Newcastle consider replacing struggling Pardew.
According to the Metro, Newcastle United will continue their trend of recruiting staff from France, this time with Montpellier boss Rene Girard to replace Alan Pardew.
The Frenchman won the Ligue 1 title with unfancied Montpellier last season, ahead of big-spending rivals PSG, and has been recommended to Newcastle as a good possible candidate for their new manager.
Pardew’s future at St James’ Park remains uncertain after a difficult season. Despite guiding the club to an impressive fifth place in the Premier League last season and being rewarded with a massive eight-year contract, he is under pressure after the club have battled with relegation this time round.
The Magpies lie in 16th place, just three points from safety, and are in a poor run of form with just three wins in their last ten league games. They have also suffered humiliating home defeats to rivals Sunderland and Liverpool, losing 3-0 and 6-0 respectively.
They have had some success in bringing in young talent from the French league in recent years, and could find a French manager the perfect complement to their players, as they look to improve next season.
Girard is understood to have received several other offers from around Europe, and a decision on whether to join Newcastle may depend on whether they can survive in the Premier League this season.