to watch and it was quite effective too.”

“He usually played with one up front, and I would say that the formation that most Lyon fans would associate him with is 4-2-3-1. He also played 4-3-3 though.”

“Garde is open-minded. I think if he comes in and sees that Newcastle have two good strikers then he’ll play with two up front.” “It is a big job – maybe too big at this stage in his career,”

“Lyon are owned by Jean-Michel Aulas who is no shrinking violet. He is in the dressing room before games,  and he has a very high-profile adviser in Bernard Lacombe,” 

“They are involved in everything but he was strong. He knew how to work with it. Mike Ashley would not be a problem for him.”

That’s good to hear that he is strong character, because the Newcastle job is huge with enormous pressures – as no doubt Aklan Pardew will attest to.

Newcastle were supposedly modeled by owner Mike Ashley after Arsenal, who are one of the best run clubs in England, so it would seem fitting that we get a head coach in  who is said to be in the Arsene Wenger mold.

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Julien Laurens – features on BT Sport’s European Football Show.

From what we can tell Remi Garde would seem be a an excellent coach at Newcastle, because he takes interest at all levels of the club, including the youth side and the U21 side – and that’s good.

But as Julien Laurens points out – he’s had but three years in coaching at Lyon in the French League, and the Newcastle job in the very visible Premier League could be too big too soon, so there is a definite risk in appointing him.

We don’t know if he would bring in his own coaching staff, but John Carver and Steve Stone seem to have the full backing of the Newcastle players  so he could do worse than keep them on board if he does get appointed – at least through the end of the season.

That would help his transition into the job and help the players too – and who knows he could keep them long term.

That may be some of the discussion Lee Charnley will have with the 48 year-old this coming week.

Bottom line – Garde looks like an exciting candidate, and well fitted to the head coach job on Tyneside.

One other point – we wonder if Garde gets the job, whether he will give a second chance to two Frenchmen – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Sylvain Marveaux – who are currently on loan at Roma and Guingamp respectively.

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29 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    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 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Santon could be the answer for the right wing

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s always a gamble with a new manager, better to try a Garde than someone constantly sacked at their previous clubs. Sounds familiar…

    I hope Garde does come in. The atmosphere will be great at the first few home games if he does.

    Quick pass and move football along the lines of Wenger sounds great. Siem will work well in an intelligent system, hopefully.

  • dazzler

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone seen the crap doing the rounds on twitter re a takeover. Apparently the bloke is a proven liar and convicted paedophile, but is saying the club is all but sold to someone in Dubai for 245m

  • scout

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    How are Arsenal one of the best run clubs in England?

  • Brutooon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    If Garde is in, Williamson and Gouffron wouldn’t be in the team ever.

  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    If thats the case I can’t see why Ashley is appointing a new coach…he would just keep Carver would he not?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Get him in ASAP, under him we have got the players to play his way.

  • Slank

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    There is an argument that the more prior experience a man has as a manager the better he will be but this doesn’t always follow.

    Sir Bobby was probably the manager with the most prior experience we have ever had and Keagan had probably the least prior experience but they both had teams playing well but both never won any trophies.

    Appointing Garde or appointing Frank de Boer is a risk, such is the nature of football management, but it’s not a reason to not appoint one or the other.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    T sage was saying yesterday that Garde supposedly adapts his systems to suit the available players. If this is the case, its probably fair to give a few of the struggling players a chance to play for him (maybe not willo, as CB is CB in most systems 😀 ).

  • dazzler

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11


    Exactly. The guy claimed to be involved I’m the Welbeck transfer which was proven false, and he has convictions for indecent images of children. I think it’s fair to say he’s full of crap, and not to be listened to. That doesn’t mean there aren’t gullible people out there, all of whom seem to use twitter daily.

  • dazzler

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12


    and willo barely qualifies as a Cb haha.

  • dazzler

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    If he’s a wenger disciple does that mean he will have “not seen” anything post match? It would bode well for our youth development

  • Markaccus

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14


    No argument here. 😀

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Hi All,

    New to the blog as of today, but been a reader for a while now. I’m hopeful the appointment of Remi will be the start of something abit more special for the club. I guess only time will tell, but first impressions are he might actually have us playing some decent & attractive football. Plus the guy’s been known to enjoy the odd cup run hasn’t he? … So you never know…

    Also I came across the article below earlier, has anybody else heard anything relating to this story?

  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Carr has only ever scouted good footballers…so in my book it follows a good coach can bring out the best of those good footballers…something our previous coach was incapable of.

    I’m very happy with the mindset instilled in the players by Carver thus far and IMO a good coach could take us to whole new level.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    I do not know. I deed not see eet, i was not looking at ze time.

  • dazzler

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    The more I read about garde the more I hope he’s the man. Can’t help but think the long term project is rubbish though. He’ll be itching for the arsenal job once wenger does a bunk.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    If no players come in at the back our first choice back 4 should be (imo)

    dummo (out of position i know, but willo is pap)
    Haid/sant (take your pick)

    Dummo is only our third best LB so there is no reason to play him there.

  • Slank

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    If Garde arrives I hope he keeps Carver as I think the players like and respect him. He also represents the local and passionate supporter.

    I would imagine that the European model of football club management that Ashley wants would preclude the new Head Coach bringing a busload of hangers on.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Williamson is a completely spent force (whatever force he might have had) so i’d stick one of the most promising kids on the bench. They cant really do worse.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Laurent Robert (previous article)
    Great video.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23


    i was just thinking that, but then i thought do they want another wenger after all one trophy in 8 years for them is poor although given what city Chelsea man u have spent over the last few years i still think he has don’t alright

  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Streete and Goode are better than Williamson

  • tequilamag

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Markaccus Haidara has played 1022 mins in the PL and in that time we conceded 32 goals an average of a goal conceded every 31 minutes
    Dummet has played 2802 mins and we have conceded 50 goals in that time an average of a goal conceded every 56 minutes
    Dummet is miles better than Haidara

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Rivi was always going to be a gamble – Gomis has international experience but I wouldn’t pay £ 7.8M for him not to mention the wages. In the end we walked away and we have to assume for a reason.

    …I think we went for Rivi in desperation because once again our effort was too little too late.

    Bony might leave for Citeh in a £25M deal quite frankly every player at Swansea seems to do well so Jail your reference is quite cheap in my book.

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27

    “They are involved in everything but he was strong. He [Garde] knew how to work with it. Mike Ashley would not be a problem for him.”

    That’s Garde off the short-list now – unless Lyon’s been quoted out of context!

    Scout – Arsenal are well run because they make enough money to have built and paid for the Emirates Stadium – near £400m, some covered by sponsorship). Financially and compared with NUFC, it’s a successful club.

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28


    * Lyon’s = Laurens

  • jasonmag

    Jan 11, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #29

    just get him to sign and we will all sleep easier.we need a head coach and he looks right for the job


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