On Saturday, former Hull City manager Steve Bruce told Sky Sports that he “had a chat” with Aston Villa about the vacant managerial position at Villa Park, but wouldn’t say any more other than the club “has a process, which you have to respect.”
The once great club has sunk into the depths of the Championship following relegation from the Premier League last season, and with its early league position threatening a second straight relegation campaign, the club took the step of removing Roberto Di Matteo from his position as manager just 4 months into his tenure.
Di Matteo became the fourth Aston Villa manager to lose his job in the last two years, dating back to the firing of Paul Lambert in February of 2015.
With the club once again looking for a man to lead them back to the top flight, one of the men on that list, Remi Garde, spoke with French media, and took a slight shot at the club.
While discussing a potential return to Olympic Lyonnais where Garde spent three seasons as manager before his move to Villa Park, the 50-year-0ld Frenchman told Telefoot about his short time in the Premier League, saying, “You know, I love this country [England]. I played a little bit there [with Arsenal], and I had a very short period coaching there. I would like to manage there again in better conditions than at Aston Villa. Yes, [the Villa position] appeared to be a trap, and I was not able to realize that before accepting the position.”
Steve Bruce, take note.