Le Parisien Reports Top Coach Now Interested In Newcastle Job


There is a report in France that Newcastle may now become more interested in St. Etienne coach Christophe Galtier, as the French coach is dropping hints he may leave the French club in the summer.

Christophe GALTIER

Christophe Galtier – thinking of leaving St. Etienne

The report is in Parisien,  and while Christophe himself has said he has had no contact with Newcastle about the new head coach position and wanted to concentrate on his job at St. Etienne though the end of the season – the report says he is now willing to leave the French club at the end of the season.

St. Etienne will almost certainly fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, and  Christophe believes the summer may now be a good time for him to move on, because his future at the club is limited because of the lack of funds available.

This is Christophe’s sixth season at the French club and he thinks he has probably taken them as far as is possible with the limited funds available.

With little money available and restricted investment over the last six years, he has done extremely well in taking St. Etienne into the top five in France in the last three seasons.

Whether he leaves or not will also depend to some extent on whether he can strengthen his squad in France, and he wants a stronger bench than he has had this season.

It would be a similar situation at Newcastle if he did move, because there would be limited funds available,  but of course much more money available than at St. Etienne.

Christophe seems to fit the requirements of the Newcastle job, and he is a coach who can get the very best out of the players available – which is exactly what he has done at St. Etienne.

The Parisien suggests that Christophe and his agents may now be  willing to talk to the Tyneside club, and they quote an anonymous source as saying that Christophe is going to leave St. Etienne this summer.

St. Etienne have fallen off the pace in the last few weeks, and are now in 5th position, but 8 points short of 3rd placed Marseilles.

This could be a subtle hint to Newcastle that if they are indeed interested in Christophe – now may be a good time to hold talks.

Galtier has been mentioned as a potential future coach on Tyneside for a couple of years now, and it’s thought that one of the top people at Newcastle – probably Graham Carr the Chief Scout – is keen to bring him into the club.

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19 comments so far

  • bobby mango

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m praying whoever we get in demands they bring their own coaching set up.
    It obvious things wouldn’t change much with Pardew leaving and Carver taking over as Carver (and Stone) were all part of the previous problem.

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure any manager worth his salt would take the job, players don’t seem to give a t0ss, ownership and management happy to bobble along lower mid table as long as they can turn a healthy profit which in turn has made the crowd apathetic, the home games this season are like morgues.
    It’s a very sad day , feel sorry that I got my kids to support this shower of sh!t

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3
  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Of course a top coach will come. All the pessimists who insist Carver is “nailed on” have a severe blind spot. A failing NUFC is a poor advertising vehicle for Mike Ashley. SD is his bread and butter – NUFC, even when profitable, is juist the Marmite. All spending on players has been suspended until a head coach appointment. High salary dead wood has been pruned as far as possible. Ashley will be in a perfect position to sell the club, if the price is right, or to put in a new regime, in the summer. Whoever owns NUFC next season, John Carver will not figure in their plans.

    BTW is it true that Man City are to be charged with war crimes? Apparently when the enemy surrender you’re supposed to stop shooting.

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Man City are to be charged with genocide for wiping Newcastle out, totally ignoring the fact that the Newcastle players were waving white flags after 15 seconds of the conflict starting.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    mindshaft
    “crowd apathetic, the home games this season are like morgues.”
    Did you watch the game at the weekend ?
    Man City were 5 – 0 up and all you could here in the Etihad was the Toon Army

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Jeff – I said the home games – I only attend away games these days simply for the fact our fans always outsing home fans and the craic is way better

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    JfB

    True – the fans have never surrendered.

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    What has 22 arms, 22 legs and is Red, Yellow, Black & White….

    The cowardly toon first team being slaughtered by Man City

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  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Jeff from Benwell

    I was gonna ask about the so-called Shearer syndicate. All I could find via Google was the greyhound one.

    Sparky, Onefine day et al, there another?

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I wouldn’t say “cowardly”. It usually means something quite specific about their attitude to the coach when players drastically underperform as a team. Heroes “led by donkeys” maybe? There’s a lot of talent in there waiting to be understood and properly organised. (Well, OK, there are still a few of “those other guys” too.)

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  • one fine day

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Jeff considering the bad wrap greyhound racing is getting in aus at the moment I’m surprised Ashley isn’t on board in an industry where money is everything:)

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  • one fine day

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Lesh
    I am as in the dark as you.
    That’s why I was asking sparky.
    I recall something being muttered after relegation of a consortium in which shearer was said to be involved but the main guy couldn’t raise the cash.
    Could have just been paper talk though

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Just read The Guardian link about Brentford and the head coach system that Lindisfarne posted a couple of threads back. Definitely the future – but in 10 years, when everybody’s doing it, the rich clubs will still sit on top of the pile.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #15

    We need 200 million to make us competitive for a top 4 spot never mind actually winning the title. No owner will invest that kind of money with no guarantee of success. NUFC will never win the league. We blew it in 1996. We have to accept we are not a big club. Big clubs win things. Man had not invented fire the last time we won the league (1927) or the Cup (1955) Big support means little in the equation of what constitutes a big club.. Lagos Marauders get 80K in Africa but they are not a big club either. We make up the numbers in the Premier League and we should be satisfied with survival and the odd win over Citee or Chelsea or the Scum as part of our 10 wins a season campaign. We need to lower our expectations and expect to win nothing and survive. Then every fan will be a lot more content.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    jeff—i think mindshaft meant home games were like morgues.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimiley

    Sort of. But I think you are a little too pessimistic. We managed 5th in the most successful Ashley/Pardew season. As a natural 7th or 8th placed club, we can expect good coaching, scouting and development to deliver European qualification fairly frequently. If a 52000 crowd can become an effective “12th player” again, that’s a factor which not many clubs can (yet) equal. But we will never be Champions again. Cup winners though… Why not? Check out the names on the trophies.

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  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    jimiley

    I think you underestimate the reality of our fans.

    Of course we can’t readily compete with the money-bags clubs but ffs, there are cups to play for.

    Fans are pissed off at Ashley’s unwillngness to try to win anything. They’re pissed of with Ashley’s bare minimum approach to the squad plus the associated aim for 10th or better – the season being over by Christmas!

    Trying’s not a lot to ask is it?

    Ask Southampton’s fans whether they’ve enjoyed the season so far and look forward to more excitement and you might understand what we want!

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  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    He says he will leave because of lack of investment. Frying pan fire then?

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