Magpies open talks with the Frenchman over becoming the club’s head coach.
Newcastle United have opened talks with former Lyon manager Remi Garde about becoming the club’s new head coach, report the Daily Star, as St. James’ Park owner Mike Ashley steps up the hunt for his replacement for former manager Alan Pardew, who left the club to become manager of Crystal Palace.
Garde left his position as manager of Lyon at the end of the 2013/14 season, but is largely credited with a fine rebuilding job at the club, who had fallen into the doldrums after a decade of dominance in Ligue 1 but now look well placed to challenge Marseille and Paris Saint Germain for the title this season.
The report suggests that 48 year-old Garde is now ready to return to the game after a period out of football following his departure from Lyon – and that talks have already begun between Garde and the club over the possibility of him taking over.
The Magpies are keen to make an appointment as soon as possible, rather than allow John Carver to take over until the end of the season, and could feel that Garde would represent a wise choice, with a number of Newcastle’s better players also being French.