Aston Villa coach Remi Garde could be forced to reassess his future at the club after conceding the financial situation is not what he was told when he arrived.
The Premier League strugglers failed to bring in a single new face during the January transfer window, with reported deals for the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy not coming to fruition.
In turn, Garde will now have to continue to battle against relegation with the same squad that he has had since his arrival last year, with Villa picking up just 13 points from 23 games so far this season.
The French tactician made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the situation, and it has led to concerns about his long-term future at the club after he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Villa.
“Maybe it was not as clear when I signed, but it’s something that I don’t want to discuss too much,” Garde said of Villa’s transfer plans, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I understand that you cannot carry on doing the same things when you have not been as successful as you have wanted. I cannot say the club hasn’t done everything they could. It wouldn’t be fair.
“I’m not happy about this situation. I am not stupid and saying we need nobody.
“Some people have to be brave enough to say what have we done wrong in the past and what we should be doing now to stop that and to be better, maybe not in the next months but the next season or in two or three years.”
Garde has won just two out of 15 games in charge since being appointed, and with no reinforcements to give the players, staff and supporters a lift for the remainder of the campaign, it is difficult to see how Villa will escape the drop.
Nevertheless, the former Lyon boss will undoubtedly continue to try to do so to the best of his ability as his side look to close a 10-point gap to safety.