It was a report in the People on Sunday that we reported over the weekend – that Newcastle were supposed to be interested in Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, but even if that was true, we don’t think Ronald would leave the Saints for Newcastle. Southampton are a very well run club these days.
Remi Garde – Newcastle unimpressed?
And it hasn’t taken too long for Koeman’s agent to pour cold water on that news – after all it was reported on a Sunday.
Guido Albers is Ronald’s agent, and this is what he said when asked about the report:
“It’s absolute nonsense.”
So that seems pretty straight. 😀
What we didn’t report on Sunday is that in the People report, they also indicated that the top brass at Newcastle had interviewed former Lyon coach Remi Garde, and said they were not too impressed with him.
“Club chiefs are left unimpressed after talks with Remi Garde.”
That could also be untrue – but it looks like if anybody is going to get the job from the continent it’s Remi Garde, who keeps saying he cannot talk about the Newcastle job, because of a confidentiality agreement he has with the club.
The other two favorites remain Englishmen Steve McClaren and John Carver, and John is fitting in very nicely with Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley at the club, and he certainly supports the Newcastle hierarchy.
Only yesterday John supported the upper management and said Alan Shearer was simply wrong when he said Newcastle are left with no ambition or spirit under Mike Ashley.
We’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of the season goes, and then who is appointed the head coach in the summer.
Off all the viable candidates it looks to us like Garde is probably the best one.
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