The search for the latest Newcastle United manager has been underway for more than a week now, with an outcome seemingly no closer to surfacing.

A shortlist has been drawn up and with no clear favourite – even the bookies don’t know who to back – it’s open for discussion as to who will be the next man to work under Mike Ashley.

The names being linked daily to the post include Derby manager Steve McClaren, St.Etienne boss Christopher Galtier and QPR coach Glenn Hoddle.

However, all three come with their complications. McClaren would have to be bought out of his contract at Derby and Galtier’s agent has already said his client wouldn’t leave his club during a season.

Hoddle is already in work with QPR and has been out of the management game for just under a decade, going back to when he was in charge of Wolves in 2006.

That leaves Newcastle back at square one.

However, another name that has been sparingly linked with the post certainly catches the eye.

Former Lyon manager Remi Garde is out of work after leaving the French giants last year to spend more time with his family. While in charge of Lyon, Garde boasted a 51% win record from 117 games. He also won the French Cup and France’s equivalent of the Community Shield.

He’s 48, relatively young for a manager, and speaks English, courtesy of a short playing spell with Arsenal in 1996. Perhaps the only disadvantage is the Frenchman’s lack of experience – Lyon was his first managerial role.

If Garde can be tempted into taking over at St James’ Park – inheriting a squad with a huge French contingent – it could be the perfect move for Newcastle.

Mike Ashley wants to avoid paying compensation to buy another manager out of a contract and wants someone to improve the squad already at disposal. Garde would surely fit the bill, given the likes of Remy Cabella and Yoan Gouffran, who he will know from his time in Ligue 1. He could also play a part in Moussa Sissoko’s future, as the former Toulouse midfielder attracts interest from other clubs.

Add into the fact that Garde would be available now and not have to wait until the end of the season and it’s another string to the bow.

With all the other candidates carrying significant baggage, Garde seems a logical choice to be the next man to lead Newcastle United. However, the words “logical” and “Newcastle United” don’t appear in the same sentence too often, so this one is far from over.