Ex-Lyon coach keeping door open to taking Newcastle United job in summer


Of the names most-often linked to the full-time manager’s job at Newcastle United, one continues to keep resurfacing as the next Magpies’ boss.

While Frank de Boer and Tim Sherwood were tipped for the job when Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace, Remi Garde was in the picture — even the frontrunner — right away as well.

And there are several reports about his continued interest in the job now that Newcastle won’t likely be hiring until the summer (Current boss John Carver isn’t exactly thriving with Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Manchester City the latest example).

From The Chronicle:

Fresh interest from abroad comes as Newcastle have slipped further behind the top ten target that was set at the start of the season. United’s bonus scheme is reliant on the team matching that – although a decision will only come after a full debrief of the campaign.

Even so, there is interest in the role. Garde has told friends that the major hurdle to overcome in January talks with Newcastle was the fate of long-serving assistant Gerald Baticle, who remains at Lyon and would not be able to leave until the summer.

And a Newcastle United blog has translated quotes from Garde regarding the likely opening:

“I do not close the door to anything, or to take another year off, or dive into a project that would suit me “

“I have a duty of confidentiality in this matter to Newcastle,  then I’ll be very honest and very integrated with respect to the leaders of Newcastle, I cannot say more. “

The 48-year-old Garde won 51 percent of his matches during his only managerial gig, working at Lyon from 2011-14 and going 60W-26D-31L. He has some experience in England as a player, spending three seasons with Arsenal as a defender and defensive mid.