Newcastle United are considering Jocelyn Gourvennec as a replacement for John Carver/Alan Pardew according to L’equipe today.

Gourvennec is currently at minnows Guingamp, where Sylvain Marveaux is currently on loan from Newcastle.

After the job he has done at this tiny club, Jocelyn Gourvennec is now hot property and also catching the eye of other French clubs..

Outside of France it has largely passed people by but it is a remarkable story with Gourvennec at Guingamp.

Jocelyn Gourvennec was a decent midfielder with the likes of Nantes and Rennes, plus he had a short spell at Marseille, but he never played at senior level for France and maybe this has helped him keep a low profile.

At the age of only 38 he took over at Guingamp in summer 2010, with the club in the third tier of French football.

In his first season they were promoted to Ligue 2, in his second they stabilised in seventh place, before getting promotion to Ligue 1 in his third season.

That’s not the end of the story as last season Gourvennec managed to keep them in Ligue 1 AND win the French Cup, a massive surprise to everybody over the channel.

This season, his fifth at the club, sees the 42 year old doing well in eleventh place in Ligue 1 and having performed well in the Europa League.