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

Back in April, L’equipe had claimed that United were intending to approach the Guingamp boss after the season was concluded.

Guingamp is where Sylvain Marveaux spent the last season on loan from Newcastle and Gourvennec is already siad to have turned down two job offers so far in recent days – Leipzig in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.

After the job he has done at this tiny French 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 43 year old doing well in finishing in 10th place in Ligue 1 and having performed well in the Europa League.