Former Arsenal player will be the next manager of Aston Villa
Aston Villa is all set to appoint a former Arsenal player Remi Garde as their new manager. Garde will replace Tim Sherwood who was sacked a week ago.
Aston Villa are currently struggling at the rock bottom position in the league table currently with just 4 points from 10 matches. Under Sherwood, Villa had won just 1 match and lost 8. After last week, in which Villa faced their 8th defeat against Swansea City at Villa Park, the top management at the club sacked the former Spurs boss and English international.
Daily Mail now claims that, Remi Garde, who has experience of managing Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais might take the hot seat at Villa Park.
Remi Garde started his playing career at Lyon in 1982, helping the club achieve promotion to Ligue 1 in 1989. Playing as a defensive midfielder. He became club captain and made his debut for France against Kuwait in January 1990.
Garde had six caps for his country, and was a member of the French squad at Euro 92. The midfielder left Lyon in 1993 to join Strasbourg, where he spent three seasons and reached a Coupe de France final in 1995.
The Frenchman moved to England in August 1996, joining Arsenal as recommended by Arsène Wenger. Wenger was not Arsenal’s manager at that time, as he was seeing out his contract at Nagoya Grampus. Garde joined on the same day as Patrick Vieira, though unlike Vieira, the 30-year-old Garde was intended to be more of an experienced cover player rather than a future first-team regular.
Garde became known for his tidy and reliable performances as backup for Vieira or Emmanuel Petit; he played a total of 43 matches over three seasons for Arsenal, and was a member of the Double-winning side of 1997–98, making 10 league appearances that season meaning he only narrowly qualified for a Premier League winners’ medal.
He also made one appearance during Arsenal’s FA Cup run, which came in the quarter final replay at West Ham United. The game went to a penalty shootout and despite Garde missing his kick, Arsenal prevailed. He was however not part of the squad as they won the 1998 FA Cup Final.
With age and a persistent knee injury limiting his appearances, Garde retired from professional football in June 1999, just after he had narrowly missed out on a second successive double with the club; who had finished second in the league and lost the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United.
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