Newcastle set to overlook highly-rated Ligue 1 coach, considering former England boss

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Newcastle United are not believed to have made Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier their top priority as they search for a new permanent manager, but do retain an interest in Steve McClaren.

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Ex-head coach Alan Pardew left St James’ Park at the beginning of January to return to former club Crystal Palace, and since then, the club have been coached by interim boss John Carver.

The Geordie was formerly Pardew’s assistant before his departure.

Considering the success Newcastle have recently found in the French transfer market, and the number of Francophone players in their ranks, the club had been linked with a move for a French coach.

Former Olympique Lyonnais man Remi Garde and current Saint-Etienne coach Galtier had been named in connection with the vacancy.

However, according to the Newcastle Chronicle, Mike Ashley is to overlook both men.

The detested owner has limited his shortlist to just two coaches—Carver and current Derby County boss and former England head trainer Steve McClaren—despite Lucien Favre of Borussia Monchengladbach being interested in the position.

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