Phil Kirkbride: Christophe Galtier's lack of English could hurt Everton chances
Christophe Galtier’s inability to interact fluently in English could prevent him from taking the Everton job, according to Phil Kirkbride.
The Liverpool-based journalist made the claim during a question and answer session on the Liverpool Echo website.
French news outlet BeFoot reported Everton’s interest in the 54-year-old manager, who recently led Lille to the Ligue 1 title, earlier this week [Tuesday, 08/06/21].
“We’ve had no definitive response on questions about Galtier,” Kirkbride wrote.
“I was told by one source that his lack of English means he’s a non-starter but another saying he has been discussed. There is so much conflicting information doing the rounds, it is very difficult to decipher truth from fiction.”
Language no barrier
As Kirkbride alludes to, there are conflicting reports surrounding Galtier, and the Frenchman’s comments back in January doesn’t suggest that language would be a big issue.
He told Canal+ [as relayed by the Express] in January that “I know how to speak English, but I need to get better.”
If Kirkbride’s source is correct, perhaps that means Galtier is such a perfectionist that he demands himself to be fluent in a language before he coaches in that country.
Indeed, during his 12 years as a professional manager, he has not coached outside of France.
Furthermore, he only left his homeland for brief spells in Italy and China towards the end of his playing days.
However, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has shown that the language of football is often the most important element for teams.
El Loco, as the Argentine is affectionately known, never speaks in English during interviews, instead answering in his native tongue before a translator relays his words.
That doesn’t seem to have done Leeds any harm, with a promotion to the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign before a ninth-place finish as a newly-promoted side last season, one place ahead of us.
Perhaps Galtier could be our Bielsa, and lead us back to glory.
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