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Newcastle Closing In On Top Swiss Coach

According to The Sun, Newcastle United are supposed to be looking closely at Borussia Monchengladbach head coach Lucien Favre, as a strong candidate for the position of head coach at Newcastle in the summer.

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Lucien Favre – Borussia Monchengladbach coach

It’s not the first time we’ve been linked with Favre, and Newcatsle were linked in early January with the 57 year-old former Swiss midfielder, who played 24 times for his country and played at five clubs including Toulouse in France.

It’s interesting that Lucien made his debut for the Swiss National side against Holland in September, 1981,  and it was the same game in which future Dutch greats Ruud Gullit (Newcastle manager 1998-1999) and Frank Rijkaard made their debuts for Holland.

The Sun is reporting that Lucien Favre is now being looked at seriously by the Newcastle top brass, after John Carver has been singularly unimpressive as the head coach on Tyneside, with just two wins and seven defeats in the twelve games he has been head coach at Newcastle this year.

Favre managed five clubs – Echallens, Yverdon Sports, Servette, Zurich and Hertha BSC, before joining Borussia Monchengladbach in February 14th of 2011.

After being appointed on Valentine’s Day, when he took over form Michael Frontzeck, the team was bottom bottom of the league with only 16 points after 22 matches played.

But Favre managed to save the club form relegation, but it was close and they had a narrow win against VfL Bochum in the two-legged relegation play-off.

And Favre was the manager who didn’t much fancy Luuk de Jong, and hardly played him before Newcastle took Luuk on loan a year last January.

Favre has Monchengladbach in 3rd place at the moment in the Bundesliga with 47 points from 26 games, and they are 7 points behind Wolfsburg and 17 points behind Bayern Munich.

In the three full seasons he’s been manager Lucien’s had Monchengladbach in 4th place in 2011-2012, 8th in 2012-2013 and 6th place last season, and they are currently in 3rd place today.

Favre has a good record at the club and he’s managed 176 games for Monchengladbach , won 82, drawn 48 and lost 46 – and that’s a win rate of 46.7% and a loss rate of 26.1% – those are good stats.

Favre has been in management since 1991 after he announced his retirement from playing football back in 1991.

Lucien’s managed at various clubs since 1991 and has been active in management for fifteen of those years – so he’s an experienced coach.

His overall management record is also impressive,  and in 512 games he’s won 245, drew 121 and lost 146, for a win rate of 47.9% and a loss rate of 28.5%.

And finally, this is his coaching style and his strengths as a coach:

  • Favre’s teams play an attractive dynamic, quick and attacking-minded style of football, where ball possession and change of tempo alternate.
  • Favre is very skillful tactically, leaving his opponents struggling to penetrate his very well-organized sides.
  • The 57 year-old is well known for his ability to develop talented young players and introduce them quickly into the first team.
  • In 2007, FC Zürich became Swiss champions with an average age of only 21.5 years, when Favre was the manager at Zurich.

With his record and his skills-set as a head coach – he seems made to measure for Newcastle United.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Mar 28, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, he can’t help but be better than poor Mr Carver, thats for sure.
    If he knows anything about coaching and tactics, hell, sign him up!!!!

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 28, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Seems perfect.

  • JamesToon

    Mar 28, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #3

    If he is how you describe him at the end of the article ed, I’m all for Lucien Favre. Just want to see some passion and attractive football at the club, no matter whether ashley is here or not

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4

    That article in the Sun is attributed to Antony Kastrinakis and no sources are given he is just “given to understand” the story.
    He lives in London and normally covers Arsenal , although the Gunners have barred him on occasion.
    He’ll know what going on at SJP alright .

  • Sav

    Mar 28, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #5

    He sounds good.
    We’ve no chance.

  • dannitoon

    Mar 29, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Now he’s a manager with great credentials.. can’t see him leaving champions league team like.. especially not for ambition less premiership mediocrity

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 29, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Seems too good to be true..it probably is.

  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    There’s no doubt that Favre ticks all the boxes in Charnley’s man-spec.

    That being so, the job’ll be given to Carver cos he’ll toe the party line. Doing so might just do him physical, mental and reputational damage though and he needs to consider that before taking the job.

    Equally and for the reasons I’ve mentioned above, I believe the Club would be acting irresponsibly if they did offer Carver the job.

    Irresponsibility and recklessness has never stopped Ashley before though!

  • AndyMac

    Mar 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Is there a history of mental illness within the Favre bloodline ? Has to be the only reason I can think of why he’d consider moving to SJP ?

    You’d have to leave all morals, sense of fair play and justice plus your common sense at the door before entering Fatman’s money pit


    Mar 29, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    The Report is from the Sun! Which is why i just don,t believe it!


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