Another loss and the near-inevitability of escaping the drop zone may give Aston Villa its third manager of the season.
Remi Garde is set to be fired in the next 48 hours, according to several reports. Villa’s on-field look was again poor in a 1-0 loss at Swansea City on Saturday and the club is operating after a board overhaul.
Adrift under Tim Sherwood, Villa brought in Garde on Nov. 2 to right the ship and then did not purchase a single player in the January window. After inching the team up the table, Villa has lost six-straight to drop Garde’s record to 2W-6D-12L.
That brutal run against a tough slate of opponents, coupled with pressure on the new board, is what’s doomed Garde.
New chairman Steve Hollis is under pressure to act now, according to the Mirror.
Garde has lost the support of the relegation-bound club’s boardroom and dressing room after a disastrous four-month reign.
Villa was 1W-1D-8L when Sherwood was canned, then lost to Spurs on the day Garde was hired to replace him. Garde guided the team to points in 8 of his first 14 matches.
That’s woeful .85 points-per-match is still much better than Sherwood’s eye-stabbing .40 mark, a pace that over 31 games would have Villa at 26 points. That would still have Villa in the drop zone, albeit with a fighting chance.
Garde oversaw draws against Man City, West Ham and Leicester City, but things have been horrible since a 2-0 win over Norwich in early February. The Villans have lost their last six matches by a margin of 18-2, a tough run of opponents which includes Spurs, Man City, Liverpool, Everton and Stoke.
A French Cup champion at Lyon in his first managerial stint, Garde was hot property and reportedly a big target for Newcastle United before the Magpies settled on now-fired Steve McClaren.
Given the mess he inherited, his failure is not a surprise. But he surely could’ve fixed something to at least have the club in the hunt for safety instead of running its worst campaign, well, maybe ever. He’ll get a new job, and likely do much, much better (not that that’s a difficult proposition).