Here’s Why Remi Garde Could Be A Great Choice For Newcastle


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.

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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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137 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    ED only if he wants to come

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we may find that Mr Garde could be a lot more Avant than Remy for our greedy owners liking, I think we’re more likely to get Chocolate Fire.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    mag52 – now here is a proper Chinese proverb -probably applies to you.
    Confucious say:-
    “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    redundant speculation. Like what you would do with a million quid if somebody left it on your doorstep in a suitcase. Ok. Couple of grand then

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    It is all about season ticket renewals, keeping costs down and making money. MA acted on our behalf letting Pardew go as well as making money (instead of costing). As with transfers the list of possbilities is in order to suppress costs during negotiations and/or give fans false belief. Creating a very murky cheap and unrewarding ennvironment around the club.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Well the Carver story is quite obvious. It was what some of us stated from the beginning – they treat this the same way they treat players. With no regards.

    …I have to admit I hoped they had learned and that be could move forward from the sad reign of AP. I have never disliked football as much as I did the last 4 years.

    So Carver will be appointed and some on here will think – well then we can get Garde or who ever in the summer when they are available – well that is not going to happen. If supporting NUFC has thought me anything it’s that who ever takes over now will also be here in the summer. Unless of course the worse thing happen – and we wouldn’t want that.

    Either way we are screwed it seems.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper

    Makes you wonder why some still hope? We’ve been lied to at all times yet some still have hope.

    Garde ain’t gonna happen.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    another old saying you have to speculate to accumulate

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    its the fans that are being managed

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Feed the masses enough BS stories through the media to manipulate and control the masses

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    I think we need 13 more points this season, and looking at the fixtures and imagining an uncommitted and unsettled group of players dreaming of Arsenal or whatever, it is very possible we won’t get 13. I’m guessing that the display against Chelsea – particularly Cabella’s – was influenced by the optimism about a possible Garde appointment. It certainly contrasted bizarrely with Burnley and Leicester. My conclusion is that we need managerial new blood now. If Garde won’t come now, then someone else. I don’t think FdB will ever come – his next club will be another giant (unless he ends up as Ajax’s Ferguson…) Sherwood on a short term contract?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Lets get the Soothampton game oot the way and make a decision and get someone in straight after the game – or – give Carver the job. Gives us a fortnight to sort things oot before the Hull game.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    carver gets the job managers wage saved

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    I totally agree that this is a smokescreen to try and keep season ticket renewals going in January and Carver will keep the job
    I have nothing against John and believe he is a trainer of players and not the head coach we need right now.
    For the above reasons I will be cancelling my season ticket and will just pick and choose my games next season.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Our Toon—-
    stuart
    We probably haven’t even entertained any other manager, informal talks…which means aren’t even serious about discussing it in more detail.

    Carver was always the plan and he will remain until the club is sold….those hoping for a Garde or excellent coach in the summer keep the faith, buy your season tickets in the hope!!————–yeah you could be right there mate .. in fact there is a rumour going around , if you buy your season ticket now for the next 10 years , the deal is B.O.G.O.F. There could be a catch though.

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  • midweek weekend

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Our toon

    Hope is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of our greatest strength and our greatest weabbess.

    But that’s enough matrix quotes, I guess the annoying thing about remi garde we are finding more information about him and he sounds more than decent, but i think your right our toon we will get carver till the end of the season, shame cause we’re missing out on a top coach here

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  • Howay50

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Can anyone shed any light on why Facundo Ferreya has not been mentioned by NUFC or has not even been on the bench. Did we actually ever sign the lad?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon…I think that little hope is what keeps some going!

    …they need to keep their sanity. Wishful thinking is a powerful thing.

    But what happens when you have been let down one too many times…?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    BGD,
    I think you are being very pessemistic to thgink that we wouldn’t get 13 points, even that horrendous run that the wearer of silly glasses went on last season yielded 16 points, as I say there should be at least three home games that should be 9 points, a point away against the mackems, and there is no reason why we couldn’t get at least a point away to Leicester, QPR and Hull, and surely we can’t lose at home to Spurs, WHam and Soton.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Stuart

    Spot on mate, WBA, Palace, Norwich all identified who they wanted and got them within a week. We knew pardew was off probably before the Everton game….almost 3 weeks later we haven’t even held any interviews!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Howay50,
    Pure speculation here but my guess is that we agreed to take him but if he played that we’d have to cover so much of his wages, they have seen enough of him to cut their losses and pay the original amount rather than play him and activate an agreement. Just a thought.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Jesper and all other fellow bloggers:

    Not a Chinese proverb but: once bitten twice shy!! This is true with most except geordie fans

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    joeinthecheapseats…sadly not many will do like you and what’s even more sad is someone else will just buy your ticket!

    …something I witnessed last season was if a ST holder didn’t go to a game a friend would just go in stead (it was free)

    …it always comes down to the same thing. Mr. Fatty Tubbs knows that.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    There’s a lot of gullible fans out there.
    MA and his dodgy board tells lies continually let fans down but he knows which buttons to push when season tickets are ready for renewal.
    Fans live in hope of something that isn’t going to happen
    There’s a money making regime at the club, which is working just fine.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    I think ferrerya was bought in to carry Colo’s bags.

    Here’s a thought….Carver until the end of the season and Colo to complete badges in time to take over in the summer!!

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Jail——how bad does it get??? your quote-and there is no reason why we couldn’t get at least a point away to Leicester, QPR and Hull, and surely we can’t lose at home to Spurs, WHam and Soton.’ bloody hell, a few years back they would have been nailed on wins . now ??? i’m happy with a point. i’d buy a point anytime now .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    jesper,
    Not true about the season tickets being bought, there used to be a long waiting list for them and that’s why people were reluctant to give them up, they will not be snapped up anymore as you can buy one anyway, not the case in the Gallowgate though, it is very difficult to get one there.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Fabricio Coloccini may deny any managerial ambitions but he and John Carver. were together watching and taking notes as Newcastle U21s played Bolton Wanderers U21s at Whitley Park

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    A man without hope is very dangerous.

    Some of you are destined for ulcers and Gray hair before your time.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Stuart,
    It’s as bad as that !

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry to get all accountancy on your asses but do the published annual accounts show the profit only for the period of a year, or the accumulated?

    Just wondering if the club is paying tax on a stock pile of money whilst MA avoids paying tax on his loan to the club. A horde that will surely be offered as repayment before any potential change in ownership.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon…I’ll love to be proven wrong on this…don’t we wrong!

    …as you say if the club wanted to do right by us they would have appointed the right man by now.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #33

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens with ST renewals soon.

    Over the lasy year there have been a fair few comments along the lines of “well, i’ve already paid, so not going wont have any impact on anything” – I wonder whether those people will be renewing or not?

    When is the renewal date?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #34

    Jesper…That is my issue with Newcastle…I simply don’t trust what they say anymore.

    It is quite reasonable to allow Carver to continue for the remainder of the season, if it was a case of getting the right man in the summer. However, I for one would not take any comfort in that as I’d believe it to be time buying rubbish.

    I still long to be shocked though.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #35
  • optimistic prime

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #36
  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #37

    JfA
    I agree – it looks like 16 points even on a mediocre run. But that’s only a couple of shockers away from relegation.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Ibiza…isn’t it sad we have turned into these pessimistic individuals! Is this what supporting NUFC comes to?

    …I don’t know what to believe anymore either and have found myself not caring anymore.

    At least AP is gone – I’ll take comfort in that. Now we need to turn on the Fat One!

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    Ibiza

    Those fans have probably already renewed tickets for next 3 or 5 years!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza,
    I stopped beleiving anything they said whenthe ficticious bid for Nzogbia went in after AC was sold, we could have got him cheaper later that year and didn’t, we know the club doesn’t do panic buys so that proved that it was a complete falsehood saying we tried to get him in at the last minute. There have been countless lies since, the fact that it was shown in court that they deliberately mislead fans made me suspicious as well like. How that TDSarf would come on here and argue blue in the face taht the club were sincere is beyond me.

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