Aston Villa boss Remi Garde comments on turning down Newcastle

Rémi Garde

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde was approached by Newcastle last season.

Garde was named Villa boss this week, taking over from Tim Sherwood, but he has told L’Equipe why he decided to reject the chance of becoming manager of ‘historical’ club Newcastle last season.

The Frenchman said: “I hesitated [about rejecting them] because Newcastle is a historic club here. I had fairly deep discussions with the club's leaders. But it was too soon. It would have been betraying Lyon, who I had told I needed a break."

Garde left Lyon at the end of the 2013/14 season, and he was approached by Newcastle in January 2015, halfway through the following season after Alan Pardew left St James’ Park to take charge of Crystal Palace.

The now Villa boss has said that he held deep discussions with the club’s management system, and was seriously considering moving to Tyneside due to the historical nature of the Magpies.

However, he opted against the move due to the quick turnaround from leaving Lyon, and he has admitted he would have felt he was betraying his former club if he had taken a job just months after leaving Ligue 1.

Newcastle went and hired John Carver, and then moved onto Steve McClaren over the summer, and Garde had to wait longer for his chance in the Premier League, which he has now been gifted with struggling Aston Villa.

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