French Daily L’Equipe is reporting today that Newcastle United are interested in Jocelyn Gourvennec, as the possible new head coach on Tyneside in the summer, and Jocelyn is currently the manager at Guingamp – where Sylvain Marveaux is currently on loan for the season.
Jocelyn Gourvennec – head coach at Guingamp
Guingamp are a very small club, but that hasn’t stopped them from beating PSG and Marseilles this season, and Gourvennec is now a top coach in France who is demand, and he’s compared to Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund in the way he coaches the side.
Guingamp qualified for the Europa League this season after winning the Coupe de France last year, and French pundits were concerned their country’s European coefficients would drop, because of Guingamp’s entry.
But the opposite happened and Guingamp were the last French club remaining in that tournament and the only one to get through the group rounds.
Lyon were eliminated by Astra Giurgiu of Romania in August, while Lille and St Etienne both failed to win a single game during the group stage.
Guingamp were eliminated in the round of the last 16 by Dynamo Kiev by a cumulative score of 4-3, after winning their home leg 2-1.
Guingamp are currently in 11th place in the French league and Gourvennec, who is still only 43, has grown his reputation over the last five years since he took over at the small French club back in the summer of 2010.
Gourvennec began his coaching career in the summer of 2008 after being hired by La Roche VF, a French football club based in La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendee, France and they play in the DH Atlantique league and were sixth in 2009.
Jocelyn was only 38 when he took over at Guingamp (who are based in Cotes-d’Armor in Brittany – northwestern France) in the summer of 2010, and the club at that time was in third division in France and they were promoted in his very first year in charge.
In the next two seasons he had the team in 7th place in Ligue 2 and then they were again in his third season in charge to the top league in France.
So he took only three seasons to get them two promotions, and now they are in mid-table in the French League after winning the French Cup last season, and playing in Europe this season.
So they have played as many times in Europe as Newcastle have since Mike Ashley has owned the club – once.
As a player he played for many different clubs in the French Leagues, and Jocelyn was a midfielder playing from 1987 through 2006.
At such a young age and with some success, Jocelyn Gourvennec will be in high demand in the summer, so we hope the news in France is true, and that Newcastle can appoint this coach in the summer.
Newcastle United need to make an appointment like this once, so we don’t keep finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League and only once in eight seasons under Mike Ashley have we finished in the top eight in England.
Newcastle fans at the moment are just sick as a chip – what with everything that’s happened this year.
And with the very poor results on Tyneside, John Carver’s star has fallen rather rapidly this year, and he’s only managed two wins in 13 games in charge, and we are likely to finish around 15th in the league this season, after being in 9th place at the end of last year.
Maybe Newcastle will realize it would be good to go with a whole new coaching team in the summer?
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