Aston Villa today announced Remi Garde has agreed to become their new manager.
The former Arsenal midfielder joins the Villains on a three-year deal after Tim Sherwood was sacked after last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea.
Sherwood’s services were dispensed of after just 8 months in charge, following a run which saw Villa lose 11 out of his last 15 matches, leaving them routed to the foot of the Premier League table on four points from 10 games this season.
Frenchman Garde arrives in the Midlands after leaving Lyon in 2014, citing personal reasons. He was highly regarded amongst Lyon fans having won the French Cup in 2012 during a difficult time for the club; his nickname was Remi Gardeiola.
On the club’s website, a statement from owner Randy Lerner said:
Rémi came with ideas, 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.
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.
On behalf of the Board we wish Rémi every success.
Garde himself added:
It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club.
I’ve had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and Chief Executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the Club and I’m excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them.
Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa.
A lot of the Villa Park faithful are crying out for some sort of saviour, with many keen to welcome Garde to the club on Twitter. We reckon it’s fair to say the overall mood is a positive one…
The Frenchman kicks-off his reign by taking in tonight’s match away to Tottenham from the stands, with Kevin MacDonald remaining in temporary charge.
Their next match is a daunting tie at home to Manchester City on November 8, before travelling to Merseyside to take on Everton after the international break on November 21.