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Aston Villa set to raise their Garde

Aston Villa will appoint ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde as their new manager on Monday – replacing Tim Sherwood.

The Frenchman will sign a three-and-a-half-year deal and will watch Monday’s trip to Tottenham from the stands.

The 49-year-old inherits a team bottom of the Premier League with just four points from 10 games.

Bastia coach Reginald Ray will become Garde’s assistant and the pair will take charge for the home fixture against Manchester City next Sunday.

Garde guided Lyon to league finishes of fourth, third and fifth during three seasons from 2011 before leaving in 2014 for “personal and family” reasons.

Editor’s Note – So it seems as if Aston Villa have finally got their man. If you’re a card carrying member of the British Managers brigade you probably won’t be too chuffed at this appointment. Will Remi Garde be the man to keep Aston Villa up or will he be more of a Felix Magath who just got his time in the Premier League wrong.

To me he could be a bit of a Gerard Houllier Mark II – I suppose he had a decent enough record at Lyon but he never quite reached the heights of the great Lyon side of the 2000’s. He comes much heralded but we’ll soon find out whether he can work wonders at Villa Park or if this is finally the season in which Villa fail to beat the drop.

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