Newcastle United have held talks with managerial candidate Remi Garde, but the Frenchman is not sure about taking over now, according to The Sun.
It has been reported that the Premier League outfit have had “initial talks” with the 48-year-old about him succeeding Alan Pardew as the club’s full-time manager.
The Frenchman, though, has “reservations about taking over mid-season”, according to the report in The Sun, and Newcastle will speak to the former Lyon coach later this week.
Garde is without a club at the moment after leaving Lyon at the end of last season, and it is interesting to observe that he is not ready to cut short his sabbatical.
What could be the reason behind this? Is he reluctant to resume work right now, or does he not come to a club mid-season and inherit someone else’s team?
Only Garde knows.
Interestingly, according to Press Association Sport, Newcastle are not just restricting themselves to Garde and are exploring other options.
It has been reported by PA Sport that "while club officials have spoken to the Garde camp, they have also held exploratory discussions with the representatives of several other potential candidates, and that further talks are planned during the coming days."
It appears that Newcastle are interested in appointing Garde as the manager, but they are not putting all the eggs in one basket.
It is indeed a very smart thing to do and allows the Newcastle officials to explore all available options.
While Newcastle do need a full-time manager as soon as possible, making a rash decision is only going to be counterproductive.