Aston Villa fans around the Tavern will be buying another round to celebrate the news that manager Rémi Garde will be handed funds to strengthen their struggling team when the transfer window opens next month, with Garde having the final say on any negotiations.
The Independent state that the Villa boss flew to New York this week for a meeting with the club’s owner, Randy Lerner, and chief executive, Tom Fox, with the pair confirming that he would have the necessary backing to bring in the reinforcements which he deems to be needed as he looks to ensure Premier League survival.
Villa currently sit at the bottom of the top tier, having failed to claim a league victory since the opening day of the campaign, taking just two points from a possible 15 since Garde’s arrival.
Garde replaced Tim Sherwood, who was reported to have been frustrated by his relative lack of control over the club’s signings. At the time of Sherwood’s dismissal, there were reports that the former manager had not agreed to several of the 13 players who Villa signed last summer.
Lerner tried unsuccessfully to sell Villa last summer, but Fox said:
“If Rémi decides he needs something he has the chairman’s ear and the chairman’s support absolutely. Rémi has to determine what he wants his squad to look like and who he has got that is with the squad that can play with the style of play he wants. That is purely his decision.”
“If Rémi Garde believes there are things he wants to do with incomings or outgoings, that will be something he can recommend and will certainly have the ability to do.”
Despite their struggling season, Fox claims that Frenchman Garde remains positive about the quality of his squad. Fox also made it clear that Garde was ultimately the deciding voice on all transfers at the club.
“Rémi Garde has complete and final say over players who are brought in and that situation hasn’t changed between the last manager and this current one. What is most important to me is whether the manager comes in and feels he has got a squad that can deliver the results we need and the manager is pleased with the business that we did over the summer.”
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