Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino believes Saint-Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier would be the perfect replacement for Alan Pardew at Newcastle United.
Newcastle are on the hunt for a new manager after Pardew left the club last week for Crystal Palace, with Galtier understood to be one of the names at the top of their shortlist, along with fellow Frenchman and former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde.
Galtier’s Saint-Etienne side sit fourth in the Ligue 1 table at present and Cascarino, who played alongside him at Marseille from 1995 to 1997, believes his ex-teammate is the ideal candidate for the Magpies.
“He has done brilliantly as manager at Saint-Etienne,” Cascarino told Sky Sports News HQ. "He fits into Newcastle’s plan really: they have bought lots of French players and then sold them for big profits.
“And if they were looking down that road, then he would certainly be someone they would be looking at.
“Saint-Etienne are currently fourth in Ligue 1 and they have spent virtually nothing in the last transfer window, so they are a club that uses their academy and the loan market and he has done very well there.”
Galtier, 48, has been in charge at Saint-Etienne since 2009 and led Les Verts to fourth and fifth-place league finishes in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively, as well as to the French League Cup title in 2013.
The former defender worked briefly in the Premier League as Alain Perrin’s assistant at Portsmouth in 2005, and was previously linked to the Newcastle job at the end of last season, but the French club’s co-president Bernard Caiazzo has insisted that he will not be leaving this winter.
“You really think that Galtier, right that in the middle of the season where we are at the top of the league, would leave, like a thief, to go to a club like Newcastle?” he told reporters last week.
“It would be insulting for Christophe that anyone would give any credence to such a rumour.
"Christophe is not a man of money. He has been here for years and he is fully involved in a project.”