Reports: Remi Garde travels for talks to become Newcastle manager

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Ex-Lyon manager Remi Garde has reportedly flown to England to hold talks with Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew may have won his first game in charge of Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, but Newcastle still haven't found his replacement.

Pardew, 53, completed his shock switch from St. James' Park to South London earlier this month, and owner Mike Ashley must now bring in a new manager.

The likes of Tim Sherwood, Glenn Hoddle and Eddie Howe have all been linked with the job, but one candidate has emerged as a firm favourite in recent days.

Former Arsenal defender Remi Garde is a free agent having left his position as Lyon manager last summer, and has been out of work ever since.

The 48-year-old has long been thought of as a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal having played under his compatriot, but now looks set for a move to St. James' Park.

First choice Frank de Boer seems unwilling to leave Ajax, leaving Garde as the clear favourite to take the job - and reports in his native France suggest that Garde has now traveled to London for talks with Newcastle officials.

If those talks went well, we could well see Garde appointed as new manager very quickly, but that appears to be the first round of negotiations.

Having won over half of his games as Lyon boss, Garde is still well regarded, and the negotiations mean that he's in the driving seat to take the reins on Tyneside - he just has to hope that, if he takes the job, he's more popular than Pardew ever was.

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