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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mac drops 'Garde' on new job

Aston Villa

Kevin MacDonald expects Ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde to be Aston Villa’s next manager
Kevin MacDonald expects Ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde to be Aston Villa’s next manager

Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald expects Remi Garde to be Aston Villa's next manager.

Ex-Lyon boss Garde has been heavily linked with Villa, who sacked Tim Sherwood last week after six straight defeats.

MacDonald is preparing the team, bottom of the Premier League, for Monday's trip to Tottenham and has given the clearest indication yet Garde is set for Villa.

He said: "Obviously, the hierarchy think he is the man for the job.

"I've been told I need to prepare the team for Monday. Whether Remi has been given the position and is maybe in the stand to watch, I don't know, that is going to be an ongoing thing.

"He was a decent footballer at Arsenal, they don't have many bad players over the years, and he has got a good pedigree as a coach.

"If, at the end of the season, Aston Villa are still in the Premier League then it's a good appointment.

"Arsene Wenger came in and never had any Premier League experience."

Garde, 49, is keen on bringing Lyon coaches Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle with him but the French club's president Jean-Michel Aulas has said they are going nowhere.

Wenger backed Garde to be a success at Villa Park.

He said: "I'm convinced he's the frontrunner."

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