Newcastle were linked with 43 year-old Guingamp coach Jocelyn Gourvennec in early April, and the French daily L’Equipe are reporting again that Newcastle have made an approach to the former midfielder, with reference to the vacant Newcastle head coach position.
Jocelyn Gourvennec – impressive Guingamp coach
Newcastle have been previously linked with Gourvennec and some former stories may also being regurgitated in the press, as Newcastle look to appoint anew head coach.
Guingamp are a very small club in France, where Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux spent last season on loan.
But being a small club hasn’t stopped them from beating the likes of PSG and Marseilles this season, and Gourvennec is quickly becoming a high-profile coach in France and is in demand.
He is often compared with German coach Jurgen Klopp – the (former) Borussia Dortmund coach – in the way he coaches his side.
Gourvennec began his coaching career in the summer of 2008 with 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 the third division in France.
They were promoted in his very first year in charge, and over the next two seasons he had the team in 7th place in Ligue 2 and then in his third season in charge he got them promoted to Ligue 1.
So Jocelyn took only three seasons to get the club two promotions, and they won the French Cup last season, and played in Europe this season.
Guingamp qualified for the Europa League by winning the Coupe de France last year , and 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 finished in 10th place in the French League this season and Gourvennec, who is still only 43, has grown a reputation over the last five years since he took over at the small French club.
As a player he played for many different clubs in the French Leagues, and was a journeyman midfielder playing from 1987 through 2006.
It seems like Gourvennec is an exciting young up-and-coming coach, and he would be a good appointment for Newcastle, but also a risk because of his lack of experience.
What do you think?