Following Tim Sherwood’s dismissal as Aston Villa manager on Sunday, the club have apparently wasted no time in lining up a replacement in the shape of former Lyon head coach Remi Garde.
Sherwood has seen his eight month spell in charge of the Midlands club come to an end after losing 2-1 at home to Swansea (via The Guardian) and results elsewhere saw the club slump to the bottom of the table.
Many had tipped the likes of Brendan Rodgers or David Moyes to fill the now vacant hot seat, but the former Liverpool boss ruled himself out of the running (via Daily Star), while Moyes is still under contract with Spanish club Real Sociedad.
Villa have put coach Kevin MacDonald in charge for the interim, and he will likely lead the side in the Capital One Cup clash with Southampton this week, but reports are suggesting that Garde is already in “advanced talks”.
The 49-year-old led Lyon for three seasons between 2011-14, and helped the side rebuild after falling behind the likes of PSG, Monaco and Montpellier.
He walked away from the job in the summer of 2014, citing family reasons as his decision, but is now apparently ready to answer Villa’s call.
Should the move go ahead, it will further strengthen the connection between Villa and Arsenal. Both Tom Fox and Henrik Almstadt are now working as part of the Villa set up having joined from the Gunners, and even Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big admirer of Garde.
Villa will need to act fast to get the new man in, as time is quickly running out considering their league position, but you can check on the latest odds as to who will be given the job at Iron Bet.