Could Roma's fading challenge hand Newcastle United a new coach?

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If Roma fail to finish second in Serie A this season, Rudi Garcia could end up on Newcastle United's wanted list in the summer.

After their 3-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend, Newcastle United fans are more than ever convinced that John Carver is not the man to lead the club past this summer.

The search for a full-time replacement for Alan Pardew continues, with two French coaches, Christophe Galtier and Rémi Garde still amongst the favourites for the job.

However, in Serie A there could be another manager available this summer, and he is also French. With every week that passes since the New Year, Roma boss Rudi Garcia is losing the faith of the local fans.

At one point, Roma were challenging Juventus for the Serie A title and now they are looking over their shoulder at city rivals Lazio trying to leapfrog them in second place.

Roma fans should have been delighted last season when Garcia guided the club to a second place finish and Champions League football. However, losing the Coppa Italia final to their rivals failed to put the cherry on the cake.

Failure to finish second this season would be seen as a disaster for the Giallorossi and it could spell the end to his time in Rome.

Despite this drop in form, Garcia could jump to the top of Newcastle’s wanted list if available this summer. The coach was highly successful at Lille, winning the cup and league double in 2011.

He was part of the reason behind the development of Eden Hazard and former Newcastle United favourites Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, and could even play a part in trying to convince the former to make a return from PSG to St James’ Park this summer.

As it stands, Garcia is still in a job, but his recent record puts his tenure in trouble. Roma have failed to win any of their last five Serie A games and only four of their last 15 matches.

Their last home win was against Inter Milan back in November, and with Lazio winning five in a row, the pressure is on Garcia to find a solution to their slump.

Newcastle fans will question whether they want someone who has failed to find a Plan B since making the move from France to Italy, but he has helped turn Roma around and won an unexpected double with Lille. Those qualities cannot be dismissed too lightly.

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