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 – 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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