Ex-Arsenal defender on Newcastle shortlist as possible Pardew replacement, say French media

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Former Lyon boss Remi Garde is reportedly on Newcastle's shortlist of candidates to replace Alan Pardew.

With Alan Pardew now confirmed as the new manager of Crystal Palace, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley must now look for a new boss.

Pardew, 53, completed his shock move to Premier League rivals Palace on Saturday morning, and the Magpies' 1-0 defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup has done little to aid caretaker manager John Carver's bid for the permanent job.

Carver is highly unlikely to get the role, whilst Derby County boss Steve McClaren and Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka have both ruled themselves out of contention.

It's important for Newcastle to bring in a manager quickly with the transfer window now upon us, as Ashley can't afford to leave it too late and give the new manager no time to bring in reinforcements.

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is currently the favourite with the bookmakers, but after McClaren and Carver, we see Remi Garde at 7/2.

Garde, 48, spent three years as a player with Arsenal, and having been appointed manager of Lyon in 2011, rumours began to circulate that he was in the running to become Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal having played under him at Highbury.

Yet despite a 51% win percentage, Garde resigned in May, and has been out of work ever since - but according to RMC Sport, Newcastle have placed Garde on their shortlist of candidates to replace Pardew.

A return to England could be very appealing to Garde, who was recently in the running to become the next Brighton and Hove Albion boss.

The French contingent at St. James' Park is another thing that could tempt Garde into the job, and reports are gathering pace that he could be the next Magpies boss.

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