While there have been no reported links, we have to wonder if former Roma and Marseille manager Rudi Garcia would be interested in the Newcastle United manager’s position.
He is available having left Marseille late last month after a dreadful season in which the club failed to qualify for any European competitions. He would also be very comfortable coming into the current chaos on Tyneside after three seasons at the Stade Velodrome where bedlam seems to lurk around every corner.
He may even find it to be a welcome respite compared to the constant madness at Marseille. He incidentally also joined Marseille a few days after a takeover was completed in 2016.
Rudi Garcia– quality manager who is available
Prior to joining Marseille, Garcia was the manager of Roma. He guided Roma to two consective second place finishes behind Juventus. This was hailed at the time as a mini-resurrection for the club who had failed to reach European competition places the previous few seasons.
He also displayed brilliant tactical awareness while at Roma which was widely praised. Outside Of The Boot did an examination of Garcia’s system in 2014 which still makes for interesting reading.
He was subsequently let go the following season after a poor run of one win in ten matches in all competitions. A type of run that has, unfortunately, become far to commonplace at Newcastle over the past few seasons. Though Roma were still well placed enough to finish in the third spot.
He had an excellent spell at Lille from 2008-2013, leading them to their first silverware since 1955 with Ligue 1 and Coupe de France triumphs in 2011. His Lille team was very fun to watch with dynamic players like Eden Hazard, Moussa Sow, and Gervinho.
His time at Lille was also when both Yohan Cabaye and Matthieu Debuchy left to join Newcastle.
With a career point per match average of 1.7 and a win percentage of 47%, the fifty-five-year-old has a good CV and a history of exciting teams.
We think he may be a good option for Newcastle United.