Remi Garde is winless since taking over at Aston Villa in November, earning just two points out of a possible 15.
The club still sits glued to the bottom of the table, six points adrift and looking destined for relegation.
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Garde has been thrown into the gauntlet in his first experience as a Premier League manager, and he’s handled it in an interesting way.
First, Garde demoted Villa’s young starlet Jack Grealish for his off-the-pitch behavior, saying the 20-year-old needed to mature. Now, the French boss is calling out some of the club’s high-priced players.
Garde questioned the trust between himself and club captain Gabby Agbonlahor, who has seen his playing time disappear under the new manager. He then called out Adama Traore, who signed for Villa from Barcelona this summer, saying the young winger is inconsistent and struggles to play without the ball.
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His most blunt remarks were about Charles N'Zogbia, who Garde said isn’t putting in enough effort, as it looks likely he could be sold in January.
Charles could have given more to the team in the first two or three weeks after I came.
Charles is not the worst person I have ever met. I am just here to try to pick up the players I feel are the most committed for this very difficult task we have.
I am not saying Charles is a bad person. Sometimes it doesn’t work between players and clubs, players and managers.
The board has told Garde he has their support to spend during the January transfer window, and by his recent comments, it seems as if the manager would like to bring in an entirely new squad.
Villa have gone 15 league games without a win, and Garde could start to cause even more problems if he keeps publicly criticizing players like he has been. The team has enough issues on the pitch, the last thing they need are issues off of it.