Report: Newcastle United cool off Garde pursuit, identify alternative

Newcastle United are unconvinced on Remi Garde, according to a new report, and want Steve McClaren.

Newcastle United are backing off the option of hiring Remi Garde as their next manager, report The Sun.

The paper claim the Frenchman disappointed at a recent interview, and they have set their sights on Steve McClaren instead.

The report states: "He flopped at the interview and gave too many reasons why he could not take the job immediately, putting himself out of the chase."

The Lyon manager had been favourite for the vacant role, but has slipped to second behind caretaker John Carver, according to Oddschecker.

Third is reportedly Steve McClaren, but the former England coach can be expected to see his price shorten.

There are clear complications in attracting McClaren however, and not just owing to his former Middlesbrough connections.

He is currently in post at Derby County, in the midst of leading them on a charge in the automatic promotion spots in the Championship.

If the helps the Rams reach the Premier League, the chances of Newcastle tempting him away are likely slim, if they fail then they will have more of a chance, but then he becomes less attractive of an option, his stint at Derby tinged by failure.

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