There are plenty of reasons why Rémi Garde is the perfect man to replace Alan Pardew at St James' Park.
As soon as it was apparent that Alan Pardew was no longer going to be manager of Newcastle United, the bookmakers started work on the shortlist of possible replacements. One man has risen up the odds to become one of the favourites - former Lyon manager Rémi Garde.
The fact that the former Arsenal and Lyon defender is without a job currently, is just one of the reasons why the 48-year-old is the perfect man to replace the new Crystal Palace manager.
Garde decided to leave Lyon at the end of last season, he wasn’t sacked, the club would have kept him on, the coach just wanted to take some leave.
Under new boss Hubert Fournier, Lyon have recovered from their worst ever start, to sit in second place in Ligue 1. There is an argument to be made, that a lot of Lyon’s success has to also be accredited to Garde.
Lyon are still playing 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond, sometimes labelled as 4-3-1-2 - a formation that has seen OL finally get the best out of Ligue 1’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette.
It’s a system and a philosophy that could work well in England and with Newcastle United. It doesn’t require two out and out strikers, but just two forwards.
Ayoze Perez or Papiss Cisse could play beside Remy Cabella or even Emmanuel Riviere and all four players could flourish. Cabella could play in the hole, like Nabil Fekir and Yoann Gourcuff have for Lyon with three hard-working central midfielders.
Garde’s three years at Arsenal will help with his command of the English language, instantly making it possible to work with both the English and French-speaking players.
If there is any manager available right now that can get the best out of Cabella and Riviere, it’s Garde.
Moving for someone like Galtier would involve paying Saint-Etienne compensation and would ultimately fail as the Les Verts boss would likely stay until the end of the season. Garde knows English football from his time in the Premier League and understands the difference in cultures which could aid the misfiring signings.
After his spell at Lyon, he is used to working on a decreased budget, he is well respected within the game and could help further increase Newcastle’s profile.
There is nothing about the Garde to Newcastle link that doesn’t make sense.