ASTON Villa will announce ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde as their new manager on Monday.
According to BBC Sport, Frenchman Garde will replace Tim Sherwood and sign a three-and-a-half-year deal. Garde will watch Monday’s trip to Tottenham from the stands before the hard work starts with Villa, bottom of the Premier League with four points from 10 games.
Bastia coach Reginald Ray is to be Garde’s assistant and the pair will officially take charge for the home fixture against Manchester City next Sunday.
Garde is returning to English football as the one-time midfielder was Arsene Wenger’s first signing at Arsenal. His time at Highbury was not an unqualified suceess but he was capped six times by France. After retiring from playing at the age of 33, he coached at Lyon before becoming manager in 2011.
Wenger confirmed Villa’s chief executive Tom Fox – a former Arsenal employee himself – had been in touch to discuss Garde’s pedigree. Wenger is not the only boss with excellent Preemier League credentials to back his move to Villa.
Garde – who also played for Lyon and Strasbourg – was assistant to former Villa and Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier at Lyon and the pair discussed the Midlands club this week.
“I told him it was a great club with excellent facilities, a very good fanbase and they have a chairman that backs you,” Houllier told the Daily Telegraph.
Garde’s imminent arrival at Villa was announced by his current employer, French TV station Canal +.
His move was originally held up when former club Lyon refused to release his old backroom staff who are still there.