Remi Garde has admitted that he previously turned down an offer from another Premier League club during last season but then refused to confirm it was Newcastle.
However, it is transparent that it was indeed Newcastle United.
Last February speculation was rife that Newcastle had approached Remi Garde and when questioned at the time, Garde said:
“I have a duty of confidentiality in this matter to Newcastle, I will be very honest with respect to the leaders of Newcastle, I can’t say more.”
If the negotiations were carried out with an agreed confidentiality clause then no doubt that still holds today.
It became clear earlier this year that there had been contact with Newcastle as Remi Garde confirmed at the time, the only doubt was whether an actual concrete offer had been made. Something which Garde confirmed today.
Newcastle might claim now that Steve McClaren was always first choice but if you recall he (McClaren) turned down Newcastle himself initially and then of course if Derby had been promoted, as seemed likely at the time, he would never have ended up at Newcastle.
Which would/could have left the way open for Remi Garde after having a full year out of management.
The new Aston Villa manager left Lyon at the end of the 2013/14 season due to family/person reasons but always said he would be interested in managing sometime in the future, after some time out of the game.
Remi Garde worked in the media last season and often worked on Premier League matches for Canal+ in France.
After being officially unveiled as the new Villa manager, Remi Garde was instantly asked about the claims that he had turned down a job last season in the Premier League, which is/was obviously Newcastle.
“Yes I did receive one (an offer) but I said no because that previous one, the serious one, was in a period when I was not ready to start again.
“Regarding the way I left Lyon, I said to the chairman I wanted to stay honest as it was too early for me.”
“Football is about scoring goals and not conceding so we need to find a good balance. We started already in the last two training sessions, it is a new start for the team.
“Each manager has his own view of football. I am going to try to do my best with my views.”