Former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde looks set to be named as the new manager of Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Garde has been the only name in the frame since the sacking of Tim Sherwood over a week ago. Ahead of their Premier League fixture against Tottenham tonight, Villa sit bottom of the league after amassing just four points from a possible thirty.
Garde will reportedly be at White Hart Lane to see his new club in action against Tottenham. Once appointed officially, Garde’s first game in charge of Villa will come against league leaders Manchester City on Sunday. Sherwood was sacked on October 25 following a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City. Since then Frenchman Garde has been linked with the Villa hot-seat. He is believed to be the Villans number one choice due to the number of French speaking players in the Villa squad.
Garde is currently employed by French broadcaster Canal+ and last night they tweeted via it’s Canal Football Club twitter feed that Garde would be the new manager at Villa Park.
Info #CFC – Rémi Garde va entraîner Aston Villa. Réginald Ray serait l’un de ses adjoints.
— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) November 1, 2015
Their tweet also says that Reginald Ray will be one of Garde’s assistants in England. Ray is a former striker and is currently assistant manager at French side at SC Bastia, having previously been the under-21s manager at US Boulogne.
Garde is no stranger to England, having played for Arsenal between 1996 and 1999. Signing for the Gunners on the same day as fellow Frenchman Patrick Viera. Garde was a versatile player, able to player either in the back-four or as a defensive midfielder.
Garde worked as assistant manager at Lyon alongside both Paul Le Guen and Gerard Houllier. Helping the French side win dominate the French league with five consecutive league titles. After a spell as director at Lyon’s training complex Centre Tola Volage. Garde was appointed as manager of Lyon in 2011. His first season in charge saw Lyon winning the French Cup. He left the position as Lyon manager at the end of 2013/14 season, citing family and personal reasons. He left the French club with a win percentage of just over 50% from his 117 games in charge. A similar record in England would surely see Aston Villa climbing away from the bottom of the table.