Reported Newcastle United managerial target Galtier leaves door open for summer move

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Christophe Galtier has denied reports suggesting that he is in talks regarding a new two-year deal at Saint-Etienne

Although current Newcastle United boss Jon Carver thinks he is the “best coach in the Premier League” (per the BBC), there is a strong possibility that he will not be the man in charge of the club next season, and on Friday, according to L’Equipe, one of their long-term targets has left the door open regarding a possible move this summer.

Current Saint-Étienne boss, Christophe Galtier, was reported to be in discussions with the Ligue 1 club regarding his future, with a new two-year extension in the pipeline. However, he disregarded that information in his press conference this week:

“I am not negotiating with the ASSE or with another club," said Galtier, whose contract with Les Verts is up in 12 months’ time. The Marseille-born coach then said, "thinking ahead, beyond the end of season is a big mistake."

Saint-Etienne are currently fighting for a place in the Europa League. With three games to go, they sit fifth on 60 points, the same as fourth-placed Marseille and four points ahead of Bordeaux in sixth.

As it stands, fifth place would be enough for qualification, but if Paris Saint-Germain win the Coupe de France at the end of the season, the sixth place side would also join the Europa League.

Galtier had hoped to end the season in the Champions League places, and it is unclear whether or not the Europa League would satisfy his desire to continue at the club.

Newcastle’s chances of landing the French coach would also depend on their future. Rebuilding a Premier League club is one challenge, but it is unlikely a place in the Championship would hold the same weight.

Without a win since 28th February, the club are in freefall at the moment and are only two points clear of the relegation zone. Their future, as much as Saint-Etienne’s, could be the reason why Galtier is keeping his cards close to his chest.

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