French Coach Statement On Newcastle Leaves Door Open

St Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier ruled out joining Newcastle United in the short-term earlier this month, but only committed himself through the end of the season at his French club, and of course we now know that Newcastle are very likely to appoint their head coach in the summer.

Christophe GALTIER

Christophe Galtier – St. Etienne head coach

Lee Charnley in his interview last night made it clear that the new position will be that of a head coach and it’s very much the way clubs on the continent are structured.

This is what Galtier has said earlier this month about being linked with the Newcastle job:

“I have a duty to my club and my players,” “I am and will be the manager of St Etienne until the end of the season. Our objective in 2015 will be to have a second half to the season up to the standard of what we did in the first half.”

Christophe Galtier is well thought of at Newcastle, and could well end up with the Newcastle job in the summer.

And since Galtier made that statement St Etienne have gone up to 4th position in the French League on 41 points and only four points behind league leaders Lyon, with Marseilles and mega-rich PSG being second and third.

The 48-year-old wouldn’t even be allowed to leave his position at St. Etienne, where they have a very decent chance of  winning the French League for the first time since 1981.

Christophe is one of maybe four top continental coaches who Newcastle could appoint in the summer – since those coaches are very used to working under the continental system of coaching.

But we also have to remember that Mike Ashley has usually employed English managers (coaches) in his time at Newcastle, and the only non-English manager was Joe Kinnear who was born in Dublin and brought up in London.

We think Christophe Galtier would  make a very good coach for Newcastle United.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Sounds awfully familliar, Ed. Seems like one of those “he’s just not that into you” moments.

  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    season tickets maybe falling , proves some are seeing the light that the club is going nowhere under MA the rest hold onto false hope.
    I know a lot of people who say they just can’t see ambition so they’ve given up hope.

  • Graeme

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s a huge improvement on what we currently have – but, is he the best we can get??
    Given NUFC’s level of ambition, is he simply a pipedream??

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    agents wont even pick the phone up to charnley more rules then ryan air

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m confident we can get a very good head coach in the summer. Not worried about that.

    My worry is John carver staying in charge until summer. Lucky number 13 points needed, as long as he doesn’t get us relegated.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #6

    As hibbit said previous, what answers did we get from that interview, there was absolutely nothing that could be held accountable.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #7

    the problem is not carver its 2cb and cf we need for 2 years

  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    it’s going to be tuff for any coach working under the Mashley regime.
    We haven’t a goal scorer in the squad this season like AC, Remy or Ba thats hardly Carvers falt if we did go down.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #9

    shadow what make’s you confident i am not this is all a pr stunt we get a coach not sure about a very good coach

  • AncientC

    Jan 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #10

    The one positive about Carver is that he understands what we want… that being attacking football…

    I am happy enough to see what he can do.

    I would rather Carver has a few months to attempt attacking football, over some defensive dinosaur coming in and setting the side up for survival for the next 3 years.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #11

    a lot on here will be happy if carver fails but if a new coach joined tonight he would have the same problems carver has no goal scorer in the squad no leader on the pitch and very poor cb to pick from

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 21, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail for Ashley your unremitting negativity is starting to make you look a bit foolish or, (whisper it), perhaps you are not what you claim to be

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 21, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Why sign someone? What about a “celebrity coach of the week” with JC and the boys backing him/her up? Just think of the publicity with the big names in the entertainment world taking a turn in the coaches box. Imagine what would happen if some pro-wrestler would be on the sideline and Mylar come barreling into him? World press coverage every week, guaranteed.


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