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Oooh La Na: Is Remi Garde The Right Man For Aston Villa?

November 30, 2015

- Grant Whittington

After an inept performance and a 3-2 defeat at home to Watford on Saturday, Aston Villa find themselves five points adrift at the bottom of the table and seven points from safety. The club has the joint-lowest points total at this stage of an EPL season; while their assortment of foreign stars signed in the summer by previous manager Tim Sherwood have yet to gel. With this in mind, new incumbent Remi Garde faces an almost impossible challenge to keep the Villans in the league.

Is Garde the right man for Villa?

Not only this, but there are suggestions that the Frenchman may not be the right man to guide Villa out of their current predicament. While the former Frenchman had a stellar playing career and featured in Arsene Wenger’s outstanding double-winning side of 1998, his efforts as a manager have scarcely been documented since being appointed as Lyon coach back in June 2011. He left in 2014, having won a French domestic cup and earned a reputation for promoting younger players to the first-team squad.

While this is commendable and Garde’s pedigree cannot be denied, his penchant for youth underlines the issue facing Aston Villa. The current squad has limited EPL experience, while the club’s younger players appear to lack the discipline and focus for an EPL relegation battle. Garde also has a distinct lack of Premier League experience, and the suave Frenchman has little time to adapt if he is to mastermind a recovery in the Villains’ fortunes.

Why Villa may struggle to survive under Garde’s Leadership

Ultimately, Villa’s hierarchy has taken a huge risk in appointing Garde as manager. This is especially true when you consider that David Moyes was available, with the former Everton and Manchester United boss apparently keen on taking over at Villa Park. The Scotsman would have brought some much-needed stability, knowledge and experience to the role, and many would have backed him to guide Villa to safety.

All in all, it would appear as though Garde was not the ideal choice to take over from Tim Sherwood. With that being said, his pedigree and undoubted ability affords him an opportunity to plot a great escape, although he will need to start earning points quickly if the club is to retain its coveted Premier League status into the new season. If he cannot achieve this, Villa’s French connection may ultimately fail to achieve this goal.

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