What reports of Newcastle’s latest target may mean for Carver’s future

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With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly a target for Newcastle United, could the club also be plotting a move for Christophe Galtier this summer?

Fresh reports linking Newcastle United with a summer move for Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may offer some potential clues as to who the club are lining up as a possible replacement for John Carver.

The current Magpies boss was appointed to the role until the end of the season but has so far overseen just one Premier League win.

Last weekend’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City hardly helped his cause either, and with a crunch fixture against Aston Villa coming up, there is a growing feeling that Newcastle may look to bring in another manager this summer.

One potential clue could come from reports linking the club with a move for Aubameyang.

The Northern Echo is reporting that the Gabon international has been identified as a key target in a major overhaul of the club’s playing staff.

And the man to oversee this shift may be one all too familiar to Aubameyang: Christophe Galtier.

In the wake of Alan Pardew’s departure, the current St Etienne manager was thought to be in the running to land the top job at Newcastle.

Galtier previously managed Aubameyang during a spell with Les Verts prior to his Dortmund move, so it would certainly make sense for the ASSE boss to bring one of his own players on board.

The pair also have a very good relationship, with the 25-year-old forward previously praising his former manager’s ability and even tipping him to thrive in the Premier League.

According to quotes published by The Chronicle, the Bundesliga star said:

"I think Galtier would be well suited to England, he has the skills to succeed there."

The St Etienne manager, meanwhile, has so far refused to rule out a summer move to the north east, having previously rebuffed suggestions he would leave Ligue 1 mid-season.

The Telegraph reported that the Frenchman outlined as much during a press conference held last month.

"I have a duty to my club and my players," he said.

"I am and will be the manager of St Étienne until the end of the season."

Any move for Galtier would nevertheless represent something of a surprise for Newcastle fans though with many believing Remi Garde is the most likely candidate for the job.

Like the St Etienne boss, former Lyon manager Garde previously dismissed the idea of moving to St James’ Park mid-season though he is thought to be keen on a return to the game.

But with Galtier capturing a Coupe de la Ligue title during his time at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in a success that ended a 23-year trophy drought for the once famous club, he could be exactly what Newcastle need.

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