Rolland Courbis is a coaching target for Newcastle United, French media outlet Sport reports.
The 62-year-old Frenchman has been out of work since December 22, when he left his job in charge of Ligue 1 club Montpellier. A veteran of football management, Courbis has also spent spells with Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Ajaccio.
His biggest successes have been winning the Ligue 2 title with Ajaccio, the UAFA Club Cup and Algerian Cup with USM Alger, whilst he also led Marseille to the 1999 UEFA Cup Final.
Now that he is out of contract, the report claims that Newcastle are looking at hiring him, as well as Swansea.
For the Swans, it would make sense if Courbis was arriving as a head coach, but there are no indications in the report as to which job Newcastle would like to see the Frenchman take.
Steve McClaren is currently employed as head coach at St James’ Park, with no apparent fear for losing his job any time soon, which means that either Courbis is seen as a summer replacement for the Englishman, or that he would arrive as some sort of director of football.
The other possibility is that Courbis has been a long term target for Newcastle chiefs, and now that he is available, they would sack McClaren just so they can bring him to Tyneside as head coach.
The report does not claim that an approach has been made for Courbis by Newcastle, but this is a surprising rumour which is sure to be resolved in the coming months.