Remi Garde – Update – What We Know So Far

There are a number of stories today on Remi Garde being the top candidate doe the Newcastle head coach job, including a couple of interviews with Gerard Houllier and French journalist Julien Lauren in the Sunday Sun, and it’s looking like Remi Garde had a first interview with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr on Friday.

Lyon's coach Remi Garde gives a press co

Remi Garde – wants the Newcastle job

Here’s what we know at the moment:

  • Newcastle had their very first interview for the head coach position on Friday, and it was with Remi Garde, and the first interview for a position is usually with your top choice. The interview was said to have gone well and according to some reports – it was held in Newcastle.
  • With that first interview going well further interviews are planned this week to go into more details associated with the job.
  • Some of those discussions could center around Remi’s coaching team at Newcastle and whether John Carver and/or Steve Stone will be involved.
  • Remi Garde has sought  advice from his mentor – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – who told him the Newcastle job is too big to turn down and he should take it.
  • French journalist Julien Lauren has talked about Remi Garde, and how he plays the game,  and he looks like an excellent fit for Newcastle.
    Julian says he’s an Arsene Wenger disciple and it seems Garde would likely be in contact with the Arsenal manager regularly if he does get the Newcastle  job.
  • Remi has only three years coaching experience at Lyon with the third season not being too successful, and Lauren points out that one drawback is that the Newcastle job could be too big too soon for the 48 year-old. It could be a risk.
  • Gerrard Houllier has been scant with his comments,  but says that Remy is both a top man and a top coach and if gets the Newcastle job that would be interesting.
  • There are several reports today that Garde is (very) keen on the Newcastle head coach position and of course he is available.
  • There are several quotes in the papers from potential candidate Frank de Boer and he says “I feel flattered that my name is continuously linked with Newcastle, but it is not a club I have ambitions for now.”
  • That’s being interpreted that he doesn’t want the Newcastle job,  and there are reports he is really after the Barcelona job – if it becomes vacant.
    But those comments would suggest that if Newcastle wait and try to get him in the summer – they may not be successful – perhaps more reason to get somebody who is available now – Remi Garde – signed up.
  • Further news is expected next week when Remi Garde has further interviews with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – possibly in Newcastle.
  • If all goes well he could come into the club before or after the game at home to Southampton on Saturday,  and because we are out of the FA Cup he would have two full weeks to prepare the side for the game at Hull City on Saturday, 31st January – and that would work.

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29 comments so far


    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1


  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    what you speculate as knowing so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    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.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed…I really hope Garde I’d signing on cause you are devoting quite alot of time on him.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    what is this twatter rumour the clubs been sold

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    *I’d = is

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Beermonkey…you need to say away from twitter and facebook mate. It’s nothing but attention seekers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    My whole point is that the club were willing to pay (apparently) 7.8M plus wages then declined him when he was free, why we will never know. What you would be willing to pay for him is irrelevant.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Continually having to fine lots(?) of players, any teacher knows that does not address the real problem with a lack of interest. It does perhaps explain the under use of Pardewed players and a distinct lack of incisive playing philosophy.

  • geordie157

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Just seen the sad news about the Wolfsburg player Junior Malanda dying in a car crash, was only 20 and another of Belgium’s up and coming talents in midfield.

  • firebug666

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    From Previous thread.

    tequilamag // Jan 11, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    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

    These stats mean nothing mate, there are far to many other factors involved in conceding goal. for example Haidara could have come into a game for the last 20 minutes when we are already 3 – 0 down, or neither Dummet or Haidara could have been responsible for a goal conceded, or both could have been directly responsible. The stats really don’t prove anything one way or the other. Like I said to may other factors involved.

  • chenz7

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    garde would be a massive risk in my opinion …make an “aggressive” approachfor mc claren hes perfect for the job

  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Has anyone heard anything about this??

    @Jonhopeofficial: All ?#?NUFC? should be aware a deal to buy the club is almost agreed. £245m takeover. Almost agreed ?#?Newcastle? ?#?ashleyout? ?#?Dubai?

    IF ONLY!!!!!!

  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14


    due to fines being handed out every 42 minutes It would seem there was quite a lot of unrest in the camp under our last coach and the way the lads played yesterday it would also suggest most of the players are absolutely delighted to be playing in a way they’ve always craved.

    Well done Carver for letting them play

  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15


    just glancing the older threads and it caught my eye


    that was a bizarre non transfer although i am glad we never paid his wages or the fee i think he was just to old in the end and the length of contract wanted

    but us mere mortals will never know the truth

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail…we walked away what ever the reason was it most have been valid.

    …your point is still cheap.


    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    jfa from yesterday you were correct about marv being at a mid table french club . however they are only mid table because marv has been injured. they were near bottom until he was injured but have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5. so much for the posters who think he could improve back here

  • tequilamag

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Firebug the stas I posted were for minutes played and goals conceded. Of course Haidara was not responsible for every goal conceded but then Dummet was not responsible for every goal conceded when he played,
    I stand by my assertion Haidara is overrated by posters because he has not played much and people have short memories. The reason he is third choice is because he is not that good

  • Quarryman

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Sad to see opinion differ so widely on Dummett. I see a lad who was sent out on loan and came back a better player and who is willing to work in various positions for the good of the team. Seems like someone who would listen to and improve under a top coach…

    I know some just don’t see him as good enough, but I disagree – he had a central role in (I think it was) the winning goal against Everton.

    Kinda reminds me of Steve Watson who I wish we’d never let go…


    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Garde and Carr need to be given rock solid guarantees that he will have a minimum budget each year to strengthen and also money generated from profits on player sales is additional to the yearly kitty.
    Gardes job would be to coach a continental philosophy and approach Carr and Charnley with requests for positions that need to be filled with candidates who can play or grow into that role.
    My view is we need real footballing centre halfs as the bedrock of team development and Collo/ Willo/Taylor will have tobereplaced fiezt and the Captaincy given to Sissoko.
    By the way Arsenal are the model we need to adopt being the best of the 2nd tier clubs in the league. The Chelsea’s, and Mancs buy success and are not a model l would want to pay hard earned money to watch.
    Lets build a club on solid financial foundations where the supporters can buy into its development and watch a team who also appreciate its philosophy.

  • firebug666

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21


    Yes but tagging players with stats to say they are miles better than another player is a nonsense.

    Again for example; Dummet could be the best player on the pitch in a game, but we could lose that game, Dummet is not responsible for any of the goals, but the stats would be added to your goals conceded vs minutes played.

    This is not to say who is the better LB though, this is just to say that the stats are misleading.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Gomis will remain a mystery never to be fully understood, potentially much like Riviere. A good guess would be an approach to transfer that makes it necessary to pay under value, or ‘getting a deal’.

  • tequilamag

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Firebug it it was just a handful of games then you would have a point the more games played the more damning the stats become..
    Of course it is legitimate to compare the respective stats of 2 players who are playing in the same position.

  • hibbit

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    please please let that be true as things stand it could be

  • firebug666

    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25


    But the stats you are comparing are irrelevant. You are saying that Dummet is miles better than Haidara because in minutes played we have conceded less goals when Dummet has been on the pitch.

    But you are not taking into account the various teams they have been involved in, for those minutes, the formation used, the tactics employed for those various games, mistakes made by other players etc. etc.

    In the end anyone can make stats say what they want them to say, but that does not make them true especially in this context.

  • Phil K

    Jan 11, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Hope Carver et al are NOT included
    Clear out, start from scratch.

  • tequilamag

    Jan 11, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Firebug, of course stats have to be taken in context. But to say they are meaningless is wrong. They are both playing PL teams and play in the same position.
    It is like saying that you cannot say more Perez is more effective than Rivi when the stas clearly show he is a better forward

  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 11, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    With regard to the “risk” of appointing a relatively inexperienced manager with just 3 years experience at the biggish club Lyon with 50% win rate… The obvious comparison is Wenger at 47 years old, with just 3 years at little Nancy, less that 30% wins, picked to reinvigorate the flagging Monaco – brilliantly. Garde is a very similar coach but clearly a much safer bet.

  • gazzaforever

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Remy Garde has nothing in common with Wenger. He has a more defensive spirit, less charisma and he s nowhere near as smart as young wenger was. But still, he is 100 times better than Pardew or Carver , too bad Hatem left, they know eachother and Garde likes him a lot.


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