The Chronicle are reporting today that the final three for the Newcastle head coach position are Patrick Vieira, Steve McClaren and Remi Garde, and presumably all three will have interviews this week, and it’s then up to Lee Charnley to choose the successor to Alan Pardew, who left (very) quickly after the home game against Everton at the end of December.
Newcastle then went into almost a death dive into the Championship but we saved ourselves with a great 2-0 win at home to West Ham in the final game of the season.
Remi Garde – back in the running
In the current betting on SkyBet, Vieira is 10/11 McClaren is evens (1/1) and Garde is listed at 12/1 who he is the rank outsider at the moment.
So it’s extremely close between McClaren and Vieira.
Vieira is yet to hold a head coach position so he would be a risk – but on a risk reward basis he could become a top coach in the future and he’s very well thought of at Manchester City.
Many in the game think he has everything it takes to become a top coach including Manchester City’s Football Administration Officer Marwood, who has allowed Patrick to learn the coaching game at his own pace over the last three years.
This is what Marwood said in the Telegraph last year about Patrick:
“That was one of the most valuable experiences he’s had in his whole professional career. It gave him an appreciation of what else made a football club, the hard work so many people are doing to try and make this club special.”
“He has such an interesting mix of characteristics in terms of football experience, life experience and there’s a humility about the man, a respect, a calmness, a thoroughness in terms of his preparations.”
“I’ve seen the detail he works to. He’s tough but it’s done with a velvet glove.” “I’ve watched him very carefully, and stayed close to him, because I really believe he has a fantastic future in the game.”
Patrick has grabbed the headlines over the weekend as he came from 35/1 to odds on favorite in a couple of days so there’s big money being placed on him.
49 year-old Remi Garde did very well indeed at Lyon where he was manager for three years and left on his own accord about a year ago, to take a sabbatical and he has been a pundit on French TV over the last year.
His record at Lyon was managed 117 games, won 60, drew 26 and lost 31 for a win ratio of 51.3%
Remi was at Arsenal from 1996 through 1999 as a player as he finished his playing career, and he was schooled in the Arsene Wenger school of management.
Garde has shown he can get the very best out of players at Lyon, and a few years back he was linked with the Director of Football role at Arsenal.
Remi brought through Alexandre Lacazette and others while at Lyon – and that’s a key part of the Newcastle job, and he was in the running in January and would want to bring in his own coaching staff, if reports are to be believed.
54 year-old Steve McClaren is the most experienced and oldest of the three, and has been in coaching since 1995 and spent two years at Manchester United as the assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Steve has been the head coach at five clubs – Middlesbrough, FC Twente (twice), Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby County – but has been fired from the last three of them – although he did well initially at Derby County.
He had success while he was in Holland with FC Twente, and he took Middlesbrough to their first trophy in their history when they won the League Cup in 2004 beating Bolton 2-1 in the final.
He also took Middlesbrough to the UEFA Cup Final in 2006, only to lose to Sevilla 4-0 in the final in Eindhoven.
Steve also had a disastrous spell as the England manager, but he is highly thought of as a coach in the game.
But we just haven’t seen in his record much that would say he would be successful at Newcastle – but he does have support among some Newcastle fans.
The thing going for him is that Graham Carr is said to want him at the club.
So there’s a mini-profile on the three candidates.
In our poll between McClaren and Vieira there were a massive 97% of fans in favor of Patrick Vieira – but with there now being three final contenders let us know ho you would like as head coach.