Christophe Galtier is not in talks with St Etienne on a new two year deal, and he was heavily linked with the Newcastle job in January, which now seems a long way away as Newcastle were linked with a number of good managers then – but as it turns we were not interested in any of them.
Christophe Galtier – would he even come to Newcastle?
With Newcastle now likely to be relegated at the end of the season, that choice of manager is going to be so much more important – but it will also be more difficult to bring in a top man to coach a Championship side.
This is what Christophe has said in his press conference last week:
“I am not negotiating with the ASSE or with another club,” “thinking ahead, beyond the end of season is a big mistake.”
It’s a pity Newcastle didn’t take that advice this season, because they gave John Carver the head coach job through the end of the season and John was completely untested.
And now it looks like he’s lost the dressing room at Newcastle, lost eight games in a row and for the second time in six years a Geordie manager could be taking Newcastle down.
But this time it’s more sickening that in 2009, since we struggled all season six years ago but we’ve plummeted in the last couple of months losing every game.
The players seem not to care, and we have a coach who blames the players, says he’s the best coach in the Premier League – and doesn’t know what to do.
Relegation for Newcastle is a nightmare scenario, especially for us older folks who don’t have much time left, but it’s more likely now to happen than not.
It would be interesting when and if we go down, what Mike Ashley does this time around and who he tries to appoint as the head coach.
Last time he did absolutely nothing, and since Chris Hughton was the only coach left at the end of June he got to train the players when they came back from summer.
But Chris was a very good man and performed the Miracle on the Tyne to get us promoted with a missive 102 points.
That will not happen again next season, should we be relegated.
If Newcastle follow their disastrous decision-making of this year then we will stick with John Carver – such is the complete incompetence of those running the Newcastle club these days.
They may go after Galtier but he would probably follow Steve McClaren’s decision and turn down a club in utter turmoil.
John Carver has said this is the biggest game since our last relegation in 2009, but he said last week it was a huge game at Leicester and we were 1-0 down after 37 seconds, and we looked simply hopeless and managed to get two players sent off in the second half.
But it wasn’t John’s fault – it was all to do with the players – we know that because that’s what a hot-headed Carver told everybody after the game.
Another defeat against West Brom today and there will be in panic again – but it will be too late.