Newcastle United might have postponed their hunt for a new head coach until the summer, but it doesn’t look like Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier will be the man to take the reins from John Carver.
Speaking to RMC, Galtier stressed that there had been no contact between him and Newcastle during their recent search for Alan Pardew’s successor, while also moving to commit his future to the French club.
“No, I have not [been contacted],” he said. “I am under contract, so my future can go through Saint-Etienne. Things are very clear between my leaders and me.”
Galtier, 48, has been in charge at Saint-Etienne since 2009, and led Les Verts to fourth and fifth-place Ligue 1 finishes in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively, as well as to the French League Cup title in 2013.
The former defender, who worked in the Premier League for a brief period in 2005 as Alain Perrin’s assistant at Portsmouth, was linked to the Newcastle job last season, per the Daily Mail, and has since been named alongside the likes of Frank de Boer, Remi Garde and Steve McClaren as one of the favourites to take over at St James’ Park.
Instead, Pardew’s former assistant, Carver, will remain in charge until the end of the season, with the club revealing in a statement that their search for a suitable candidate had proved fruitless thus far.
"Having explored at some length the options available to us, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.
"The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United," the statement added.
"It is vitally important that we get the right individual."
With unfancied Saint-Etienne sitting fourth in the table at present after another successful season so far, support for Galtier’s Newcastle credentials should be widespread, but it appears as though he might not even be in contention.
Then again, given how mixed messages are often thrown around the football world to cloud things going on behind the scenes, perhaps it is premature to rule him out at this point.