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.
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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