Former Lyon manager Remi Garde is hoping to speak to Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley about the managerial vacancy at St James’ Park this week.
Garde has emerged as the favourite to land the top job at Newcastle after Alan Pardew decided to walk away from the club and take up a position at the club he used to play for, Crystal Palace.
“Remi Garde is keen to join Newcastle United as the club’s new head coach – and is hoping to speak to managing director Lee Charnley this week to confirm his interest in the position,” reports the Northern Echo.
If appointed, Garde would bring European experience in a top flight to the table as well as being able to establish an instant connection with the club’s strong French bias in the playing squad.
Derby’s Steve McClaren was also tipped for the role, but the Rams have been very clear that the former England coach will not be leaving his post with the Championship team any time soon.
What may concern Newcastle fans is the way he left Lyon under a cloud, citing personal reasons and the possibility of friction between himself and owner Mike Ashley.
However, Newcastle need to make an appointment quickly because any new man coming in needs time to look at the players he has available and whether he needs to improve his resources in the transfer market.