We are learning a lot more about Remi Garde since he has been linked with the Newcastle head coach position, and he is still the favorite in the SkyBet betting at 4/5 odds on.
Remi Garde – could be great choice for Newcastle
The talks that presumably took place with Garde in London last weekend are said to have gone well, with both sides having things to think about – one being it looks like he doesn’t want to take over at Newcastle until the summer, if he is offered the position.
Here are some of the things we now know about Garde that seem to make him an excellent choice for Newcastle:
- Remi Garde can speak very good English, and of course that has to be the language in the dressing room, and he is a very proficient speaker unlike a number of foreign coaches currently in the Premier League
- He comes very well regarded as a coach and is said to be a disciple of Arsene Wenger, and is keen on the job at Newcastle – presumably so he can do at Newcastle what Arsene Wenger has done at Arsenal since 1996 – that would be something!
- Not only has he studied the methods of Wenger at Arsenal, but he also played for the club for three years from the time Wenger took over in 1996, so he does have knowledge of the Premier League
- Remi was excellent with the youngsters at Lyon, and is credited with bringing a number of them – such as Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette as two examples – through to be first team to become star players – that’s exactly what we need at Newcastle.
- Garde had to put up with a very difficult environment at Lyon, with President Jean-Michel Aulas going into the dressing room too many times, and being an outspoken figure at the club.
But all reports say that Remi Garde handled a difficult situation extremely well, and since it’s nearly always a difficult environment at Newcastle, that would bode well for him on Tyneside.
- An obvious one is he is French, and that would please our large French contingent at Newcastle, and maybe even Moussa Sissoko would stay at Newcastle rather than move to Arsenal – and help the new coach build an Arsenal equivalent on Tyneside.
- Remi had Lyon in 4th, 3rd and 5th places in the French League in his three seasons there, and refused to take a three year extension of his contract because he wanted a rest for family reasons last May.
Lyon are currently top of the league in France, and Garde is given a lot of credit for leaving the playing staff in such good condition for current coach Hubert Fournier to take over.
- Lyon won the French Cup under Remi Garde – so maybe there’s even a possibility he would field a strong side in the local cups in England, if he does get the Newcastle job.
That would be a nice change.
- Remi has a reputation of being a very good man-manager and is a coach in the true sense of the word – he gets the very best out of the players he has available, and he brings the youngsters through the club.
Those all seem very good points that could make Remi Garde successful on Tyneside.
However, there are also disadvantages, and the big one we see is what French Journalist Julien Laurens said earlier this week, that the Newcastle job may be too big too soon for him.
But all in all his background and reputation seems to fit exactly what we need at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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