Name: Remi Garde Age: 49 Former Club: Lyon Preferred Formation: 4-4-2 Preferred Style: Attacking Remi Garde could be set to take over the vacant managerial position at Aston Villa football club due to former boss Tim Sherwood being sacked after achieving just four points in ten games. But who is the French manager? Would he be a success at Villa Park? Is he the right manager to steer them away from the dreaded relegation? Garde is a former France international who started his playing career at Lyon. He made his senior debut in 1987 and became club captain before moving to Strasbourg in 1993, but he is best known in England for a three-year spell at Arsenal between 1996 and 1999. The 49-year-old joined Lyon's backroom staff in 2003 and spent time as Paul Le Guen and Gerard Houllier's assistant before getting the top job in 2011 following the departure of Claude Puel. Garde's Lyon finished fourth, third and fifth in his three seasons in charge. He certainly has more credentials than Sherwood and would represent a fresh, intelligent and certainly more long-term appointment who is capable of turning Villa's fortunes around. Here is what I found out about Monsieur Garde...
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NCTJ-accredited football writer with an MA in Sports Journalism. What Culture football editor. Write for the official Newcastle United programme. Former video reporter at North News. Featured and published in the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette, Mail Online, The Mirror, The Sun and others.