Remi Garde Aston Villa Honour – the Frenchman says that he’s “honoured” to be managing the Midlands club but he’s in for a tough season writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
We’re sure that the former Arsenal player is a fine coach but the Villa squad he inherits from Tim Sherwood is one of the weakest in the Premier League and are 1.40 to be relegated.
Interestingly, Villa’s chairman Randy Lerner spelled out how far he feels Villa are behind in general terms: “Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind. We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism, we are better than that.
“Remi arrived with honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be, hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede.”
Villa have lost six consecutive matches and while it could be argued that Villa could not be much worse it is hard to see how Garde can radically improve the club unless Lerner provides the Frenchman with £50 million to spend on players.
It is believed that one of the key reasons that Lerner turned to Garde was the number of French players at the club. Villa imported £28m worth of players from French Ligue 1 during the summer including: Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew.
Garde was highly fancied to take the post at Newcastle United last season but rejected the chance to join the Magpies and work under the controversial Mike Ashley. It remains to be seen whether that decision proves to be a wise one come the end of the season.
Only three points currently separate bottom of the table Villa from Newcastle.
FC Bodog understands that Garde sought the advice of former mentor at Lyon Gerard Houllier before joining Villa. Houllier managed Villa in 2010 and has backed Garde to be a success at Villa Park.
“Remi takes over and his 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. He has spoken to me about Villa. I told him it was a great club with excellent facilities.”
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