French Daily L’Equipe are suggesting the Newcastle United may well approach Saint Etienne Coach Christophe Galtier if rumours that Pardew could be about to lose his job come to fruition.
Current manager Alan Pardew has been under tremendous pressure from the toon army and in their final home game of the season was roundly booed by every section of the crowd every time he step foot in the technical area. There have also been calls for his head from sections of local media as well. It would take a full 360 degree U- turn for Pardew to survive at St. James’ Park and his time could well be up.
This, added to the transfer failings on the final day of the window, have expounded his unsuitability to the job. His dislike of Hatem Ben Arfa were particularly telling, and the Frenchman’s departure to Hull City in the late hours of Monday evening suggested to the fans that he is not only unprofessional, by isolating arguably the club’s most talented player because of personal differences, but also tremendously stubborn.
Galtier has been in charge of Les Verts since 2009 and has done extremely well with the side from the east of France including winning the French League cup last year.
Although Galtier is contracted at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard till 2016 there are doubts whether he will till then, there is also a release clause that will allow the interested clubs to talk to him.
This is what the 47 year old said last season regarding a rumoured approach by owner, Mike Ashley.
“My duty, my obligation and my dedication is that I have to prepare for next season. But nothing is certain.”
“I have to meet with the owners at the end of the season. Today, I believe the team is progressing. I have to see if we can still improve. I have questions for my bosses; I think they’ll have precise answers. They also are likely to ask me questions.”
The Magpies had an excellent reputation across the channel when it came to player recruitment but that has somewhat been sullied with all the shenanigans that have been going on with all the players who have regressed under the current management. A well respected name that has done well in that neck of the woods should repair some of that damage, not to mention the excellent pedigree he brings to table as manager.
Interestingly, we wrote an article six months back regarding a 2010 interview with a few football pundits on the eve of Pardew’s appointment. Shaka Hislop and Stewart Robson talk about Pardew’s limitations as a manager, and how these flaws could very well compromise the progress of the club.
Take a look by clicking on the image – it’s scarily accurate….