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.
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.
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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