Newcastle Make An Approach For Jocelyn Gourvennec


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.

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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?


113 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 29, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    He has a girls name.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    OK. But can he deliver eight consecutive defeats? The acid test.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 29, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    YCMIU maybe a girls name but sounds better than John Carver

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  • MonkseatonMag

    May 29, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Guingamp qualified for the Europa League by winning the Coupe de France last year – we’ll have to knock that mindset out of him first.

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  • one fine day

    May 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Right now adolph hitler sounds better then john carver

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  • midweek weekend

    May 29, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Might be some life in this rumor it’s on that get French football twitter hopefully this situation can be sorted within 2 weeks

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  • sweendog

    May 29, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Ron Knee 🙂 the bar has been set very high, didn’t pardew get 7 consecutive, out done by Charver

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  • sweendog

    May 29, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    does sound like a risky but definite improvement, don’t know his style of football too much though. From what I’ve read he has issued a come and get me to anyone interested, which ties in well with Penfolds hesitation.

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Onefinedy, TFL

    Now then, between us we’ve hit on the dream team.

    Hitler as MD, Kinner as DoF and Carver as HC.

    A senior management team that’s made for world domination!

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  • BoyDoneGood

    May 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    [reposted]

    Carver would have a cast-iron case for constructive dismissal: “They KNEW I was incapable when when they appointed us. Everybody knaas am as thick as a chock me.”

    Seriously, why would Charnley sack him (as Head Coach) when he can be sidelined without fuss by going through the motions: we promised you an interview, on the day X interviewed better…

    The timescale is frustrating for fans – we are impatient for good news (please) – but interviews for a key post with a 7-figure salary take days. I’ve been on interviewing panels in education, including several head teachers, and they involve the candidate demonstrating their ability with a task (teaching, or analysing a set of results, etc), explaining what they have previously achieved and how it fits them for the post, explaining their personal philosophy, explaining what they see as the priorities, explaining how they see the role developing in the future. They usually provide handouts and give a PowerPoint presentation. (Sorry, John. On the day, X interviewed better…). That isn’t how it used to be in football, but it’s how it is in business.

    Pokat slipped in a remark about my comment that a million or two dip in season ticket sales is “small potatoes” – so why would the club be panicking and extending the ST deadline? What I actually wrote was that a million or two is small potatoes for Mike Ashley, whose wealth is over a thousand times that amount – this was made clear at some length. But it is a major concern for Lee Charnley, who is a paid employee, and you are looking at his response to slow ST renewals. MA is one of the richest men in the country – why have a dog and bark yourself? The present situation is Charnley’s mess to sort out. Ashley knows where the buck stops, but his input is hiring, incentivizing and firing the board.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    OF tbf Adof was a eadr of me and was leader for 11 years so better than mst managers o recent times!

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    OFd, Lesh tbf Adolf was a leader of men and was leader for 11 years so better than mst managers of recent times!

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    I wonder if Charnley’s tried sneaking Carver into the package under the wire?

    A nice little welcome gift, a golden hello for a new HC? Oh yes.

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  • Pete Martel

    May 29, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I’ve been a season ticket holder for the last 17 years and I’m determined to give it all in if Carver is appointed as Head Coach. It would be the ultimate slap in the face to all fans.

    I’m on a plan where my season ticket automatically renews in February; I didn’t cancel as I foolishly was hoping they would start fresh and make favourable appointment this Summer. Sadly, that is looking increasingly unlikely.

    Can anyone advise me how to cancel, even though I’ve effectively renewed? Some fans have just told me to cancel my direct debit and that it’s doubtful the club won’t chase this up. I understand some of the direct debits have already covered next season and I wouldn’t get that money back but I couldn’t care less, as long as I don’t have to watch Carver pedal more crap.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    sweendog
    They’re a tough act to follow!

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  • rowly

    May 29, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Bony
    Remy
    Lacazette
    Aubameyang
    Gomis
    Lasogga

    Nothing tells me we will get our top targets this summer

    In September add to the list
    Mitrovic
    Austin
    Ayew

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  • sickandtired

    May 29, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone else not a little peeved with Ed’s constant re-printing of other people’s speculation?
    It seems to me his entire blog is based on repeating press stories which continue to be completely baseless.
    There’s also a story out now that Viera is on the radar – wonder how long before Ed suggests the Club is ‘looking’ at him too?

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    BDG

    Charnley wouldn’t have the balls to go through the motions with Carver.

    He’d be shit scared that Carver’d make a song and dance about being promised this, given to understand that etc.

    Charnley’s painted himself into a corner over this. He’ll be desperate to find a way of getting himself out of the hole he’s dug himself into.

    Oh, and never mix metaphors!

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    PeteM

    There’s no was way I’d guess.

    However, you could just write to Charnley to cancel your ST, stating your reasons why and when you get the probably standard letter back saying you can’t, raise the matter in the media.

    Heap more bad press on them, that’d give Bishop something to think about.

    HWTF

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    PeteM

    * There’s no EASY way

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    May 29, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    guingamp play reasonable football doing very well for a team who dont even qualify for paying higher tax rate. watched them and marv play twice. just one negative took 29 points from28 games when marv available .when marv injured form improved 6w2d 2defeats from 10 games butstill put him back in team.

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  • one fine day

    May 29, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Leash,
    You forgot to throw in kin Jong un as fitness coach …
    That will empty the sick bays of those ” twinges”

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  • one fine day

    May 29, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Lesh

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  • Pokat

    May 29, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Sick and tired well you’ve got the right name then lol, no I don’t get sick and tired of Eds reposting of rumour from around the Web because it’s the whole point of this blog. If he didn’t you’d have nowt to be sick and tired of.

    I dunno about this guy as coach he seems to have a 50/50 derby record. I guess losing a few lately has put him on Charladys radar ha ha

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  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Its good to see us linked with coaches like this, and i hope there is truth in all these rumours. We have to be careful that we think foreign – better, automatically, because there have been loads of poor foreign appointments to english football. However the more i read of these stories, the more relaxed I am that NUFC are having a proper look now. I think we can probably ruke out the guy from Lyon, who only seems to want to take a sabbatical and might find NUFC too pressured. I would prefer if it isnt Schteve, but i think he may be better than people realise. Its just that i dont want the same guys running the whole system. Problem is, the club seems to think it has a good youth set up, and this is incorrect. If it believes this, it may stick with all the boys, and just but Schteve on top, which is still the most likely outcome. I doubt this french guy would fancy such a big career jump anyway?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 29, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Sick and tired
    What you complaining about fella? Ed’s blog is a one stop shop. No need to go anywhere else. As long as you don’t mind two or three bumptious bloggers, it’s great. Some people are never happy.

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  • roblee7

    May 29, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    sickandtired

    I think thats the whole point of the blog. Ed publishes any news he gets on NUFC for us to read on one blog, as oppose to us having to trawl the internet daily for stories. Keeps it nice and simple, for me anyway 🙂 Plus, Ed’s not (as far as I am aware) linked to NUFC or any media form in any way, so he posts daily news with more often than not with his opinion, with the comments section for people like us to discuss the news, wether its garbage or not. If Ed didn’t recycle the news he does, he’d have some job churning out articles out of his head!

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  • roblee7

    May 29, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Blackley – been reading the blog a while now without leaving comments, and is it just me or have you mellowed out a bit since the end of the season? Seen a few decent and non-aggressive posts off you of late, are you OK? 😉 Your last post was a sensible one, a pleasure to read!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Sick and Tired
    Don’t you love Ed’s anti-Carver tirades? Best part of the blog at the moment. Sit back and take comfort from the knowledge that there’s someone else who hates Carver and worries about his appointment more than you do. Ed’s on a mission. Let him do the panicking for all of us.

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  • mindshaft

    May 29, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    lets face it, if Ed only posted actual facts and reality there would be no news to comment on

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  • one fine day

    May 29, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Rowly,
    That’s one depressing list ( still haven’t got over the summer of PEA)
    Be good to think Ashley, being the businessman he is also has a list of those players and will see the return on investment he has missed out on if nothing else.
    Bony is the best example I think they pissed about over $ one mil.
    Remy is the worst example of a player only motivated by cash .
    He has his premier league winner badge but must have piles from been sat on the bench most of the year

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  • optimistic prime

    May 29, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Charnley “John I’m sorry but where offering the job to someone with better qualifications and better suited to the role”

    Carver “Lee I knew Bobby Robson ya kna”

    Charnley “sorry I forgot, 8yr extension do?”

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  • Pokat

    May 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #33

    Ah the PEA saga. I’m sure we’ll have another famous runaround thus summer. A random name always seems to persist around transfer window time.

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  • MacToon

    May 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #34

    Pete Martel, just cancel your direct debit before the season starts and there won’t be any problems as you are effectively paying, at the moment, for a service you haven’t received yet.
    Once the season starts it would be more in the club’s favour if you cancelled but even then I believe there have been so many cancelling out side of the club’s “cancellation” period they are not pursuing any.

    We have also been informed any monies already paid would be saved for a future time. How true this is I’m not sure but that information did come from inside the club.

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  • dave 1961

    May 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #35

    Pete Martel

    the season ticket agreement is not a credit agreement so the club cant enforce it just cancel the direct debit at the bank some fans have done a charge back to have the advanced payment reclaimed by saying the money was taken too early as the season has not started yet. some banks are refunding some not.

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Off

    Good shout about the fitness coach.

    New Club Director of Strategic Planning – The Grand Old Duke of York?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Slight concern would be the number of managers who i think would turn us down, or are gone off scene now, which may result in us making an appointment out of a tiny pool of candidates?

    1. The dutch guy at Ajax – no chance
    2. Galtier – signed contract
    3. Paco Jemez – signed contract – do we really want a bloke who cannot teach teams how to defend?
    4. Gourvennec – Interesting but hell of a leap for him
    5. McLaren – very likely – but what will happen is that we will look for others first – and return to him because we are stuck due th others being unavailable as written.
    6. Viera – Very interesting, but zero experience
    7. Laudrup – I dont think he fancies us, possibly because he recons he’s better ( and he’s not )

    And so we come back to Schteve, and no compensation for Carver and Co.

    I cant see beyond this, but it wont be Carver….so some good news.

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  • Jamseyd24

    May 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #38

    who do we really want as head coach/manager. everyone I see mentioned on here, we seem to slate the idea of them coming to SJP. I cant see us giving anyone a fair chance, we need to remember we wont get any of the top top managers. so please tell me who do we want thats within our reach?

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39

    OneFineDay

    *off = OneFineDay

    Maybe me for Director of Communications?

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  • Pokat

    May 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Can’t possibly see a way to reconcile ” winning something” and Steve McLaren. Nope, not seeing it.

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