Remi Garde will surely go down as one of the worst Aston Villa managers of all time, and that’s being generous.
There were a few things wrong at Aston Villa in the years leading up to their drop, particularly their awful staff recruitment, and no one was worse than Remi Garde – a man whose name most likely induces bouts of sickness among those fans unfortunate enough to watch him work his ‘magic’.
Former Lyon boss Remi Garde was introduced at a point in Villa’s season when, realistically, they needed a miracle worker to drag them from the depths of relegation – thanks to the mess Tim Sherwood had landed them in. Another shocking appointment, might we add. His tenure may have started relatively well, and we say that because he was so awful, with a shock draw against Manchester City, but things soon deteriorated, and it became increasingly obvious he was woefully behind the tactical standards necessary to ‘make it’.
Indeed, as Premier League fans we often, rather arrogantly, claim our competition to be one of the best in the world. Which may not necessarily be true, especially with the dominance from Spanish teams over the years. What we can be absolutely sure of, however, is that if Remi Garde is the ambassador for Ligue 1 then the English topflight is lightyears ahead of France.
His inept tactics that neither prioritised attacking or defending – at least, not obviously – led Aston Villa on a pathetic course for relegation.
The Frenchman had built himself a bit of a reputation for promoting youth at his former club, but he certainly didn’t much to prove his pedigree at Villa Park. Jack Grealish, famously one of the Villa’s brightest young talents, was isolated from the squad before one of the club’s biggest games of the season against Watford (as per Daily Mail).
Needless to say, they lost.
Garde left his post with the lowest win percentage of any permanent manager in Aston Villa’s history – a sad and sorry ten percent. A record which breaks down into a miserable two wins, six draws and 12 losses in twenty games.
Despite this shocking record on his resume, Remi Garde found his way a job in the MLS coaching Montreal Impact. Though, unsurprisingly, things aren’t going much better there either – with a points per game ration of just 1.37 (as per Transfermarkt).
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