The perfect man for the Newcastle United job?
After a little bit of research into the potential NUFC managers, I have come to the conclusion that Remi Garde is the man for the job.
Although he is relatively inexperienced when it comes to management, his record at Lyon is very respectable. From 2011-2014 he achieved a 51.5% win rate over his 167 competitive matches in charge, finishing 4th, 3rd and 5th respectively in his three seasons in charge.
As we all know, and have come to accept, Mike Ca$hley is not going to invest decent money into first team transfers unless battling relegation, and whoever does take the reins will have to either generate their own transfer income selling our star players, or, delve into the depths of lower European leagues for bargains and prospects.
This is where I think Garde would be the perfect man for the job. In his three years in charge at Lyon, he brought in around £31.5 million in transfer fees from selling various players including Dejan Lovren and Jeremy Toulalan. Like a Mike Ca$hley run team, there is no evidence that this money was fully reinvested into the team and Garde has had to sign players on a free or comparatively small fees to rebuild his squad.
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As Pardew experienced, when there is money to be made, Mike Ca$hley will sell any player from underneath the manager and only a small amount, if any, of the money made will be re-invested into the squad. Garde has shown at Lyon that he can work under this transfer policy and generate success under similar conditions.
Tactically, I think he would be able to get the best out of the current Newcastle squad.
Whilst at Lyon he favoured a 4-3-1-2 system which, if we accept a more central style of play, or exploit our forward minded wing backs, I think could work very well Haidara and Jannmat lighting up the wing back roles, with a solid and powerful midfield of Colback, Abeid and Tiote it would allow Perez/Cabella more of a free role in the number 10 role and we would finally have two up top!
Under the current regime I cannot see past Remi Garde. In an ideal world, with an owner with a bit of ambition, passion and the willingness to invest, I would to have seen Lee Clark or another local given a go, but to get the best out of our bad situation, Garde is the man for the job!
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