Former Newcastle United star Olivier Bernard has told the Chronicle he’s worried the club’s gamble to land a managerial target in the summer might not pay off.
Bernard suggests that Christophe Galtier is unlikely to move to St James’ Park at the end of the season because of the affiliation he currently feels with Saint-Etienne.
“It is going to be tough for Newcastle to persuade Christophe Galtier to come to St James’ Park in the summer,” wrote Bernard.
“He is the St Etienne manager and he is one of them, through and through. It is like asking Sir Bobby Robson to go and coach Sunderland! I would be surprised if he came to Newcastle.”
Newcastle recently announced that John Carver will remain in caretaker charge of the team for the rest of the season, which allows them to try and appoint their first choice managerial target.
They don’t have any excuses for not appointing the right man to take the side forward both on and off the pitch and Galtier would be a great choice.
He’s got his current side into a solid position in the French league table and has overseen the development of a youth system, which has created players like Kurt Zouma, now at Chelsea.
He seems well suited to the pressure and burden of taking on Newcastle United as a club and institution but Bernard doesn’t think it’s going to happen unless he’s seemingly forced out of his current role.
That narrows the options for Lee Charnley, the man overseeing the appointment of Newcastle’s next permanent manager.
Bernard believes that Remi Garde would be a good choice because of his close relationship with Arsene Wenger, but whether that happens remains to be seen.