Tuesday 28 March 2017

Garde appointment to spur Villa’s escape plot

Remi Garde has agreed to take over at Villa
Remi Garde has agreed to take over at Villa

Jamie Holland

Remi Garde will be named as the new manager of Aston Villa today and has been backed to succeed in the Premier League by his mentor, Gerard Houllier.

Garde (49) has agreed to take over at Villa after further negotiations over the weekend. He will watch the game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight and officially take charge for the home match against Manchester City next Sunday.

The Frenchman is understood to have signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, with his first task to save Villa from relegation.

It will be his first managerial post outside of France but the Villa hierarchy are convinced that he can mount a revival and then build the club in line with their long-term vision.

Garde established his reputation working under Houllier at Lyon, later leading the French club to two successive third-placed finishes in Ligue 1.

Although Houllier, a former Villa manager, has admitted that the club's situation is a serious concern, he is convinced that Garde has the qualities to enhance his reputation.

"Remi's first job is to get the confidence back into the players. I fully expect him to be a success in the Premier League," said Houllier.

"There is already a lot of talk about how he has not managed in England before but the same applies to Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez and even myself and they didn't do too badly.

"I will be here to assist him if he needs any advice but he has good people at Villa. He speaks the English language and will get his ideas and philosophy across.

"His philosophy will be attack-minded, but he likes to build his teams from the back." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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