REMI Garde has held talks with Newcastle United officials about becoming the club’s new head coach.
Garde is interested in succeeding Alan Pardew at St James’s Park.
The 48-year-old – who left Olymique Lyonnais at the end of last season – is understood to have held face-to-face talks with United managing director Lee Charnley in the capital.
Garde is again the odds-on bookmakers’ favourite for the post.
However, much will depend on the discussions between the former Arsenal defender and Charnley, tasked with recruiting the club’s first head coach.
Lyon prospered in France’s Ligue 1 under Garde despite limited resources.
A number of other prospective candidates, including Frank de Boer, Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier, are not available until the summer.
Caretaker manager John Carver, meanwhile, remains keen to take over on a full-time basis.
Carver was in charge for yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“I have got no idea when they (the board) are going to make a decision, but I have got to be honest, if the guys play like they did (against Chelsea), then I hope they make the right decision,” said the 49-year-old.